The first step in elder abuse prevention is awareness. The International Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse established Worl d Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) in 2006. The day is recognized annually on June 15th. The purpose of this day is to increase understanding of issues surrounding elder abuse. Many advocates of older adults utilize this day to conduct outreach and distribute informational material to their community.
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Each year, hundreds of cases of financial exploitation of older and vulnerable adults are reported in Maryland. The results can be devastating — emotionally and financially. This, however, is estimated to be only a fraction of the thousands of cases that go unreported in our state. Project SAFE (Stop Adult Financial Exploitation) offers training for the financial and law enforcement communities on how to detect and report financial exploitation, and educates older Marylanders about how to avoid financial exploitation.
Project SAFE is a public/private partnership of twelve different organizations: Maryland Departments of Aging, Health and Mental Hygiene, and Human Resources; Maryland Commissioner of Financial Regulation; Maryland Banker's Association; Maryland and District of Columbia Credit Union Association; Maryland Association for Bank Security; AARP-Maryland; Maryland Association of Area Agencies on Aging; Maryland Triad/SALT Network; Protecting Elders Against Crime &, Exploitation Coalition; Baltimore County-Restoring Elder Safety Today; and the Office of the Attorney General.
Various materials produced by SAFE are available, including: training materials for employees of financial institutions and law enforcement officials, an educational brochure for the public, and a video to help educate older adults how to avoid financial abuse. You can download the Model Reference Manual for Financial Institution Employees here. It is updated to reflect that financial institutions will become mandatory reporters of financial exploitation of seniors on October 1, 2012.
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The Rush University Medical Center and the ABA Commission on Law and Aging have released an interactive educational curriculum on assessing the capacity of older adults, funded by The Retirement Research Foundation. The course is aimed at physicians but is valuable and useful as well for other health care clinicians and students.
The curriculum features six modules – the importance of evaluating patients’ capacities; key principles and practices; the evaluation process and content; specific capacities and situation; when to conduct an evaluation yourself and when to refer, and working with courts in guardianship proceedings. The curriculum also includes videos, a pocket reference card, a glossary, and a resource list, and is downloadable.
For more information visit the Rush University Medical Center’s website.
In November 2011, Maryland convened a statewide Stakeholder’s Group to develop a coordinated response to the problem of elder abuse.
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