“I don’t want to think about that.”
“It only happens in nursing homes.”
These are common reactions when people are confronted with the subject of elder abuse. And though these responses may be expected, they are the wrong way to talk about elder abuse.
Professional organizations working in aging struggle to communicate with the public about elder abuse. In 2017, the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), based at the University of Southern California, partnered with a D.C.-based think tank, FrameWorks Institute. Together they embarked on the Reframing Elder Abuse project, working to create an evidence-based communication strategy that could elevate the issue with the public and boost support for systemic solutions to prevent and address elder abuse.
The Spring 2020 issue of ASA’s Generations, “Taking Action Against Elder Mistreatment,” features “Reframing Elder Abuse,” by Laura Mosqueda, Alyssa Neumann and Eden Ruiz-Lopez. The article describes the rationale for the new communication strategy, explains project progress and outlines long-term goals. Mosqueda is dean of the Keck School of Medicine at USC, and is NCEA’s director. Neumann is project coordinator of NCEA’s Reframing Elder Abuse Project. Ruiz-Lopez is NCEA’s assistant deputy director.
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.
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Inside the issue you’ll find a groundbreaking new model, developed by the National Collaboratory to Address Elder Mistreatment, for emergency departments to screen for and respond to mistreatment. And nearly two dozen other articles outline person-centered approaches and strategies, tracing an older adult’s typical journey through care systems, and offering perspectives from elder mistreatment experts, key federal stakeholders and, most importantly, from older adults themselves.
Go beyond the pages of Generations with ASA CEO Peter Kaldes as he interviews authors Laura Mosqueda, Alyssa Neumann and Eden Ruiz-Lopez in Episode 3 of Bylines, a new podcast series from ASA.