This is what
    trust
               looks like ...

Mercedes at Ranch Party
It can also be what Elder Abuse looks like.
ELDER ABUSE IS ONE OF THE MOST UNDER REPORTED CRIMES IN THE USA

 

The EARN project exists for the victims of financial exploitation and their loved ones. By sharing our stories and joining together to work with elder organizations and advocacy groups, EARN provides America's growing elder population and their loved ones with a voice to bring about swift changes in local and national laws. We at EARN believe any new laws enacted should unquestionably put the financial well being of those they are designed to protect above all else. Sadly, as many of these stories show, this is not the case today.

Announcing The EARN Project documentary

An Unforgivable Truth...

How we have turned America's Greatest Generation into America's Abused Generation.

Victims of financial exploitation share their heartbreaking stories and seasoned professionals, from government officials to journalists share their expertise on the state of elder financial abuse in the United States.

With a talented team, our two time Emmy Award winning writer & our network news editor will ensure,

An Unforgivable Truth

will be…

… available free of charge to any government office, individual or organization wishing to raise awareness of elder financial exploitation .

…accompanied by an educational PowerPoint presentation & discussion points to stimulate thoughtful dialog.

… a documentary that promises to be not only engrossing but informative.

Inform yourself; make sure yours is not the next victim story on our website.



Request your free membership to The EARN Project and submit your advanced order for the documentary.



“Victims are only one part of the elder abuse equation. There is little research on perpetrators. It is clear that to design effective prevention and intervention strategies more information about what motivates perpetrators of elder financial abuse is needed.” (MetLife study 2011)

 

WHO MIGHT BE THE ABUSER?
Business

Of All Reported Elder Financial Abuse Cases — April to June 2010 (MetLife study 2011)

Business represents 12% of all financial elder abuse reported

A total of $205,243, 400 was involved

The average dollar amount of these cases was $6,219, 496

 

EARN has found that elder abuse perpetrated by professionals (bankers, lawyers, caretakers, etc.) and physical abuse are the two most under reported forms of elder abuse. This is because the individual being abused is elderly and as such not in a position to depend themselves. Additionally they are often too embarrassed.

 

Family, Friend, Neighbor, etc.

Of All Reported Elder Financial Abuse Cases — April to June 2010 (MetLife study 2011)

Family, Friend, Neighbor, etc. represent 34% of all financial elder abuse reported

A total of $11,515,737 was involved

The average dollar amount of these cases was $145,768.00

 

 

Government

Guardianship and conservatorship is too often determined by an elderly individuals finances not their wellbeing. The entire system is riddled with corruption.

Frequently decisions for guardianship are made too quickly because Judges have over loaded calendars. Many just want to get the case off their desk and move on.

We doubt they would handle a case involving a member of their own family in such a slipshod manner.

Professor Larry Frolik, a premiere voice on legal issues facing older Americans and one of the founders of the field of Elder Law, speaking about guardianship has said:

"A lack of oversight and the inherent confidential proceedings make such systems vulnerable from their inception, It's a recipe for a disaster."

The argument of a swamped judicial though understandable is not excusable. Something must then be put in place to take these decisions out of a Judge's court room and to an informed panel. They are not merely dealing with property; they are determining the lives and fate of human beings.

Strangers

Of All Reported Elder Financial Abuse Cases — April to June 2010 (MetLife study 2011)

Strangers represent 51% of all financial elder abuse reported

A total of $7,612,513 was involved

The average dollar amount of these cases was $95,156.

Medicare and Medicaid Fraud

Of All Reported Elder Financial Abuse Cases — April to June 2010 (MetLife study 2011)

Strangers represent 4% of all financial elder abuse reported

A total of $306,105,093 was involved

The average dollar amount of these cases was $38,263,136.