A Statewide Elder Abuse Prevention Effort
Elder abuse, neglect and exploitation are largely hidden, shrouded in secrecy and shame. Older adults are often reluctant to reveal incidents of abuse, particularly when the abuser is a family member. Adding to the problem, many health care, law enforcement, financial and aging service professionals often do not understand or recognize elder abuse, neglect or exploitation. When they do recognize the problem, they often do not know where to turn for help. This coalition is a multidisciplinary, statewide network of over 1,900 individuals, organizations and government agencies working together to protect older adults from abuse, neglect and exploitation.
In the Spotlight
October 2018 - honoring domestic violence awareness month
State & National Resources
New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) free webinar, Oct 11, 2018 at 1:00 - 2:30 pm EST - The Intersection of Guns and Domestic Violence
details & registration
Check here throughout the month for updated information.
Enhanced Multidisciplinary teams (e-mdts) in new york state
Expansion of Enhanced Multidisciplinary Teams (E-MDTs) throughout NYS is continuing. New RFAs for developing or expanding teams will be available soon.
Please check this space for updates regarding this next phase in the effort to develop teams throughout New York State. There are 28 teams currently operating or in various stages of development. The goal is to have coordinated E-MDTs in each county by 2020.
Understanding long term trauma and its impact on older adults
Updated summary report includes background on this NYS OPDV Ursula Forem Domestic Violence Employment Fellowship Grant Project; creation of a Trauma Screening Tool for older adults (Life Event Screening Tool - LEST), using it with other screening tools; health risks related to trauma; role of Trauma-Informed Care Professional; establishing realistic and achievable goals for the older adult; working with their support system.
For more information, contact Misty Bolt, LMSW, Lifespan's Elder Abuse Prevention Program.
Elder Abuse Thrives in Silence
"How could this happen to me?"
"Most elder abuse is hidden, yet it occurs in all income strata, in all neighborhoods and in families you would never suspect. All to often, victims at too ashamed, too frightened to tell someone, to ask for help."
WEAAD article by Lifespan's Art Mason and Kelly Zunner-Daniels
Albany Attorney Admits to Stealing Millions from Elderly Clients
"Any lawyer preying on elders should take notice that criminal conduct by attorneys will be aggressively investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
June 11 DOJ Press Release
June 11 NY AG Press Release
Copy of Felony Complaint
Be alert to possible scams related to new Medicare cards