There are a number of signs to look for when elder mistreatment, either abuse or neglect, is suspected. It is important to identify diminished mental capacity and changes in patterns of financial behavior.
White Plains, N.Y. (PRWEB) March 21, 2016
Westchester elder law attorney Anthony J. Enea of Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP in White Plains and Somers, N.Y. will address the growing problem of elder abuse in an April 6 presentation to the New York Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals. With millions of baby boomers coming of age, Mr. Enea emphasizes the importance of educating the public on how to identify, report and prevent elder abuse.
According to a 2010 New York State Elder Abuse Prevalence Study, one in thirteen older adults in New York experienced elder mistreatment. The study further found that for every case reported, 24 were unreported.
“There are a number of signs to look for when elder mistreatment, either abuse or neglect, is suspected,” said Mr. Enea. “It is important to identify diminished mental capacity and changes in patterns of financial behavior. For attorneys and financial professionals, creating an internal system of checks and balances for elderly clients is essential to assess capacity and prevent financial abuse.”
The New York Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals marks the latest speaking engagement for Mr. Enea, who has spent nearly three decades protecting the rights of seniors, the disabled and their families.
Named Westchester County’s Leading Elder Care Attorney at the Above the Bar Awards, Mr. Enea is the past chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Elder Law Section. His practice areas include elder law; Medicaid asset protection trusts; Medicaid applications (home care and nursing home); special needs planning; guardianships (Article 81 and 17-A); and wills, trusts and estates. Mr. Enea was named Best Lawyers’ 2016 Elder Law “Lawyer of the Year” in White Plains, a Top 25 “Super Lawyer” in Westchester County, and is currently president of the Westchester County Bar Foundation.
“There are several local, state and federal organizations available to help if you suspect elder abuse or neglect,” said Mr. Enea. “Depending on the circumstances, it may be appropriate to discuss the issue with close family members. New York Adult Protective Services caseworkers are often the first responders to reports of elder mistreatment. For abuse in a nursing home or assisted living facility, a local Long-Term Care Ombudsman should be contacted.”
Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP is located at 245 Main Street in White Plains, N.Y. with additional offices in Somers, N.Y. Elder law attorney Anthony J. Enea can be reached at 914-948-1500 or a.enea(at)esslawfirm(dot)com. For the latest news, visit Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano online at http://www.esslawfirm.com.
About Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP
Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP is an AV preeminent rated elder law firm with offices in White Plains and Somers, N.Y. The practice concentrates on Elder Law; Medicaid Planning; Nursing Home and Home Care Applications; Wills, Trusts and Estates; Guardianships; Estate Litigation; Supplemental Needs Trusts; and Special Needs Planning. Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP serves Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, the Bronx, Manhattan, Long Island and Queens and is committed to providing the highest quality legal services to seniors, the disabled and their families. Visit the firm online at http://www.esslawfirm.com and http://www.westchesterseniors.com.