The NYC Elder Abuse Center: An Overview

The NYC Elder Abuse Center (NYCEAC) was launched in 2009 to improve the way professionals, organizations and systems respond to elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. It accomplishes this through an unprecedented level of collaboration and coordination in partnership with NYC’s government and non-profit agencies. Now, through NYCEAC, these organizations provide a streamlined and rapid response to elder abuse cases in New York City.

NYCEAC’s Core Programs

NYCEAC works with its partners to develop and implement innovative, collaborative approaches to the issue of elder abuse in New York City.  Together we:

  • Provide a streamlined and rapid response to elder abuse cases.
  • Respond to community needs and publicly promote an ageist-free approach to programs.
  • Collaborate with government and non-profit organizations to assist with the development of effective policies impacting elder abuse victims and their families.
  • Educate professionals, students, key decision-makers, and elected officials about elder abuse.
  • Serve as a resource by offering case consultations, education, speakers and research.
  • Employ technology including a blog and other social media vehicles, virtual conferences, automated tracking, and research tools.

The core service components that NYCEAC provides to the city’s elder abuse services network, protective service workers, aging services and health care providers, financial institutions and prosecutors are critical to the protection and care of older New Yorkers.

Through these core services, NYCEAC:

  • Develops and implements innovative programs to address the problem of elder abuse with the aim of securing the right of every older adult to age with dignity and free from abuse.
    • Coordinates, facilitates and helps replicate multidisciplinary teams (MDTs).
    • Provides case consultations to professionals assisting victims of elder abuse.
    • Improves the proficiency of Adult Protective Services (APS) to gather information on clients’ decisional abilities.
  • Develops and conducts educational training on elder abuse to a wide variety of professionals.
  • Engages professionals on the topic of elder abuse through social media vehicles.
  • Promotes policies and best practices that will prevent abuse and improve the way professionals, organizations and systems respond to it.

For more information about the NYC Elder Abuse Center, please contact:

Lisa Rachmuth, LMSW
Executive Director, NYCEAC
Weill Cornell Medicine
Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine