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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

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

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At What Age Is It Considered Elder Abuse?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines elder abuse as mistreatment of a victim who is 60 years or older. That said, different types of elder abuse pose a higher risk to older adults depending on their age. Learn how age plays a role in elder abuse. Elder Abuse & Ages of Victims… Read More

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Elder Abuse by Family Members vs. Nursing Home Staff Members

Elder abuse is extremely dangerous, whether it is committed by nursing home staff members or family members. Elder abuse can physically, emotionally, or financially harm older adults, and can even lead to death. See how you can take action against both elder abuse by family members and nursing home abuse. Differences Between Elder Abuse and… Read More

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Government Ends Coronavirus Ban on Nursing Home Visits

Nursing homes are opening to visitors again after an announcement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). New rules will be put in place to protect nursing home residents and visitors from the coronavirus. Both residents and visitors need to stay aware of the new precautions so that they can stay safe. Nursing… Read More

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Illinois Governor Launches Task Force to Combat High Rates of Elder Abuse

The Illinois Department on Aging received over 20,000 reports of elder abuse-related deaths last year. This number is disturbingly high, especially since many abuse cases go unreported. The State of Illinois has created an Elder Abuse Task Force to investigate the issue and look for ways to combat elder abuse statewide. Illinois Governor Says Enough… Read More