Our respected elders, who harbor a lifetime of experiences and wisdom, are a vital part of our communities. Unfortunately, it’s a sobering reality that approximately one in six individuals aged 60 and above experienced some form of abuse in 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the problem, with incidents of elder abuse seeing a concerning increase. It’s high time we took a closer look at the issues surrounding elder abuse and how we can ensure safety at home for our seniors.
Nancy Kusmaul, Ph. D., M.S.W., Associate Professor in the Baccalaureate Social Work program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Laura Mosqueda, M.D., professor of Family Medicine and Geriatrics at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, explore elder abuse, its challenges, warning signs, and preventative strategies based on insights from two experts. Read the full article.