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Fighting For Flora – 070117 NH Union Leader Article

No surprises here for anyone who follows how some institutions go after control of elders and their assets. This article describes well the abusive patterns in place and how organizations and parties accomplish them. http://www.unionleader.com/Fighting-for-Flora:-Family,-hospital-battle-over-90-year-old-kept-in-psychiatric-unit-for-20-months

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Danvers Herald Opinion | Massachusetts needs legislation to protect elders from exploitation, abuse

Elder abuse is a national epidemic, affecting elders of all economic strata (ie., socialite Brooke Astor, actor Peter Falk, DJ Casey Kasem) but the majority of victims do not have extreme wealth. They are your neighbors, parents and friends. Through … Continue reading

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Being aware of elder abuse – Danvers Herald Letter 062116

“Over-medicated elders, through health care proxies, powers of attorney, guardianships and conservatorships, unnecessarily lose their civil rights and then lose their assets and homes. Common exploitation scenarios involve multiple parties and organizations colluding together to target elders, particularly those with … Continue reading

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“Good to see criminal charges filed in case of alleged scam” Letter to the Editor, Boston Globe 11/12/15

“It is gratifying to read that prosecutor Andrew Doherty brought criminal charges against someone he believes exploited two elderly siblings, leaving them homeless (“Alleged scam preyed on siblings,” Metro, Nov. 6). Usually these exploitation cases are buried in civil court, … Continue reading

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“Taking stock of elder abuse” Salem News 6/10/15

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15, 2015. While an estimated $2.6 billion a year is lost to financial exploitation, slow progress is being made to protect elders. Reports in October 2014 by Massachusetts Special Commission on Elder Protective … Continue reading

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2015 Maine Attorney General Task Force Final Report on Financial Exploitation of the Elderly

The Maine Attorney General Task Force Final Report on Financial Exploitation of Elderly was released on March 11, 2015. Like the Massachusetts October 23, 2014 Special Commission Report on Elder Protective Services, the Maine Task Force identifies the lack of … Continue reading

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2014 Massachusetts Special Commission Report on Elder Protective Services

The Massachusetts Special Commission Report on Elder Protective Services was finally released October 23, 2014, originally due June 30, 2013. Unlike some states which oversee elder abuse more broadly, Massachusetts Elder Protective Services oversight does not include nursing homes and … Continue reading

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Help protect Massachusetts elders from financial exploitation – Newburyport Daily News 06/20/14

“Financial abuse of elders is a growing problem in Massachusetts. While the public may be familiar with the abuse stories of actor Mickey Rooney, radio personality Casey Kasem and millionaire Brooke Astor, people with less than $500,000 in assets also … Continue reading

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Scammers take aim at aging population – Bostonglobe.com

Kay Lazar’s article “Scammers Take Aim at Aging Population” explains the lack of training in financial exploitation by Massachusetts Elder Protective Services investigators and the soon-to-be released report by the MA Legislature’s Special Commission investigating Elder Protective Services. The article … Continue reading

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Newburyport Daily News 10/26/13 – Help to stop financial exploitation of elders

Financial exploitation of elders continues to be a serious, unaddressed problem in Massachusetts. More than unauthorized use of a credit card or phone scams, financial exploitation can involve a finely tuned collaboration of multiple parties, targeting specific elders and their … Continue reading

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The Costs of Elder Medical Misdiagnoses – Boston.com

Incorrect diagnoses can also cost elders their civil rights and lead to the misuse of Powers of Attorney, Guardianships and the financial exploitation of elders. Misdiagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease Costs Man 3 Years – Boston.com http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/2013/08/11/treatment-for-little-known-brain-disorder-can-reverse-symptoms-dementia-gait-and-incontinence/rntRkpbkUlc2L6AEpkXABN/story.html It can take a … Continue reading

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Guardian abuse of elders in assisted living facilities

An ABC -7 story out of San Francisco, similar to elder abuse cases in Massachusetts and Maine, in which guardians and those with powers of attorney misused their power to isolate the elder in an assisted living facility, controlling visits … Continue reading

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Newburyport News – Not Enough Protection For Elders

MASSACHUSETTS (Newbury), Newbury Port News, May 31, 2013 Not enough protection for elders http://www.newburyportnews.com/opinion/x2026368267/Not-enough-protection-for-elders Massachusetts Protective Services follows a policy of “self-determination” when investigating abuse complaints. If an elder is “of capacity,” even while being influenced by an abuser, the … Continue reading

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Q&A Episode 11: Busted for Cough Syrup: The New NH DWI Laws

Host Kendra Cooper (Massachusetts attorney and educator) and guests Attorney James Milligan and Attorney Mark Stevens discuss New Hampshire laws effective Jan. 1, 2013 which added over-the-counter drugs as a cause of driving while intoxicated and basis for arrest. The … Continue reading

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day June 15, 2012

Newburyport Daily News Letter to the Editor World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 15, 2012 FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION AND ELDER ABUSE http://www.newburyportnews.com/opinion/x500779013/Financial-exploitation-and-elder-abuse

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Q&A Episode 10: MA Elder Care 2011: What we have, what we don’t.

In Episode 10: MA Elder Care 2011: What we have, what we don’t, Sally is joined by guests Al Norman (Exec.Dir.Mass Home Care) and Dan O’Leary (Exec.Dir.Mystic Valley Elder Services) in the discussion of services available for elders. Following passage … Continue reading

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Sally’s Law Victory Video

Download The Brochure: A Guide To Nursing Home Care

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Signing of Sally’s Law

Massachusetts Governor Patrick signs Sally’s Law, July 30, 2010.

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Q&A Episode 9: What’s happened to our Miranda rights?

In Q&A Episode 9: What’s happened to our Miranda rights? host Massachusetts attorney and educator Kendra Cooper (kendracooperlaw.com) discusses with guests Attorney James Milligan (MassDrunkDriving.com) and Attorney Mark Stevens (ByeByeDWI.com) the potential impact of a U.S. Supreme Court June 1, … Continue reading

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Q&A Episode 8: Melanie’s Law – Think Before You Drink!

In Q&A Episode 8: Melanies Law, host Kendra Cooper, a Massachusetts attorney and educator, discusses with guests Attorney James Milligan (Jones, Milligan & Geraghty, Norwell, MA, MassDrunkDriving.com) and Attorney Mark Stevens (Salem NH, ByeByeDWI.com) several serious consequences triggered by Melanies … Continue reading

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