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Disability Rights CT Helps to Monitor Representative Payee for Misuse of Benefits/Financial Exploitation

Disability Rights Connecticut (DRCT) monitors the activities of Social Security Representative Payees appointed by the Social Security Administration to manage the funds of Social Security Beneficiaries. Original Page: The Social Security Administration (SSA) reported that there are 6 million rep payees serving 8.3 million beneficiaries nationwide, responsible for $70 billion in SSA benefits, in… Read more »

AARP CT Webinar Wednesday Series – Please Join Them!

Join AARP weekly for their AARP CT Webinar Wednesday Series to participate in educational workshops and fun with purpose experiences.  The first of the series will be held at 1PM each Wednesday.   Registration is free and open to people of all ages! May 27, 2020 @ 1PM Caregiver Roadshow for CT Families:  Offers a journey through… Read more »

AARP Connecticut Survey Finds Majority of Connecticut Adults Using Payment Apps Unaware of Danger Posed by Scammers

AARP Connecticut Survey Finds Majority of Connecticut Adults Using Payment Apps Unaware of Danger Posed by Scammers Be Aware of P2P Risks When Paying for Groceries, Other Services During Pandemic (Link to Direct AARP Article) According to a new AARP survey of adults 18 and older, about two in three (66%) Connecticut consumers rely on… Read more »

Long Term Care Ombudsman Program Launches Facebook Page with Weekly Live Sessions

With the visitation limitations enacted by the Department of public health continuing to be in effect throughout Connecticut nursing homes, The Connecticut Long Term Care Ombudsman Program has started hosting regular Facebook live interactive discussions with our State Long Term Care Ombudsman Mairead Painter every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5:30pm. The COVID-19 pandemic has… Read more »

Connecticut Long Term Care Ombudsman Program Launches New Website

The Long Term Care Ombudsman program works to improve the quality of life and quality of care of Connecticut citizens residing in nursing homes, residential care homes and assisted living communities. The LTCOP responds to, and investigates complaints brought forward by residents, family members, and/or  other individuals acting on their behalf.  Ombudsmen offer information on… Read more »

NEW Factsheet: How Hospice Can Be a Force for Justice for Older People

Hospice Care Providers are in a unique position to provide vital, compassionate care to those experiencing terminal illness.  November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, and we’re raising awareness of How Hospices and Hospice Care Providers can be a coordinated, collective force for justice for older people. Whether we have a terminal illness or not,… Read more »

Read the CAPE November ’19 Newsletter (see upcoming events in CT)

The Coalition for Abuse Prevention of the Elderly (CAPE) is a collaborative effort of citizens, agencies, and businesses in Fairfield County, who champion the safety and well-being of older adults. The group aims to prevent abuse and help victims through advocacy, awareness, and professional training and support. The group was started with an initial grant from the… Read more »

CMS adds new alert for nursing homes accused of abuse, neglect

FROM POLITICO CMS adds new alert for nursing homes accused of abuse, neglect. Starting Oct. 23, the online tool consumers use to compare nursing homes will include a “consumer alert icon” next to nursing homes cited for incidents of abuse, neglect or exploitation, POLITICO’s Rachel Roubein reports. The agency says it’s aiming to increase transparency,… Read more »

Read the October ’19 CAPE Newsletter Here

Read the CAPE Newsletter here. CAPE:  The Coalition for Abuse Prevention of the Elderly (CAPE) is a collaborative effort of citizens, agencies, and businesses in Fairfield County, who champion the safety and well-being of older adults. The group aims to prevent abuse and help victims through advocacy, awareness, and professional training and support. The group was started with… Read more »

NCLER Training for the Month of October

The National Center on Law and Elder Rights (NCLER) is presenting two free webcasts in the month of October: On October 8th, a webcast on “Issues at the Intersection of Social Security and Medicare,” presented by Georgia Burke and Trinh Phan of Justice in Aging. You can find more information and register here. On October 16th,… Read more »

The Federal Government Expands its Anti-Fraud Initiative

“U.S. Social Security Administration and Social Security’s Office of the Inspector General announced the expansion of their successful anti-fraud initiative”. Learn more by reading “Social Security Matters” here.

2019 Coalition for Elder Justice in CT Symposium: VOICES United

This year’s Symposium is being held in conjunction with the VOICES Forum, for the first time together providing Connecticut’s nursing home residents and leading Elder Justice partners with the opportunity to meet and discuss issues affecting older adults. When: Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm Where:  Aqua Turf Club, 556 Mulberry Street, Plantsville,… Read more »

Elder Abuse Case Conference: September 12th in Bridgeport

CAPE is excited to announce a new bi-annual forum for professionals to address elder abuse by case review. Join your colleagues as we share challenging cases and work through resources and interventions together.  Professional privacy will be strictly enforced.  RSVP by September 9th.  CEUs are available for Social Workers. Thursday, September 12th from 8:30am –… Read more »

Free Webcast: Representing a Client in a Defense of Guardianship Case

When: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET. Lawyers serve an essential role in protecting the due process rights of every defendant or respondent in an adult guardianship case. This can include presenting evidence that no guardian is needed or that a limited guardianship is sufficient to provide the protections that are needed. This… Read more »

TEARS Annual Elder Abuse Conference – October 8, 2019

The Intersection Between Mental Health and Aging. The conference provides education from renowned experts, time to network with other professionals in the aging network and interaction with service providers from a wide-range of for-profit and non-profit organizations.  There is no registration fee  •  CEU credits are offered  •  Light breakfast & lunch included.  Go here… Read more »

NCLC’s statement regarding CMS’ proposed rule

Federal Government Strips Legal Rights of Older Consumers in Nursing Homes FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 17, 2019 National Consumer Law Center contact: Jan Kruse ( or (617) 542-8010 Washington – Late yesterday, the U.S. Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final nursing home arbitration rule, allowing nursing homes to force residents into arbitration and depriving them… Read more »

TEARS Annual Elder Abuse Conference Tuesday, October 8, 2019

The Agency on Aging of South Central CT is looking for partners for the annual TEARS Conference.  Go here for more information.  Sponsorship, exhibitor tables and resource guide ads are available. Your Organization Benefits You will have direct contact with the over 600 professionals attending. These professionals have direct contact with thousands of consumers. Older… Read more »

Free Webcast: Legal Helpline Technology: Automated Workflow

July 25th Legal helplines and hotlines receive many calls each day that have to be screened for urgency and eligibility. Helpline providers also have to keep information organized for facilitating return calls and case management system input. Systems like automated workflow can improve the experience for both callers and helpline providers. This webcast will present… Read more »

Free webcast: Protecting Older Adults Against Telemarketing Scams

Protecting Older Adults Against Abusive Telemarketing Scams When: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET. The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) is a federal law that helps consumers challenge abusive solicitation methods. This webcast will provide a full introduction to this underutilized federal law and highlight methods advocates can use to challenge abusive debt… Read more »

Free Elder Justice Training via Lifestream on August 20th

2019 Elder Justice Training The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, State Unit on Aging is co-sponsoring a training for professionals in the aging network, attorneys, bankers, social workers, healthcare professional, APS staff and long-term care ombudsmen and their volunteers.  Kathy Greenlee, President & CEO, Greenlee Global, LLC and former Assistant Secretary of Aging,… Read more »

Free Webcast: When the Guardian is an Abuser

When: Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. PT/2:00 p.m. ET. by the National Center on Law & Elder Rights (NCLER) Courts name guardians to protect adults from abuse, neglect, or exploitation; however, in some circumstances, guardians are perpetrators of such actions. Guardians wield immense power over adults in their care. More information is needed on the extent… Read more »

Cross-Cultural Communications Symposium: Moving from Empathy to Action

Cross-Cultural Communications Symposium: Moving from Empathy to Action A statewide one-day symposium for anyone seeking to communicate more effectively Thursday, June 6th | 8:30am to 4:30pm Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, Connecticut Registration is Now Open!  “People make decisions based on shared cultural values.”  Nat Kendall-Taylor. CEO, Frameworks Institute We instinctively know that telling the right story… Read more »

Congrats to our colleague Kevin Brophy honoree 2019 Carlson Forum

2019 CARLSON FORUM: The Aging Experience: Discrimination in the Workplace June 6, 2019 ~ 8:30am -11:30am Il Monticello Banquet Facility, 577 S Broad St, Meriden, CT 06450 (Wallingford/Meriden town line) Keynote Speakers:  Attorney Kimberly Jacobsen, Attorney Cheryl A. Sharp, Deputy Director of the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities (CHRO) Carlson Award Honoree:  Attorney Kevin Brophy, Director of Elder Law, CT Legal Services… Read more »

CT Conference ~ “Aging Matters: Creating My Bucket List”

This Aging Matters conference will be held on May 3, 2019 from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm at the Keeney Center in Wethersfield, CT. Presented by:  Connecticut Coalition on Aging and Developmental Disabilities, The CT Department of Developmental Services. DORS CT State Unit on Aging, The CT Chapter of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental… Read more »

Call for artists: The Road to Elder Justice -WEAAD Virtual Art Gallery

The Road to Elder Justice – WEAAD Virtual Art Gallery The Elder Justice Roadmap helped prioritize how to address and prevent elder abuse. Now the aim is to celebrate and build on all of its accomplishments in the WEAAD (World Elder Abuse Awareness Day) Virtual Art Gallery. You are invited to create and submit art that provides an… Read more »

Free AARP event: Learn from an expert how to outsmart a con artist

Join the AARP Fraud Watch Network for a presentation by Frank W. Abagnale to learn how the world’s leading expert can help you outsmart con artists. This is a free event. Thursday, June 6, 2019| 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.: Doors Open 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: Main Event Mohegan Sun Convention Center, Sky Convention Center –… Read more »

Webinar on Suspicious Activity Reports on Elder Financial Exploitation

Join issue experts from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Office for Older Americans for a free webinar on April 9th from 2:00pm – 3:00pm highlighting the findings from its new report, Suspicious Activity Reports on Elder Financial Exploitation: Issues and Trends. The webinar will provide key facts, trends, and patterns revealed in these Suspicious Activity Reports—or… Read more »

Beware of Recent Scams and Frauds

Social Security Call Scam is on the rise again in Connecticut (2/11/19):  There have been several reports from Connecticut residents that they are receiving calls that their Social Security number has been compromised. This is a scam and you should not provide any information to the caller. Hang up and report it to the Federal… Read more »

Free Webcast: Recognizing Elder Abuse on Legal Helplines and Hotlines

When: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 11:00 am PT/2:00 pm ET.  Recognizing elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation of older adults over the phone presents unique challenges for legal helpline and hotline advocates, and it requires skills specific to phone communication. Elder abuse may be hidden within the issue presented by the caller, and legal aid attorneys,… Read more »

CDAA National Elder & Dependent Adult Abuse Symposium

A Multi-disciplinary Training Event:  CDAA National Elder & Dependent Adult Abuse, April 15-18, 2019 @ the Hyatt Regency Orange County, Anaheim, CA.  This training is designed for prosecutors, investigators, law enforcement, adult protective services administrators and case workers, state and local agency personnel, medical professionals, coroners and medical examiners, and victim/witness advocates who work with… Read more »

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2019

Lifting Up Voices for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) 2019:  Lifting Up the Voices of Older Survivors is both the title and the foundation for a new video project which features survivors throughout the Unites States sharing their stories and experiences of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and financial exploitation. Additionally, the National Center on Elder Abuse… Read more »

Romance Scams

Romance scams are not limited to Valentine’s Day.  These scams happen when a new love pretends to be interested in you as a way to get your money and it happens more than you might think. In fact 26% of Connecticut residents polled in a new AARP survey reported that they, a family member or a… Read more »

2018 Elder Justice Symposium

On November 9th the Coalition of Elder Justice in CT brought an array of topics impacting the elder justice world. Attendees heard from their peers on the innovative and collaborative work of the Probate Court and advocates that is creating change for those in need of support.  

The National Center on Law & Elder Rights (NCLER)

The National Center on Law & Elder Rights (NCLER) has launched an updated website, featuring new tools to help people and organizations access the information they need to serve older adults in their communities.

NPR – All Things Considered

Why Few of the Millions of Elder Abuse Cases Get Reported Each Year