Family gatherings are more commonplace in December, and older adults without families can experience more acute social isolation. Since isolation is both a risk factor for and a consequence of elder abuse, we decided to ask you - our social media followers and colleagues - to commit to speaking with an older adult in December. Our hope was that, by sharing this campaign, we could support older adults and contribute towards the prevention of elder abuse during the 2017 holiday season. More →
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Synopsis of the Podcast
Dr. Lachs suggests readers consider the following when evaluating a research article:
- Has the author articulated a specific research question?
- Is there a clear description of the research methods and study population?
- Are the clients you are interested in learning about similar to those in the study? (E.g., a study on adult day care or nursing home residents would not apply to community residents.)
Dr. Lachs advises readers to consider the following when reading an intervention research article:
- Has the intervention been carefully described?
- Is the intervention replicable?
- Is there a control group?
Dr. Lachs also highlights some of the obstacles that researchers confront in this field. For example, elder abuse prevention and intervention research is difficult to conduct because participants can be frail, isolated, cognitively impaired, and have medical problems. In addition, the research may have to be conducted in abusive environments, creating unique challenges for investigators. Dr. Lachs also notes that many types of abuse are lumped together in research and subject to the same intervention. However, this is not representative of how interventions are applied in practice and therefore the research results may be of limited use to practitioners.
As the elder justice field evolves, professionals will continue to grapple with understanding these complex dynamics.
What is on the horizon for research in the field of elder abuse?
- Financial exploitation
- Resident to resident mistreatment
- Dementia specific research
- Evaluating multidisciplinary teams
For researchers interested in conducting research in this field, there are many areas to explore. The elder justice field needs your contributions!
Thank you, Mary and Mark, for a great Podcast!
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