​​​​​​​The Power of Data Can Help Fight Elder Abuse and Mistreatment

Fighting elder abuse and mistreatment—especially amid the current pandemic’s stringent shelter-in-place rules—should be a major public health priority. Yet, elder abuse frequently goes undetected, leading to poor health outcomes, and even death.

Research suggests that only one in twenty-four cases of mistreatment is identified and reported to the authorities. But new models that harness the power of data demonstrate promise for crafting an effective response to elder mistreatment. It all starts with the hospital Emergency Department (ED).

Hospital EDs are in a unique position to identify and respond to suspected cases of elder mistreatment. And leaders in elder mistreatment prevention/identification/management, emergency medicine and implementation science have developed approaches for using data to help EDs adopt such best practices.

The Spring 2020 issue of ASA’s Generations, “Taking Action Against Elder Mistreatment,” features The Power of Data Can Support Effective Response to Elder Mistreatment in Hospital Emergency Departments, by Kim Dash, Tony Rosen, Kevin Biese, Timothy F. Platts-Mills and Ula Hwang. The article describes the Elder Mistreatment Emergency Department Assessment Profile and the Geriatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network—data-driven tools that can help mitigate cases of elder abuse.

To read and-or download the article for free, go to: https://online.flippingbook.com/view/435843/6/

The American Society on Aging (ASA), The John A. Hartford Foundation and the Education Development Center (EDC) present the Spring 2020 issue of ASA’s Generations, “Taking Action Against Elder Mistreatment.” The issue offers powerful action strategies and effective models against elder mistreatment and is a roadmap for clinicians and care providers who want to prevent such abuse and to forge treatment programs that yield successful results.

To read and-or download the entire issue for free, go to: https://online.flippingbook.com/view/185807/

Inside the issue you’ll find nearly two dozen articles that outline person-centered approaches and strategies, trace an older adult’s typical journey through care systems and offer perspectives from elder mistreatment experts, key federal stakeholders and, most importantly, from older adults themselves.

ASA also offers open access to its COVID-19 Resources page: go to https://www.asaging.org/covid-19-resources