Lifespan of Greater Rochester Inc. will be a key partner in a $1 million elder abuse prevention grant from the U.S. Administration for Community Living.
The grant, which is coordinated by the New York State Office for the Aging, was given to test a program that combats financial exploitation and elder abuse in New York.
The $1 million grant will support a pilot program in the Finger Lakes region that focuses on preventing and intervening in financial exploitation of adults age 60 and older by using an enhanced multidisciplinary team. This system uses forensic accounting to investigate and intervene in cases of exploitation.
The results of a study of elder abuse in New York State conducted from 2007 to 2010 by Lifespan and research partners Weill Cornell Medical Center and New York City Department for the Aging found financial exploitation was the most prevalent form of elder abuse reported by older adults in the state.
“We know from the NYS Elder Abuse Prevalence Study that financial exploitation is the most prevalent form of abuse,” said Ann Marie Cook, president and CEO of Lifespan and co-chairman of the NYS Coalition on Elder Abuse Advisory Board. “We developed a statewide response to this serious issue. The grant provides us a tremendous opportunity to prevent and to respond rapidly to allegations of financial exploitation and abuse.”
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