Financial Exploitation of Older Adults: A Population-Based Prevalence Study
In 2008-2009, Lifespan of Greater Rochester, Weill Cornell Medical College, and NYC Department of the Aging conducted the first statewide prevalence study of elder abuse with funding from the NYS Children and Family Trust Fund, administered under NYS OCFS (Under the Radar: New York State Elder Abuse Prevalence Study).
A recently published paper (Dr. Janey Peterson, lead author) provides in-depth analysis of the study results, focusing on the prevalence of financial exploitation.
New Key Findings:
- 1 in 20 adults over age 60 will be affected by financial abuse.
- Stolen money or property found to be most common form of abuse reported.
- Family member involved more than half the time, most often adult child.
- Economically, medically, and sociodemographically vulnerable older adults are more likely to self-report exploitation.
Study results are published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Financial Exploitation of Older Adults article
Journal of General Internal Medicine website for reference
Please note: Due to copyright, this article PDF should not be
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Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation to Crack Down on Domestic Violence, Stalking, and Public Lewdness
Legislation relating to the crime of aggravated harassment in the second degree is effective immediately.
read press release
read chap. 188 - effective immediately read sponsor's memo
read chap 184
New York State Senate & Assembly Release Comprehensive Legislative Packages
NYS Senate releases Report & Legislative Package to help protect older adults
read Senate press release with links to proposed legislation
read Senate Report on Financial Exploitation
S.7188/A.8780 Signed by Governor on Sept 4, effective immediately New!
Will allow a social worker or informal caregiver to be present and give care to a vulnerable elderly person during grand jury proceedings.
NYS Assembly Legislative Package strengthens protections for domestic violence victims
read Assembly press release with links to proposed legislation
A.7720/S.4187 passed in both houses
If signed, will relate to the crime of stalking and unauthorized tracking of an individual with a GPS or other device.
Signed by Governor on July 23 - Chap. 184 New!
Exciting New Initiatives
We have to look at the increasing safety needs for at-risk elder individuals. Funding for elder abuse services is limited and the Children & Family Trust Fund is proud to be a constant voice to support community-driven services through numerous collaborations with partners across the state.
-- Judy Richards, Program Director for the Trust Fund
Monroe, Suffolk and Westchester Counties are excited about their new initiatives supported, in part, by the NYS Children & Family Trust Fund, a program administered under NYS Office of Children & Family Services.
information about these innovative programs & services
New York State Elder Abuse Prevention Training Manual
Introductory guide to help raise awareness among all professional groups who come in contact with older adults. Contains general information that is important for everyone to know, as well as additional resources.
Includes specific information on financial exploitation, the fastest growing form of abuse - often involving other forms of abuse and often the most devastating for the older victim.
Shining Light on the Hidden Problem of Elder Abuse
Identity Theft Kit
Useful Guide for Victims of ID Theft
Identity Theft Kit for Victims of Identity Theft
Powerful Video - Shining Light on the Hidden Problem of Elder Abuse
A Victim's Story in Her Own Words
click on the video to hear her story
2013 Nationwide Survey
of Mandatory Reporting Requirements for Elderly and/or Vulnerable Persons
Mandatory Reporting Chart updated Nov 2013
Elder Justice Roadmap Project Report
For links to the Executive Summary, Full Report and Appendices, as well as links to many other Federal Government Reports & Publications click here New
Reporting Financial Abuse - Clarification for Financial Institutions
Federal Interagency Guidance on Privacy Laws & Reporting Financial Abuse of Older Adults
read interagency guidance document
SEC press release
NYS Coalition on Elder Abuse
If you are interested in joining the New York State Coalition on Elder Abuse, please fill out and return a membership form. The Coalition is based in New York, but often addresses elder abuse issues that have national or international interest.
more information about the Coalition & a copy of the form
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