December 18, 2019 Elder Abuse Prevention Committee

News from the Elder Abuse Prevention Committee

Reported by Deidre Lok

The Senior Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association’s Elder Abuse Prevention Committee works to educate the legal community on the problem of elder abuse and advocate for older adults that have experienced abuse.

Committee members have collaborated to increase awareness through initiatives to prevent scams and financial exploitation, including through In the Red: The Reach and Impact of Financial Abuse and Scams, an on-demand CLE course; a webinar series, Preventing Elder Abuse; and publications by members addressing screening for elder abuse and predatory marriages.

This quarter, the Committee launched the Inter-Disciplinary Elder Abuse Support (IDEAS) Team. This inter-disciplinary team of experts includes a representative from the National Adult Protection Services Association (NAPSA), a social worker from the Weinberg Center for Elder Justice, and the Committee members. The IDEAS Team will hear case presentations from attorneys working on complex elder abuse cases, using Team expertise to support and assist the attorney.

The Elder Abuse Prevention Committee will utilize this monthly column to keep readers apprised of: current and upcoming committee work, conferences, writings, research findings, links to resources, and useful information from our experience working with older adults who have experienced abuse.