Congratulations to GACAAA
Co-Chair Anne See

Selected for the 2015 Helen J. Napps Award
of Excellence, established by the Virginia
Coalition for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
(VCPEA), recognizing professional
excellence by individuals who work in the
area of elder abuse prevention and/or elder
abuse protection.
Greater Augusta Coalition Against Adult Abuse
Report Adult Abuse: 1-888-83-ADULT
Transportation Agencies

CATS (Coordinated Area Transportation
Services) 540-943-9302

Logisticare Transportation for Medicaid
patients 866-679-6330

Augusta Health Transportation
540-332-5777

Priority Transport  888-774-2621

B2B Transportation 540-941-8686

Shenandoah Shuttle (Waynesboro)
540-885-5576

TED (Transportation for the Elderly and
Disabled) - 540-949-7141
Support Groups

Alzheimer’s Support Group
540-949-4151 or 540-885-9500

Cancer Patients’ Support Group
540-245-7105

Caregivers’ Club “Lean On Me” Support
Group 540-245-7105

Heart to Heart Grief Support Group -
Lutheran Family Services of VA
540-383-2902

Stroke Club Support Group
540-332-4047
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To Avoid At All Costs
Link below to check out resources
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News Headlines
STAUNTON – Sometimes the greatest gift you
can give an older loved one doesn't come with a
bow on top. It's your alert, caring eye for signs
of possible abuse.

Adult children who worry their parents may be
financially exploited by a relative, caregiver or
friend can often spot signs when the family gets
fraud is often committed by relatives of the
victim, relatives are also the ones most likely to
come to the rescue, suggests Jim Rothrock,
commissioner of the Dept. of Aging and
Rehabilitative Services.

Anne See, a public benefits and elder law
paralegal at
Blue Ridge Legal Services, says
her case load of late bears that out.
December 17, 2014
Protect older loved ones from theft
Typical financial exploitation cases

Financial exploitation of older adults can involve
theft in many forms: income, cash, accounts,
assets, or property, See says.

"I had a case with an elderly gentleman who was
being cared for by a relative who abandoned
him to a nursing home," said the paralegal. "The
relative continued to get his checks. It was the
man's son who found and brought his father
home, and asked us to try to get the money
back."

A most common situation See encounters is the
misuse of an older person's money by someone
who's living with them.
Shenandoah Valley Adult Protective Services 540-942-6648
For more information, contact Anne See at 1(800) 237-0141 or asee@brls.org
ABOUT GACAAA:

The Greater Augusta Coalition Against Adult Abuse
(GACAAA) was formed on November 1, 2010 when
Blue
Ridge Legal Services received a 10 month mini-grant
from the Administration on Aging.

The mission of GACAAA is
to promote safe communities
free from abuse, neglect, and exploitation by identifying
and utilizing coalition resources through partnerships,
community action, education, and advocacy and to
address circumstances that make adults vulnerable.
By
educating the community to recognize and report adult
abuse, neglect and financial exploitation, we envision a
community where vulnerable adults are valued and
treated with respect, honor and dignity and have safe,
secure lives free from abuse.

The Coalition sponsors educational events for the
public and professionals on Adult Abuse and has a
table display and materials available for health fairs,
seminars, and other community events. We hope that
our proactive steps will help prevent further acts of
exploitation and abuse of vulnerable adults in the
community.
Virginians eligible for both Medicare (Part A
and enrolled under Parts B and D) and full
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Find out more.
On June 6, 2011, GACAAA presented its first annual training event for
Virginia law enforcement, protective services, and elder law attorneys.
Videos of the presentations are
now available online:

Paul Greenwood, Deputy District Attorney V, Office of the District Attorney:
Part 1:
Destroying the myths: Investigation & Prosecution of Elder Abuse”
Part 2:
“Elder Financial Exploitation: The Crime of the 21st Century”
Part 3:
“Elder Neglect: When does this become criminal?”
Linda Matkins, Adult Protective Services Worker, Shenandoah Valley
Department of Social Services:
“Collaborating with Adult Protective Services”