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At What Age Is It Considered Elder Abuse?

While some states may have different age ranges, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) define elder abuse as the mistreatment of someone over the age of 60. Abuse can happen in a nursing home or at an older person’s own home by spouses, adult children, other family… Read More

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One Year After the PACT Act: How Veterans in Nursing Homes Can Get Justice

All Americans believe that older adults, especially veterans and their loved ones, should receive quality care with dignity. Horrifyingly, we have documented many cases of nursing home abuse among military veterans, shining a light in dark places to expose the truth. Similar to the thousands of nursing home abuse victims waiting for justice, the victims… Read More

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U.S. Senate Hearing Reveals Concerns for State Nursing Home Inspections

In May 2023, the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing to investigate the nursing home inspection system. The results were disheartening that may only worsen without immediate action from nursing homes and the federal inspection system. The committee found that most states have a backlog for nursing home inspections. The top driving… Read More

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Supreme Court Ruling Upholds Nursing Home Residents’ Rights to Pursue Lawsuits

In November 2022, the United States Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of Health and Hospital Corporation v. Talevski. The case, filed by Ivanka Talevski, argues that her husband’s rights detailed in the Federal Nursing Home Reform Act were violated while he was a resident of one of Health and Hospital Corporation’s nursing homes.… Read More

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VA Compensation 2023 Increase Helps Veterans in Nursing Homes

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a record increase to its compensation benefits for veterans. This will help more than 5 million veterans and survivors supported through VA benefits and the thousands of veterans receiving nursing home or other long-term care. After facing recent inflation and the rising cost of living, these… Read More

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Punishments for Elder Abuse

Elder abuse is considered a serious crime, but it often goes unreported. Older adults and their loved ones may be afraid that reporting abuse will lead to worse treatment. Thankfully, there are laws at both the federal and state levels to ensure punishments for elder abuse are carried out. Learn more about what to do… Read More

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What Percentage of Elder Abuse Is Done by Family Members?

Family members commit elder abuse in nearly 6 out of 10 cases, according to the National Council on Aging (NCOA). Other studies found that family members are the most common perpetrators of nearly every type of elder abuse. Learn how to keep an older person you love safe. Family and the Problem of Elder Abuse… Read More

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Delta Variant Leads to Uptick in Nursing Home Deaths

After a spike in COVID-19 cases attributed to the Delta variant caused thousands of deaths in nursing homes over the summer, it’s important to focus on how to protect yourself and your loved ones living in long-term care facilities. ​​COVID-19 poses a higher risk to nursing homes as residents often share living spaces and have… Read More

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World Alzheimer’s Day

World Alzheimer’s Day is celebrated every year on September 21st. Patients, caregivers, and advocates come together and fight for the 50 million people globally who are living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. The organizers hope to use the day as a way to raise awareness of the condition and also to educate public… Read More

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Overcrowding Led To Higher COVID-Nursing Home Deaths of Black and Hispanic Residents in Illinois

Overcrowding in Illinois nursing homes caused more Hispanic and Black residents to die of COVID-19 when compared to residents of other races, according to a new report. Other studies also found that overcrowding and racial disparities led to more COVID-19 deaths among minorities in nursing homes. New Report Sheds Light on Overcrowding, Racial Disparities in… Read More