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Last Will and Embezzlement


This is a new, must-see resource on financial elder abuse that I think you will find useful; feel free to share it with your colleagues as well.  (It features Hollywood icon, Mickey Rooney, who shares his story of financial exploitation by a close relative.)  There’s also a 2-minute trailer link attached.

Now Available from Terra Nova Films!
A Must-see 2012 Release on Financial Elder Abuse

See a 2-minute trailer of the film with this link:

“Of all the illegal and illicit enterprises in the world, elder exploitation is among the safest and most profitable.  It’s a criminal’s dream….”  – From the DVD

The video documents two hard-to-forget stories of exploitation:

(“As far as I know, this man waltzed into a nursing home, walked up to a man who was cognitively impaired, and said, ‘Here, sign this’, and that’s it.  The next thing I know, this man’s got control over my dad’s money.”)

(“I hope people that will see this will say, ‘Gosh, if it can happen to Mickey Rooney, it can happen to anybody’.”)

A must-see resource for seniors, family members, and service providers in all disciplines and walks of life.

23 minutes  

REMINDER: NCPEA members receive a 15% discount on all Terra Nova Films!

Self Neglect: What We Can Learn from the Mary Northern Case

Putting a human face on one of the most complex and important self-neglect cases of our time, this new DVD introduces us to Mary Northern--a 72 year old woman with gangrene in her lower legs, who refuses surgery, insisting her legs were just dirty. It documents her early life and accomplishments, lists the known facts of the case when first reported to Adult Protective Services, and provides a progression on the case and the subsequent interventions. Through the presentations of several expert panelists, the video delves into the tough issues of capacity and competence, and provides an informative look at the ethical, legal, social, financial, and mental health concerns involved in serving the best interests of vulnerable older adults. The accompanying Teaching and Discussion Guide serves as a springboard to a multidisciplinary dialogue that addresses a myriad of preventive and applicable interventions possible in cases of extreme self-neglect.


                                                                    Video Information

Item Code: SNMNDVD
Format: DVD
Running Time: 99 minutes

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Saving Our Parents (DVD)

An educational documentary hosted by Emmy & Golden Globe winner Ed Asner. A winner in the 16th Annual Mature Media Awards Educational and Training Video Program this film is the collaborative effort of numerous experts and professionals, including:

This 60 minute film is divided into easily viewable segments that contain interview footage of victimized families, expertise from various professional fields as well as inspirational advice and tips. Segments include:

Buy Saving Our Parents Now!

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Elder Abuse And Neglect In The Family: A Videotape Series

This three-part videotape training series, produced by Intersection Associates, Cambridge, Massachusetts as part of Project IDEA, a U.S. Administration on Aging funded project was the first prize winner in The Retirement Research Foundation's national media awards. The following videos can be purchased or rented individually or as a series. Available from NCPEA.

#1 The Hidden Sorrow: An Overview (24 minutes). This overview of the problem examines definitions of elder abuse and neglect, and its causes and manifestations, through conversations with victims, medical staff, and other professionals. It provides an opportunity to examine individual feelings about "ageism" and cultural views on aging and old people.

#2 In Pursuit Of A Life Without Violence: Intervention Strategies (26 minutes). Using four actual cases of elder abuse, social workers discuss intervention strategies which involve conducting assessments, developing service plans, coordinating community services, using the legal system, and building trusting relationships.

#3 Difficult Choices: Ethical Issues In Casework (20 minutes). Using a case example, a caseworker, lawyers, and other professionals analyze the civil rights of individuals to live their own lives without intervention from the state. Issues of competency, victim reluctance, and quality of life are raised.