|April 2005 | Volume 7 | No. 6
Policy & Legislation
Proposed Resolution to Promote Elder Justice and Protect Against Elder Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation
A proposed resolution for consideration and adoption by delegates to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging (WHCoA), produced as a result of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA) sponsored Mini-Conference on Elder Abuse held March 12 in Philadelphia, is now available online at whcoa.gov/about/des_events_reports/WHCoA%20NCPEA%20post
The proposed resolution reflects input from Elder Justice Coalition members, the NCPEA Board of Directors, and participants attending the mini-conference. Briefly, the resolution calls for:
It is the hope of the drafters that this resolution will be among the final Conference resolutions considered by the WHCoA delegates. For more information, contact Susan Aziz, NCPEA Board Member, (202) 682-4140, [email protected].
Members of the public are invited to apply to be considered by the WHCoA Policy Committee as At-Large Delegates to the White House conference. The chosen delegates will represent a cross-section of national aging and allied organizations; members of the Baby Boom generation; academic institutions; business and industry; disability, non-profit, and veterans' organizations; and others with an interest and stake in the aging of America.
Individuals may self-nominate or nominate others to be considered. Electronic submission of the application is strongly encouraged.
Application Deadline: June 1, 2005
APRIL 29, 2005
JUNE 9, 2005
AUGUST 1, 2005
SEPTEMBER 18-19, 2005
For more information on upcoming WHCoA events, log onto >> whcoa.gov/calendar/calendar.asp
Promising Practice Spotlight:
Minnesota Network on Abuse in Later Life
Here are some links to information and Web resources you may find helpful:
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On May 4, the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) is celebrating Older Americans Month with a "Celebrate Long-Term Living! Walk" on the National Mall in Washington, DC. AoA is encouraging organizations and groups around the country to schedule similar Celebrate Long-Term Living! events in their communities.
Older Americans Month 2005 Publicity Materials >> aoa.gov/press/oam/May_2005/Materials_Downloads.asp
Census Bureau Facts & Stats: Older Americans Month 2005 Observance census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/004210.html
To register your event, go to >> aoa.gov/press/oam/May_2005/Walk/oam_events/oam_gen_events/event_registration.asp
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2005 Mental Health Month
Join the fight for mental health this May and throughout the year. Visit the National Mental Health Association's Web site for community outreach resources nmha.org/may/index.cfm. One featured link of particular interest is:
Taking Care of an Aged Parent (English / Spanish)
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In conjunction with Mental Health Month, the Older Women's League (OWL) is sponsoring the third annual Older American's Month Week from May 22-28.
To find out more about older Americans' mental health needs, read OWL Executive Director Laurie Young's statement presented to the WHCoA Policy Committee at the recent National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging WHCoA Listening Session >> whcoa.gov/about/policy/meetings/meetings.asp#LS
For additional information visit the OWL Web site at >> owl-national.org/mentalhealthweek/links.html
"Injury and Violence in America: Meeting Challenges, Sharing Solutions"
2005 National Injury Prevention and Control Conference
Adam's Mark Hotel
An interdisciplinary conference for the injury and violence prevention community, sponsored by the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, the National Association of Injury Control Research Centers, and State and Territorial Injury Prevention Directors Association.
Online registration >> cdc.gov/ncipc/2005conference/default.htm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
"Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation"
National Advocacy Center
University of South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina
Sponsored by the National District Attorneys Association, this course is geared to prosecutors who handle cases involving elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
Online application form >> ndaa-apri.org/education/ndaa/nac_elder_abuse.html. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
June 9-11, 2005
2005 National Mental Health Association Annual Conference
"Justice for All"
Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill
Sponsored by the National Mental Health Association, featured speakers include Tom Insel, M.D., Director, National Institute of Mental Health and Jane Pauley, journalist and talk show host. There will be a special advocacy track on "Preparing for the Elder Boom: Advocating for New Geriatric Mental Health Policy." Other topics of interest include "Crisis Prevention Planning" and "Advancing Mental Health for Victims of Crime."
For more details >> nmha.org/annualconference/index.cfm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Spring/Summer 2005 Training Workshops
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) announced that the 2005 Spring/Summer training calendar is now available. The trainings, to be held at locations across the United States in June and July 2005, aim to provide victim service professionals with tools to build their technical skills and enhance their knowledge of victim service issues.
OVC, through its Professional Development Scholarship Program, offers up to $1,000 in scholarship funds to qualified victim service providers for continuing education. Individuals as well as multidisciplinary teams of up to five individuals are encouraged to apply.
For more details >> ovcttac.org/taResources/scholarship.cfm
Register online >> ovcttac.org/calendar/training.cfm
By Joanne Otto
After years of self-neglecting behavior, Jenny's house was filled with old newspapers and rags. The floors were rotting and there were mice everywhere. Unless it was deep cleaned and the vermin destroyed, the house would be condemned and Jenny, age 78, and her five dogs would be homeless.
Larry, a developmentally disabled man of 35, ran away from his sister's home where he was being neglected and abused. He left in the middle of the night, wearing only his underwear. He was placed in a supervised group home, but needed a basic wardrobe and some eyeglasses immediately.
These people and vignettes are just two out of many stories about Adult Protective Services (APS) clients who have emergency needs. Unfortunately, most APS programs do not have funds or in-kind resources available to meet them.
With the assistance of the APS program in Georgia, the National Adult Protective Services Association, a partner in the NCEA, has developed a training module highlighting effective strategies for finding and developing these resources. The five and a half hour training provides information on how to tell victims' stories effectively and describe their needs, where to look for emergency resources, the steps necessary to secure funds and in-kind donations, and how to administer an emergency resource program.
The training module includes a PowerPoint presentation, sample forms, video, short lectures, and a number of interactive exercises. The material is designed so that someone with no background in APS could provide the training comfortably.
This new training module will be released very soon. Watch for an announcement of its availability on the front page of the NCEA Web site elderabusecenter.org.
As a resource to the research, policy, and practice communities, this soon-to be-released bibliography in the CANE Bibliography Series highlights published research studies that have attempted to quantify elder abuse prevalence and incidence.
Some studies that are cited, such as the National Elder Abuse Incidence Study (NCEA, 1998) are broad-scale studies, while others, such as "An Empirical Examination of the Characteristics, Consequences, and Causes of Elder Abuse in Nursing Homes" (Payne and Cikovic, 1995), have a much narrower focus.
Stay tuned for an announcement of its release date on the Web.
The NCEA and its partners are pleased to announce the release of three new publications:
A reminder to send in examples of your collaborative agreements related to elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation!
To help stimulate new ideas and new alliances, the Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly, as we announced last month, has established a database containing descriptions of formal inter-institutional agreements being created around the country. If you wish to review actual MOUs/MOAs, contact information is provided. Here are some examples of what you'll find:
A joint initiative of the ABA Commission on Law and Aging and the Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly, the Elder Abuse MOU/MOA database is housed at >> db.rdms.udel.edu:8080/CANE/index.jsp
Share Your Work with Us
Please e-mail your agreements to the Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly [email protected] or fax (302) 831-6081 Attn: CANE. If you cannot transmit them electronically, please send them by mail to:
Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly
211 Alison Hall West
Department of Consumer Studies
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716
If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Merriman-Nai, CANE reference specialist, at (302) 831-3525.
Sign up today for
The National Center
On Elder Abuse Listserve.
See our Web site for details.
SOURCE: Asher, Bev. (2005) "2003 CEP Counts-Main Information." St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Department of Human Services, Aging & Adult Services.
1The statistics highlighted in this column are gathered from a variety of state-specific data sources and should be cited using the sources referenced. Readers should note that elder abuse incidence and prevalence rates vary among states and differ depending upon the definitions used and state laws regarding reporting. The National Center on Elder Abuse cannot guarantee and assumes no responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of the information.
Minnesota Board on Aging mnaging.org/seniors/vulnerableadults/elderabuse.html
Adult Protective Services Unit dhs.state.mn.us/main/groups/aging/documents/pub/dhs_id_005710.hcsp
Office of Ombudsman for Older Minnesotans mnaging.org/seniors/vulnerableadults/ooom.html
Statewide Common Entry Point Directory for Reporting Vulnerable Adult Maltreatment mnaging.org/seniors/vulnerableadults/cepd.html
Minnesota Department of Human Services Licensing
(Investigates allegations of maltreatment and conducts background studies on individuals who have direct contact with vulnerable adults in Department of Human Services licensed programs)
Minnesota Department of Health http://www.health.state.mn.us/
Minnesota Vulnerable Adults Act:
REFERENCES & RESOURCES
MN Department of Human Services Social Services Manual: Adult Protective Services
Crisis Curriculum: A Mental Health Manual (Minnesota Department of Human Services, 2002)
Translation Protocol: A Guide to Translating Materials for Limited English-Speaking Communities (Minnesota Department of Health, 2000) health.state.mn.us/communityeng/multicultural/translation.pdf
(Ethnic groups include: Arab, Bosnian, Cambodian, Eritrean, Ethiopian, Hmong, Laotian, Nuer, Oromo, Russian Jewish, Ukranian, and Vietnamese)
SOURCE: "Elder Crime and Victimization," National Crime Victim's Rights Week Resource Guide, January 2005 ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/ncvrw/2005/pg5h.html
NCEA Fact Sheet: Elder Abuse Incidence and Prevalence (2005)
By Scott R. Beach, Ph.D, University of Pittsburgh Center for Social and Urban Research [email protected], Richard Schultz, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychiatry and Center for Social and Urban Research, et al.
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society / Vol. 53, No. 2 / February 2005
Potentially harmful caregiver behavior is more likely in spouse caregiving situations when care recipient has needs greater ADL/IADL needs for care and spouse who provides the care is more cognitively impaired, has more physical symptoms, and is at risk for clinical depression. The study was funded by the National Institute on Aging.
By Marji Harmer-Beem, University of New England, Portland, Maine
Journal of Dental Hygiene / Vol. 79, No. 1 / Winter 2005
Of the subgroup having experience with reporting, over half knew all aspects of abuse. The entire group knew more about child abuse than elder abuse. Prior to training, 40 percent definitely knew that they would likely report abuse, 40 percent somewhat knew that they would likely report it, and 20 percent didn't know or said it would be unlikely that they would report. Only 5 percent stated that they definitely knew how to make a report before the training. After training, 100 percent reported that they would be likely to make a report, an overall increase of 60 percent. In the pre-survey, 60 percent said they did not know how to make a report, compared to 96 percent indicating in the post-survey that they knew how to make a report after training.
Survey results supported training to increase compliance with mandatory reporting. It is imperative for educators to include adequate information in dental and dental hygiene curricula for training in reporting abuse. It is also incumbent upon dental hygiene clinicians to identify their own educational needs and to seek out appropriate continuing education.
By Duncan Boldy, Freemasons Centre For Research into Aged Care Services, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia, [email protected], et al
Australasian Journal on Ageing / Vol. 24, No. 1 / March 2005
This prevalence study sought to explore the extent of elder abuse in Western Australia and associated aspects, such as the relationship of the abuser to the victim, risk factors and desirable interventions, and current knowledge and use of relevant protocols. A questionnaire was mailed to 1,000+ organizations and 129 general practitioners asking them to identify any known or suspected cases of elder abuse encountered during the previous 6 months.
The estimated prevalence of elder abuse was 0.58% (in individuals 60+ years). Females and those 75 years and older were more at risk than males or those younger. Financial abuse was the most common, and frequently more than one type of abuse was suffered by the same person. The main abusers were adult children or other relatives.
The importance of education targeted at professionals, the general public, and older people themselves was evident. Important direct interventions identified included respite care, advocacy, and counseling.
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), U.S. Department of Justice invites applications for the development of a series of educational videotapes and discussion guides on domestic violence and/or sexual assault against older women for distribution to a wide range of professionals who work with or encounter victims of these crimes.
Award Amount: $350,000 FY 2005
GMS Registration Deadline: May 17, 2005
Application Deadline: May 31, 2005
Download RFP >> ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/fund/dakit.htm
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) invites applications for investigator-initiated research projects to enhance scientific understanding about the etiology of psychopathology related to violence and trauma, as well as studies to develop and test effective treatments, services, and prevention strategies in this area.
Specific areas of concern at the NIMH are: Acute reactions to trauma; risk for psychopathology; translation of basic behavioral and neuroscience findings on resiliency and risk for intervention development and testing; and strategies for effective service provision, particularly where non-specialty systems (i.e., primary care) may be required to provide mental health services.
Populations of concern include children, youth, adults, the elderly, men and women, and all racial and ethnic groups.
Due Date for Applications: Multiple receipt dates. See announcement.
Download RFP >> grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-04-075.html
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) – the research arm of the U.S. Department of Justice – invites applications from doctoral candidates for fellowship consideration. The NIJ Graduate Research Fellowship program provides dissertation research support to outstanding doctoral candidates undertaking independent research on issues of crime and justice. Students from any academic discipline are encouraged to apply and propose original research that has direct implications for criminal justice.
The 2005 priority topic areas include law enforcement/policing; justice systems; courts, prosecution, and defense; corrections; offender programs and treatment; crime prevention/causes of crime; violence and victimization, including violent crimes; drugs, alcohol, and crime; international crime and justice; and evaluation research.
Award Amount: $20,000 stipend (NIJ anticipates up to 10 awards will be made)
Application Deadline: September 15, 2005
Download RFP >> ojp.usdoj.gov/fundopps.htm
The U.S. Department of Justice's Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) has announced the availability of scholarship assistance for agencies and organizations sponsoring state conferences that focus on enhancing services to victims of crime. The State Crime Victim/Survivor Scholarship Program, administered by OVC's Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC), will help fund scholarships for eligible victims/survivors of crime to attend these conferences.
Award Amount: Maximum $10,000 per state in any given year
Application Deadline: At least 60 days before scheduled event
To apply, contact TTAC at 1 (866) 682-8822 or [email protected]
Learn more >> ovcttac.org/taResources/State_scholarship.cfm
The American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry 2006 Annual Meeting Program Committee invites researchers and practitioners to submit proposals for the 2006 meeting to be held March 10-13 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The 2006 meeting theme, "Exploring a New World: Current Research, Future Impact," aims to explore the constantly changing nature of research and the impact it will have on the retiring baby boom generation.
For more information, visit >> AAGPmeeting.org
Witness Justice, a national nonprofit organization assisting victims of violent crime, has just published two new brochures that offer helpful and very thoughtful advice for victims and their loved ones. The brochures are available to the public free online at >>
Witness Justice was co-founded in November 2001 by Helga West, a survivor of attempted murder, and Randy West, a domestic violence survivor.
In 2002, the Violence Against Women Office of the U.S. Department of Justice awarded the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence (FCASV) a grant to develop training for law enforcement officers on elder sexual assault. FCASV developed a daylong training curriculum and successfully piloted it in the Tampa and Lake City areas. These pilot projects were marketed and coordinated by project partners APPLE services of the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay and the North Central Florida Sexual Assault Center in Lake City.
The new curriculum covers topics such as recognizing, responding to, and investigating elder sexual assault. The training is interactive, and case studies based on real crimes are used to give the officers practice in applying the information they learn.
Although targeted at a law enforcement audience, "Elder Sexual Abuse: The Hidden Victim" can be modified and shortened for sexual violence programs or for other audiences in the allied professions. The curriculum includes a trainer's guide, a participant's guide, and PowerPoint presentations.
Access the materials and download by following this link >> fcasv.org/elderlaw.htm
For more information, contact:
Florida Council Against Sexual Violence
1311-A Paul Russell Road, Suite 204
Tallahassee, FL 32301
(850) 297-2000 or 1 (888) 956-7273 Toll Free
U.S. Census Bureau
"There were 35.9 million people 65 and over in the United States on July 1, 2003.The population of this age group is expected to reach 86.7 million in the year 2050."
—U.S. Census Bureau, 2005
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