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A Trifecta of Good News for Supporters of Elder Justice

older_Americans_400pFor those of us who have long advocated for a national agenda to prevent, detect, treat and report the mistreatment of older adults, developments over the summer have sparked some measure of hope and optimism.

The cause of elder justice hit the trifecta, with good news coming from all three branches of the federal government. First, the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act represented a victory for the Elder Justice Act as well. Enacted by Congress as part of the ACA, the Elder Justice Act targets the widespread issue of elder abuse in communities and long-term care facilities.

Then, at last month’s White House Conference on Aging, President Obama announced that a new rule to be issued by the end of 2015 will clarify that, among other approved uses, assistance funds from the Victims of Crime Act may be used to aid elder victims of abuse, financial exploitation, fraud, and neglect.

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Shining a Light on Elder Abuse and Neglect

Cheryl Sullivan, CEO of AAN (left), and Terry Fulmer (right)

A few weeks ago, I devoted a blog to our grantees who received awards at the recent GSA meeting in New Orleans. Before the meeting began, one of our grant programs, Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity (BAGNC), held its annual Leadership Conference. I am happy to report that another grantee was recognized there for her outstanding work: Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, who received the 2010 Nurse Leader in Aging award. Dr. Fulmer, Dean of the College of Nursing at the College of Dentistry, New York University, has shown outstanding leadership in nursing education, research, and practice.

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