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Working Together to End Elder Abuse: A Conversation Among Anti-Violence Advocates
This conversation will include the voices of advocates from the National Latin@ Network, the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence and Equinox, Inc. Presenters will share their strategies for observing WEAAD and promoting ongoing practices to end elder abuse in the context of family violence.
Hosted by Marti Oakley & Debbie Dahmer
Elder Abuse Awareness Day
The elderly in America have been targeted for exploitation by professional predators calling themselves "guardians,attorney's, probate judges, social service agencies and agents. Everybody has their hands in the pie as the estate is looted..... all to benefit the ward, of course.
Our guests: -
Joseph Roubicek - Elderly Criminal Exploitation
Gianna Nicoletti- Elder Abuse Resident
Patrice Gilgan - Gerald's Story- Father was a victim of Elder Abuse
Don Janke - Elder Abuse Resident
Marisa Conover -Mother was a victim of Felony Elder Abuse
Marian Hollingsworth - Father was a victim of elder abuse.
Carole Herman - Founder and President of FATE - Foundation Aiding the Elderly
Deirdre Gilbert- Dickson, National Director of National Medical Malpractice Advocacy
Elder financial abuse is being called the fastest growing area of crime in America. And it may be happening in your family, if you aren't paying attention to a caregiver -- or a relative -- who, under the guise of being helpful, is syphoning off an elderly person's life savings.
This issue no doubt affects seniors across all socio-economic groups, cultures and races. It is a major problem that is expected to grow dramatically with the aging of our population. We are delighted and honored to be joined by Carolyn Rosenblatt, an expert on the topic, to help us protect our parents or loved ones as well as equip us with tools to spot the red flags that exploitation is happening.
Stay tuned for fresh and insightful ideas on what it means to age with dignity and live your best life as an elder or caregiver today. Life is a Sacred Journey airs Thursdays at 5pm PDT.
Financial elder abuse is on the rise in California. People are living longer due to advances in science, medicine, health, fitness and nutrition. At the same time, "seniors" (those over 65 years of age - which is still relatively "young" if you think about it) are some of the sole survivors of the "mortgage meltdown" and they are oftens the victims of financial fraud and "elder abuse." This husband and wife podcast discusses what elder abuse is, how to spot it, and the types of legal claims we handle as a California financial elder abuse law firm.
Common perpetrators of financial elder abuse
1. Attorneys (these professionals are in a position of "trust" and "confidence" and can unduly influence, coerce, misinform and cause seniors to make very bad financial decisions that can affect real estate, and stock portfolios). Attorney malpractice is another common claim in this area. We have seen "counseling" that has resulted in the loss of substantial equity in residential and commercial real estate estate.
2. Car dealerships (Car dealerships can try to "steal your trade" or engage in "bait and swtich advertising" or sock you away in a car loan that
5. Family (kids who see their parents as easy targets).
6. Mortgage brokers (lenders and loan officers can sock a senior away - and take exorbitant loan fees - to steer an elder into an unconscionable predatory loan (ex. a negative amrotization or "option arm loan") or fail to advise as to the advisability (or non-advisablity) of a reverse mortgage. These fees can be "taken" in bad faith resulting in serious daamges to an elder.
Join me as Attorney Al Lanuto, and Marcia Southwick of Boomers Against Elder Abuse talk with us about the other side of elder abuse. While the majority of abuse occurs at the hands of professional predators in the system, there is always the spectre of abuse and financial exploitation at the hands of a family member or friend. When it does, it is the wedge used by professionals to insert themselves into the estate.
We will be talking about how and why this occurs and how to recognize early signs of the exploitation that may be just beginning.
Please be advised that Mr. Lanuto CAN NOT, and WILL NOT give individual legal advice during this episode. We will not be discussing any specific cases.
Calls will be taken in the last half hour.
Many elderly adults are abused in their own homes, in relatives’ homes, and even in facilities responsible for their care. If you suspect that an elderly person is at risk from a neglectful or overwhelmed caregiver, or being preyed upon financially, it’s important to speak up. Join us as we discuss the warning signs of elder abuse, the risk factors, and how you can prevent and report the problem.
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Tonight's special guest is Donna (Dee) Wood from West Virginia, a verbal abuse survivor (as both a child and adult) who says she would be honored to tell her story in the hope she could help others. The devastating effects of the abuse lasted for over forty years, through most of her life. The trauma she endured through her mother’s husband brought a partial amnesia. She writes, "I lived on a small farm in a remote part of southern West Virginia. I was a very introverted child, extremely fearful of strangers." Her mother's husband, who she and her brother always called by his first name, Quentin (never Daddy or Dad), had an intense dislike of people. She goes on, "He never talked to us, unless it was to criticize, intimidate or inflict some form of verbal abuse." He sometimes administered severe belt beatings, beyond the necessary punishable offence, if it indeed was an offense. Her childhood trauma led to a difficult life. But Dee's on a better path now. "If I had known that the problems in my life were due to a term referred to as child abuse earlier in my life," she says, "and if I'd received the appropriate counseling and therapy, then my life would have been much easier and better. Yet, I believe if I had not gone through the trauma of those years I would not be the person I am today." Now she's a person who is more accepting, compassionate and understanding of others who have suffered and still suffer from different types of abuse. "I thank the Lord Almighty for answering my prayers to be whole," Dee writes. "I am still recovering, but I feel a lot more whole today."
One in 10 older Americans experience abuse each year.
This number increases to 1 in 2 when the person has dementia.
Elder abuse occurs in both homes and facilities and occurs in many forms including financial, sexual, physical and psychological abuse as well as neglect
Even though these statistics are frightening it helps us to understand that the problem is more prevalent than we think, and urges us to get educated about the issue.
Join host Tami Neumann as she sits down in conversation with Eric Moldenhauer, senior advocate and owner of ComForcare in Valporasio, Indiana.
They will talk abou what causes Elder Abuse, the Warning SIgns and Who are the people that abuse.
Learn more about Eric by visiting his website.
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Tonight's special guest is Penny Booth-Johnson from St Croix Falls, Wisconsin, a survivor and activist who's joining us for the first time. Among other things, she's been involved in "Million March Against Child Abuse," a Nationwide effort to bring voices together in making an impact, being a voice for our children. Penny explains, "My memories go back as far as probably before I was 2, being picked up and thrown into canning jars. I have enough scars on my head and you could draw a road map across country on my scalp." She goes on, "My mother was the abuser. Everyone knew, but no one stood up. Years of her abuse had taken a toll on not only my body but my mind." For a number of years, Penny had been what she calls "a keyboard advocate" sharing very little of herself and hiding behind a computer screen. Recovering from a stroke and news of a brain tumor got her into action. "I knew I had to do something, and determined I was going to become an advocate that was no longer going to hide behind my screen. In September of 2013, I contacted "Million March Against Child Abuse" and became a Lead Coordinator for St. Croix Falls WI, and held my first Walk against Child Abuse April 5th 2014." She concludes, "I'm ready to tell my story. Yesterday I lived in shame of my scars. Today I soar past them to tell other peoples stories, to be a voice. I thank you for this opportunity, and I only pray that when I have the opportunity to tell MY story it will help others come forwards and erase the stigma of shame and we can continue to grow for our future generation."
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Q & A Night - You'll suggest the themes for tonight's show, which will involve any topic from the world of public safety, violence prevention, and child abuse and trauma. Special co-host Dr. Debra Warner, Psy.D., a Los Angeles based Forensic Psychologist will lead the discussion. ~~ NAASCA is pleased to announce that Debra will be making regular special co-host appearances on upcoming Tuesday night question-and-answer style community participation shows. An educator and violence prevention expert, Dr. Warner will assist SCAN host and NAASCA founder Bill Murray field questions and lead a variety of topic discussions suggested by our call-in participants. Debra's understanding of the issues of child abuse and trauma spring not only from a professional perspective, but also from a personal one. Multiple members of her own family have been victims of predators. She'll share how she's participated in their struggle with surviving and thriving. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show .. on the phone or in SCAN's ever-present community chat room. ~~ Please visit our website: www.NAASCA.org
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Tonight's special guest is Amber (O'Neill) Thornton from Albany, New York, a child abuse survivor and activist who's putting together "A Well Kept Secret," a book of anonymous survivor stories meant to raise awareness about child abuse. She says, "I was abused sexually, physically, and emotional by my father. My first memory of it was at five years old. I turned him in at 11 years old. I've been in counseling on and off and had a brief stay in Four Winds. I am currently in school for criminal justice, working from home for a family law attorney, caring for my two boys, and working on this book. The goal of the book is to wake a lot of people up to the fact that very little is being done to protect children from abuse. I have been in and out of family court fighting for custody of my six year old." Because of her experience she has a mission, "My goal is to write a book that will make people aware of what children go through. People don't seem to realize how little is actually done when abuse is reported. I was abused for 9 years of my childhood. Child protective services expects to be able to tell in one visit whether or not a child is in a safe home. They were in my home multiple times and left me with a monster. Currently I am locating other survivors to interview about their experiences and their thoughts and feelings as they went through them." She goes on, ""I can't change the world if no one reads the book but I truly want to do this right and reach as many people as possible." Survivors who are willing to share their story anonymously can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org
'Uniquely Gifted" is a phrase often used to describe Elder Farris Long. As an itinerant minister, his ministry continues to touch thousands of people every day. In 2014 he released a short empowerment video that depicted dark water becoming clear as a reminder for people to not give up their faith and to continue to pray. The video literally went around the world and had been shared more than 2 million times on various social media platforms. As a result, countless people have given their lives to Christ. Many have been freed from addictions and more. This simple message has become the platform that has allowed him to share in churches across the nation his "PRAY HARD" seminar.
Using his trademarked theme "MAKE IT COUNT" He not only reaches out to the churched, but he shares messages of empowerment with people from all walks of life outside the church walls. He has taken this impactful message into the juvenile judicial system of Duval county, into upper level education institutions and more. He is passionate about challenging people to pursue their potential and to fulfill their purpose.
He currently serves in the role of Executive Pastor under the leadership of Bishop Gary E. Wright of Kingdom Life Church of Knoxville. In June 2013, he was also consecrated as an overseer in the Restoration Fellowship providing spiritual covering for pastors who are a part of the fellowship.