Elder Abuse is a “Public Health Crisis”

Q. Not long ago, my mother, who is in her 80s, was the victim of financial exploitation by an in-home health aide. It started with trips to the grocery store and small loans. Before long, the caregiver was regularly taking my … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: 8 Things You Can Do to Prevent Elder Abuse

Dear Commander Bun Bun, I heard that elder abuse can include physical, financial, emotional, or psychological abuse, or abandonment and neglect, and am alarmed at how common it is. What are some ways to prevent elder abuse in … [Read more...]

$2.9 billion vaporized by elder financial abuse in 2009.

On-Board with Elder Justice?What is the Elder Justice Act? “The act authorizes federal funding for adult protective services in each state, demonstration projects, forensic centers and training for long-term care providers,” … [Read more...]

Elder mediation: is it right for your family?

“My daughter is insisting I move in with her,” complains Martha. “She just wants to control my life and take away my freedom,” she continues. Jenny, Martha’s daughter worries that her mother keeps falling, and fears one day she … [Read more...]

How to spot elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation

Many elderly people rely entirely on family or other trusted individuals to help them. Whether it is for physical needs or emotional needs, as people grow older they tend to need more and more help from others. This dependence on … [Read more...]

Increased awareness of anxiety in elders leads to user-friendly site updates

Stress, anxiety, and fear are normal emotions we all experience at some point, but when does fear cross over the line from “normal” to “excessive?”  NIH SeniorHealth.gov realizes the need for more readily available information for … [Read more...]

Walking speed may be used for predicting health, survival for elderly

Could walking speed analysis, also referred to as "gait speed," be a worthy tool for predicting remaining years of life? Inexpensive and simplistic, gait speed is being touted in a recent study that suggests there is a correlation … [Read more...]

The Perfect Holiday Caregiver: It’s all a state of mind

The holidays are always a wonderful time of year for family gatherings, reflection on what we have and the spirit of giving. The television is packed with specials showing relationships and families coming together for the … [Read more...]

Talking parrot provides clues in chilling elder abuse case

A parrot could possess vital clues to a horrific South Carolina case of elder abuse. Suffering from sores that resulted from an extended period of neglect, a 98 year-old woman was found in the home where she was supposed to have … [Read more...]

“Seniors and dependent adults are vulnerable in our State”

The National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) has been working with the state-level Adult Protective Service agencies (APS) as part of an ongoing effort to remain up-to-date on the budget issues. The most recent … [Read more...]