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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 reproduced, disseminated nor used for public communication.


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

CFPB blog


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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In The News

Erie Co DA's Office & LSED

Deceitful Daughter Defrauds Declining Father

read story


Erie Co DA's Office & NYS Police

Unscrupulous Undertaker Swindles Again - Second Felony Offender

read story


Managing Your Elderly Parents' Finances

Feb 27 NPR Diane Rehm Show

Guest Speakers: Sally Hume, Naomi Karp, Elizabeth Loewy

listen to tape of show

read transcript


Bank heads-up keys quick arrest

Home aide who tried to cash man's checks accused of murder

read Feb 7 article

read Feb 9 article

read Feb 22 article


White Collar Crime Task Force

An initiative of the NYS District Attorney Association


Sweeping recommendations, including procedural changes & amendments to NYS laws governing prosecution of corruption, cybercrime, ID theft, money laundering, and fraud - including elder fraud.

Task Force Press Release

Full Report

Appendix with amendments

Legislation introduced in response to Task Force recommendations: A.8777/S.7177;  A.8778/S.7179; A.8779/S.7178;  A.8780/S.7188; A8781/S.7187

to access these bills

A.8780/S.7188 Signed by Governor on Sept 4  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 Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

read Spring 2014 bulletin  

subscribe to OPDV bulletins


NYS Office of Children & Family Services, Adult Services Newsletters

read March 2014 newsletter  

read Sept 2013 newsletter

read Spring 2013 newsletter

read Fall 2012 newsletter



Upcoming Events

Sept 16 - 18, 2014

NYS Adult Abuse Training Institute

Recognizing & Responding to Financial Exploitation

Albany Marriott Hotel

information & registration


Oct 22 - 24, 2014

State Sociaty on Aging in NY Conference

The Collaborative Age: Integration Across Disciplines

Fordham University, Lincoln Center

New York City

information & registration


Oct 29 & 30 & Oct 31, 2014

25th Annual NAPSA Conference


5th Annual Summit on Elder Financial Exploitation

Portland, OR

for more information


Archived Events


World Elder Abuse Awareness Day was June 15check the Regional Coalitions page for updated news and reports on some of the events held throughout New York State and Nationally in recognition of WEAAD


Archived copy of the April 23 Webinar

Elder Justice Initiative: Action and Advocacy from the Grassroots Up

archived webinar

Elder Justice Coalition website


National Crime Victims' Rights Week

30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice

watch NYS OVS Crime Victims' Rights video

U.S. DOJ, Office for Victims of Crime website

National Crime Victims Resource Guide



Prosecution of Financial Exploitation Cases: Lessons from an Elder Abuse Forensic Center

recording & copy of slides now available on NCCD’s website


New & Archived Webinars

NYS Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NYSCASA)

information & registration



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New York State Coalition on Elder Abuse - Statewide Elder Abuse Outreach Effort


Formed by Lifespan to implement the New York State Elder Abuse Summit Action Agenda, the coalition is a multidisciplinary, statewide network of over 1,000 individuals, organizations and government agencies working together to protect older adults from abuse, neglect and exploitation. Through statewide outreach efforts, the Coalition serves as a catalyst for change, raising awareness and offering solutions for prevention and intervention through education, advocacy and research. Lifespan provides staff support for the Coalition.



The New York State Coalition on Elder Abuse is administered by Lifespan of Greater Rochester, Inc.
1900 S. Clinton Avenue, Rochester, New York, 14618   Contact Us