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
nationwide elder fraud sweep of 250+ defendants
- Included criminal, civil & forfeiture actions - 200 charged criminally.
- Financial schemes targeting or largely affecting older adults.
- Caused losses of more than half a billion dollars.
NYS OCFS Adult services news
For updates on APS activities around the state, plus a special thank you to Debra Sacks read the Summer Newsletter. Articles on Remote Access to TOP and review of recent APS data are included in Oct 2017 newsletter.
Upstate Elder Abuse Center at Lifespan: Monthly financial exploitation webinars
Held the first Wednesday of the month at 10 am for professionals only. Please sign-up for the Coalition E-News (upper right box) to receive information about the monthly webinars.
Series of fraud and scam related public awareness news articles
Be alert to possible scams related to new Medicare cards
Western union $586 million settlement
FTC Alerts Consumers: If Scammers had you pay them via Western Union, you can file a claim to get money back.
Deadline to file a claim has been extended to May 31, 2018.
New law related to developing guidelines for identifying & reporting mistreatment
A8258 / S6676 - Guidelines, screening tools, and training materials will be developed for healthcare providers regarding identifying different forms of abuse, appropriate interventions, options for reporting suspected cases, and available resources for older adult victims.