Latest news from the Council on Elder Abuse

November 06, 2015Read Story Crisis Services says NO MORE

Crisis Services has joined the national NO MORE Campaign with the slogan "Together we can end domestic violence and sexual assault"

November 06, 2015Read Story Monsignor Dino Lorenzetti and his book The Agony of Betrayal

Monsignor Lorenzetti spoke to our CEA at the November monthly meeting. He spoke about his experience as a victim, and now survivor, of elder abuse. 

October 20, 2015Read Story Priest swindled out of life savings says betrayal ‘enriched me spiritually’

Please click "read story" to find the link to this article on The Buffalo News website. 

October 08, 2015Read Story Hoarding Information Now on Website

October 07, 2015Read Story CEA Minutes 10/6

October 07, 2015Read Story Lies, Secrets, and Scams: How to Prevent Elder Abuse

"To understand how Beth Baker, an independent, generally robust 87-year-old, got taken for $65,000 in less than one week last year, it’s important to know about her grandson, Will. Baker, a retired second-grade teacher living in National City, Calif., beams when she speaks of the 24-year-old, the eldest of her five grandkids. As a high school football player and later a U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduate, Will made his grandmother terribly proud. When, late last year, Will’s wife delivered Baker’s first great-grandchild, Baker was overjoyed. “Will is precious to me,” Baker says.

So when a man phoned one morning last December from an unfamiliar number, the news he delivered hit her like a sledgehammer."

September 28, 2015Read Story How to Detect Elder Abuse

"Would you be able to tell the difference between a bruise caused by an innocent bump into furniture, or abuse in an older adult? What if it were a 3-year-old child? How quickly would you report the life-threatening problem?"

September 21, 2015Read Story Vanishing Retirement: the Hidden Epidemic of Financial Exploitation

"Whether pressured by a desperate family member seeking money or duped by a scam artist who gains access to a bank account, seniors facing financial exploitation can suffer severe consequences."

September 02, 2015Read Story CEA Minutes 9/1

August 10, 2015Read Story CEA Minutes 8/3

July 01, 2015Read Story Gambling-addicted health aid gets prison for stealing from a blind man

"Kathy Oertelt, who cheated an 87-year-old blind man out of $75,000, blames her wrongdoing on gambling."

June 20, 2015Read Story Woman, 77, loses life savings in scam; suspect posed as disabled policeman

"A 51-year-old man posing as a injured police officer doing handyman work because he needed money for a sick wife and son wiped out a widow’s life savings during a 10-month scam, Buffalo police say."

If you Suspect Abuse, TAKE ACTION!

More than 1,500 cases of elder abuse are reported each year in Erie County. Many more cases are never reported.

If you suspect abuse and would like legal assistance, please contact:

Center for Elder Law & Justice:


For immediate assistance 24 hours a day, please contact:

Crisis Services Hotline at:


If you suspect someone is being abused, please contact:

Erie County Protective Services for Adults: 


For general information on programs or referrals, please contact:

Erie County Department of Senior Services / NY Connects: 


            In an emergency, call 911

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