Elder Abuse: A Challenge to the Mental Health System This articles was written by Michael B. Friedman, MSW and Kerri Tavel, LCSW, and was previously published More →
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 8th Annual NYC Elder Abuse Conference will take place on Wednesday, June 5, 2013! This year’s conference features an exciting array of educational speakers and workshops. The keynote presentation will be given by Dr. Jason Karlawish, who will present on the topic, “Making Sense of Capacity Assessments.” Click here to download the complete conference brochure. Registration is required for this event.
On May 13, 2013, the Elder Justice Coordinating Council (EJCC) met in Washington, D.C. During this meeting, the Elder Justice Interagency Working Group (EJWG), which is composed of the staff of the members of the EJCC, presented a set of nine proposals for federal action to address elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. The complete presentation of the nine proposals can be downloaded by clicking here. A condensed version of the nine proposals can be downloaded by clicking here. To learn more about the EJCC and its work, click here to visit the Administration on Aging‘s Elder Justice Coordinating Council webpage.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has published the testimony given by Kay Brown, Director of Education, Workforce and Income Security at the GAO, to the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade of the US House of Representatives during a hearing on “Fraud on the Elderly: A Growing Concern for a Growing Population,” on May 16, 2013. Based primarily on findings recorded in the November 2012 GAO report, “Elder Justice: National Strategy Needed to Effectively Combat Elder Financial Exploitation”, Ms. Brown’s testimony outlines the several ways the federal government is, or could be, supporting state and local efforts to combat financial exploitation. Click here to view a summary of the testimony, and click here to download the complete testimony.
WAMU 88.5, an NPR station in Washington, D.C., produced and aired a five-part radio series on elder abuse in early May. Exploring the issue from the the perspectives of family members, care givers, and a variety of professionals, the series depicts the devastating impact of elder abuse on individuals and society and the many challenges faced by the elder justice field. Click here to listen to the series.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15th! The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) is curating a map of events happening around the country in celebration of this date. Click here to find or submit events near you.
Resources and Tools
In 2010, the Elder Justice Now campaign, a partnership between the National Council on Aging and WITNESS, produced and released a moving documentary on elder abuse titled, “An Age for Justice: Elder Abuse in America.” They have now released a Screening Guide for the film. This guide provides recommendations for organizing and hosting screenings of the film and includes information on elder abuse and discussion guides. To download the Screening Guide, click here.
FairPoint Communications, in partnership with law enforcement and aging organizations, has created a website to alert and inform the public about phone scams originating from the 876 area code in Jamaica. These phone scams, which were the subject of a March 13, 2013 hearing in the US Senate Special Committee on Aging, have heavily targeted seniors in New England, but the tips provided are applicable to older adults everywhere. To visit the site, click here.
Join the Field
The Alliance for Aging Research is seeking applicants for the position of Assistant Development Director. The Assistant Development Director will be responsible for working with senior leadership to expand the organization’s fundraising and development activities and mobilizing staff to achieve the organization’s development goals. Applicants should be individuals dedicated to the Alliance’s mission who have a Bachelor’s degree, 5-7 years of fundraising experience, excellent communication and organization skills, and can demonstrate success working in a collaborative environment. To view the complete job description, including application instructions, please click here.
The Weill Cornell Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry is seeking applicants for the position of psychiatric counselor. Responsibilities for this fee-for-service position include assisting in the performance of NIMH-funded research studies of depression treatment by providing research-related case management services and psychotherapy to underserved elderly in New York City. Applicants should have a masters-level degree in social work or mental health counseling and current licensure in the State of New York as a Social Worker or Mental Health Counselor. It is preferred that applicants also have prior related experience in research and/or geriatrics. To download the complete job description, including application instructions, please click here.
- Resources for Elder Justice Professionals – April 2013
- Resources for Elder Justice Professionals – March 2013
- Resources for Elder Justice Professionals – February 2013