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 →
On Wednesday, March 2nd, U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging Chairman Herb Kohl (D-WI) held a hearing on elder abuse, exploring the nationwide trends of physical, mental and financial abuse of seniors with top experts and advocates.
Dr. Mark Lachs, Co-Chief, Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology, Weill Medical College of Cornell University and Director, NYC Elder Abuse Center, was one of the few national experts asked to testify in-person. Click here to view and/or read Dr. Mark Lachs’ testimony and the testimony delivered from the other highly esteemed experts – as well as riveting testimony from abuse victim Mickey Rooney. Click here for a Huffington Post article by Dr. Mark Lachs on the hearings.
TO SUBMIT TESTIMONY: Anyone may submit testimony for the record by emailing it to: Matt_Burr@aging.senate.gov. The testimony may be submitted up to two weeks past the date of the hearing.