Saturday, April 4, 2009

Protective Care

A 70-year-old Grand Rapids woman accused of taking more than $20,000 from three adults in her care might have victimized more than 25 people, the Wood County corporation counsel said.

Myrna M. Trickey has her next court appearance scheduled for April 14. She previously pleaded not guilty to three felony counts of theft in a business setting. If convicted, she faces a maximum of six years in prison and a $10,000 fine for each count.

According to the criminal complaint, Trickey, who operated a business called Protective Care in Grand Rapids, was the court-appointed guardian for three adults described as at risk -- defined by state law as having a condition that substantially impairs the person. Her responsibilities included managing their money and handling their financial affairs.

Trickey wrote 67 checks, totaling more than $10,000, to herself on the account of one of her wards, according to the complaint. Authorities said she wrote 32 checks, totaling more than $10,000 on the second person's account and 27 checks, totaling $2,500, on the third person's account. The money was taken during a period of more than four years.

Full Article and Source:
Woman accused of stealing from dozens of clients

Caregiver Arrested for Fleecing

A woman accused of stealing more than $100,000 in money and jewelry from an elderly couple she was supposed to be taking care of got the couple to lend her much of the money, according to court records.

Daisy Lee Joubert has pleaded not guilty to eight counts of financial elder abuse, according to court records.

She was arrested March 25 on accusations she stole from Ileen and Norman Jonas, who live at the Sun City Palm Desert Community. They are in poor health and require around-the-clock care, according to a declaration in support of an arrest warrant.

Joubert is accused of forging checks on their bank account and took jewelry and other items from their home and pawned them.

Full Article and Source:
Woman arrested on suspicion of financial elder abuse of Sun City resident

More information:
Caretaker accused of fleecing $100K from senior couple

Ageism Bill

In an already tough economy, some say they're facing an extra hurdle in their quest for jobs. They're older, and they say potential employers often hold that against them.

During a hearing at the Indiana Statehouse, some of those workers testified about their struggles.

Jim Hand is 54, and an unemployed auto worker. Hal Goldman is 74, and looking for work as a business consultant. They've both been looking for work for months.

Goldman: "They would ask my age during the interview, and I refused to answer. They also asked me a question about how long I planned to work."

Hand: "It's awful. I mean, it's absolutely awful because I kind of feel like my future is slipping through my fingers."

Hand and Goldman each testified at the Statehouse in favor of a bill that would toughen the state's age discrimination law.

Paul Chase of AARP Indiana: "It would actually create a remedy. People right now have a right to bring a discrimination claim, but they don't have a remedy, a meaningful remedy. All the Indiana Department of Labor can do is issue a finding of fact that the discrimination occurred. But to a person who's been terminated or not been hired, it doesn't do anything to help them in terms of the economic damage that they may have suffered."

Full Article and Source:
Older workers lobby for ageism bill

More information:
Workers seek protection from age discrimination

Opponents knock age discrimination bill

Preying on the Elderly

TX - Police arrested a self-proclaimed gypsy they say conned an elderly couple out of thousands of dollars.

Police say Danny Groffo and his alleged accomplice, Kathleen Frank, convinced a west Houston couple to pay them $500 for some minor home repairs, but ended up bilking them out of $24,000. Frank, who also claims to be a gypsy, is still at large, investigators said.

District Attorney Valerie Turner: “They don’t steal with guns or with force; they steal with their brains and with their mouths. Their victims may be physically feeble, unable to take care of work around their house, and are more willing to trust folks. It’s sad.”

Turner said the original fee proposed by Groffo and Frank to fix cracks in the couple’s driveway and to power wash a fence was fair, but each day they kept jacking up the price. Plus, the work wasn’t getting done. “They raised the price by tens of thousands of dollars.”

The elderly couple said they were too afraid to get out of the deal because the suspects became aggressive and were scaring them.

One day, the suspects allegedly forced the woman of the house to withdraw $8,000 from her bank while they kept an eye on her from a Whataburger across the street.

“What is frustrating about this case is that the woman felt intimidated. She was shaking, she was nervous and she feared for her and her husband’s safety,” Turner said.

One of the last payments the couple made was with a $5,000 check, which ended up giving investigators a break in the case.

An investigator from HPD’s Major Offenders Division learned the $5,000 check was cashed inside a bar near the Hempstead Highway. That’s how police were able to identify the suspects.

Turner : “I am willing to bet there are other victims out there, and just like this couple, they are too embarrassed to report it to the police. Hopefully, by seeing this story, they’ll see that they weren’t the only ones that were taken advantage of.”

If you have information that can help police, call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

Police arrest self-proclaimed gypsy accused of preying on the elderly

Friday, April 3, 2009

Dumping Grounds for Mentally Ill

Ivory Jackson had Alzheimer's, but that wasn't what killed him. At 77, he was smashed in the face with a clock radio as he lay in his nursing home bed.

Jackson's roommate - a mentally ill man nearly 30 years younger - was arrested and charged with the killing. Police found him sitting next to the nurse's station, blood on his hands, clothes and shoes. Inside their room, the ceiling was spattered with blood.

"Why didn't they do what they needed to do to protect my dad?" wondered Jackson's stepson, Russell Smith.

Over the past several years, nursing homes have become dumping grounds for young and middle-age people with mental illness, according to Associated Press interviews and an analysis of data from all 50 states. That has proved a prescription for violence, as Jackson's case and others across the country illustrate.

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VIEWPOINTS: Nursing homes dumping grounds for mentally ill

Some Money Returned - Investigation Continues

The state has returned donated money amounting to more than $27,000 that had been taken out of Jasper County wards’ accounts by Rita Hunter, former public administrator.

Gretchen Long, attorney for Angie Casavecchia, the new public administrator: “There is more coming.”

The office is working on the return of about $85,000 that was taken from wards’ accounts and sent to state health-care agencies in the last weeks of Hunter’s tenure at the end of last year.

Hunter also is the subject of an investigation that was launched after it was learned that all the wards’ records had been taken from the public administrator’s files, and that computer files on the wards had been erased before Casavecchia took over on Jan. 1. Hunter later returned about 30 boxes of files, and additional materials were taken from her house as a result of a search warrant.

Full Article and Source:
Some county wards’ money returned by state agencies

See also:
Probate Judge Orders Return of Money

Hunter Removed Client Files

Class Action Filed

Lawyer Permanently Disbarred

The Ohio Supreme Court has disbarred a Warren attorney who took money from clients.

In a 7-0 decision, the justices noted that George N. Kafantaris, “repeatedly misappropriated funds from two different clients, and incredibly, in one instance, continued taking those funds while under suspension. Respondent callously disregarded his client’s interests. Furthermore, his actions show disrespect for the judicial system as a whole.”

The decision lined up with the state’s Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline, which earlier recommended Kafantaris be disbarred permanently for misappropriating funds from two clients and for filing a false affidavit, according to documents.

Full Article and Source:
Top Ohio court disbars attorney permanently

Mother of Guardian Lied

Diane Merrifield, the mother of a man convicted of sexually molesting and murdering his girlfriend's 2-year-old child, lied to a Child Protective Services investigator who was trying to locate Logan Goodall days before his 2005 death.

The revelation came during a pretrial hearing in the civil lawsuit filed by Jeremy Goodall, Logan's father, against the state Department of Health and Human Resources and Diane Merrifield. Dr. John Merrifield, Diane's husband and father of Michael Merrifield, was also named in the lawsuit, but he settled with Logan's estate for $775,000 in November 2007.

A Putnam County jury in January 2008 convicted Michael Merrifield of first-degree murder, child neglect resulting in death, and sexual abuse by a guardian. He is serving a life sentence without the chance of parole at Mount Olive.

Logan Goodall died on Sept. 6, 2005, of injuries that were consistent with repeated physical and sexual assaults, the state medical examiner's autopsy concluded.

In April 2008, John Merrifield pleaded no contest to gross neglect creating a substantial risk of serious bodily injury or death and was sentenced to five years on home confinement.

Full Article and Source:
Merrifield's mother lied to CPS just days before Logan's death

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Ten Years of Financial Abuse

Leroy Newton, Erna's only child, is an investment banker in California. Erna trusted his knowledge and advice. The next thing she knew, her house, her stocks and all her worldly goods were the property of her son. Far before her death.

She appealed his creation of a trust that kept her from accessing her own money, and she won.

She changed her house back into her name, and waited for her other assets to be returned.

Sadly, there was a lack of follow through by the Clackamas County Oregon lower court, "administrative neglect" it's called. The court documents from Erna's "win" were never filed, and therefore left her son a window to finalize his takeover.

When Erna learned of this mishap, she appealed to the court to uphold the decision in her favor, and she was denied. Next, a trustee was assigned to Erna's inheritance without her ever being declared "Incompetent".

Eight years later, now recovering from a stroke, Erna has spent herself into debt defending her right to her own property. Her son has fought her all the way.

Finally, in November of 2007, the Oregon State of Appeals court agreed to allow the documents to be submitted, and the case revisited.

Erna filed the paperwork in January 2008 and her son's attorney drug his feet in responding, receiving two extensions after defaulting, and even missing the extension deadline by three days. His paperwork was accepted, nonetheless.

Erna's a survivor, and she's vowed not to let her son get the best of her. She intends to see justice served.

Full Article and Source:
Elderly Woman Suffering Ten Years of Financial Abuse Looks for Justice

Police Officer Training

As cases of abuse and exploitation against elderly residents continue to increase, Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell hopes further police training can help.

About 40 police officers from departments throughout the county will take part in a school sponsored by the Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation Team.

Pickell: "The training is to provide information and strategies to more effectively identify elder abuse."

In the first two months of this year, Pickell said there were 27 felony warrants against people for elder abuse.

In two recent cases in the same Flint Township neighborhood, two men were charged with neglecting the elderly women in their care.

Full Article and Source:
Training to help police identify elder abuse

New Charges Against Buonomo

John Buonomo, the former Middlesex Register of Probate who resigned last year after allegedly stealing office funds, faces new charges of funneling more than $100,000 of his campaign finance money for personal use.

Buonomo, 57, a Somerville politician who has been living in Newton, was indicted by a Middlesex Superior Court jury yesterday on charges of larceny, personal use of campaign funds, and willfully misleading investigators. He is slated to be arraigned at a later date.

Full Article and Source:
Former Middlesex register of probate faces additional charges

More information:
John Buonomo indicted in campaign cash theft

Frmr Middlesex Probate Charged With Stealing Again

Former Middlesex Register of Probate Indicted in Connection with Allegedly Stealing over $100,000 from Campaign Committee

See also:
Register of Probate Indictment

Probate Farce

Suit Filed Against Extendicare

The sister of a woman, whose tracheal tube clogged with mucous causing oxygen loss and brain damage while she was a resident of Extendicare's Aldercrest Health & Rehabilitation Center in Edmonds, Wash., has filed suit.

The action is being taken after a federal district court judge dismissed a class action lawsuit filed against Extendicare Health Services, Inc.; Extendicare Homes, Inc.; and Fir Lane Terrace Convalescent Hospital and 15 Washington Extendicare facilities, (collectively referred to as Extendicare), on a procedural basis as opposed to allowing the jury to rule on the actual merits of the class action complaint.

Seattle elder abuse lawyer Kevin Coluccio of Stritmatter: "It is important to note that the court did not rule that the conduct alleged in the class action was not occurring, but rather simply that it could not be redressed via the class action mechanism. But we will seek justice for Lea Ann in the courts of Washington State."

Full Article and Source:
Elder Abuse Complaint Filed Against Extendicare

See also:
Lawsuit Thrown Out

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Judicial Campaigns

By Sharon Male - PARADE Magazine

From 2000 to 2007, some $167 million was spent on judicial campaigns—more than twice as much as in the entire previous decade. Now, advocates of judicial reform are worried that the influx of special-interest money is getting in the way of citizens’ rights to a fair trial. “If you were in court and found out that your opponent was one of the biggest contributors to the judge, would you be happy?” asks Charles W. Hall of Justice at Stake, a nonpartisan group that advocates for judicial reforms. “I think almost all Americans would say, ‘I want a different judge.’”

In West Virginia in 2004, the CEO of a coal company spent $3 million to help Brent D. Benjamin’s judicial campaign. When the company had a case before the court, Benjamin declined to recuse himself—to step aside—and instead cast a deciding vote in favor of the CEO’s company. The case has worked its way up to the Supreme Court, which is expected to make a ruling this spring. Meanwhile, jurists and legal scholars across the country are locked in debate. One group of state supreme court justices argued in a legal brief that the “strong presumption of integrity” of elected judges should override apparent conflicts of interest. But others say that the current system undermines the public’s faith in the integrity of the court.

Can Judges Be Bought?

Hearsay as Evidence

UPC Takes Effect July 1

A new law will take effect in Massachusetts on July 1 relative to guardianships. This issue has been debated and discussed for more than 20 years, and this law is intended to create uniformity among all states across the country; 13 states enacted the law in 2008.

Until now, in Massachusetts, most issues regarding the administration and legal requirements of guardianships were decided on a case-by-case basis. The new law is more than 100 pages long, and one article applies primarily to the protection of disabled people and their property.

Over the past year, changes have been made to both the ‘petition for guardianship of a person’ and the medical certificate required to be filed with the court for a finding of incapacitation.

The court has redefined the requirements to determine that a person is incapacitated when they are unable to attend to their own affairs and are in need of a guardian. In addition, some of the terminology that was utilized for many years is now going to be changed. As an example, in the past, a person who was determined by the court to be incapacitated was referred to as a ‘ward.’ This term is now reserved solely for the guardianship of a minor. Any other person who needs a guardian is determined as an ‘incapacitated person,’ a ‘person in need of services,’ or a ‘protective person.’ Court personnel, attorneys, and the public will have to learn the new terminology as well as, potentially, new forms, procedures, and standards.

Full Article and Source:
The Uniform Probate Code - Enhanced Protection Available for Those Needing Guardianship

More information:
Massachusetts Adopts Uniform Probate Code

See also:
Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code

Probate Reform After 20 Years

Surety Firms Stall Reform

Dangerous Guardianship Petition

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Judge Adjourned Sentencing

Oneida County Court Judge Michael L. Dwyer “reluctantly” adjourned the sentencing of former financial adviser Dorene Dorn after she hired a new attorney.

Dorn was due to be sentenced Monday after she was found guilty in early February of second-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree conspiracy related to the thefts of more than $350,000 from an elderly client between 2003 and 2004.

But after Dorn recently hired attorney Frank Policelli to replace attorney Les Lewis, who had represented Dorn throughout the trial, Dwyer agreed to postpone the sentencing until Monday, May 11.

Full Article and Source:
Judge ‘reluctantly’ adjourns Dorn sentencing

A generous $20,000 gift from an elderly Utica man to his attorney Mary Helene Hamlin set in motion the scheme that ultimately would drain more than $350,000 from his estate, Hamlin said in Oneida County Court. Hamlin pleaded guilty to second-degree grand larceny.

During her plea, Hamlin explained how the funds of John B. Hatfield Sr. were unknowingly transferred from his account to her trust fund and other accounts between 2003 and 2004.

Although Hamlin accepted her own guilt, she did not hesitate to mention another woman’s role in the misappropriation of funds that left Hatfield’s estate roughly half its size by the time of his death in early 2005.

Hamlin’s co-defendant, Dorene Dorn, could be seen writing notes from the back of the courtroom as Hamlin repeatedly implicated Dorn.

Hamlin said of the stolen funds: “Some went to Dorene, some went to me.”

Full Article and Source:
Ex-attorney pleads guilty in theft from client

More information:
Hamlin testifies against Dorn, now jury to deliberate

Defendant doesn't take the stand in Dorn case

Dorene Dorn found guilty of grand larceny and conspiracy

Guardian Ad Litem Authority

On January 7, 2006, the Crawford County Department of Job and Family Services removed two-month-old C.T. from the custody of his mother, Naomi Agapay.

Two days later the common pleas court awarded temporary custody of C.T. to the Department of Job and Family Services (DJFS), and appointed Geoffrey Stoll as the child's guardian ad litem. A guardian ad litem is a person appointed by a court as guardian of an infant or child to act on his behalf. For the time being, C.T. was placed in foster care.

In March 2006, the court adjudicated C.T. a dependent child. One month later the court adopted the DJFS's case plan to address safety issues for the child. Naomi responded to that by filing a motion to modify the dispositional order and to return C.T. to her custody.

But the DJFS had other plans; it filed a motion to extend the period of temporary custody. In January 2007, following a hearing, the court denied Naomi's motion and extended temporary custody by DJFS for an additional six months.

Later in January, Geoffrey Stoll filed a motion requesting that the court grant permanent custody of C.T. to the DJFS. Neither Naomi nor DJFS filed a memorandum opposing Stoll's motion. Following a hearing on Stoll's motion, the court terminated Naomi's parental rights and committed C.T. to the permanent custody of the DJFS on June 28, 2007.

Upon review, however, the court of appeals reversed the judgment of the trial court. The court of appeals ruled that the matter should go back to the trial court on the basis that Stoll, as a guardian ad litem, lacked standing to file a motion for permanent custody.

After that ruling, the case came before the Supreme Court of Ohio for a final review.

How did the court of appeals reach the conclusion that Stoll lacked standing?

"By a seven-to-zero vote, we concluded that a guardian ad litem has authority under Ohio law to file and prosecute a motion to terminate parental rights and award permanent custody in a child welfare case."

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Guardian ad litem has wide latitude to act for children

"Tough Choices" Budget

According to Chancellor William B. Chandler IV is the Delaware Office of the Public Guardian, the office of last resort for those who can no longer manage their own affairs and have no one else to do it.

More staff, more money, more tools are needed to address the increasing demand, and Chandler, the top judicial officer in the Court of Chancery, which oversees the Office of the Public Guardian, noted in a letter to Gov. Jack Markell that a July review by the National Guardianship Association will bring other recommendations.

"It is no exaggeration to say that the ability of the Office of the Public Guardian to accommodate its wards is at the breaking point," Chandler wrote.

The timing for those requests couldn't be much worse, with Markell and all state agencies looking for ways to plug an estimated $750 million gouge in 2010 revenue. In his budget address this month, the governor acknowledged that legitimate requests and services had been cut from his "tough choices" budget. The Office of Public Guardian's already small $500,000 budget would be trimmed a bit more.

Full Article and Source:
Guardians of helpless ask Del. for help

Monday, March 30, 2009

Guardian Accused of Exploitation

The court trusted Cindy Laws to look after the lives of incapacitated and vulnerable people. Now she's charged with exploiting one of them.

Laws is accused of felony "abuse, exploitation or neglect of a vulnerable adult" for allegedly stealing more than $6,000 from a 93-year-old woman with dementia.

Laws was a member of the Twin Falls County Board of Community Guardians, and court records show the court appointed her guardian of at least three incapacitated people. The court has since removed her as a guardian.

Twin Falls County commissioner George Urie, who serves on the board said that an "indirect effect" of the case against Laws filed this week in Twin Falls 5th District Court was that the county's board stopped taking new clients.

Three people who were recently under Laws' guardianship are unable to care for themselves and live on Social Security payments from the government.

The criminal case against Laws unfolded after an adult protection investigator with Area IV Office on Aging asked Laws to sign a "release of information" on Jan. 7. "The release was obtained in connection with an investigation of possible wrongdoing."

The probe turned to Laws when investigators discovered the 93-year-old victim got billed for cell phone service that she is not receiving, along with other questionable charges.

Full Article and Source:
Guardian accused of exploiting elderly woman

More information:
S. Idaho guardian charged with exploiting woman

Will Forger Gets Jail

Authorities claim Edward Blomfield forged the will of Beverly Graham after she was shot and killed in her apartment by Jennifer San Marco just before San Marco went on a shooting spree at the Goleta U.S. Postal Service distribution center in January 2006, killing six others and then herself. The forged will left Graham’s entire estate, estimated to be worth $750,000, to Blomfield.

Less than a month after Graham’s death, Blomfield produced the will, which Graham’s family immediately contested in probate court. As the result of a complicated civil suit, in which a forensic examiner determined the will was forged, Blomfield was ordered to pay $340,000 in restitution to the Graham family and indicted in criminal court for burglary, financial elder abuse, forgery, conspiracy, and two counts of perjury. Blomfield pled guilty to all charges.

He will serve one year in Santa Barbara County Jail and five years of felony probation. Judge Brian Hill also granted District Attorney Mary Barron two additional requests: that Blomfield not be allowed to act in a fiduciary capacity for anyone and that any current or future employers know of his psychiatric condition.

Full Article and Source:
Will Forger Gets One Year in Jail, Probation

Former Lawyer Denied License

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has rejected a request by David V. Jennings III of Cedarburg to reinstate his law license, saying his moral character is lacking.

Jennings says the decision is devastating. The furniture store manager says he wanted to get back into law to "offset some of the harm that I caused."

Jennings lost his license in 1993, the year he pleaded guilty to embezzling $550,000 from a company he represented in bankruptcy proceedings and from his mother's living trust.

Full Article and Source:
Former Wis. lawyer who embezzled denied license

Attorney is Facing Criminal Charges

A Naperville attorney is facing criminal charges on suspicion he stole and mishandled hundreds of thousands of dollars from his clients and former law partners.

Prosecutors charged Steven D. Gustafson with theft up to $500,000, forgery, financial institution fraud and financial crimes enterprise.

The 44-year-old Naperville man became licensed to practice law in Illinois Nov. 7, 1991. His focus is estate planning and trusts.

The allegations began while he was a shareholder in the now-defunct law firm of James, Gustafson & Thompson. The firm was dissolved Feb. 21, 2006, and all but one of Gustafson's former partners have sued him.

Full Article and Source:
Naperville attorney accused of stealing from clients, partners

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Real Estate Agent Indicted

A Springfield real estate agent has been indicted on charges he stole more than $400,000 from a trust and more than $200,000 from an aunt for whom he had power of attorney.

Timothy Spengler is charged with felony theft in connection with the trust and with financial exploitation of the elderly, theft and two counts of conspiracy in connection with the alleged theft from his 89-year-old great-aunt.

Spengler’s wife, Cindy, was indicted on the same charges in the case involving her husband’s aunt’s money. She is not charged in the alleged land trust theft.

The indictments, handed down by a Sangamon County grand jury, are the result of an investigation by the Illinois State Police and the state’s attorney’s office involving a Christian County trust of which Timothy Spengler was trustee.

Authorities said one of the beneficiaries of the Zelma E. Ostermeier trust, established in 1999, noticed irregularities in withdrawals from the trust and brought them to the attention of investigators.

A hearing is set on the guardianship issue April 2 and on an order of protection against Timothy Spengler for April 3.

Full Article and Source:
Area real estate agent, wife accused of theft

Power-Of-Attorney Measure

A state Senate panel was urged to approve a power-of-attorney measure aimed at protecting seniors from abuses by caregivers and, in some cases, their own children.

SB314, reviewed by the Senate Judiciary Committee, would erase limited power-of-attorney laws and replace them with a much broader act proposed by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws.

Proponents of SB314 included Lora Myles of the RSVP CARE Law Program, which assists seniors: "the existing Nevada laws make it tough on seniors in dealing with banks or with authorities when seniors become victims of exploitation."

Myles described a case in which a woman confessed to using a power of attorney “to rip her mother off for a very large sum of money” but police and a district attorney wouldn’t prosecute the case, saying they lacked the authority under existing state law.

Full Article and Source:
Bill focuses on power-of-attorney abuse against seniors

Information Fair

Medicaid fraud and abuse investigator Nikki Henderson will be guest speaker at an information fair about elder abuse and neglect that the University of Louisville is sponsoring.

Kent School of Social Work students who will graduate this year with a gerontology specialization have planned the fair for professionals who work in aging services and for older adults who could use such services. The students will be available to discuss elder issues such as emotional, physical, sexual and financial abuse.

Henderson, a retired Louisville police sergeant and Kent alumna, now works for the state Office of the Attorney General as an investigator in the Medicaid fraud and abuse control division. Her talk will be from noon to 1 p.m. The luncheon starts at 11:30 a.m.

Continuing education credits are available to professionals who attend.

April 23, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
The Kling Center, 219 W. Ormsby Ave.
Admission is free and open to the public. Luncheon seating is limited.
Make reservations by April 10 with Martha Fuller or 502-852-3933, or Linda Exton or 502-852-3934.

Full Article and Source:
Information fair targets elder abuse, neglect

Alzheimer’s Association Conference

The Alzheimer’s Association Greater PA Chapter will sponsor a conference, “Preventing Elder Abuse,” April 16 at the Mohegan Sun Conference Center.

Presenters include Attorney Dr. Ronald Costen, director of the Institute on Protective Services, Temple University; Carol L. Lavery, MPW, Office of the Victim Advocate, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; and James Siberski, MS, coordinator of the Gerontology Education Center, Misericordia University.

The registration deadline is April 8.

For additional information, contact the Alzheimer’s Association at 822-9915.

Alzheimer’s Association schedules ‘Preventing Elder Abuse’ seminar