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Where Do Older Adults Fit in the Evolution of Civil Rights in America?

posted 06.14.2017

By E. Percil Stanford and Edgar E. Rivas

To comprehend the status of older women, minorities and LGBTQ people in the United States, it is essential to understand the evolution of civil rights in this country. It began with indigenous people, and in 1776, the injection of slavery foreshadowed a new ethos. The Naturalization Act of 1790 stipulated that only ”free white persons” could become citizens. The Civil War triggered the abolition of slavery and the genesis of civil rights.


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Abuse of Transgender Elders

posted 06.05.2017

By Loree Cook-Daniels

Thanks to the Archstone Foundation’s 1997 groundbreaking conference, “Understanding and Combating Elder Abuse in Minority Communities,” followed in 1999 by Toshio Tatara’s book, Understanding Elder Abuse in Minority Populations, elder abuse professionals began to understand that elder abuse has a cultural context.

LGBT and Adult Protection: Considerations When Serving this Population

posted 06.05.2017

By Lois Moorman

Abuse against older adults remains an underreported and growing problem. People of all genders, ages, races, and income levels may become victims of abuse. Those who are abused may live at home or not, in a city, suburb or rural area. They may be abused by a relative or a stranger.

For lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered older adults (LGBT), who are more likely than the general population to live alone and without family support, there are compounded layers of vulnerability to abuse to consider.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Is June 15

posted 05.15.2017

Each year, an estimated 5 million older persons are abused, neglected and exploited. Older adults throughout the United States lose an estimated $2.6 billion or more annually due to elder financial abuse and exploitation, funds that they desperately need to pay for basics such as housing, food and medical care. And it is estimated that only about one in five of those crimes are ever reported.

Ethical Caregiving and Protecting Elders

posted 05.09.2017

By Beth Lueders

Many elders are too afraid to speak up about the missing medication, or the yelling, or the unexplained bank withdrawals. It’s hard to come to terms with the fact that a close relative or loved one is actually a conniving bully instead of a dutiful caregiver.

Aging Services Appropriations in the Omnibus Package

posted 05.09.2017

Last week, the House of Representatives and the Senate voted to approve an omnibus appropriations act funding the federal government through the end of September at an overall cost of more than $1 trillion.

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