The 2017 Oscar-nominated documentary Edith+Eddie tells the story of Edith Hill and Eddie Harrison, who marry in their mid-90s and become known online as "America’s oldest interracial couple". More than an inspiring love story, theirs also is a cautionary and heart-breaking tale about the state of elder justice and guardianship in the US as Hill's daughters battle over her care and the wishes of the couple to remain together. 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.