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

new federal funding opportunities

Link to U.S. DOJ, OJP, Office for Victims of Crime website

free webinar from the cfpb’s office for older americans

Date: Tues, April 9, 2019
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
Webinar slides
Webinar recording

Discussing the findings from the new report, Suspicious Activity Reports on Elder Financial Exploitation: Issues and Trends.

Summary of the report
Full report

For questions or additional information, contact Tami Sieckman at

Complaints about the Social Security scam are increasing

Important information update from the CFPB with links to FTC notice and audio example of a scam call.

Recent new activity - call received recently was from (920) 541-7528 - this is a scam, do not answer the phone.
For more information from FTC

FTC Government Imposter Scams Consumer Information

To file a complaint

Free ID Theft Webinar from CEJC

State ID Theft Coalitions: Stolen Identities and Beyond

Wed, May 22, 2019; 2:00 pm ET
Recording will be available
Program details & registration

Paul Caccamise (Lifespan - NYS)
Sarah Geotz
Hazel Heckers
Leita King
(Lifespan - NYS)
Mila Mignosa

enhanced multidisciplinary teams (e-mdts) in new york state

Funding awarded for three new E-MDT Hub Regions:
Broome County Region (Nov 2018) - Action for Older Persons
Long Island Region (Apr 2019) - The Safe Center LI
North Country Region (Apr 2019) - Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Ogdensburg

Expansion of E-MDTs throughout NYS will be continuing. New RFAs will be available later this year. Please check this space for updates regarding this next phase in the effort to develop teams throughout New York State. There are now 44 teams currently operating or in various stages of development. The goal is to have coordinated E-MDTs in each county by 2020.

World elder abuse awareness

Continue your collaborative efforts, working together on ways to shine a light on elder abuse during the month of June. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) - Lifting Up Voices 2019.

WEAAD Tools & Tips - many ideas, many resources, check often.

Link to The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) website

Check below, to the right, and on the separate Events page for a growing list of local and national events and activities.

events during june 2019

23rd Annual Aging Concerns Unit Us (ACUU) Conference: Encouraging Partnerships - Enriching Lives

Tues, June 11 & Wed, June 12, 2019
The Desmond, Albany, NY
Program details & registration

22nd Annual Syracuse Area Elder Abuse Conference - Beyond First Response: Uncovering Elder Abuse

Thurs, June 13, 2019
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
DoubleTree Hotel, East Syracuse, NY

Keynote: Dr. Tony Rosen and Alyssa Elman, LMSW, NY-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center
Transforming The Emergency Response for Elder Abuse Victims

12 additional workshop options
Program details & registration - registration closes June 5

11th Annual Hudson Valley WEAAD Conference: Giving Elder Abuse Victims a Voice

Fri, June 14, 2019
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dutchess Community College

Keynote: Art Mason, Director, Upstate Elder Abuse Center at Lifespan

Many guest speakers & presentation discussions throughout the day
Program details & registration

Rockland County OFA: WEAAD Community Forum

Fri, June 14, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Palisades Center Mall, 4th floor, Adler Room - RSVP by June 7, 345-364-2110

Keynote: Paul Caccamise, VP for Program, Lifespan

Oneida County OFA: Educational Workshops for Professionals & Community Members

Wed, June 19, 2019
Session 1 - 9:00 am (professionals)
Societal Factors behind Elder Mistreatment, Crimes & Myths
Session 2 - 12:30 pm (community)
Why Elder Mistreatment is an Emerging Social Issue
The Clinton Arena, Clinton, NY

Keynote: Art Mason, Director, Upstate Elder Abuse Center at Lifespan
Program details & registration

older adults may need assistance, but they don’t need fixing

“Rather, professional support and guidance to review options and walk with older survivors of abuse can help to break the silence and ensure that our older adults live with dignity and respect.”
WEAAD D & C guest columnist - Tracey Siebert-Konopko, Lifespan

events during june & july 2019

Lifting Up Voices Webinar

Wed, June 5, 2019
2:00 - 3:30 pm ET
Program details & registration - will also be recorded

Includes unveiling & discussion of new Lifting Up the Voices of Older Survivors video project.

5th Global Summit
15th Anniversary of WEAAD

Tues, June 11, 2019
SEC Building, Washington, DC

Columbia/Greene Task Force on Prevention & Education of Elder Abuse: Series of informational fairs and presentations at local libraries

June 18 & 27; July 9, 17 & 23, 2019
See flyer for program details, locations & times

Please check the Events page for additional information and past WEAAD activities

The Elder Abuse Education & Outreach Program is funded by Monroe County Office for the Aging and New York State Office for the Aging