Friday, February 17, 2012

The POPVOX Blog: Issues Focus - Elder Care

POPVOX Blog:

by rachna on February 15, 2012

Nearly one in four households provide care to someone who is aged. With that in mind, we pulled together some bills that are related to elder care.

Issue Spotlight: Elder Care

S 464 The End Abuse in Later Life Act establishes a grant program to enhance training and services to prevent abuse in later life.

HR 577 The Elder Abuse Prevention Act prevents the abuse and exploitation of older individuals.

S 1744 The Guardian Accountability and Senior Protection Act provides funding for State courts to assess and improves the handling of proceedings relating to adult guardianship and conservatorship, authorizes the Attorney General to carry out a pilot program for the conduct of background checks on individuals to be appointed as guardians or conservators, and promotes the widespread adoption of information technology to better monitor, report, and audit conservatorships of protected persons.

S 462 The Elder Abuse Victims Act (and HR 2564) better protects, serves, and advances the rights of victims of elder abuse and exploitation by establishing a program to encourage States and other qualified entities to create jobs designed to hold offenders accountable, enhance the capacity of the justice system to investigate, pursue, and prosecute elder abuse cases.

S 465 The Senior Financial Empowerment Act prevents mail, telemarketing, and Internet fraud targeting seniors in the United States, to promote efforts to increase public awareness of the enormous impact that mail, telemarketing, and Internet fraud have on seniors, to educate the public, seniors, and their families, and their caregivers about how to identify and combat fraudulent activity.

S 525 The Positive Aging Act amends the Public Health Service Act to provide for integration of mental health services and mental health treatment outreach teams.

S 604 The Senior Mental Health Access Improvement Act provides for the coverage of marriage and family therapist services and mental health counselor services under part B of the Medicare program.

S 1819 The Strengthening Services for America's Seniors Act amends the Older Americans Act of 1965 to improve programs and services.

And one California bill AB332, which passed 78-0, increases the fines from $1,000 to $2,500 for embezzlement, forgery, fraud or identity theft against an elder or dependent adult for a misdemeanor offense of less than $950. The bill also enables felony charges for some theft crimes against the elderly with fines of up to $10,000. The increased penalties are in addition to any jail or prison sentences. The bill was approved by the Governor and filed with the Secretary of State on September 30, 2011.

More information can be found at the Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse and Neglect at U.C. Irvine. Here is a good eBook on investigating financial exploitation of the elderly. Here is a good .pdf on financial exploitation of elderly and impaired adults. Here is some good information for staff in long-term health care facilities.

More information about my family's situation can be found here.

Here is some good information about a similar case currently being investigated by the NYPD.

I've asked the MBPD to refocus on the case in preparation for the 10 year anniversary of my father's death. I would greatly appreciate any press coverage and follow through by those of you who are living in Los Angeles County or are involved with elder abuse issues.

On the positive side of this whole fiasco, there are always those who resist the impulse to join the mob and better their own position through unethical means. I greatly appreciate their support and will never forget it. Change is coming to the Eskey family. Resistance is just delaying the inevitable.

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