An unfortunate reality, elder abuse exists, and its sources can be surprising: families, vendors and contractors, and even caregivers. Every senior living provider strives to prevent abuse in its communities. Learn how your company can identify and proactively address differences in culture, backgrounds and attitudes in order to ensure a safe environment for residents. Read recent news stories about public policy, national initiatives, and studies relating to elder abuse below.
Elder Abuse in the News
Busy physicians caring for older adults are likely to encounter a victim of some type of elder abuse on a frequent basis, regardless of whether the ph...
It’s Medicare open enrollment season through December 7 allowing Medicare recipients to comparison shop and change plans, but it’s also a time when sc...
Elder Abuse, Hearings, Medicaid
Criminal enterprises are a pervasive problem in fraud schemes involving home health, durable medical equipment, prescription drugs, transportation and...
The Administration for Community Living has awarded the first-ever federal grants specifically designated to improve states’ Adult Protective Services...
The Justice Department and the Corporation for National and Community Service have announced Elder Justice AmeriCorps, a new grant program providing l...
Many holders of long-term care insurance let their policies lapse, even after holding them for years, and a study by the Center for Retirement Researc...
The Internet-security focused (ISC)² Foundation has unveiled a program designed to educate older adults about the importance of cyber security.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau continues to roll out resources to help families and caregivers manage finances of older adults with a new su...
Elder Abuse, Hearings, Medication Management, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education
A top lawmaker on the Senate Special Committee on Aging has launched an examination of products, regulations and retailers in the dietary supplement i...
Communities and advocates for older adults from around the globe participated in World Elder Abuse Awareness Day June 15 to increase awareness of the ...
Elder Abuse, Federal Agency Activity
Many people misunderstand reverse mortgages after viewing advertisements about them, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found after conducting a...
Assisted living communities, residents and their loved ones can learn from a new bulletin on financial planning for the future, especially for older a...
National Center on Elder Abuse is hosting a webinar “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: Toward a Global Framework on its 10th Anniversary.
ALFA recently submitted a statement for the record related to a hearing on financial exploitation of seniors before a U.S. Senate committee, outlining...
The Administration for Community Living is seeking to strengthen the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs with a new rule due to prior “significant incon...
Two departments of the Administration on Community Living are working on a project to build a national training, technical assistance, and resource ce...
Declining cognition is associated with a significant decline in financial literacy, according to a new study from the Center for Retirement Research.
It’s now open season for people seeking to switch health coverage plans and that means watch out for scams, says the Federal Trade Commission. The ...
The Administration for Community Living is reorganizing, including expanding the Office of Elder Rights to become the Office of Elder Justice and Adul...
Stories and news about Ebola are omnipresent today and whenever there’s a health scare in the headlines, scammers are sure to follow close behind.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the United States and while nearly half of domestic violence victims first experience it between the a...
The U.S. Justice Department has published an online resource to report elder abuse, the Elder Justice website.
The Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Protection Bureau is launching in early September a campaign designed to spur older Americans and their social...
In the last fiscal year, the United States Postal Inspection Service obtained more than 400 arrests and 410 convictions nationwide, and most of those ...
The U.S Health and Human Services Department’s Office of Inspector General operates a hotline accepting tips and complaints from healthcare profession...
The IRS released a warning this week about phone scams after receiving numerous complaints from taxpayers who have received unsolicited calls from ind...
Democratic Reps. Gerald Connolly of Virginia and Matt Cartwright of Pennsylvania in a recent opinion piece made a push for legislation they introduced...
Anti elder abuse advocates released a new framework this week for addressing challenges to elder abuse prevention and prosecution.
Ageism, cheatsheet, Disabilities, Elder Abuse, Health and Wellness, Managed Risk, Policy in the States
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has signed into law new measures revising the state’s system for criminal background checks and makes significant changes f...
ALFA will be hosting a webinar this month featuring the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to discuss how to protect older Americans from financial ...
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QUESTIONS to Ask
Certain situations and signs may indicate it might be time to consider alternative living arrangements. Generally speaking, families and seniors begin to consider alternatives when it becomes difficult for the elderly family member to carry on important activities of daily living without significant support and assistance from others.
Whether your needs are immediate or long-term, planning for senior living can seem daunting. Making the Right Choice Involves asking the right questions. Learn more about what to ask when considering senior living.