There are many resources available for information about elder abuse, law and aging. We encourage you to visit some of these websites:
Federal definitions of elder abuse first appeared in the 1987 Amendments to the Older Americans Act, however, these definitions are guidelines. Each state defines elder abuse according to its unique statutes and regulations, and definitions vary from state to state. Researchers also use varying definitions to describe and study the problem.
Domestic elder abuse generally refers to any of the following types of mistreatment that are committed by someone with whom the elder has a special relationship (for example, a spouse, sibling, child, friend, or caregiver).
Institutional abuse generally refers to any of the following types of mistreatment occurring in residential facilities (such as a nursing home, assisted living facility, group home, board and care facility, foster home, etc.) and is usually perpetrated by someone with a legal or contractual obligation to provide some element of care or protection.
Elder abuse can affect people of all ethnic backgrounds and social status and can affect both men and women. The following types of abuse are commonly accepted as the major categories of elder mistreatment:
Although there are distinct types of abuse defined, it is not uncommon for an elder to experience more than one type of mistreatment at the same or different times. For example, a person financially exploiting an elder may also be neglecting to provide appropriate care, food, medication, etc. Visit http://www.ncea.aoa.gov/faq/index.aspx for additional information.
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National Associations and Advocacy Organizations
California Elder Justice Coalition (CEJC) works to protect the rights, independence, security, and well being of vulnerable older adults in California by improving the response of the legal, protective services and long term support systems. The CEJC News and Updates e-newsletter includes CA state and local news, national news, recently released research/reports, resources, and spotlights on promising practices. CEJC News and Updates: Dec. 2012-Jan. 2013
This free webinar highlighted:
View the recording: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGqRTNC10PU&feature=youtu.be
Download the presentation slides (PDF)
Presented of Feb. 21, 2013 by the Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse & Neglect and made possible by a grant from the Archstone Foundation.
This publication offers an overview of the law, issues and practical concerns of elder financial abuse from both a civil and criminal perspective.
Civil Elder Financial Abuse for Prosecutors/Criminal Elder Financial Abuse for Civil Lawyers (pdf) downloadable booklet was produced by Institute on Aging with material contributed by Helen Karr, Esq. and Steve Riess, Esq.
A Collaborative Approach to Multidisciplinary Teams in Sonoma County (pdf) by Adult and Aging Services Division, Human Services Dept., County of Sonoma CA (2012)
Sonoma County’s Elder and Dependent Adult MDT has been in existence in its current form for over ten years, and in that time many new collaborative ideas and practices have been developed. This report provides recommendations to improve the Sonoma County MDT, and thus improve services for our clients. Research for this report includes information gathered from current publications, observations of other California county MDTs, a survey of local Sonoma County agencies, and interviews with key informants.
Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse and Neglect has partnered with Institute on Aging and several volunteer contributors from law enforcement and civil law to create a new mobile app with easy-to-reference information about Penal Code 368, warning signs of abuse, CA Agency Contacts, and more. Droid and Mobile Web versions are available free of charge for download on your mobile device. Download it from Google Play, use the QR codes on our postcard and webpage, or visit http://www.centeronelderabuse.org/368ElderAbuseCA.asp on your mobile device and click the links to download.
The following California-based program highlights are from the Archstone Foundation Elder Abuse & Neglect Initiative, Phase II
Not only do residents in unlicensed facilities not have access to regulations that have been designed to preserve their rights in licensed facilities, they are also more susceptible to abuse and neglect. This fact sheet and screening tool allows for quick identification of unlicensed care facilities, and referral information to those agencies that handle complaints in these settings. The tool is designed for and has been distributed to many organizations and agencies including but not limited to: IHSS workers, APS, ombudsmen, fire fighters, police officers, building and safety staff, regional planning, regional centers, hospital social workers, and department of mental health patients’ rights advocates.
Initial Considerations and First Steps (MS Word): www.centeronelderabuse.org/docs/Unlicensed_Facility_Screening_WISE.doc
Unlicensed Facility Factsheet and Screening Tool (MS Word): www.centeronelderabuse.org/docs/Unlicensed_Facility_Factsheet.doc
Thank you to Molly Davies, MSW for permission to share these resources!
Fighting scams at senior centers takes a multidisciplinary team effort that is comprehensive instead of piecemeal. Our project develops a county-wide awareness campaign about financial exploitation occurring in senior centers and a step-by-step plan that cities can use to protect seniors from harm. A coalition of senior center directors, the District Attorney’s Office, local legal services agencies, city policy planners, private bar, senior advisory boards, and real estate and life insurance professionals works together to accomplish our goals.
Initial Considerations and First Steps (MS Word): www.centeronelderabuse.org/docs/ElderAbuseinHomeLendingProtection.doc
Thank you to Shawna Reeves, MSW for permission to share these resources!
Establishing an Elder Abuse & Neglect Screening Protocol in a Dental Teaching Clinic
by University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dentistry
This UCLA School of Dentistry project focuses on developing a screening tool and reporting protocol for pre-doctoral dental students to use while working in the dental clinic. The screening tool, tailored for use in a dental teaching clinic, is also appropriate for use in private practice. Given that dentists are mandated reporters, there is a strong reason to adopt this screening tool and protocol in dental teaching clinics throughout California.
Initial Considerations and First Steps (MS Word): www.centeronelderabuse.org/docs/from _Classroom_to _Clinic_UCLA.doc
Thank you to Melanie Gironda, Ph.D. for permission to share these resources!
Typically, an elder abuse case requires weeks to months of phone calls among agencies with very distinct, and at times conflicting, perspectives and goals. Recognizing disconnections between the many disciplines that address elder abuse, the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, Program in Geriatrics and agencies from social services and the criminal justice system piloted a groundbreaking approach to this problem: the nation’s first Elder Abuse Forensic Center (EAFC) in 2003. EAFC members meet regularly to determine concrete actions that can be taken on behalf of the client agency (e.g., Adult Protective Services, Long-Term-Care Ombudsman, Law Enforcement) to address the needs of a specific case. Members use their expertise and agency resources to provide direct help with the case.
Since the Orange County Elder Abuse Forensic Center was established, we have been approached by other communities interested in starting their own Elder Abuse Forensic Centers and assisted in the creation of two new EAFCs. Based on these experiences, we created a Manual and 20-minute companion DVD to describe how an Elder Abuse Forensic Center (EAFC) works and to help agencies develop a preliminary structure to create an EAFC in their own communities.
For more information, visit our Elder Abuse Forensic Center page http://www.centeronelderabuse.org/EAFC.asp
Directory of Regional Centers (Department of Developmental Services)
Adult Protective Services Training Academy: Bay Area Academy
California Elder Justice Coalition (click CEJC)
Neglect by Self or Others
Abuse in Institutions
For ideas and materials to help raise public awareness, visit our Public Awareness page.