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Don't Be Misled by False Medicare or Social Security Ads

Posted on August 16, 2018 by Jim Borland, Acting Deputy Commissioner for Communications Online and otherwise, there’s a lot of information out there, and sometimes it’s difficult to tell what sources are credible. With millions of people relying on Social Security, scammers target audiences who are looking for program and benefit information. The law that addresses misleading...

A Public Health Issue That Affects Us All

Elder abuse is a critical social, health, and economic problem. Approximately 10 percent of adults age 60 and older have experienced physical abuse, psychological or verbal abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation. Older Americans lose an estimated $2.9 billion a year as a result of financial exploitation. In the most heartbreaking cases, it means the complete loss of savings...

Full Audit: Grand Rapids Home for Veterans didn't check patients, study complaints

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- A state audit says workers at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans falsely claimed they were checking on patients after being alerted of possible falls, failed to properly investigate allegations of abuse and neglect, and took too long to fill prescriptions. The veterans home also continued with inadequate staffing levels even as the state filed four complaints against...

What's wrong with stealing from Grandma? Plenty

She reached her childhood dream: to one day carry a briefcase and wear nice clothes and provide for her family. But at 73, now retired and mostly homebound, the former business manager says home health care workers, over time, have carried away pieces of her life — new dresses still in garment bags, jewelry, silverware, $40 from her purse. "I'm angry and frustrated,"...

Brothers accused of embezzling from father who suffered from dementia

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, MI – A pair of brothers are accused of embezzling more than $81,000 from their father in the last year of his life. Scott and William Grondman Jr. face charges of embezzling from a vulnerable adult after Kent County Sheriff's Department investigators say they wrote checks for their own use from the account of their 84-year-old father, William...

Woman accused of stealing money from elderly aunt with dementia agrees to plea deal, repayment-

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A Grand Rapids woman police say drained the bank account of her 88-year-old aunt faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison after pleading no contest to a charge of embezzlement from a vulnerable adult. Patricia Elaine Licari, 62, was set to have a trial Monday, Sept. 8, but instead pleaded no contest to a reduced charge that cut the potential maximum in...

Muskegon Heights man, allegedly neglected by sister, found with festering infection, lying in own feces

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, MI – A Muskegon Heights man was in such bad condition when Adult Protective Services officials check on him Monday, that the stench inside the home where he was found was nearly overwhelming to those there to help him, authorities said. The victim, in his late 50s, who remained hospitalized on Wednesday, July 30, for a festering foot infection, was in the care of...

Red Flags of Abuse

Learn the signs of elder abuse. The National Center on Elder Abuse, a program of the Administration on Aging at ACL, has developed a helpful Red Flags of Abuse Factsheet (PDF) that lists the signs of and risk factors for abuse and neglect.

DOJ and HHS call for action to address abuse of older Americans

ACL NEWS U.S. Administration for Community Living Department of Health and Human Services Contact: ACL Press Office (202) 357-3507 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DOJ and HHS call for action to address abuse of older Americans Elder Justice Roadmap outlines critical path to combating problem Today, leaders in the fight against elder abuse announced a framework for tackling...