In New York, Identity Theft Is Elder Abuse

Erin Riker, Esq. – Technology-Based Legal Services Attorney New York has recently enacted legislation that legally classifies identity theft against an older adult as elder abuse. Although identity theft has always been illegal, this legislation gives the Office for the Aging and non-governmental agencies additional authority to provide services for seniors who are victims of…

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is June 15th, 2021, and during the entire month of June, communities around the world work together to promote an understanding of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue. The Western New York WEAAD campaign is a collaboration of New York State, the Erie County District…

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Identifying and Addressing Senior Domestic Violence during Domestic Awareness Month

submitted by Katelyn Gindele, Esq. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This October is particularly notable because COVID-19 has left many domestic violence victims in the worst setting possible: isolated with their abusers.[1] COVID-19 has caused further safety issues to victims because many safe settings, like shelters and hotels, have reduced capacity or shut down.[2]…

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

On June 15th, in honor of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, we held a “virtual” press conference, with videos from elected officials and leaders across the state. All video comments can be viewed on our YouTube Channel.  During the month of June,  communities around the world have the opportunity to promote a better understanding of…

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Helping Clients Where They Are: Elder Abuse Prevention Unit Still Active & Able to Assist!

submitted by Melissa Woods During these unusual times, Center for Elder Law and Justice is maintaining normalcy in its work in the Elder Abuse Prevention Unit. We are actively accepting new cases through both individual callers and agency referrals. Unfortunately, social isolation is prevalent during the COVID-19 outbreak, inevitably leading to loneliness, depression, and vulnerability.…

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Changes to your Medicare Card to Protect Your Identity

The 2016 Federal Budget Includes funding to help protect Americans from identity theft. A new law is on the way which does not permit a Social Security Number to be printed on a Medicare card.  (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/21/us/new-law-to-strip-social-security-numbers-from-medicare-cards.html?_r=1). Currently, most Medicare cards have a person’s Social Security Number (“SSN”) printed on the front.  We are all told to…

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