FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 14, 2018 CONTACT: Lynn Sutfin, 517-241-2112 LANSING, Mich. – One in 10 older adults in the United States experiences abuse, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is encouraging residents to learn the warning signs of elder abuse and the ways they can help prevent it. Gov. Rick Snyder has proclaimed June 15 as Elder and Vulnerable Adult Abuse Awareness Day. According to the proclamation, “Michigan’s older adults are valued members of our state, and it is our responsibility to ensure their safety and minimize crimes against them.” Read full article here
By Lance Robertson, Assistant Secretary for Aging and Administrator, ACL Tomorrow we join the world in speaking out against the abuse, neglect, and exploitation of older adults for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). This day is about coming together to reaffirm that older adults are equal members of our communities, entitled to all the same dignity, rights, and security that each of us would expect at any age. We salute those working to combat elder abuse, in the context of individual victims and individual perpetrators. There are many dedicated social services and law enforcement professionals across the country doing critical front-line work to advance elder justice on a case-by-case basis. ACL is proud to be supporting this work with a variety of grants and initiatives to enhance state Adult…
Judy is 79 but reads as 15 years younger. She hops the high step into her mid-sized SUV, hits the button for public radio (not just for my sake) and expertly pilots through the streets of her seaside town. Judy, 79, is a New Jersey woman who was defrauded out of nearly $200,000. The plan is to visit one of the scenes of the crime, the gift card rack at a local Walmart. Department store gift cards are a favorite money transfer device of fraudsters. Over a two-week period, just after Thanksgiving 2017, Judy got caught in an elaborate scam that cost her close to $200,000. That is a fortune to most of us, and it…
BRANCH COUNTY, Mich. — Officials at the Branch County Sheriff’s Office said one in 10 Americans above the age of 60 experience some form of elder abuse. In West Michigan, one organization dedicated efforts to combat the crime against vulnerable adults. The Branch County Sheriff’s Office announced the area’s Elder Abuse Victim Specialist. Josh Englehart, the specialist, was chosen to work in the area on behalf of the Branch-St. Joseph Area Agency on Aging IIIC. Englehart was assigned to serve as part of a recently launched program called the Services to Victims of Elder Abuse Program. Another specialist was added in St. Joseph County. Read full article here.
Cass County Probate Court to host elder abuse training May 30 CASSOPOLIS — The senior population is one of the most vulnerable in Cass County, which is why area professionals will be meeting later this month to learn ways to better protect them from abuse. The Cass County Probate Court will host an elder abuse training from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30 at the Cass County Council on Aging Lowe Center, 60525 Decatur Road, Cassopolis. The event is open to a wide range of professionals, including law enforcement, Adult Protective Services, elder care workers, court staff, and banking employees, among others. Read full article here
Elder Abuse, Elder Law of Michigan, Safety, seniors, Staff and Volunteers Ron Tatro Named to Elder Abuse Task Force By Keith L. Morris, President at Elder Law of Michigan The Michigan Department of Attorney General and the Michigan Supreme Court recently created a new task force to address the issues of elder abuse in our state. This Elder Abuse Task Force will be chaired by the Attorney General, Dana Nessel. Ron Tatro, Vice President at Elder Law of Michigan, was appointed to that task force. Read More
Claiming to be a government authority is a tried and true way that scammers trick people into sending money. Among the most common government imposters have been scammers pretending to be the IRS – until now. In the past few months, the FTC’s Consumer Sentinel Network database has seen Social Security Administration (SSA) imposter reports skyrocket while reports of IRS imposters have declined sharply. In the shady world of government imposters, the SSA scam may be the new IRS scam. Click here for full article.
Over half the states (26) now have abuser registries for perpetrators of elder and vulnerable adult abuse. In 2016, NAPSA’s Regional Representatives Advisory Board created a volunteer ad hoc committee which examined abuser registries in detail and produced the first-ever, comprehensive report on this recent trend.  To be considered, a state registry had to fit the following definition: “a system for maintaining the identity of individuals who are found, only as a result of an APS investigation, to have abused, neglected or exploited seniors or adults (18 and older) with disabilities living in the community or in a facility.” For full article click here
LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel joined with Supreme Court Justices Richard Bernstein and Megan Cavanagh, Midland County Prosecutor J. Dee Brooks, state legislators Rep. Brian Elder and Sen. Paul Wojno, and 72-year-old Macomb resident Dennis Burgio to announce the formation of the Michigan Elder Abuse Task Force. Click here for full article