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December 01, 2013

2013 Overview: Elder Abuse

(Note: The pdf for the issue in which this article appears is available for download: BIFOCAL Vol. 35, Issue 2.)

In 2013, the Commission’s elder abuse accomplishments were focused in five areas.

Policy and Practice
The Commission...

  • Provided background information and ideas to employees of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau regarding initiatives of that agency’s Office of Financial Protection for Older Americans.
  • Continued or established collaborations with financial industry representatives and regulators to enhance awareness of elder financial exploitation and to improve industry practices related to that problem.
  • Consulted for the DOJ Office for Victims of Crime project to develop an online elder abuse curriculum for legal services attorneys, providing input on content and design of training.
  • Provided technical assistance on financial exploitation and guardianship to a Department of Justice fellow involved in efforts to develop the agency’s elder justice webpage.
  • Provided technical assistance on an array of elder abuse issues to staff of state and federal agencies and Congressional offices and committees.
  • Consulted for AARP’s State Advocacy and Strategic Initiatives division to provide technical assistance and training on financial exploitation and power of attorney abuse.

The Commission...

  • Updated and expanded the Commission’s old charts on power of attorney statutory provisions and prepared a short and a long paper comparing those provisions.

Professional Education
The Commission...

  • Participated in 12 continuing legal education and other presentations on a variety of issues at national, regional, and state conferences and through webinars.
  • Published four articles in two publications: Victimization of the Elderly and Disabled; and Bifocal, the Commission’s e-journal.
  • Continued to serve on the editorial boards of the field’s pre-eminent publications, the Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect and Victimization of the Elderly and Disabled.
  • Continued work on two federally funded projects to inform professionals serving elder abuse victims about legal issues and state statutes.

Consumer Education

  • The Commission continued working on a contract from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Office of Financial Protection for Older Americans to develop four national and 24 state-specific guides for lay fiduciaries.

Media Awareness

  • Staff provided extensive background on financial exploitation and power of attorney abuse to the Wall Street Journal. ■