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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review August 14, 2006 / 20 Menachem-Av, 5766

Stopping the growing problem of elder abuse

By Jan L. Warner & Jan Collins


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | TO OUR READERS: The recent allegation that 104-year-old Brooke Astor (a multimillionaire who, for decades, was one of New York's foremost socialites and philanthropists) was living in squalor made for juicy media headlines. But few reporters went beyond the headlines to focus on the bigger story: The growing elder-abuse crisis in the United States. Here are some of the facts:

  • As many as 5 million elderly Americans are injured, exploited or mistreated every year by someone on whom they depend for care or protection, according to the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging.

  • For every one case of abuse reported to authorities, about five go unreported, according to the National Center on Elder Abuse (www.elderabusecenter.org).

  • Family members are more often the abusers than any other group, with adult children and spouses being the most common perpetrators.

  • Forty percent of states with guardianship programs don't have a protocol in place to make regular visits to the elderly with whose care they are charged, leaving them open to physical, emotional and financial abuse, according to the AARP.

  • The elder abuse crisis will grow as that large cohort of Americans known as the baby boomers ages. The oldest boomers are now 60 years old.


Elder abuse is usually divided into the following categories: physical abuse; sexual abuse; domestic violence; psychological abuse; financial abuse; neglect; and abandonment. Financial abuse — the illegal or improper use of an older person's funds, property or resources — is the most frequent type of elder abuse, according to Patricia Drea, a registered nurse and vice president of Visiting Angels Assisted Living Services, a Pennsylvania-based firm that provides care for older people in their homes so that they can live independently for as long as possible.


In an interview with NextSteps, Drea had some good advice for seniors on how they can avoid becoming victims of elder abuse, and on what families, friends and neighbors can do to protect their loved ones from abuse.


For starters, if an elderly person is being abused, "the most important thing is for them to tell at least one other person — a doctor, a friend, a family member," says Drea. (Of course, if the situation is serious, the senior — or a friend or neighbor — should call 911, the police or a nearby hospital.) There are other national resources, too, that will help seniors and their families and friends find services in their community:

  • The Eldercare Locator (800-677-1116) directs callers to local programs and services, including legal assistance, support services, adult day care programs and many others.

  • INFOLINK (800-FYI-CALL) directs callers to the closest, most appropriate services for victims of crime, including crisis intervention, assistance with the criminal justice process, counseling and support groups.

  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline (800-799-SAFE) links callers to domestic violence shelters, legal advocacy and assistance programs, and social service programs. Seniors need to know, says Drea, that "they don't have to stand for this (abuse), and that there are resources out there that can prevent further abuse and, in most cases, still maintain the relationship with the loved one who is doing this."


The warning signs of physical, emotional and sexual abuse are many, including bruises, pressure marks, broken bones, abrasions and burns, according to the National Center on Elder Abuse. Bedsores, unattended medical needs, poor hygiene and unusual weight loss are indicators of possible neglect. Unexplained withdrawal from normal activities, unusual depression or strained/tense relationships between the caregiver and the elderly person are also possible signs of abuse.


Some indicators of financial abuse? Drea says to look for unpaid bills, bank withdrawals and transfers that the older person doesn't know about, bank statements and canceled checks that no longer come to the senior's house, a new person taking unexplained interest in an older person, and new legal documents suddenly appearing that the older person doesn't understand or doesn't remember signing.


In terms of preventing financial abuse, seniors can protect themselves by having financial arrangements in place before they get into a situation of not being able to manage their own affairs.


"People think that day is never going to come," says Drea, "but it often does. People need expert advice before a crisis occurs."


We second that. As we have been telling our readers for years, it is vitally important to have updated wills, durable financial powers of attorney and health care documents in place. It is also imperative to engage someone (an elder-law attorney and/or certified public accountant) to review assets and ensure that the necessary steps have been taken to protect resources for your care before there is a crisis.

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JAN L. WARNER received his A.B. and J.D. degrees from the University of South Carolina and earned a Master of Legal Letters (L.L.M.) in Taxation from the Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a frequent lecturer at legal education and public information programs throughout the United States. His articles have been published in national and state legal publications. Jan Collins began co-authoring Flying SoloŽ in 1989. She has more than 27 years of experience as a journalist, writer, and editor. To comment or ask a question, please click here.

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