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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.

White House Proclaims May 2017 Older Americans Month

posted 05.02.2017

On April 28, 2017, President Trump officially declared May 2017 as Older Americans Month. Celebrating Older Americans Month is one way to remind us to keep up advocacy efforts and honor this cohort’s significant accomplishments and contributions to our society.

The Proclamation states: “As we celebrate Older Americans Month, we take the opportunity to thank our seniors and recognize the enormous contributions they make to the Nation. We are blessed to have their presence, their love, and their unmatched perspective for our families.”

Vision Problems—Just Part of Aging?

posted 04.24.2017

By Jeff Todd

“Your eyesight is the first to go.” “It’s just part of getting older.” Such phrases of acceptance are often heard as we enter our 40s and 50s. Yes, our eyes—our vision—will invariably change as we age; however, through early detection of eye disease and other problems and access to affordable treatment options (including glasses and contacts), our eyesight, and thus our quality of life, doesn’t have to be significantly altered.

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