GENERATIONS – Journal of the American Society on Aging

A Roadmap Toward Safer, Happier Lives: The National Collaboratory to Address Elder Mistreatment By Kristin Lees Haggerty, Rebecca Jackson Stoeckle, and Terry Fulmer The safety and welfare of elders must be prioritized to ensure they live free from harm. T he National Collaboratory to Address Elder Mistreatment is a group of elder mistreat- ment (Acierno et al., 2010), and not nearly enough is being done to stop it. Elder mistreatment includes any “knowing,

ment experts, innovators, researchers, and clini- cians who are working together to design and test a scalable care model for addressing elder mis- treatment in hospital emergency departments. At a recent convening hosted by The Collab- oratory, the thirty participants took part in an ice-breaking activity in which they were asked to introduce themselves and describe an older adult who is important to them. Participants described grandparents, neighbors, and friends who in­ spire them with strength, wisdom, and energy. They described older adults who work hard, care for their adult children and grandchildren, and pass on important values and culture. Taking a moment to recognize the enormous influence older adults have on our lives and the incredible value they bring to our families, com- munities, and the wider society makes it easy to understand why it is important to work to ensure older adults’ right to live free from harm and to prioritize their safety. Yet, one in ten older adults in the United States are victims of elder mistreat­

intentional, or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult” (National Center on Elder Abuse [NCEA], 2019). Types of mistreat- ment include physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, neglect, exploitation, and self-neglect (NCEA, 2019). Elder mistreatment costs billions of dollars in healthcare expenditures annually (Dong, 2005), and has devastating consequences for older adults’ physical, emotional, and social health (Dong, 2015; Gibbs and Mosqueda, 2014). Rapid increases in the older adult population, coupled with changing and complicated net- works of providers and caregivers, necessitate improved resources, tools, and education for pre- venting and addressing elder mistreatment. Inside this Issue of Generations This Spring 2020 issue of Generations focuses on how to take immediate action to prevent,

abstract This article introduces the contents of the Spring 2020 issue of Generations , which tackles how to prevent, intervene, and ultimately eradicate elder mistreatment. It describes how the publication was envisioned and mentions initiatives working to end elder mistreatment. | key words : elder mistreat­ ment, elder abuse, emergency departments, the National Collaboratory to Address Elder Mistreatment, Age- Friendly Health Systems initiative, Adult Protective Services, Geriatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network

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