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2010 Conference Session: Ethical & Legal Response: Identifying and Reporting Elder Abuse

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

At NJFA’s 12th Annual Conference on June 10th we were pleased to offer a workshop titled, “The Ethical and Legal Response: Identifying and Reporting Elder Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation”. This session featured, David Ricci, State Coordinator of Adult Protective Services; Pat Bohse, Manager, NJ4A; Linda Murtagh- Social Work Supervisor, Ocean County Board of Social Services; and Vincent Olawale- Human Services Division Manager FOCUS, Hispanic Center of Community Development, Inc. The presenters advised the group on how to identify elder abuse and the different forms it takes. Elders can experience abuse in many ways, physical, mental/emotional, financial and also through neglect. 

Also in the discussion was NJ Laws regarding elder abuse and reporting, as well as, the states rules and regulations regarding referrals made to Adult Protective Services. The law regarding Adult Protective Services applies to any “vulnerable adult”, meaning anyone over 18 years of age or older who resides in a community setting and who, because of a physical or mental illness or disability, lacks sufficient understanding or capacity to make or carry out decisions concerning his or her well-being. When reporting elder abuse, you should provide the name and address of the adult and as much information as possible about the concern and the person responsible for any abuse. The report should be investigated within 72 hours according to NJ State Law. Depending on what is found, the adult protective services worker may refer the older adult to services and may contact other Departments, such as the Office on Aging or Division of Developmental Disabilities.

The new NJ State Law regarding the reporting of abuse that was discussed in this session. The law makes it mandatory for certain professionals to report elder abuse, such as optometrists, psychologists, podiatrists, and physical therapists. The new law establishes mandatory reporting for these healthcare professionals and first responders because they are likely to come in contact with vulnerable adults.

Another part of the presentation included Pat Bohse of NJ4A and Bohse & Associates, showing a video about elder abuse. The video shows professionals, elders and family members talking about specific examples of elder abuse as well as numerous facts and figures about the problem. The point of the video is to raise awareness about the problem of elder abuse and encourage people to report it so that more elders can get help if they are in an abusive situation.

 Evaluations from the session indicate that attendees found the presentation informative and that the speakers were engaging. We’d also like to take this opportunity to again thank our wonderful presenters for taking the time to put together this session on a very important subject.

NJFA’s 12th Annual Conference! June 10, 2010!

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

The New Jersey Foundation for Aging (NJFA) will host its 12th Annual Conference on Thursday June 10, 2010 at the Crowne Plaza in Jamesburg.

This informative conference will feature two nationally recognized keynote speakers, Donna Butts of Generations United will present best practice models of program consolidation, serving diverse client populations in shared sites. This is seen as an effective cost-saving measure when municipal and local government are facing funding cuts. Bob Blancato, former Director of the White House Conference on Aging will present information regarding the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act in the afternoon. He will provide advocates with the needed skills to be effectively engaged in the legislative process. NJFA is pleased that Ms. Butts and Mr. Blancato will be able to share valuable information with the attendees of the conference.

The day will also feature morning and afternoon concurrent sessions, topics include Music and Your Brain, the Ethical and Legal Responsibility of Reporting Elder Abuse and Managing Chronic Disease. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided for all attendees. The cost of attending NJFA’s 12th Annual Conference is $70; a reduced price of $60 is available for NJ Government representatives and for groups of 3 or more from the same agency. CEU’s for Social Work, LNHA/CALA and recreation/activities professionals are available for a $20 fee.

Visit www.njfoundationforaging.org/events.html for the online brochure and registration form or call NJFA at 609-421-0206. Registration forms can be mailed to 176 West State St, Trenton, NJ 08608 or faxed to 609-421-2006. Registration fees are payable by check or credit card, Visa or MasterCard only.

 For more information visit, www.njfoundationforaging.org or call 609-421-0206. The Crowne Plaza is located just off the NJ Turnpike at Exit 8A.