March 25, 2014

Upcoming Ohio State Bar Association Annual Convention

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As chief of the civil division of the Lucas County Prosecutor’s Office, Steve Papadimos supervises a team of 14 attorneys and provides representation for the county. Recognized for his service with such accolades as the Lucas County Employee of the Year award, Steven Papadimos formerly chaired the Public Law Committee of the Toledo Bar Association and holds membership in the Ohio State Bar Association.

The Ohio State Bar Association will host its 2014 annual convention starting on April 30th at Columbus’ Hyatt Regency Hotel. The convention will feature special events to honor military veterans and feature a broad selection of continuing education courses. Former US Army soldier and prisoner of war Jessica Lynch will give a special talk, “Being Motivated to Survive,” at 8 a.m. on May 1st.

Early registrants will receive a $50 discount on the registration fee. To receive the discount, attendees should register at before April 4th. The association’s annual luncheon, although free for all attendees, requires a separate registration. The luncheon will feature the presentation of the Ohio Bar Medal and the official handover of the bar association presidency from the outgoing president to the new one.


October 20, 2012

From the Office of Steve Papadimos: Recognizing Signs of Elder Abuse (Part Two)

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In Part One of this series, Steven Papadimos discussed two of the five categories of elder abuse (physical, sexual, emotional, neglect, and financial). Today, Papadimos examines signs of the other three types.


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3. Sexual abuse, which is any form of sexual contact that occurs without permission, is marked by bleeding, bruising, or pain in the genital area. Some seniors develop sexually transmitted diseases as a result of sexual abuse. Seniors who experience sexual abuse often display the symptoms similar to those of psychological or emotional abuse, including depression, anxiety, or withdrawal.

4. Neglect, which can be intentional or unintentional, may be indicated when a senior displays malnutrition, or appears over-medicated or under-medicated. More subtle signs of neglect include isolation or lack of social contact.

5. Financial abuse involves the theft or misuse of an elder citizen’s money or possessions. Signs of financial abuse include sudden changes in a bank account, unexplained or recurring withdrawal of funds, disappearance of material possessions, changes in a will, or changes in the names on the person’s bank signature card.

Although statistics vary from state to state, as many as one in ten senior citizens may be victims of abuse, and many incidents of abuse are unreported. As baby boomers reach their senior years and life expectancy continues to crime, the problem of elder abuse is expected to worsen.

Steve Papadimos is Chief of the Lucas County Prosecutor’s Office, Civil Division, a department consisting of 14 attorneys. The Division assumes responsibility all laws concerning the public sector, including laws that protect senior citizens.

From the Office of Steve Papadimos: Recognizing Signs of Elder Abuse (Part One)

September 24, 2012

From the Office of Steve Papadimos: Recognizing Signs of Elder Abuse (Part One)

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As Chief of the Lucas County Prosecutor’s Office, Civil Division, Steven Papadimos carries out the duties involved in administration of a 14-attorney staff. His responsibilities include oversight of the department’s senior protection unit. Today, Papadimos reviews the types and identifying signs of elder abuse.

Although elder abuse takes many forms, most abuse falls under five general categories: physical, sexual, emotional, neglect, or financial, with each type displaying certain characteristics. Because abused elders are often unwilling or unable to report the abuse, it’s important to recognize the indicators.

1. Physical abuse, or the intentional infliction of injury, is the easiest to recognize, due to the appearance of dislocations or fractures, cuts, abrasions, or burns. Bruises on the person’s upper arms may be an indication that the senior was shaken, and marks on the ankles or wrists are a good sign that the person was forcibly restrained.

2. Psychological or emotional abuse consists of actions that cause mental anguish. Indicators of psychological or emotional abuse include decreased self-esteem, depression, extreme or sudden mood changes, confusion, withdrawal, or anxiety. Although this type of abuse is sometimes difficult to identify because seniors often experience depression and other symptoms, a sudden change may be a sign of a problem.

August 9, 2011

Steve Papadimos Discusses Common Elder Abusers

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Contrary to what many individuals would guess, relatives prove to be the most common elder abusers. The type of abuse varies widely according to the relationship between the elder individual and the perpetrator. Children of the victim tend to seek monetary gain, often justifying their actions as simply obtaining an early inheritance. Spouses may continue former patterns of abuse or take advantage of a situation due to unexpressed anger or resentment. Often, spouses unintentionally harm each other by refusing help assistance as they attempt to take care of each other. Relatives with a history of substance abuse or those dealing with especially difficult situations show a greater likelihood of exploiting the elderly.

Virtually anyone can become an elder abuser, from neighbors or volunteer workers to practitioners. While some predators seek out individuals in vulnerable positions to deprive them of their resources, many elder abusers feel justified in their actions or do not understand the harm that they cause. Abusers generally assume a position of trust or authority, whether through a familial tie or a friendship. Those elderly who live alone and have no relatives living in the immediate vicinity prove especially vulnerable to abuse at the hands of supposed friends and neighbors.

Abuse may also happen in paid care environments, especially if employees do not receive adequate training, lack support from other staff members, have insufficient supplies, or lie about their previous experience. Some institutions do not have the infrastructure and organization required for adequate care, making in imperative that individuals thoroughly research different homes before settling on one for an elderly family member. Some perpetrators actually have a history of elder abuse, making it important that individuals elders’ caregivers inquire about employee screenings and any systems that have put in place to ensure adequate care and proper treatment.

Elder abuse remains a growing problem, especially as the baby boomers begin to retire and the older population increases, making it important that individuals become aware of the signs of elder abuse and take measures to prevent it.

About the Author

Both Lucas County and the Ohio Prosecuting Attorney’s Association have honored Steve Papadimos for his contributions as Chief of Civil Division at the Lucas County Prosecutor’s Office. In this position, he oversees all phases of public sector law, including the county’s senior protection unit. Steve Papadimos holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Toledo School of Law.