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Below you will find links to Reference Materials; News & Information; Upcoming Events; Funding Opportuinities; Archived Events (Additional archived information from Home Page can be found on the Resources & Links page)

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Protect Those Who Protected Us

Stop Scams against Service Men & Women

Information from NCEA on what to do if you suspect that you or a veteran you know might be a victim of abuse.

Important Flyer to Post & Share



Helpful New York Power of Attorney Reference Documents    New!

NYS POA Selected Highlights Information Sheet   

NYS POA Reform Legislation Summary of the Changes   


Laws & Legislation


White Collar Crime Task Force

An initiative of the NYS District Attorney Association


Sweeping recommendations, including procedural changes & amendments to NYS laws governing prosecution of corruption, cybercrime, ID theft, money laundering, and fraud - including elder fraud.

Task Force Press Release

Full Report

Appendix with amendments

2015 bill numbers for legislation introduced in response to Task Force recommendations:

A.4447/S.395 - larceny related 

A.4446/S.624 - access to certain medical records

A.4440/S.394 - examination of witness 

A.4470/S.4593 - larceny related

to access these bills

A.8780/S.7188 Signed by Governor on Sept 4, 2014 

     Allows social worker or informal caregiver to be present and give care to vulnerable elderly person during certain grand jury proceedings.

read 2014 Chap. 347

(2015 Senate bill 5832-A adds financial crimes)


Reporting Financial Abuse

Clarification for Financial Institutions

Working with Financial Services - Adult Protective Services Guidelines & Form released in June 2015      New!

background information                                             

June 2015 Guidelines

request form

NYS Department of Financial Services

Guidance for Financial Institutions on Preventing elder Financial Exploitation - Feb 26, 2015

read Superintendent Lawsky's letter


Federal Interagency Guidance on Privacy Laws & Reporting Financial Abuse of Older Adults - Sept 24, 2013

read interagency guidance document

SEC press release



White House Conference on Aging

visit the White House Conference on Aging website often for updates

video footage from the July 13, 2015 WHCOA

also visit the USDOJ Elder Justice Website - includes resources for victims, families, prosecutors, practitioners, and a comprehensive research database.


New OCFS Phone Number Makes Services for Vulnerable Older Adults More Accessible

     New Yorkers should now dial 1-844-697-3505 for the NYS Human Services Call Center (HSCC), which can answer questions about adult services, provide contact information for local APS, or take information regarding abuse, neglect, or exploitation of adults and send it to the local APS unit. As always, if someone is in immediate danger - call 911.

for more information including HSCC hours


New York State Elder Abuse Prevention Training Manual

Introductory guide to help raise awareness among all professional groups who come in contact with older adults. Contains general information that is important for everyone to know, as well as additional resources.

Includes specific information on financial exploitation, the fastest growing form of abuse - often involving other forms of abuse and often the most devastating for the older victim.

Shining Light on the Hidden Problem of Elder Abuse


Powerful Video - Shining Light on the Hidden Problem of Elder Abuse

A Victim's Story in Her Own Words

click on the video to hear her story


Identity Theft Kit

Useful Guide for Victims of ID Theft

ID Theft Guide


Elder Justice Roadmap Project Report

     For links to the Executive Summary, Full Report and Appendices, as well as links to many other Federal Government Reports & Publications click here   


Financial Exploitation of Older Adults: A Population-Based Prevalence Study

more information on the Research & Training page


NYS Coalition on Elder Abuse

If you are interested in joining the New York State Coalition on Elder Abuse, please fill out and return a membership form. The Coalition is based in New York, but often addresses elder abuse issues that have national or international interest.

more information about the Coalition & a copy of the form


Archived Information: several listings that were originally on this page have been moved to the Resources & Links page for ongoing reference


Please remember to click the refresh button on your computer to make sure you are viewing the most updated version of this website.

In The News

Wyoming Co - 23-year old gets Interim Probation for Serious Assault on 72 -year old man

read article

read more details


Multiple Counties - Troopers: Suspects racked up thousands in charges after stealing credit card from elderly person

read article

watch TV news video


Mandated Reporting & Raise the Age Issues in New York State

College at Brockport Social Work Students have been researching these two important issues and will present their findings on Dec 14 as part of their policy analysis projects.

additional information


Financial Abuse of the Elderly: Sometimes Unnoticed, Always Predatory - New York Times article

read the NYT article


Livingston Co great-granddaughter charged with Grand Larceny & Forgery

video interview with Sheriff & DA


Orleans Co woman charged with 3rd Degree Grand Larceny - order of protection granted for victim

read article


Gates Police: 92-year-old woman in Monroe County gave Social Security number to phone scammers - checks she relied on to live on stopped going into her bank account

for video interviews & article


Watch Paul Greenwood, San Diego Deputy District Attorney, and Beth Baker, a loving grandmother, tell her story about how she became a victim of the insidious Grandparent Scam. We all need to take action now to protect others from this devastating crime.

watch brief video, learn, warn others



Upcoming Events

Free National Consumer Law Center Webinar

Thurs, Jan 21, 2016; 2:00 pm EST

Legal Remedies to Financial Exploitation of Property: Let's Get Grandpa's House Back!

more information & registration - will also be archived for future reference

Speakers: Denis Culley, David Godfrey, Lori Stiegel


NAPSA/NCPEA/NCCD Free Webinar - Research to Practice (R2P)

Wed, Jan 27; 2:00 - 3:30 pm EST

An Introduction to the Tool for Risk, Interventions and Outcomes (TRIO)

to register


Call for Workshop Proposals

National Center for Victims of Crime

2016 National Training Institute

Deadline to submit extended to Fri, Jan 29, 2016



Aging Concerns Unite Us Conference (ACUU)

Albany, NY

June 7 & 8, 2016

ACUU Conference website


Save the Dates

27th Annual NAPSA Conference

Aug 29 - 31, 2016

7th Annual Summit on Elder Financial Exploitation

Sept 1, 2016

Philadelphia, PA


  Funding Opportunities

New OVW/DOJ Funding Opportunity - Jan & Feb deadlines

details & links


Funding Available for Elder Abuse Victim Assistance

archived webinar from Dec 1, 2015




  Archived Events


Oct 2015Webinar Series

5 programs

Association on Aging in NY & NYSOFA

archived webinars - also includes links to all webinars since 2012


National Legal Resource Center

NLRC website

National Elder Rights Training Project Webinar Series

Wed, Jan, 14, 2015 - 2 pm EST

Ethical Challenges of Legal Services Working on Elder Abuse Issues

Wed, Feb 11, 2015 - 2 pm EST

Involuntary Transfer & Discharge from Nursing Homes: Prevention, Advocacy & Appeals

archived webinars


Mon, Jan 12, 2015

2 pm - 3:30 pm ET

NAPSA / NCCD / NCPEA Research to Practice (R2P) Webinar

Forensic Markers of Elder Abuse & Neglect

Presenter: Laura Mosqueda, MD, FAAFP, AGSF

details & registration

direct link to flyer


National Center for Victims of Crime

Recognize, Report, and Recover

Webinar Series

Programs are recorded & archived

view list & details

Fri, Nov 21, 2014 Webinar

Now archived

Victim Service Providers Respond to Elder Financial Exploitation

Speakers: Liz Loewy & Merry O'Brien

recording, slides, & other materials now available

Fri, Dec 5, 2014 Webinar

Now archived

Friends & Family Respond to Elder Financial Exploitation

recording, slides & other materials now available


World Elder Abuse Awareness Day - 2014 review

Check the Regional Coalitions page for updated news & reports on some of the events that were held throughout New York State and Nationally in recognition of WEAAD 2014

Regional Coalitions page


Archived copy of the April 23 Webinar

Elder Justice Initiative: Action and Advocacy from the Grassroots Up

archived webinar

Elder Justice Coalition website


National Crime Victims' Rights Week

30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice

watch NYS OVS Crime Victims' Rights video

U.S. DOJ, Office for Victims of Crime website - check for ongoing updates regarding 2015 events & information

National Crime Victims Resource Guide



APS Research to Practice Webinar Series covering a variety of interesting topics - over 15 webinars from 2010 thru 2014

recordings & copies of slides are available on NCCD's website


New & Archived Webinars

NYS Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NYSCASA)

information & registration



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New York State Coalition on Elder Abuse - Statewide Elder Abuse Outreach Effort


Formed by Lifespan to implement the New York State Elder Abuse Summit Action Agenda, the coalition is a multidisciplinary, statewide network of over 1,000 individuals, organizations and government agencies working together to protect older adults from abuse, neglect and exploitation. Through statewide outreach efforts, the Coalition serves as a catalyst for change, raising awareness and offering solutions for prevention and intervention through education, advocacy and research. Lifespan provides staff support for the Coalition.



The New York State Coalition on Elder Abuse is administered by Lifespan of Greater Rochester, Inc.
1900 S. Clinton Avenue, Rochester, New York, 14618   Contact Us