To honor our commitment to advance racial equity within the elder justice space, the New York City Elder Abuse Center at Weill Cornell Medicine (NYCEAC@WCM) is launching an initiative to leverage its platform to give voice to the lived realities of Black elders and to recognize leaders and organizations that are contributing to racial equity in elder justice through their work.
This initiative centers on building knowledge to make change. Monthly posts will include research on the effects of systemic racism and cumulative trauma on Black people; interviews with community members who are advancing racial equity and healing; narratives illustrating the harms of systemic racism and strategies to address it; and more.
To join us in this work, please read Mistreatment of African American Elders, published by the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), and African American Older Adults and Race-Related Stress: How Aging and Health-Care Providers Can Help, published by the American Psychological Association (APA).
Mistreatment of African American Elders
“This Research to Practice Brief synthesizes…research findings related to understanding the mistreatment of African American elder, particularly involving financial exploitation and psychological abuse…Socioeconomic variables, such as poverty, institutionalized racism, and structural segregation also place African American elders at risk.”
African American Older Adults and Race-Related Stress: How Aging and Health-Care Providers Can Help
“Despite the vulnerability of African American older adults to the cumulative effect of race-related stressors, the dialogue has yet to focus on the physical and mental health impact of these stressors. Therefore, service providers in the aging and health-care fields need greater awareness, education, and training to competently address race-related stress in African-American older adults.”
We hope you join us on our racial equity mission.