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 →
This American Public Media (APM) radio show features NYC Elder Abuse Center’s (NYCEAC) Director Mark Lachs, Co-Chief, Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology, New York Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical College and NYCEAC’s Steering Committee member Liz Loewy, ADA, Attorney in Charge, Elder Abuse Unit, New York County District Attorney’s Office.
Kai Ryssdal: Here’s kind of an amazing number from a study they did in New York not too long ago: More than 140,000 elderly have had serious money or other real assets taken from them without their permission. And that’s in New York state alone. In all too many cases, it’s not a con man but a family member who’s to blame for a kind of elder abuse that goes seriously under-reported.