Older Oklahoman’s vulnerable to scams, abuse

As much as 10 percent of Oklahoma’s adults age 60 and older are victims of physical, psychological, sexual or verbal abuse.

Also, senior citizens are seriously neglected or victims of financial exploitation, according to a new report co-authored by Lance Robertson, assistant secretary for aging in the Trump administration. Robertson served as Oklahoma’s director of aging services from 2007 to 2017.

Now, elder-abuse costs in the United States are estimated to be $8.2 billion a year, according to Robertson and U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams.

“Elder abuse is a critical social, health and economic problem,” the report notes.

Full story at newsok.com

In San Diego County, a Battle Against Elder Abuse

SAN DIEGO — TERRIFIC weather, welcoming beaches and a famous zoo have earned San Diego a reputation for family fun.

It’s also among the safest big cities in the country, crows San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan, with its crime rate at a 49-year low and its homicide rate at its lowest ever. And San Diego County‘s above-average score in public safety – based on homicide and crime rates, deadly vehicle crashes and other data from recent years – helped it crack U.S. News’ ranking of America’s top 500 Healthiest Communities, a project that assessed some 3,000 communities across the U.S. on a range of factors tied to residents’ overall health.

In March, however, Stephan’s office launched a new initiative to go after a scourge of elder abuse – a category of illicit activity that includes physical assault and financial crime, and is often perpetrated by caretakers and even the victims’ children. It’s been on the increase in San Diego County, which encompasses the city of San Diego and is home to some 3 million people, and is bound to become more of a national problem as the baby boomer generation ages.

Full story at US News

Elder abuse research yields new evidence on incidence, risks, outcomes

As World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is observed on June 15, new study data from the Chinese community in Chicago is shedding light on the impact of elder abuse in America.

The discoveries are reported in five articles appearing in The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences. Rush University Medical Center Medical Center Professor XinQi Dong, MD, MPH, led the team that conducted the research.

“What we’re finding is that elder abuse is an extremely complex problem, with severe consequences regarding psychological well-being,” Dong said. “Patterns of victimization may be influenced by the older adults’ health, intergenerational relationships, and other social determinants like culture.

Full story of new evidence on elderly abuse at Science Daily

Elder abuse under-identified in U.S. emergency departments

Elder abuse affects approximately 1 in 10 older adults in the United States and has far-reaching negative effects on physical and mental health. Victims of elder abuse, like other vulnerable populations, tend not to receive routine care from a primary care physician and often depend on the emergency department. With over 23 million emergency department visits by older adults annually, the emergency department is an important setting to identify elder abuse and initiate interventions to ensure patient safety and address unmet care needs.

In a new study published this week in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, a team of researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of California San Diego, and Weil Cornell Medicine used a nationally-representative dataset to estimate the frequency with which emergency providers make a formal diagnosis of elder abuse. The answer: 1 in 7,700 visits.

Full story of identifying elder abuse in emergency departments at Science Daily

Nanny Cams in Nursing Homes — Protection or Invasion of Privacy?

Imagine that your mother is in a long-term care facility. On your weekend visits, she’s told you that the nurses and aides there are taking things from her, pinching her and refusing to change her diapers when she soils them.

You want to believe your mother, but you’ve been told that her nursing home is one of the best in the state. You also know that your mother has mild dementia and that when you gently raise the issue with others, the nursing supervisor seems to get really offended.

What can you do?

Well, in some states, you can record everything that happens in your mother’s room.

In Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas, you can legally put a nanny cam or “granny cam” — a motion-activated video camera — in your mother’s nursing-home room. Several other states have been considering following suit. Even state attorneys general in Ohio and New York have made surreptitious video recordings to collect evidence of abuse and neglect.

Full story of nanny cams in nursing homes at AARP