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Financial Abuse Seminar

Tuesday 12th February 2013 at 5.30pm


Examining the domain of financial abuse of older people - Dr. Amanda Phelan from NCPOP on Vimeo.


Financial Abuse in Wales: A preventative approach to scams for people with dementia - Ms. Louise Hughes from NCPOP on Vimeo.


Seminar presentations:

Examining the Domain of Financial Abuse - Dr. Amanda Phelan


Financial Abuse in Wales: A preventative approach to scams for People with dementia - Ms. Louise Hughes



Seminar Abstracts and Speaker Biographies


Dr. Amanda Phelan, NCPOP at UCD


Financial abuse is a complex challenge within the domain of elder abuse. Dr. Phelan's presentation will discuss the types, difficulties and issues related to this and examine some ways to address this in society.


Dr. Amanda Phelan is a lecturer in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems at UCD and is Co-Director of the National Centre of the Protection of Older People (NCPOP). Dr. Phelan has a number of publications on the protection of older people and has presented at national and international conferences on issues surrounding elder abuse in both community and residential settings and has also been used in the media as an expert in elder abuse and older person care. Dr. Phelan is the Irish representative for Action on Elder Abuse and the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse.


Ms. Louise Hughes, Age Cymru, Wales


Ms. Hughes' presentation will explore the issues of scams and older people in Wales. As dementia is a key risk factor in older people becoming chronic victims of scams, a preventative approach is essential to better protect this group of vulnerable older people. This presentation will therefore outline the innovative and ground breaking work Age Cymru will be undertaking this year to raise awareness of this issue and give people new skills to protect themselves.


Currently Louise Hughes works for Age Cymru in Wales as Safeguarding Programme Manager. The project has strategic objectives around advocacy, human rights, financial abuse, access to justice and legislation. The project actively engages with a range of agencies, organisations and other key stakeholders working with older people and in the field of adult protection. The project aims to raise awareness of the issues and influence changes to policy and practice relating to our key objectives so that older people are protected from abuse.