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These Are the 10 Best States for Aging

Via U.S. News By Casey Lewis, Staff Writer Aging in America In 2016, Americans age 65 and older accounted for 15.2 percent of the total population, up 2.8 percent from 2000. These numbers are only expected to grow considerably over the coming decades, and the U.S. Census Bureau predicts that one in five Americans will be 65 and over by 2030. Read the full article … Continue reading These Are the 10 Best States for Aging

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Guest Post: Domestic Violence and Older Adults

By Emily Miller and Alison Hirschel, Michigan Elder Justice Initiative Domestic violence is a broad term. At its core, it is the intentional infliction of harm to another (family member, spouse, loved one) without regard for that person’s rights or safety. This can manifest in many ways, including: physical (abuse or neglect), economic, emotional, sexual, verbal or psychological threats or actions. These threats or actions are intended to exert power and control over the victim. Domestic … Continue reading Guest Post: Domestic Violence and Older Adults

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Personal Protection Orders

By Julia Miller, Legal Intern The month of October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It is a time to shed light on what domestic violence is, who it affects, and provide resources to help victims of domestic violence get out of an abusive situation. Personal Protection Orders (PPOs) are orders, signed by a judge that prohibit abusers from doing any number of things that could harm or frighten their victims. These orders … Continue reading Personal Protection Orders

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Bullying Among Older Adults: Additional Resources, Part 4 of 4

By Emilee Evans, Legal Intern October is Domestic Abuse Awareness Month, and this blog series is focused on bullying and seniors. Bullying in nursing homes or long-term care facilities has been the overall theme of these blogs, however bullying among older adults has potential to occur under many other circumstances.   Other forms of bullying may include:   Landlords taking advantage of renters,  Bullying between roommates in a private home,   Or caregivers (family … Continue reading Bullying Among Older Adults: Additional Resources, Part 4 of 4

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Bullying Among Older Adults: A Nurse’s Perspective, Part 3 of 4

By Emilee Evans, Legal Intern This blog will look at how bullying can be assessed by the nurses and staff who oversee residents. Studies that examine trigger factors in resident aggression allow nurses to identify areas of tension and ways to avoid bullying and violence among residents. This post will include some perspectives of nurses on issues of bullying within the nursing home, along with the triggers of aggression identified in … Continue reading Bullying Among Older Adults: A Nurse’s Perspective, Part 3 of 4

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Bullying Among Older Adults: Long Term Care Facilities, Part 2 of 4

By Emilee Evans, Legal Intern As noted in last week’s blog post, bullying is used to make an individual feel powerful by making another individual feel vulnerable and powerless. Being the target of bullying can be intimidating. By seeing this behavior through the perspective of residents of long term care facilities, hopefully cases of bullying will be easier to identify. The end of this post will include resources to use … Continue reading Bullying Among Older Adults: Long Term Care Facilities, Part 2 of 4

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Seniors and Domestic Violence

By Kathryn Larlee, J.D. October can be so beautiful. Leaves in full color, warm sweaters, delicious soups, apples and pumpkin spice in almost everything. For some, however, there is little to celebrate. Some folks are hurting or struggling with abuse. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and a purple ribbon designates domestic violence awareness. Seniors face unique challenges when domestic violence happens to them. If an older person experiences abuse … Continue reading Seniors and Domestic Violence