May 2006 | Volume 8 | No. 6

Policy & Legislation

House Committee Votes to Extend Older Americans Act, Elder Justice Language Added

On May 17, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce voted favorably on H.R. 5293, the Senior Independence Act of 2006. The legislation, which now moves to the full House, is a reauthorization of the Older Americans Act of 1965 as amended. If this bill becomes law, it would extend the Act's programs and services to 2007.

The bill as approved by the Committee includes new language under Title VII, Allotments for Vulnerable Adult Protection Activities, providing for public education and outreach to promote financial literacy and prevent identity theft and financial exploitation.

During the mark-up of the bill, the Committee accepted on voice vote a bipartisan amendment by Representatives Jon Porter (R-NV) and Danny Davis (D-IL) to strengthen elder justice efforts at the national level for the prevention of elder abuse, as well as collect data and conduct research related to abuse, neglect, and exploitation (see sidebar below for highlights).

More information

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H.R. 5293 Amendment Highlights: Elder Abuse Prevention and Services (Sec. 201)

It shall be the duty of the Assistant Secretary for Aging of the U.S. Administration on Aging, acting through the person designated with responsibility for elder abuse prevention and services, to develop objectives, priorities, policy, and a long-term plan for:

  • Elder justice programs and activities including abuse prevention, detection, treatment, intervention and response; training; and improvement of the elder justice system in the U.S.
  • Research and data collection related to elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
  • Information dissemination and training to spread best practices.
  • Technical assistance and strategic planning services to help states and others under Title VII to better coordinate elder justice activities, research, and training.
  • Collaboration and reducing duplication of effort at the national, state, and local levels.

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Elder Justice Act Adds Twelve New Cosponsors

Since we reported last month, Senators Michael Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Susan Collins (R-ME), a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, Joe Lieberman (D-CT), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) joined Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, the bill's sponsor, in supporting S. 2010, the Elder Justice Act.

The House's companion bill (H.R. 4993) also is garnering bipartisan support. Representatives Gene Green (D-TX), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Thaddeus G. McCotter (R-MI), Michael Michaud (ME), (Allyson Y. Schwartz (D-PA), Rob Simmons (R-CT), and John E. Sweeney (R-NY) joined late April/early May as the bill's newest cosponsors.

The totals are now 16 bipartisan cosponsors in the Senate and 28 in the House. For more details, contact Robert Blancato, National Coordinator, Elder Justice Coalition, (202) 789-0470, [email protected]

S 2010 >> http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d109:s.02010:
H.R. 4993 >> http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d109:HR04993:


State News

Kansas Governor Signs Bill Creating New Investigative Unit

On May 15, Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius signed into law a bill to establish an Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation Unit within the Attorney General's Office. The unit is charged with investigating and prosecuting suspected cases of abuse against vulnerable Kansans, particularly those with disabilities.

"We've seen some tragic cases where victims fell through the cracks. By creating a unit within the attorney general's office dedicated to protecting vulnerable Kansans, we can go a long way toward preventing that from happening again," Sebelius said in a statement.

According to the press release, the legislation, H.B. 2105 gives the new unit access to all records of reports, investigation documents, and written reports of findings received or generated by the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, the Department on Aging, or the Department of Health and Environment, which are related to confirmed cases of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of persons or cases in which there is reasonable suspicion that abuse, neglect, or exploitation has occurred.

This new law also authorizes the Attorney General to contract with other agencies or organizations to provide services related to the investigation or litigation of findings related to abuse, neglect or exploitation of persons with disabilities.

In April, Governor Sebelius signed Executive Order 06-05, which tasks the Kansas Interagency Council on Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation with finding weaknesses in current safeguards for vulnerable Kansans and recommending steps to strengthen the state's protection efforts.

H.B. 2105 Enrolled >> www.kslegislature.org/bills/2006/2105.pdf
Executive Order 06-05 >> www.ksgovernor.org/docs/exec_order0605.html

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Ohio Seeking to Enhance Adult Protective Services System

New legislation was introduced April 6 in the Ohio House of Representatives to enhance the state's Adult Protective Services system and mobilize support of the broader community in the investigative process.

Among other things, this draft law would require County Departments of Job and Family Services/APS to develop a single, cohesive memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the criminal justice community (law enforcement, probate courts, prosecuting attorneys) and with other concerned parties (county coroner, long term care ombudsman, representative of the county's Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board, entities responsible for investigating substandard housing, and representative of the Area Agency on Aging).

The bill, if passed into law, would also require the MOU to include provisions establishing an elder abuse interdisciplinary team.

H.B. 563 as introduced >> www.legislature.state.oh.us/bills.cfm?ID=126_HB_563

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South Carolina Authorizes Vulnerable Adult Abuse Investigations Unit and Vulnerable Adult Fatalities Review Committee

The South Carolina General Assembly has approved legislation that will create a Vulnerable Adult Abuse Investigations Unit within the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. The unit is charged with investigating and prosecuting abuse, neglect, and exploitation of vulnerable adults and vulnerable adult fatalities at adult care facilities operated or contracted for operation by the Department of Mental Health or Department of Disabilities and Special Needs.

The bill also authorizes a multidisciplinary Vulnerable Adults Fatalities Review Committee to develop an understanding of preventable causes of vulnerable adult death, and recommend any statutory, policy, and practice changes needed to combat the problem. This measure amends the existing Omnibus Adult Protection Act of South Carolina and takes effect upon approval of the governor.

S. 1116 as ratified >> www.scstatehouse.net/sess116_2005-2006/prever/1116_20060503.htm


Promising Practices Spotlight

Blackfeet Nation's Model Tribal Organizational Payee Program
by Suzanne Stack, National Association of State Units on Aging

The Blackfeet Nation Elder Protection Team in rural northwestern Montana has created a model Organizational Payee Program, partially supported by seed grant funds from the National Center on Elder Abuse, to assist tribal elders and disabled persons with finances and prevent financial exploitation.

Explaining the rationale behind the program, Terry Flamand, assistant administrator of the Blackfeet Personal Care Program told audience members in a recently sponsored NCEA Web cast, "Most elders under the payee program have very little money; they are mostly Medicaid eligible and have adult children living with them. The adult children were sometimes taking the money for alcohol or other uses, and the elders had no money for heat, no light, and no food for the month."

Over 8,500 enrolled Tribal members live on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, which covers 1.5 million acres along the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains. According to U.S. Census estimates, 1,133 Blackfeet Tribal members are age 60 and over. Employment is scarce. Estimates from the Bureau of Indian Affairs put unemployment rates at 52 percent during the summer months and 85 percent in the winter months. The living situation is similarly dire, with the majority of members residing in HUD housing or low rent housing units. Housing projects are overcrowded with more than one family living in one unit. Many Tribal elders are second time parents to grandchildren or great grandchildren.

Elder abuse crimes on the reservation nearly tripled in the past year. According to the Blackfeet Elder Protection Team's documentation, between six to nine cases per month were seen over the past year, compared to the previous year's average of two to three cases. The majority of cases involved financial exploitation.

"By doing the payee program, we make sure that the bills are paid at the beginning of the month, that they have money to live on throughout the month, and that they are not coerced into giving any money to their children or relatives," Flamand said.

The Blackfeet Organizational Payee Program currently has 60 clients, according to figures given by the Elder Protection Team. Under the program, the payee sets up individual accounts for receiving clients’ Social Security, SSI, and/or Veterans benefits, manages funds, pays bills, and maintains a paper trail for clients.

As part of the initiative, the Elder Protection Team worked with a local bank to develop an accounting and tracking system for clients of the payee service. The team reached out to social service and law enforcement agencies on the reservation and case managers at area hospitals to get the word out about the program, and also established a process for receiving referrals.

The Blackfeet Elder Protection Team, established in response to an increased number of referrals to Bureau of Indian Affairs Law Enforcement and Social Services programs, consists of volunteer members from Blackfeet Eagle Shield Center, Blackfeet Personal Care Attendant Program, Bureau of Indian Affairs Social Services, and Indian Health Services.

For more information about the Blackfeet Organizational Payee Program, contact Terry Flamand at (406) 338-3483 or [email protected].

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Strategies for Reaching Isolated and Underserved Victims of Elder Abuse

NCEA recently provided seed funding to support new community outreach initiatives aimed at reaching underserved and isolated victims of elder abuse and those at risk. Learn more about the Blackfeet Nation's Organizational Payee Program as well as other demonstrations, their successes, their strategies, and their partnerships. Project leaders share lessons learned and offer suggestions for replication.

Listen to the replay of the NCEA Web cast >> www.elderabusecenter.org/default.cfm?p=eventsandwebcasts.cfm


NCEA News & Resources

NCEA Releases New Study: Availability and Utility of Interdisciplinary Data on Elder Abuse

A new White Paper from the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging, The Availability and Utility of Interdisciplinary Data on Elder Abuse, commissioned and funded by NCEA, explores and analyzes a wide variety of public data sources having the potential to enrich researchers' and policymakers' understanding of the nature and scope of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

Examples of data sources given include Medicare Claims Data; CDC Injury Data Systems; Nursing Home Minimum Data Set; Long Term Care/Health Care Complaint Data; National Ombudsman Reporting System Data; Bureau of Justice Statistics National Crime Victimization Survey; FBI National Incident Based Reporting System; Social Security Representative Payee System; Statewide Legal Hotlines for the Elderly; and more.

The White Paper on Interdisciplinary Data can be found on the NCEA Web site at >>
www.elderabusecenter.org/pdf/publication/WhitePaper060404.pdf

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Three New Elder Abuse Fatality Review Teams to Receive Start-Up Funding
by Lori Stiegel, JD, American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging

Three new Elder Abuse Fatality Review Teams (EAFRT) will receive start-up funds from NCEA through one of its partner organizations, the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging. The new EAFRT teams will be led by:

  • Kane County (Illinois) Coroner's Office
  • Lifespan of Greater Rochester, Inc. Elder Abuse Prevention Program
  • Virginia's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

Two of the teams are county based. The Virginia team is statewide. All three jurisdictions are both urban and rural in nature.

EAFRTs are multidisciplinary, multi-agency teams that examine deaths resulting from or related to elder abuse. Their purpose is to learn about and improve the responses of adult protective services, health care providers, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, victim assistance providers, and others to living elder abuse victims. The goal is to prevent similar deaths in the future.

Through September this year, the teams will use their seed grants of $5,666 to assist the start-up phase, collect and analyze data, and send one team representative to an ABA Commission on Law and Aging workshop on EAFRTs to be held during the 2006 National Adult Protective Services Administrators Conference. ABA plans to hold several conference calls to promote and foster ongoing dialogue. A dedicated EAFRT listserve previously set up by ABA will further interaction.

The new groups NCEA has provided seed funds to are located in states that do not currently have laws authorizing an EAFRT, but each will support enactment of such legislation in their state. Each team has at least one member who has served on a fatality review team examining either child abuse or domestic violence. Learn more >>

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NCEA Service Spotlight: Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly (CANE)
by Karen Stein, PhD and Sharon Merriman-Nai, University of Delaware

It was 20 years ago this month that the Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly (CANE) first launched as a service to assist researchers in the field. Today, the CANE archive catalogs nearly 6,000 references, and is accessed worldwide by professionals and practitioners in adult protective services, health and human services, legal services, law enforcement, banking, medicine, government policy, education, media, students, and by the public.

What is a clearinghouse?
A clearinghouse is a channel for the distribution of information or assistance regarding a specific subject, such as elder mistreatment.

What does CANE offer?
CANE is a gateway to finding scholarly literature relevant to elder mistreatment, including physical abuse, neglect, self-neglect, psychological abuse, sexual abuse, financial abuse and exploitation, ageism, and domestic violence in later life. Although the core of the collection consists of peer-reviewed journal articles, we also catalogue and abstract books, manuals, reports, videos, and online resources.

How can I access the CANE database?
Visit our Web site at http://db.rdms.udel.edu:8080/CANE. Our searchable, annotated bibliographic database makes it easy to find the information you need. We regularly add new citations and summaries, so check back often.

On our Web site, you will find tips for customizing your search, as well as highlights of what is new in the field. We also publish annotated bibliographies on pertinent topics – 23 have been published to date on subjects such as hoarding, self neglect, and financial abuse and undue influence. The CANE Bibliography Series is available for free download from www.elderabusecenter.org/default.cfm?p=cane.cfm

How do I get the articles that I want?
Some references are available online, and many will be available at your local University's library or through interlibrary loan services. Some materials, such as books, videos and manuals, must be obtained directly through the publisher or producer. If you cannot locate something, we urge you to contact the CANE offices directly, and we will make every effort to connect you with the material.

Is there a fee for this service?
The CANE Web site and CANE Bibliography Series are freely accessible. We are sensitive to the budgetary realities of those of you who use our services, and strive to keep our fees as low as possible. At times, however, it is necessary to charge a nominal fee for postage and handling when mailing packets. Please contact us directly to determine if fees apply.

For further information, contact:
Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly/CANE
Leadership Program/SUAPP
111 Academy Street, 188-B Graham Hall
Newark, Delaware 19716
(302) 831-3525 Fax: (302) 831-3587
[email protected]

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New Information About State Laws Now Available

The NCEA Web site has been expanded and updated to include new and updated information about state laws related to elder abuse. We are especially pleased to offer:

  • State Law Citations and State Links – This section offers an updated list of citations to state Adult Protective Services, institutional abuse, and long term care ombudsman program laws. The hyperlinks will take you directly to state statutes.
  • Analysis of State APS Law – New statutory charts from the ABA Commission on Law and Aging offer a quick reference detailing the types of abuse specified in state Adult Protective Services law and state variations in the legal definition of elder abuse. Also available are the 2003 and 2004 analyses of state legislation amending APS laws and a combined chart of the issues impacted by those amendments.

On the Internet >> www.elderabusecenter.org/default.cfm?p=lawstoc.cfm

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Sign up today for the National Center on Elder Abuse Listserve

NCEA Elder Abuse listserve provides a free, 24-hour, 7-day-a-week online link to others who are working on elder abuse issues. The NCEA listserve is a discussion forum for professionals working in elder abuse or allied fields. Membership is restricted to adult protective services practitioners and administrators, aging services practitioners and administrators, educators, health professionals, judges, lawyers, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, policy makers, and researchers.

To request a subscription to the Elder Abuse listserve, just fill out the form at www.elderabusecenter.org/default.cfm?p=listservesubscribeform.cfm, or If you prefer, you can e-mail the list manager at [email protected]. All requests must include the information below:

  • Your name, profession, and e-mail address
  • A statement of your interest or expertise in elder abuse or adult protective services
  • Employer's name (if applicable) and address
  • Phone number (so that you can be contacted in the event of an e-mail problem)

See our Web site for more details.
http://www.elderabusecenter.org/default.cfm?p=listserve.cfm


On the Front Lines

Maine Facts & Stats & Stats 1

  • An estimated 12,000 incidents of abuse occur in Maine annually, according to the University of Maine's Partners for Elder Protection Project (MePEP).
  • 75% to 85% elder abuse in Maine is never reported.

Source: Maine Partners for Elder Protection Project, University of Maine Center on Aging www.umaine.edu/mainecenteronaging/mepep.htm

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.

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Maine Online Resources

AGENCY SOURCES

STATUTES

OTHER RESOURCES


Research & Scholarship

"Demographics of Adult Abuse and Neglect During a Five-Year Period"
by Christopher S. Courtney and Frank Lovecchio, Maricopa Medical Center (Phoenix, AZ)
Academic Emergency Medicine, Vol. 13, No. 5, Suppl. 1 / May 2006

FINDINGS & CONCLUSIONS
This study examined patterns of APS reports (substantiated vs. unsubstantiated) of adult abuse and neglect a county of 3.5 million inhabitants. The analysis covered the five year period 2000 to 2005. A total of 13,721 cases resulted in investigation and 10,405 did not. The study found no significant differences among sexes or races between the two groups. According to research reported, self-harm (40.6%) and a caregiver/residence home (35.1%) resulted in 75.7% of substantiated cases. It also reports that patients in the 70-74 and 75-79 age groups were more likely to have cases that resulted in substantiated abuse and neglect, and that a care facility was responsible for 4,763 (39.7%) of substantiated cases. No cases of substantiated or unsubstantiated adult neglect were referred by medical providers. The study's investigators conclude that substantiated abuse and neglect is more common in groups over 70 years of age compared to unsubstantiated cases.

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"Lifetime of Intimate Partner Violence: Coping Strategies of Older Women"
by Therese Zink, MD, Olmsted Medical Center (Rochester, MN); C. Jeff Jacobson, Jr., PhD and Stephanie Pabst, Saundra L. Regan, PhD, University of Cincinnati, Department of Family Medicine; and Bonnie S. Fisher, PhD, University of Cincinnati, Division of Criminal Justice
Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Vol. 21, No. 5 / May 2006 (Forthcoming)

Findings & Conclusions
In this study, interviews were conducted with 38 women older than age 55 years. According to the investigators, grounded theory analysis demonstrated that women who remained in their abusive relationships employed mainly cognitive (emotion-focused) strategies to find meaning in a situation that was perceived as unchangeable. By reappraising themselves, their spouses, and their relationships they refocused energies in certain roles, set limits with their abusers, and reached out to others (friends, family, and community organizations). Some women appeared to thrive, others merely survived, but all maintained the appearance of conjugal unity.


Note: Scholarly literature is often published online before print publication. There may be a short delay in receipt by CANE. Check individual publisher sites. Many publishers offer pay-per-article service.

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A complete review of journal articles and publications, 2004-2005 Year in Review: Research and Scholarship on Elder Abuse, has recently been posted on the NCEA Web site. Click here to view >> www.elderabusecenter.org/default.cfm?p=cane_pubs0604705a.cfm

To see abstracts of more published studies, visit the Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly at http://db.rdms.udel.edu:8080/CANE/index.jsp. For assistance, e-mail CANE at [email protected].


Trends & Statistics

Frail Older Americans and Their Caregivers

  • In 2002, about 8.7 million older Americans living at home reported some type of disability that limited their ability to perform basic personal activities or live independently. About 6 percent were severely disabled.
  • Nearly two in three of those who are frail (61.3%) received outside help. About two-thirds were helped by only one caregiver. However, paid help is rare: Only 14 percent received paid home care services.
  • Unpaid caregivers who assume primary responsibility for the personal care of frail older people average 201 hours of help per month, more than the typical full-time job.
  • Slightly more than half (53.1%) of frail older people living alone received regular care in 2002. On average, older women with serious disabilities received 63 hours less care per month than their male counterparts, a shortfall of about 23 percent.
  • Daughters account for about 7 of every 10 adult children who help their frail parents and about 5 of every 6 who assume primary responsibility for their personal care.
  • About one in three (31%) frail older people suffers from depression.

– SOURCE: Johnson, R. W. and J. M. Wiener (2006). A Profile of Frail Older Americans and Their Caregivers. Washington, DC: Urban Institute: www.urban.org/publications/311284.html


Funding Opportunities

Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation Offers Grants to Shelters for Victims of Domestic Violence

Applications are now being accepted for Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation Shelter Grants. The grants may be used to help cover domestic violence shelter operating costs. Traditionally, the Foundation's Shelter Grant awards are announced in the fall to coincide with National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.

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NIJ Justice Graduate Research Fellowship Funding Available

The U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is seeking ABD doctoral student applicants for the 2007 Graduate Research Fellowship program. The NIJ fellowship supports doctoral research focused on crime and justice-related issues. NIJ's current priority areas are violence and victimization (including elder fraud); law enforcement/policing; justice systems; corrections; courts, prosecution, and defense; offender programs and treatment; crime prevention; forensics; and international crime and justice.

Application Deadline: November 28, 2006
Award Amount: Up to 10 fellowship grants $20,000 each
Download RFP >> www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/sl000747.pdf

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Resources for Grant Writers

  • Grants.Gov Grant Writing Tips
    Writing proposals is hard work even for the best writers. At Grants.gov you will find a number of suggestions on what makes a good proposal >> www.grants.gov/Resources

  • Grant Writing Tools for Non-Profits
    Free web-based tools for non-profit organizations, charitable, educational, public organizations, and other community-minded groups >> www.npguides.org/guide/grant1.htm

  • Foundation Funding Guide: Public Health and Mental Health Funding
    State-by-state directory, courtesy of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) >> http://archive.naccho.org/Funding-Guide/default.asp

Calendar/Coming Up

Celebrate the 1st Annual World Elder Abuse Day
Show the World You Care . . . .Wear Something Purple June 16, 2006

Learn More >> www.inpea.net/weaad.html

 

 

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June 19-20
United Nations International Conference on
E-Technology Challenges and Opportunities: Empowering the Graying Society
UN Headquarters, New York City

Hosted by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs Programme on Ageing and State University of New York at Stony Brook, this Conference seeks to address these questions:

  • How can global connectivity assist in resolving the complex challenges of a Graying Society?
  • What "blueprint" is needed?
  • How can the role of e-health play a part in improving the quality of life for all?
  • How can technology stimulate new health-related mindsets for prevention and chronic diseases?
  • How can elder abuse be prevented?
  • How can partnerships be developed which incorporate older persons' experience and augment their capacities?
  • How can ICT tools enhance life-long learning and empowerment?

Señora Margarita Cedeno de Fernández, First Lady of the Dominican Republic, and Ms. Dorothy Height, former President of the National Council of Negro Women have been invited to serve as keynote speakers.

More information >> www.un.org/events/agingcf.htm

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Call for Nominations for the 17th Annual National Adult Protective Services Conference

The National Adult Protective Services Association invites nominations for the 2006 NAPSA Awards to be presented at the 17th Annual NAPSA Conference. Awards will be bestowed in five categories. Please send your nominations to Joe Snyder, President, NAPSA, Director, Older Adult and Protective Services, Philadelphia Corporation for the Aging, [email protected]

This year's NAPSA Annual Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, in San Francisco, California, from September 6-8, 2006.

Award Nominations Due: June 15, 2006
Nomination Application Form >>
www.apsnetwork.org/Training/documents/NominationApplication.doc
NAPSA Conference Web Site >> www.apsnetwork.org/Training/conference.htm

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Check our Web site often for more dates and events
elderabusecenter.org/default.cfm?p=conferencesevents.cfm


In Brief

National Citizens' Coalition for Nursing Home Reform Releases, "Faces of Neglect: Behind Closed Doors of Nursing Homes" at Capitol Hill Briefing

The National Citizens' Coalition for Nursing Home Reform has issued a new report, Faces of Neglect: Behind Closed Doors of Nursing Homes," portraying the terrible, often fatal, consequences of nursing home abuse and neglect. The report was released April 28 at a Capitol Hill briefing for congressional staffers.

According to statistics given, in 2004 state regulatory agencies cited 26.2 percent of nursing homes nationwide for violations related to quality of care. The report states that, "Many of the facilities where neglect and abuse occur are repeat poor performers with long histories of serious, identified problems."

Highlights from Faces of Neglect are available at
www.nccnhr.org/action_center/366_1994_12825.cfm

For more information, see NCCNHR Wake-Up Call to Address Abuse and Neglect in Nursing Facilities
www.nccnhr.org/action_center/366_1994_12824.cfm

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University of Iowa Web Site Offers Access to Elder Mistreatment Screening Instruments

The University of Iowa College of Medicine's Department of Family Medicine Web site allows access to a variety of helpful resources for practitioners and researchers – foremost among them, links to the following screening instruments for elder abuse:

Elder Mistreatment Screening Instruments

  • Actual Abuse Tool
  • Brief Abuse Screen for the Elderly (BASE)
  • Elder Assessment Instrument (EAI)
  • Health, Attitudes Toward Aging, Living Arrangements, and Finances (HALF) Assessment
  • Hwalek-Sengstock Elder Abuse Screening Test (H-S/EAST)
  • Indicators of Abuse (IOA) Screen
  • Partner Violence Screen (PVS)
  • Questions to Elicit Elder Abuse
  • Risk of Abuse Tool
  • Screen for Various Types of Abuse or Neglect
  • Suspected Abuse Tool
  • Vulnerability to Abuse Screening Scale (VASS)

See the University of Iowa Department of Family Medicine's Web site to access >>
www.uihealthcare.com/depts/med/familymedicine/research/geriatrics/eldermistreatment/index.html


New on the Bookshelf

 Elder Abuse: Selected Papers from the Prague World Congress on Family Violence
E. Podnieks, RN, EdD, J. Kosberg, PhD, ACSW, and A. Lowenstein, PhD, eds The Haworth Press, Inc., 2005

A valuable and timely book for raising global awareness of elder abuse, this recently published volume is a selection of key papers presented to the 2nd World Congress on Family Violence. Topics include:

  • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: The Risks of Caregiving
  • Elder Abuse of Custodial Grandparents: A Hidden Phenomenon
  • Combating Elder Financial Abuse-A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to a Growing Problem
  • Study of Elder Abuse Within Diverse Cultures
  • A National Look at Elder Abuse Multidisciplinary Teams
  • Forensic Medical Examination Form for Improved Documentation and Prosecution of Elder Abuse
  • Elder Abuse Awareness in Faith Communities: Findings from a Canadian Pilot Study
  • Exploratory Study of Responses in Elder Abuse in Faith Communities
  • Older Women, Domestic Violence, and Elder Abuse: A Review of Commonalities, Differences and Shared Approaches
  • Elder Abuse Risk Indicators and Screening Questions: Results from a Literature Search and a Panel of Experts from Developed and Developing Countries

Price: $29.95 (paperback). More information >>
haworthpress.com/store/product.asp?sid=0E9PA3QHH
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 Elder Abuse and Mistreatment
M. Joanna Mellor, DSW, Yeshiva University and Patricia Brownell, PhD, Fordham University, eds.
The Haworth Press, Inc., Forthcoming, Spring 2006

Among the many contributors to this comprehensive new reference are L. Rene Bergeron, PhD, University of New Hampshire; Elizabeth Podnieks, RN, EdD, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada; and Daniel A. Reingold, JD, Hebrew Home for the Aged, Riverdale. Chapters include:

  • Communities Respond to Elder Abuse
  • A Policy Perspective on Elder Justice through APS and Law Enforcement Collaboration
  • Social Inclusion: Interplay of Determinants of Health-New Insights into Elder Abuse
  • Self-Determination and Elder Abuse: Do We Know Enough?
  • Use of a Single Page Elder Abuse Assessment and Management Tool: A Practical Clinician's Approach
  • An Elder Abuse Shelter Program: Build It and They Will Come
  • Consumer Fraud and the Elderly: Canadian Challenges and Initiatives
  • Psycho-Educational Support Groups for Older Women Victims of Family Mistreatment
  • Ethical and Psychosocial Issues in Cases of Mistreatment of Older Adults
  • Elder Abuse and Neglect Among Veterans in Greater Los Angeles
  • Hearing the Voices of Abused Older Women
  • Effects of Dependency on Compliance Rates Among Elder Abuse Victims at the New York City Department for the Aging, Elderly Crime Victim's Unit

For more information, or to request a textbook review copy, go to >>
www.haworthpress.com/store/product.asp?sku=5710

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 Partnering with Faith Communities to Provide Better Elder Fraud Prevention, Intervention, and Victim Services
by Lisa Curtis, Denver District Attorney's Office
Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice, April 2006

This new OVC bulletin showcases the "Communities Against Senior Exploitation (CASE)" program, a community partnership of the Denver District Attorney's Office in which prosecutors and law enforcement partner with the local faith community for elder fraud prevention. The Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs has selected the CASE Partnership as a national model for program replication, training, and technical assistance.

On the Internet (E-ONLY) >> www.ovc.gov/publications/bulletins/elderfraud_case/welcome.html

For more information

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 Victims of Crime – A Social Work Response: Building Skills to Strengthen Survivors
by Fran Danis, Ph.D., ACSW, University of Missouri-Columbia, and staff of the National Association of Social Workers, Texas Chapter
Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice, April 2006

This multimedia training kit, developed for practitioners and students at the graduate level, includes trainer and participant manuals, video clip with transcript, video discussion guide, and replication guide.

On the Internet (in HTML and PDF formats) >>
www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/assist/NASW_Kit/welcome.html

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May 2006
Volume 8, No. 6
Sara Aravanis, Director
Susan Coombs Ficke, Contributing Writer/Editor

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