PS 101: An Overview of the Massachusetts Elder Protective Services Program Although PS programs received nearly 24,000 elder abuse reports in Massachusetts in Fiscal Year 2014, experts suggest that elder abuse continues to be significantly underreported. As such, it is critical that professionals and non-professionals be educated on the signs and symptoms of abuse and how to proceed should concerns exist, as cases can easily escalate to the point of irreparable physical, emotional and financial damage. This presentation will provide an overview of the Massachusetts Elder Protective Services Program, including the principle of self-determination, definitions and potential signs and symptoms of abuse, contributing factors, and the reporting and investigation processes.
Elder Sexual Abuse: Does It Really Occur and if so, What Should I Do? While the total number of reports to the Elder Protective Services Program now exceeds 20,000 per year, the number of elder sexual abuse reports represents less than 1% of that total. Do these numbers accurately reflect what is occurring or are situations being overlooked? This workshop will provide a clear definition of elder sexual abuse, including signs and symptoms, and will help to clarify potential reasons why these situations rarely get reported to the proper authorities.
Abuse in Later Life: When Is Elder Abuse Domestic Violence Domestic abuse is a pattern of coercive tactics abusers use to gain and maintain power and control over their victims. It is a subset of elder abuse and must be recognized as domestic violence in order to appropriately intervene to keep victims safe. This presentation will present an overview of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation, the role of Protective Services, and then discuss the dynamics of abuse, barriers to elders staying safe, and effective interventions and collaborations.
Financial Exploitation: The incidence of financial exploitation of elders and vulnerable adults is growing nationally. Fraudulent telemarketing schemes and unscrupulous scam artists increasingly target elders, resulting in significant financial losses. In addition, loved and trusted family members too often make illegal and improper use of resources, resulting in emotional and financial damage that is devastating. Elders and vulnerable adults are left unable to pay for their basic daily needs, including housing, food, critical utilities and medications, and are traumatized by this victimization. To aid in early identification and prevention of elder financial exploitation and fraud and assist elders to remain safely in the community, Massachusetts has developed two community collaborations: the Massachusetts Bank Reporting Project and the Money Management Program. This workshop will provide an overview of these two nationally recognized programs, as well as signs and symptoms of financial exploitation and fraud, and simple strategies for protecting one's assets. In addition, case examples will be presented that highlight the importance of community collaborations and a multidisciplinary team approach in battling the devastating and often irreversible impact of financial exploitation and fraud.
There are two full-day trainings scheduled:
- April 24 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Milton Council on Aging, 10 Walnut Street, Milton
- June 14 from 9:30am to 4:00pm at the Pittsfield Council on Aging, 330 North Street, Pittsfield
Cancellation dates: April 17 for the 24th Training and June 7 for the 14th Training