Money theft from elderly on rise

THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE BY JULIE M. McKINNON APPEARED JULY 4, 2011 IN THE TOLEDO BLADE. READ THE CONTENTS BELOW, OR VIEW THE ARTICLE ON THE BLADE'S WEBSITE.

Money theft from elderly on rise locally, nationwide; Lucas County cases up 8% in fiscal year, to 119

A Sylvania Township registered nurse gains power of attorney for an elderly man in her care, eventually taking hundreds of thousands of dollars. A man supposedly assisting a visually impaired elderly woman helps himself to tens of thousands of dollars. Another man takes money to do repairs for elderly homeowners but allegedly never does the work.

All are cases of financial exploitation involving seniors in Lucas County, a crime that is on the rise both locally and nationally.

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Group forms to stop elder abuse

PUBLISHED ON THE ILLINOIS NURSING HOME ABUSE BLOG JUNE 28, 2010; POSTED BY LEVIN & PERCONTI

The Toledo Blade reports on the creation of a citizen run group known as the Coalition of Organizations Protecting Elders (COPE), a welcome development in the quest to provide proper care for the elderly.

The group was founded by Sandra Hamilton after she witnessed repeated examples of elder abuse and recognized the need for increased vigilance to stem the problem and hold the abusers accountable. The organization works with its citizen-members to provide training and information so that members are able to recognize elder abuse and neglect and take appropriate action to stop the mistreatment.

COPE reports that only between 15-20% of elder abuse cases are ever reported. That means that for every one elderly resident saved from abuse, five more continue to suffer. Often the abuse goes unreported because the average individual does not fully understand the various forms that the neglect occurs.

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Group forms to monitor well-being of the elderly

PUBLISHED IN THE TOLEDO BLADE JUNE 28, 2010
By SARAH MERVOSH, TOLEDO BLADE STAFF WRITER

When Sandra Hamilton was employed as a lawyer, she handled a case in which an elderly man was taken advantage of by his much younger wife, beginning when she forced him to live alone while she lived with a boyfriend.

"He was starting to complain to his neighbors because he didn't have food. He was out of cigarettes," Ms. Hamilton said. "She wasn't really taking care of him."

The abuse culminated when she kidnapped him from the hospital so she could start receiving his pension checks again.

"At the time, I really didn't realize the crime that was being committed. It just seemed to be wrong," Ms. Hamilton said.

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2010

PRESS RELEASE: JUNE 10, 2010

The Coalition of Organizations Protecting Elders (COPE) is sponsoring a free program in recognition of "World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2010." The program is scheduled for Tuesday, June 15, 2010, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., in The Toledo Hospital Education Center Auditorium (North Cove Boulevard).

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