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This post includes a summary of resources as well as educational and case consultation opportunities relevant to the elder justice field. If you are aware of additional resources or have comments about any of the resources listed below, please use the response box at the end of the post to share your thoughts. We look forward to hearing from you!
The JASA Elder Abuse Training Institute’s (EATI) next session is on Tuesday, March 19th and is titled, “The Role of Service Professionals”. This training will provide a comprehensive overview of elder abuse for service professionals such as social workers, case managers, geriatric care managers and housing assistants who may encounter elder abuse in a variety of settings. For more information about this session, including registration details, click here to download the JASA EATI brochure or visit the training’s event page.
Ashton Applewhite, a dedicated and decorated writer and journalist, is in the process of touring a talk titled, “This Chair Rocks”. She humorously explores the common misconceptions about aging held by people both young and old. Personal anecdotes and extensive research guide her examination of the most detrimental outcome of these misconceptions: ageism. Ashton will next present “This Chair Rocks” on Monday, March 18th through the The Geriatric Mental Health Alliance of New York and The Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging. Click here for event details. Check out Ashton’s blogs This Chair Rocks and Yo Is this Ageist?
For up-to-date information about elder justice events in the NYC area and beyond, click here to view NYCEAC’s Events calendar. If you are aware of an event and would like to post it on the calendar, please click here to submit the event-related details.
Denise Brown (@caregiving) of caregiving.com and Michelle Seitzer (@Seniors4Living) of seniorsforliving.com co-moderate Elder Care Chat (@ElderCareChat) via Twitter on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Discussions focus on issues of importance to elder care professionals and caregivers. Check out the transcript from their chat on December 5th, which included a discussion of what makes the elderly susceptible to scams, by clicking here. To read other transcripts or join the conversation, click here.
The NYC Elder Abuse Center’s Multidisciplinary Teams offer case consultation in Brooklyn & Manhattan. Upcoming meeting dates are listed below.
- Elder Abuse Case Coordination & Review Team: Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month from 9:30-11:00am in Manhattan at a different venue each month. The next meeting will take place on April 3rd, 2013.
- Brooklyn Multidisciplinary Team: Meetings are held every Wednesday morning – except the first Wednesday of the month – from 9:00-10:30am at a convenient downtown Brooklyn location.
To RSVP – and to receive location information for both of these meetings – please email Robin Roberts at email@example.com or call her at (212) 746-7211.
The Bronx Elder Abuse Task Force will be meeting regularly on the first Thursday of every other month: October, December, February, April, June, August. Meetings take place at the Bronx DA’s office. For more information, please contact Ellen Kolodney at firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 590-2260.
The Elder Justice Dispatch Blog publishes a monthly round-up of news in the Elder Justice field. Click here to view the latest news!
Resources and Tools for Professionals
LinkedIn, the social networking site, has several active and animated groups for professionals working in aging. Participants frequently post articles, discussion topics, resources and more. NYCEAC social media team members currently participate in the following groups:
- American Society on Aging
- ProAging- Resources for PROfessionals in the field of AGING
- Homecare and Healthcare Advocacy
- Elder Care Professionals
Check them out and tell us about your favorite aging and elder justice groups in the comments!
The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging has added a new set of resources on Elder Abuse in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community, including a guide for elder abuse professionals working with LGBT victims, information about the risk elder abuse in the LGBT community and more. Click here to visit the resources page.
The US Department of Justice (USDOJ) has links to several brief training videos for various justice professionals on their website. Check out these videos by clicking here. Included in the collection are clips from In Their Own Words, an collection of elder abuse victims speaking about their experiences.
Join the Field
The Kings County District Attorney’s Office is seeking an Elder Abuse Unit Victim Advocate. The Advocate will be responsible for immediate outreach to victims of elder abuse, providing safety planning, managing the Elder Abuse database, following up with various aspects of elder abuse cases, and working on other related tasks and activities in the Elder Abuse Unit. Applicants should have at least a Bachelor’s Degree and a background in social work or a related field. For more details and to download the full job posting, click here.
Older Adults Technology Services (OATS), a nationally recognized non-profit working to harness the power of technology to change how we age, is seeking an individual to act as Site Manager for their Senior Planet Exploration Center. Opened in January 2013, the Senior Planet Exploration Center is a 2,8000 square foot technology-themed community facility located on W25th Street in Manhattan. The site manager will be responsible for the direction of the Center’s daily operation and for planning, organizing and implementing new and innovative programs and activities. The Center Manager works closely with the OATS staff to ensure that the Center is a welcoming, safe, comfortable, and supportive environment. Applicants should have at least a Bachelor’s Degree and extensive experience working in a relevant field. To download the complete job description, click here.
- Resources for Elder Justice Professionals – January 2013
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- Resources for Elder Justice Professionals – November 2012