elder abuse

Elder Abuse Awareness Day: 7 Ways You Can Help

Posted on 06/14/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | CaregivingIt’s easy to miss elder abuse. Austin, Texas. Mid-1980s. I’m sitting at lunch with a casual friend, who is living with and taking care of her mom. Mom is slack-jawed, with a vacant stare, but she knows what she wants: her portion, and more, of the french fries she’s sharing with her daughter. As mom reaches for one more fry, my friend’s hand flashes out, spearing her mom’s hand with a fork. Mom’s reaction is much quieter than it should …

Caregivers: Spotting & Preventing Financial Elder Abuse

Posted on 12/20/2012 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingWhat if something just doesn’t feel right or your parents’, relative or friend’s finances aren’t adding up? Could it be a professional caregiver, someone who has befriended them recently, or, perish the thought, even your own flesh and blood, who is cooking the books or sporting a cushy lifestyle at your expense? Could it be financial exploitation? As important as checking out a relative’s physical environment and their health is making sure their money is safe. Just in time for …

Lessons from the Bullying Video That Went Viral

Posted on 06/22/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin TodayThe following is a guest post from Bill Hogan, a writer and editor on the AARP Media News team. “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” How many of us had to say that in “repeat-after-me” drills when we were growing up? I don’t know about you, but I never really believed it. Words can hurt. Millions of us could see that in the video-gone-viral of Karen Huff Klein, a 68-year-old school bus monitor …

The Takeaway: Donations Pour In For Bus Monitor Bullied By Middle-Schoolers

Posted on 06/22/2012 by | Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayThe video is disturbing. Shot on a cell phone, the 10-minute clip shows a team of 12- and 13-year-old boys harassing their 68-year-old school bus monitor, Karen Klein, with insults, profanity and threats. But since kids from the Greece, New York, school bus uploaded the bullying video to YouTube, Klein has received an international outpouring of sympathy–and cash.

White House Announces Coordinated Effort To Combat Elder Financial Abuse

Posted on 06/18/2012 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsHealth and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Thursday that a coordinated federal effort has been put in place to address the devastating and increasing problem of elder financial abuse. At a White House forum on elder abuse and financial exploitation, Sebelius says a $5.5 million grant under the Affordable Care Act will be used to create a federal elder justice coordination team, including officials from the Justice Department and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). That team will examine previously “fragmented” elder abuse initiatives …

The Takeaway: Insurance Agent Jailed for Selling Annuity to 83-Year-Old With Dementia

Posted on 03/19/2012 by | Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayIn California, independent insurance agent Glenn Neasham was sentenced to 90 days in jail for selling a complicated annuity plan to an 83-year-old woman who shows signs of dementia. It’s a case that has elder abuse advocates cheering, but which sends “shivers down the spines” of American insurance agents.