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Teaming Up to Prevent Elder Abuse

June 13, 2016 • By

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Last Updated: August 19, 2021

elder abuse awarenessElder abuse is an epidemic. Unfortunately, statistics show that the number of older Americans physically, mentally and financially exploited is rising.

According to a study released by the American Journal of Public Health in 2010, approximately five million elderly Americans are victims of abuse. This exceeds the number of domestic violence and child abuse victims combined. Social Security beneficiaries are included in the millions who suffer sometimes physical, emotional, and financial abuse, as well as neglect of basic care and medical needs.

Statistics also indicate that most reported cases involve family members or people closely related to the victims. Many elder abuse victims suffer from decreased cognitive capacity, such as dementia, and are not able to protect themselves. Adult protective services operate under state law to investigate reports of elder abuse and to work with the victims to protect them and stop the maltreatment.

It is important that adult protective services agencies in every community have a close working relationship with Social Security to:

  • Remove abusive representative payees;
  • Prevent unsuitable representative payees from being put in place or being re-instated, and;
  • Appoint appropriate representative payees who will protect the victim’s benefits.

Social Security is with you through life’s journey. The agency takes this commitment seriously. Under Acting Commissioner Carolyn Colvin and Chief of Staff Stacy Rodgers, Social Security has made great strides in a short time to protect beneficiaries from financial exploitation and to coordinate with adult protective services agencies on behalf of our mutual clients. You can help too by visiting the Administration for Community Living and www.ncea.aoa.gov for more information on how you can be involved.

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Kathleen M Quinn, Executive Director, National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA)

Kathleen M Quinn, Executive Director, National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA)


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  7. Rhonda C.

    My Mother Ethel Powell, Lives with my sister in Georgia. Her name is Cindy Phillips and her daughter Brittany Gibbons. My mother is 77 yrs old. She has a nice vehicle which they use and took hers keys from my mother. They both use her debit card to take money out for there self. She doesn’t know were her card is. She recently had a stroke and was hospitalized. I spoke with her over the phone. She told me they just buy her cigarettes. She didn’t know who had her card. She also has bedsores and head lice. Her granddaughter Brittany drives her vehicle back and forth from Ga. to Fl. My brother and I tried to get her to go in to assisted living. But my sister sad know. She is left alone for days and sometimes weeks by herself. We can’t talk to her because my sister took her cell phone. My sister and her daughter take street drugs. Cindy was arrested for dui and drug possession last October in my mothers car. I don’t speak to my sister she is so jealous of anyone talking to her and total unreasonable. I am concerned they are not paying my mother’s bills and health insurance. I would appreciate if someone could check on who is with drawing her money from her account. Thank you.She has 5 children but Cindy will not let us see her or talk to her.

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  9. Kevin C.

    The City of Fresno, California has a very bad system, we are poorly rated on neighborhoodscout.com for safety at 07/100 and Zillow.com showes that most of our schools are underperforming with too many 1/10 or something below a 4/10. We really need someone to audit the entire town, taking into account expansion of services for the homeless, because it hasn’t kept pace with population growth. Our hospitals are also very bad, we need a complete overhaul.

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