Identifying, Addressing, and Preventing Elder Fraud, Exploitation, and Abuse

(1029 Ratings)

Produced on: March 02, 2017

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 90 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Elder abuse is a rampant and rapidly growing problem throughout New York State and across the country. While it is increasingly common, elder abuse remains dramatically underreported. This presentation is designed to raise awareness and understanding of the elder abuse epidemic and assist lawyers in identifying and addressing potential elder abuse within their pool of clients and potential clients. Participants will learn about the signs, symptoms, and red flags of different types of abuse, whether physical, emotional, or financial.

Presenters Deirdre Lok and Brooke Santoro, from The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, review the results of the latest elder abuse research and what those findings mean for practitioners. Attendees will learn how to evaluate common ethical dilemmas that arise for attorneys attempting to address elder abuse concerns. The presenters discuss potential legal remedies as well as community resources, with a focus on practical and effective methods of prevention and intervention.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the different types of elder abuse and possible criminal charges
  2. Explore how to spot the red flags and warning signs of elder abuse
  3. Improve interviewing techniques with older adult clients and victims of elder abuse
  4. Grasp the role of the attorney in elder abuse cases and possible civil remedies


Deirdre Lok

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Justice at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale

Deirdre M.W. Lok, Esq. is the Assistant Director and General Counsel for The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Justice at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, the nation’s first emergency shelter for elder abuse victims.

Ms. Lok manages the operations of the shelter, including providing legal services to victims in Supreme Court, Housing Court and Family Court. An Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn Law School, Ms. Lok currently co-directs the law school’s HELP (Helping Elders through Litigation and Policy) Clinic. Ms. Lok is a frequent speaker on the issue of elder abuse and the law, and has guest lectured at Penn State Dickinson School of Law, Cardozo Law School, Touro Law, Hofstra Law School and CUNY Law School and has provided training to attorney’s through the New York State’s Judicial Institute, the Queens Bar Association, and the Bronx Bar Association.

Ms. Lok is appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to the Age-Friendly NYC Commission, is co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Senior Lawyer’s Division, Elder Abuse Prevention Taskforce, and serves as Chair of the Policy and Procedure Subcommittee of the New York State Committee on Elder Justice. Prior to joining The Weinberg Center, Ms. Lok was a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Oahu, Hawaii and an Assistant District Attorney in the Queens County District Attorney’s Office where she focused on domestic violence cases.

Brooke Santoro

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Justice at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale

Brooke Santoro, LMSW, is the Community Outreach Specialist at The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Justice at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale. She received a Bachelor of Social Work, magna cum laude, from Central Connecticut State University and is a graduate of Columbia University School of Social Work, where she received a Master of Science in Social Work focusing on work with older adults.

Brooke has completed various internships with the older adult population, most recently at Jarvie Commonweal Service, and was also employed at an Area Agency on Aging. 


Heather H.

I appreciate the passion of experience with which these instructors presented the material.

Thomas F.


John N.

The presenters were outstanding. Their coordinated segments covered a wide variety of topics, including detailed examples of various types of abuse and listing of ways the attorney can be helpful in identifying and alleviating abusive situations. The importance of asking questions and making site visits cannot be over-emphasized.

Alison C.

Important topic approached from various angles; resources suggested.

Alyssa S.

This is one of the best presentations I have watched on

Monica G.

It is important for any attorney dealing with older clients to watch this CLE. The presenters displayed their passion and professionalism on this issue.

John A.

Excellent - applicable to my state of Texas, though speakers were New York-based. They took this into account well in their presentations.

James V.

Excellent presentation with concrete suggestions for everyday use when interacting with elderly clients in the office. A must for every attorney.

Jeneen M.

I thought the format of this presentation was full of great info, easy to understand, and thought-provoking. Thank you.

Paul P.

Thank you.

Marjorie H.

Such an important topic. Very well presented by two caring people.

Marcus P.

Very interesting !

Joseph M.

Very good program

Leonard F.

Good information provided.

Brenda M.

I’m in Florida and with the number of elderly here, we unfortunately see a lot of this. Thanks for an excellent presentation.

Thomas W.

well done

raymond f.

best course so far for practical knowledge

Andrew H.

Good overview and role definition. Privilege discussed. Signs:obvious and hidden. Fears of older people. Outside resources available. OBSERVE AND REPORT. Statutes updated-stay educated.

Amy E.

Speakers were very informative and used interesting anecdotes

Cheryl M.


randal m.


Robert M.

First rate presentation regarding elderly abuse by both presenters.


This was simply a great course. So critically important to prevent or discover and halt any type of abuse of an elderly. person. GREAT content. I have been an Assistant PD for almost 33 years and seen a lot) and had a mother with dementia. It's appalling how widespread a problem this is, from the landscape serviceman who knows the elderly customer can't see well & therefore doesn't remove the hedge trimmings and leaves them to rot through a mentally ill sibling who tried to steal her mother's money. AWARENESS is the first step in protecting a vulnerable person.

Linus W.

course was presented by obviously knowledgeable and enthusiastic attorneys

Ryan R.

I appreciated that the presenters have situations to look for to identify abuse.

Michael L.

Instructors made the subject very interesting

Gerardo G.

Great subject to get informed on.

Irina K.

Loved the topic. The ladies did a great job presenting.

Lourdes G.

I was very impressed with this presentation. Outside the box thinking for business possibility while providing a very necessary service for one of our most potentially disadvantaged populations. Kudos to the young ladies. Thank you for for good hearts. as someone who is beginning to age, and who cares for an elderly father, this gives me hope.

Gregory N.

Provided insights lawyers generally do not have.Very Good

Dennis W.

Good insight

Ruth R.

Inspiring presentation

Victoria N.

The two presenters appeared to be passionate about their trade. Very good presentation.

Matthew K.

Thank you. Important information, well explained.

Kristine C.

Excellent presentation by the speakers who knew how to interact with the other to provide a wonderful learning experience.

Christopher B.

I thought the practical experience offered by both instructors was especially effective given the subject matter.

Lynn R.

I'm glad the program touched on guardianship; it is a last resort, but it is also a necessary element of elder law

Joseph L.

Excellent "Cues" - things to looks for in elderly clients to help spot those being abused. Good course.

Eric P.

Well done.

James D.

Timely, informative, practical, interesting material and excellent speakers.

Susan A.

Highly-engaging presentation!

Samuel P.

Very informative.

Gary T.

EXCELLENT/very informative!

Donald S.

Well done.

Jack S.

Great presentation by professionals who care.

Lori F.

Excellent presentation!!

Rita O.

Like the non-attorney speaker added to the legal speaker

James F.

Good overview of the issues of supporting elderly clients

Erika E.

The presenters were knowledgeable and provided excellent information on the topic.

Jeffery D.

Best CLE in a while. Practical. Organized. Informative. Relevant. Very useful to any attorney or any person who works with elderly clients. Excellent course.

Laura S.

Both speakers were very knowledgeable and offered good practical tips

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