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TIME SENSITIVE - ELDER ABUSE PROTECTIONS BEING GUTTED - PLEASE CALL YOUR CONGRESSPERSON AND SENATOR TODAY!

H.R. 1215 will be discussed in the federal House of Representatives June 28 and 29, 2017! Hidden within H.R. 1215 is language that will gut elder abuse protections in California and across the United States. Although the House vote on the bill had previously been delayed, it is back with a vengeance. You can read H.R. 1215 at www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1215/text.

Scam Phone Financial Abuse Network Indicted

A common financial abuse scam against the elderly is a call from someone allegedly representing the IRS demanding tax payments with threats of penalties. These calls often are received late at night and can be very confusing to anyone, but particularly disturbing to an elder living alone. The elderly are reticent to report if they are the victim of a phone scam. (see: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/consumer-protection/preventing-elder-abuse/index.htm).

Labor Violations in Assisted Living Facilities

When considering assisted living facilities for loved ones, Kathryn Stebner advises families that staff is the key to everything, especially those who are engaging residents in a variety of activities which help to keep them healthy. If you see people sitting in a corner in wheelchairs and no one interacting with them, this is a bad sign.

A recent article in the San Jose Mercury New exposed the deplorable working conditions for staff in assisted living facilities that elder advocates have known about for years. Most family members would not want their loved one cared for by a worker who is working "16-hour days, six days a week, and given around $60 stipends for each day's work." or sleeping on "futons in the living rooms and dining rooms of the residence." ("Wage theft allegations grow against Bay Area elder care homes" Mercury News February 4, 2016, http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_29471011/wage-theft-allegations-grow-against-bay-area-elder.) Apparently, county district attorneys are beginning to prosecute owners for bad working conditions in these facilities, which hopefully will result in better outcomes for the elders who depend on them.

Music and Memory

Amongst the many New Years wishes of a productive and happy year, this inspiring video found its way onto my facebook newstream. It will surely bring a smile to your face, and is a perfect reminder of the spirit that lives on inside as we age:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqfFrCUrEbY

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