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 →
- Convene an expert panel of ethicists, clinicians, and other community clinicians to explore and address HIPAA and IRB issues surrounding elder abuse; this instead of placing elder abuse under a general rubric of “domestic violence.”
- Encourage hospital and physician education about current HIPAA provisions regarding Domestic Violence disclosure, as the law is often interpreted and invoked erroneously to the detriment of victims.
- Encourage research in several areas with a focus on decision-making by protective service workers, while developing methods and techniques for accessing victims and protecting them to the greatest extent possible while permitting their participation in elder abuse research.
- Encourage IRBs be composed of members with research and clinical experience in domestic violence generally and elder abuse specifically.
- Provide guidance to the growing number of elder abuse teams multidisciplinary teams on how they may (a) Serve victims in an interdisciplinary fashion while maintaining HIPAA compliance; (b) Participate in elder abuse intervention research (and refer clients to such research).
- Advocate for a national voice and national leadership in the field at the federal level, so that these and other priorities be effectively implemented. The absence of a unified front in this regard is, ironically, an ageist state of affairs.