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Every year as many as 10% of older adults are reportedly abused by a family member. Of course these numbers do not reflect the actual number of reported elder abuse cases, because oftentimes elder abuse goes unreported. The elderly are a particularly vulnerable population for a number of reasons and they oftentimes rely on professional caretakers or family members to help them through their daily routines. Along with physical and emotional abuse, the elderly are susceptible to many types of elderly abuse that could lead to drastic circumstances. One typical type of abuse is financial exploitation. Family members oftentimes ask for power of attorney in order to financially exploit family members. Also elderly neglect often times leads to the humiliation of elderly residents. One cruel example of this is when caretakers wait until the elderly person has already soiled themselves to help them to the toilet. In order to help contact one of the many agencies those specializes in elder abuse or contact your congressman about pending nursing home legislation. To read more about elder abuse, please click the link.

The National Center on Elder Abuse says adult protective service agencies nationwide tallied 253, 421 reports of elder abuse in 2006. This amounts to 832 cases of elder abuse per 100,000 in that age group. While this may seem like a small number, research has shown that as much as 84 percent of elderly abuse and neglect goes unreported to authorities. This brings the estimate that as many as 5 million older Americans in fact may be victims of elder abuse each year. One state received an increase of 40 percent in elder abuse in six years. Elder abuse has been defined as denying ailing elderly people food, medicine or help with hygiene to ignoring people with Alzheimer’s or dementia who may wander from there home. Unfortunately it can extend to physical abuse or murder. Oftentimes elder abuse falls at the hands of the person’s caregiver. It is vital that the authorities who receive reports of elder abuse are trained to address the problem. Also advocacy groups that educate the public should help reduce the number of unreported elder abuse. To read more about the nursing home study, please click the link.

Steven Levin of Levin & Perconti will present on nursing home abuse and neglect for the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) training teleconference on June 25, 2008 from 2:00pm-3:30pm EDT/1:00pm-2:30pm CDT as part of their national training program for elder law attorneys. Levin will present on personal injury and wrongful death actions for elderly. Elder Law Attorneys owe it to their clients to consider the possibility of pursuing personal injury and wrongful death cases when the elderly are victims of neglect and abuse resulting in injuries and death.

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“Who Moved My Dentures? Musings on Aging” is a new blog that has proven to be relevant, informative and straightforward. Author Anthony Cirillo, author of a book with the same title, is an elder advocate who works to assure the dignity and respect of seniors. Postings cover many topics including nursing home and long-term care information.

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In a recently released report, the Government Accountability Office has recommended changes in laws, programs, and policies that would encourage people to work at older ages. Currently, the varying age-related rules of eligibility for different types of benefits, such as social security, medicare, private pensions, retiree health insurance, and IRAs provide different incentives for people to retire at different ages. At times, these incentives drive people out of the workforce, even where they would be willing and able to continue to work. By making the recommended changes, the GAO hopes that various government and private programs would be able to work in tandem to encourage work at older ages.

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Reminder: Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) Personal Injury Practice Update will be held tomorrow at the UBS Tower in Chicago. An additional seminar will be held on June 29, 2007 at Crowne Plaza in Springfield, Illinois. Michael F. Bonamarte IV of Levin & Perconti will be addressing wrongful death and nursing home negligence. A video encore will be held September 4, 2007 at University Center in Chicago.

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A recent study may be of interest to nursing home residents: The study’s results suggest that elderly Americans who take certain blood pressure drugs may also be protecting themselves from declines in memory and other brain function. The drugs that researchers believe are preventative are part of a class known as ACE inhibitors. The study found a link between taking these drugs and lower rates of mental decline. This is in addition to a previous study about the effects of inhibitor medication on dementia.

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Reminder: there is one month left to register for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) Personal Injury Practice Update on June 15, 2007 at the UBS Tower in Chicago. An additional seminar will be held on June 29, 2007 at Crowne Plaza in Springfield, Illinois. Michael F. Bonamarte IV of Levin & Perconti will be addressing wrongful death and nursing home negligence. A video encore will be held September 4, 2007 at University Center in Chicago.

For more information.

To register.

Lawrence A. Frolick recently released a book entitled The Law of Later-Life Health Care and Decision Making. The book provides a comprehensive look at the way the law regulates and reacts to health care and personal decision making for the elderly. Topics include: paying for health care, long-term care housing options, paying for long-term care, legal implications of mental incapacity, powers of attorney, end of life decision making, and more.

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The Senate Special Committee on Aging will hold an oversight hearing on Wednesday, May 2 regarding “The Nursing Home Reform Act Turns Twenty: What Has Been Accomplished, and What Challenges Remain?” NCCNHR Executive Director Alice Hedt will testify.

The hearing will be held at 10:30 am on May 2nd at 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.

You can hear the webcast live from the Senate Special Committee on Aging website.

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