National Association of Triads, Inc.

National Association of Triads, Inc. Triad is a partnership of three organizations—law enforcement, older adults, and community groups. The purpose of Triad is to promote older adult safety.

Triad is a partnership of three organizations: law enforcement, older adults, and community groups.

Triad is a partnership of three organizations: law enforcement, older adults, and community groups.

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Here are six ways that a home care worker can help seniors during this time, in addition to the basics of cooking, clean...
07/09/2020
Six Ways Caregivers Can Lovingly Care for an Older Adult During Shelter-in-Place - IOA Blog

Here are six ways that a home care worker can help seniors during this time, in addition to the basics of cooking, cleaning, shopping, and more, from the Institute on Aging.

Beyond the basics, an in-home caregiver can provide much-needed companionship and serve as a buffer to loneliness for seniors not able to leave their homes. 79-year old Jobyna has dementia. Until recently, she spent a few days a week dancing, singing, playing games, and enjoying conversations and me...

Early data suggest older people are twice as likely to have serious COVID-19 illness. This may be because immune systems...
03/12/2020
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) | ACL Administration for Community Living

Early data suggest older people are twice as likely to have serious COVID-19 illness. This may be because immune systems change with age, making it harder to fight off diseases and infection. Older adults also are more likely to have underlying health conditions that make it harder to cope with and recover from illness.

In addition, people of all ages, with or without disabilities, seem to be at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19 if they have serious chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease.

Check out the Administration for Community Living's COVID-19 resource page at https://acl.gov/COVID-19.

As guidance is updated, ACL will post or link to it on this page and share it through the ACL Updates email service. In addition, ACL recommends following the guidance issued by state and local health departments, and watch the CDC website for the latest national information. What do Older Adults an...

On Tuesday, March 3, 2020, Attorney General William P. Barr addressed attendees of the Keeping Seniors Safe summit and a...
03/03/2020
National Elder Fraud Hotline | OVC

On Tuesday, March 3, 2020, Attorney General William P. Barr addressed attendees of the Keeping Seniors Safe summit and announced the launch of the National Elder Fraud Hotline.

This toll free call center helps combat fraud against older Americans and provides support for victims who have been robbed of their hard-earned savings.

The National Elder Fraud Hotline is staffed by caring professionals who can provide personalized support to callers. Use this call center to—
• report incidences of fraud;
• obtain a case manager who will help you through the reporting process at the federal, state, and local levels; and
• connect with other helpful resources on a case-by-case basis.

Call 833–FRAUD–11 (833–372–8311) to receive help from a hotline case manager.

Visit the National Elder Fraud Hotline website at https://stopelderfraud.ovc.ojp.gov/.

If you or someone you know is a victim of elder fraud, we encourage you to call this toll free hotline at 833–FRAUD–11.

Attorney General William P. Barr and U.S. Attorney Andrew Murray today announced the largest coordinated sweep of elder ...
03/19/2019
Justice Department Announces Largest Ever Nationwide Elder Fraud Sweep

Attorney General William P. Barr and U.S. Attorney Andrew Murray today announced the largest coordinated sweep of elder fraud cases in history, surpassing last year’s nationwide sweep. The cases brought during this sweep involved more than 260 defendants from around the globe who victimized more than two million Americans, most of them elderly.

Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District of North Carolina FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, March 7, 2019 Justice Department Announces Largest Ever Nationwide Elder Fraud Sweep The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI Announce the Western District’s Elder Justice Initiative t...

The first two federal safety net programs, Social Security and Unemployment Insurance, will turn 65 next year. This hist...
03/08/2019
Congress Takes A New Look At The Safety Net For Older Adults

The first two federal safety net programs, Social Security and Unemployment Insurance, will turn 65 next year. This historic milestone is being preceded by a new focus from the new Congress on how the government’s safety net programs are performing and what changes might be needed to improve them.

How the new Congress may stitch the safety net to help needy older adults

Hidden in the Shadows: Detecting and Addressing Elder AbuseElder abuse can be defined as “intentional or neglectful acts...
03/07/2019
Hidden in the Shadows: Detecting and Addressing Elder Abuse - Psychiatry Advisor

Hidden in the Shadows: Detecting and Addressing Elder Abuse

Elder abuse can be defined as “intentional or neglectful acts by a caregiver or ‘trusted’ individual that lead to, or may lead to, harm of a vulnerable elder.” It is often a “hidden offence, often perpetrated against vulnerable people, many with memory impairment, by those on whom they depend.”

The number of potentially abused elders is staggering: in 2015, older adults — defined as people age 65 or above constituted nearly 15% of the US population — up by 1.6 million from 2014.

Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons praised Wednesday's sentence.“This case stands as an example of the terrible...
02/14/2019
Area woman sentenced to four years in connection with financial exploitation of grandmother | RiverBender.com

Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons praised Wednesday's sentence.

“This case stands as an example of the terrible financial abuses suffered by vulnerable citizens every day," he said. "I want to commend Lt. Tharp and Deputy Walker of the Madison County Sheriff's Office for their excellent investigative work and thank the prosecutors from the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Elder Justice Division for bringing this perpetrator to justice. This prison sentence should serve as a warning to anyone who might think about taking advantage of a senior citizen: If you exploit someone, you will be held accountable.”

EDWARDSVILLE — The Madison County State's Attorney's office announced today a Collinsville woman was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison

12/03/2018
AOTA's Older Driver Safety Week

This week is Older Driver Safety Awareness week, started by the American Occupational Therapy Association - AOTA to promote an understanding of the importance of mobility and transportation to older adults.

Today's topic is Anticipating Changes That Can Affect Driving. You can read more here: https://www.aota.org/Conference-Events/Older-Driver-Safety-Awareness-Week/Monday-Full-Article.aspx.

AOTA's Older Driver Safety Awareness Week is held annually on the first week of December to raise awareness of the many resources available to older drivers ...

The holidays typically see a rise in scams and frauds - and many are targeting older adults. An estimated one in five Am...
11/28/2018
Scammers are targeting older Americans

The holidays typically see a rise in scams and frauds - and many are targeting older adults.

An estimated one in five Americans over 65 has been victim of fraud and the median loss for people over 80 was over $1,000!

A fifth of people over 65 have been victims of fraud. Part of the solution: talking about it.

The 2009 trial of Anthony Marshall, son of New York philanthropist Brooke Astor, brought nationwide attention to the iss...
11/17/2018
Red flags that can signal elder fraud

The 2009 trial of Anthony Marshall, son of New York philanthropist Brooke Astor, brought nationwide attention to the issue of elder fraud. Marshall was found guilty of stealing millions of dollars from his mother and, along with a lawyer, fraudulently changing her will.

Astor’s grandson Philip C. Marshall filed a guardianship petition in 2006 seeking to protect his grandmother. And today, years after the deaths of his father and grandmother, he continues to campaign against the financial exploitation of seniors. Here, Marshall talks about how seniors and their loved ones can recognize and combat abuse.

The 2009 trial of Anthony Marshall, son of New York philanthropist Brooke Astor, brought nationwide attention to the issue of elder fraud. Marshall was found

Elder abuse affects all socioeconomic demographics. Our thoughts are with Stan Lee's family after his death earlier this...
11/16/2018
Stan Lee speaks out on his experience with elder abuse

Elder abuse affects all socioeconomic demographics.

Our thoughts are with Stan Lee's family after his death earlier this week. His experience with elder abuse highlights how prevalent these issues are.

The 95-year-old writer talked to the press for the first time in months

Please join the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) and their partners for a special webinar on Elder Abuse and Financ...
11/08/2018
Meeting Registration: Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation Resources Webinar | AnyMeeting - Online Meetings, Video Conferencing and Webinar Service

Please join the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) and their partners for a special webinar on Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation Resources available to law enforcement, rural and tribal communities.

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FTC releases new Report on efforts to protect older consumers; older more likely to complain; those over 80 had average ...
10/29/2018
FTC Details Efforts to Protect Older Consumers in Report to Congress

FTC releases new Report on efforts to protect older consumers; older more likely to complain; those over 80 had average losses twice as large; those over 60 lost $252 million in 2017 https://bakerfraudreport.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=1009e2abfef220b6ba9d7dc3a&id=79813f27f9&e=c8602ffee0

A new report released today by the Federal Trade Commission details the agency’s comprehensive efforts to protect older consumers from fraud, identity theft, and other problems in the marketplace.

"Elder abuse is one of the fastest growing problems across the state and the county, but also one of the least reported....
10/21/2018
Cuyahoga County prepares as elder abuse reporting requirements expands

"Elder abuse is one of the fastest growing problems across the state and the county, but also one of the least reported. However, a change in Ohio state law that is now in effect could help change that."

Elder abuse is one of the fastest growing problems across the state and the county, but also one of the least reported. However, a change in Ohio state law that is now in effect could help change that. On Sept. 29th, the list of people, professions and entities that are now required by state law to....

10/04/2018

How free Lyft rides can dramatically improve life for senior citizens
BY RINA RAPHAEL4 MINUTE READ
On-demand car services can drastically improve the health of senior citizens, according to new preliminary data.

At the USC’s 2018 Body Computing Conference this past Friday, researchers showed how unlimited free Lyft rides can improve quality of life by a whopping 90% for seniors. The research was part of a pilot program announced last fall between Lyft and the University of Southern California Center for Body Computing, which aimed to study and connect senior citizens with transportation. In collaboration with UnitedHealthcare, the AARP Foundation gave a $1 million grant to the Keck Medicine of USC to test the impact of providing free Lyft rides on the health of elderly USC patients within the greater Los Angeles area.

The goal was to see whether accessible transportation greatly affected later-in-life healthcare, socialization, and activity levels. While the final study will not be published until early next year, researchers released preliminary data about its current progress.

“It’s not just missing doctors’ appointments,” Leslie Saxon, executive director of the USC Center for Body Computing, previously told Fast Company. “What really determines survival in an aging population is socialization–it’s any trip out of the house, and how active you are. That is the No. 1 determinant of basically who lives and who dies.”

Several million senior citizens miss medical appointments each year due to a lack of accessible and affordable transportation, with no-show rates hovering at 30% for sub-specialty doctor appointments, according to a 2016 study. Transportation for America (T4 America) found that more than half of the U.S. non-driving population age 65 and over stays home on any given day because they don’t have transportation. They make fewer trips to the doctor (15%), to shop or eat out (59%), and for social, family, and religious activities (65%) than drivers in the same age group.

There’s also the issue of family burden. Providing transportation to a loved one takes a toll on younger generations who aren’t afforded the flexibility to tend to a parent’s medical needs.

“It often results in this hidden family dysfunction and cost where the child is taking off work to take the parent to [the doctor],” Saxon said on Friday. “It creates a lot of dynamics that aren’t comfortable for anyone.”

The Lyft program outfitted 150 participants with wearable devices to track behavior patterns as well as offered app-use training. There was also a concierge-style phone number participants could call for pickups, in case they were uncomfortable with smartphones.

USC Keck School of Medicine research coordinator Rebecca Ebert explained that the majority of participants were unfamiliar or afraid of not just relying on the on-demand car service, but using a smartphone.

They were all over the age of 60 and living with chronic conditions, and hailing from diverse backgrounds and income levels within L.A. Most lived alone and were either retired, unable to work, or on disability. The average age was 71, with the oldest being 92 years old. All had a transportation barrier.

For three months, subjects had unlimited Lyft ride access to whatever they needed, with a strong emphasis on doctor’s appointments. In terms of medical conditions, 49% needed access to internal medicine specialists (with a quarter of those receiving cardiovascular care) followed by 26% for surgery or surgical followups. There were also those who visited pain management therapists, cancer specialists, and psychiatrists, among others.

Following 4,806 free Lyft rides, researchers found that subjects took an average of one ride a day, ranging at about $20 for an average of 14 miles. The study’s preliminary findings reported a 35% increase in activity (based on steps taken) from baseline to ride access.

These subjects didn’t just go see their doctor; they began visiting friends, family, going out to the movies. In fact, 90% of patients said the free rides had a “positive impact” on their quality of life, with 68% conceding it made it easier to travel to medical visits. They started going out more: 74% said it increased their social visits. The Lyft users took double the amount of rides as those who relied on concierge services (who were also included in the study).

Meanwhile, 97% said they were (likely much to their grandchildren’s relief) more comfortable using their smartphone. “Our patients embraced the technology,” reports Ebert.

While it’s obvious that such a service greatly helps senior citizens, it’s unclear how to broaden accessibility and affordability. Lyft confirms the participants’ ride use averaged to about $400 a month, which would be out of the price range for many retirees–and not covered by insurance policies. Lyft and USC plan to further the study and provide more in-depth economic analysis.

This isn’t the first time Lyft addressed elder needs. The company has partnered with several different organizations and companies, including AARP and various senior living communities, to improve their concierge call service. In 2017, Lyft partnered with Brookdale Senior Living, one of the largest operators of senior living facilities in the country. (In 2015, Uber also announced efforts to better bridge its product with aging populations.)

Throughout these partnerships, Lyft is gathering information on how its service can improve senior citizens’ standard of living.

10/03/2018

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $6.3 Million Funding Opportunity to Improve Access to Healthcare
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced the availability of $6.3 million in competitive grant funds for transit coordination projects that improve access to healthcare.
View Notice of Funding Opportunity (Federal Register)
Applications due: November 13, 2018
FTA’s Access and Mobility Partnership Grants focus on transportation solutions to medical appointments and other non-emergency healthcare services. The grants will help improve options for people with limited transportation choices and bridge the gap between service providers in the transportation and health sectors.
Funding is available under two programs: the Innovative Coordinated Access and Mobility (ICAM) Pilot Program, which supports projects focused on non-emergency healthcare travel needs, and the Human Services Coordination Research (HSCR) program, which funds research to reduce gaps in services to provide safe, affordable and reliable mobility options to seniors, people with disabilities, and low-income individuals.
• ICAM Grants.gov Opportunity ID: FTA-2018-002-ICAM
• HSCR Grants.gov Opportunity ID: FTA-2018-006-HSCR
For more information
Kelly Tyler, FTA Office of Program Management, [email protected]

09/06/2018
www.giaging.org

FROM JOHN FEATHER
The impact of the opioid epidemic on older people continues to be overlooked and misunderstood, so I was pleased to travel to Nashville in August, where I delivered the keynote address at an event with Allied Against Opioid Abuse (AAOA) and several Nashville-area groups focused on aging. The purpose was to discuss new approaches to addressing the nation’s prescription opioid abuse epidemic and the actionable steps that can be taken to assist older adults in preventing the misuse of their medications.

Participating in the event reminded me that, while the topic of opioid misuse has received a great deal of attention in recent months, the problem is far from solved, especially in rural communities. It seems a good time to revisit the landmark paper we published a year ago: Heartache, Pain, and Hope: Rural Communities, Older People, and the Opioid Crisis: An Introduction for Funders.

It offers a fresh perspective, highlighting the needs and concerns of older adults, and describing proven programs, innovative partnerships, policy recommendations, and scientific and medical responses that governments, communities, nonprofits, and philanthropies can support and expand.

And don’t forget to check out the other resources we’ve gathered on the opioid crisis.

https://www.giaging.org/documents/170823_GIA_Rural_Opioid_Paper_FINAL_for_web.pdf?_cldee=d2hhcnJpc0BhYm91dHNjcC5jb20%3d&recipientid=contact-fe364ccdee2ce611810dc4346bac3298-6556093fd836486ca92fdd7685c5409e&esid=a842ec7d-d288-e711-8141-e0071b6ae051&_cldee=ZWh1dGNoaXNvbkBzaGVyaWZmcy5vcmc%3d&recipientid=contact-9f5c2165efaee311b35c00155d47a9fb-39a2f3eb294c4ebfa0d416ec57744a3b&esid=f5791a8e-1bb1-e811-8188-e0071b6af151

https://www.giaging.org/initiatives/rural-aging/opioid-crisis/?_cldee=ZWh1dGNoaXNvbkBzaGVyaWZmcy5vcmc%3d&recipientid=contact-9f5c2165efaee311b35c00155d47a9fb-39a2f3eb294c4ebfa0d416ec57744a3b&esid=f5791a8e-1bb1-e811-8188-e0071b6af151

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What Triads do: Educate: by sponsoring crime prevention and public education for older adults. Assist: by recruiting and training volunteers to assist police departments, sheriff’s offices and other agencies. Support: by identifying community resources and providing referrals to older persons to help reduce fear and lend moral support. Unite: by involving the older adult population, law enforcement, community agencies, and individuals to identify problem areas in their communities.

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The National Association of Triads is a partnership of three organizations—law enforcement, older adults, and community groups. The purpose of Triad is to promote older adult safetyand to reduce the fear of crime that older adults often experience. NATI assists at the grassroots level, helping you organize your Triad and providing a clearinghouse of programs and resources that can be implemented at a community level, and training materials for law enforcement, volunteers, and community groups.

What Triads Do:


  • Educate: by sponsoring crime prevention and public education for older adults.

  • Assist: by recruiting and training volunteers to assist sheriff's offices, police departments, and other agencies.