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Elder Abuse Prevention

SKU# 9780826103277

Emerging Trends and Promising Strategies

Author: Lisa Nerenberg MSW, MPH

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I found this book to be informative, well-researched, and well-thought out...The book is an asset to students, scholars, and seasoned practioners alike.

--International Perspectives in Victimology

Lisa Nerenberg provides the first comprehensive look at elder abuse prevention trends and strategies. Drawing from existing models and examining salient factors, she outlines approaches to intervention that consider victims and perpetrators and engage communities and service systems. She also offers meaningful response to the many challenges endemic to elder abuse work. As a result, Lisa gives hope to the field."

Beginning as a grassroots advocate a quarter century ago in San Francisco, Lisa developed and tested many viable elder abuse prevention programs herself through the local elder abuse network before exploring best practices elsewhere. This unique evolution and perspective gives her the depth and breadth of understanding needed to write a book like this, able to resonate equally with adult protective service workers struggling to manage caseloads of vulnerable elders, law enforcement personnel trying to prosecute abusers, and academics searching for effective responses to the problem."--
--Georgia J. Anetzberger, PhD, ACSW
Assistant Professor of Health Care Administration at Cleveland State University
and Editor of the Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect

Recipient of the Legal Assistance for Seniors' "Leading the Fight for Seniors' Rights" annual award for 2007!

Drawing from over twenty years of experience helping communities improve their response to elder abuse, Lisa Nerenberg describes what agencies, communities, tribes, states, and national organizations are doing to prevent abuse, treat its effects, and ensure justice. She further explores what remains to be done and offers a plan for the future. In doing so, she addresses the broader challenges of fortifying the long-term care, protective service, and legal systems to meet the new and imminent demands of a burgeoning elderly population. In short, the book is about making communities safer places to grow old.

Ms. Nerenberg begins by exploring trends that have shaped or defined practice in the field of elder abuse prevention including the Supreme Court's Olmstead decision; a shift in focus from protecting to empowering victims; an increasingly multicultural elderly population; the "globalization" of the field; and heightened understanding of the "psychology of victimization" (or why victims do what they do and perhaps more importantly, why they often don't do what professionals think they should). She further describes eight models and theories on which practice has been based ranging from the widely recognized adult protective service and domestic violence prevention models to lesser-known approaches such as the family preservation and restorative justice models. She describes specific interventions and approaches that each model has contributed, their benefits and limitations, what is known about their impact, and factors that dictate what responses are appropriate to specific settings and situations.

In addition to describing techniques used by individual practitioners, the author outlines strategies and services that agencies, communities, states, tribes, courts, and national organizations have designed, which include elder forensics centers, elder courts, family justice centers, elder shelters, "hybrid" multidisciplinary teams, fraud prevention programs, support groups, restorative justice programs, and culturally specific outreach campaigns. She details progressive public policy initiatives, which range from statutes that provide for the mandatory reporting of deaths in nursing homes, to efforts to improve the collection and distribution of restitution, to laws that address the role of undue influence in elder abuse.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date December 28, 2007
  • Page Count 320
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826103277
  • EISBN 9780826103383

Table of Contents 

Preface
Acknowledgments
I. EIGHT TRENDS SHAPING PRACTICE
  1. Increasingly Frail Elders are Living at Home
  2. Shifting Paradigms: From Protection to Empowerment
  3. Heightened Understanding of Victims
  4. The Circle Widens: The Burgeoning Abuse Prevention Network
  5. The Changing Role of APS
  6. The "Criminalization" of Elder Abuse
  7. Focus on Forensics
  8. Going Global: International Initiatives to Prevent Elder Abuse

II. DEFINING ELDER ABUSE: THE CONTROVERSIES
Controversies in Defining Elder Abuse
  • The Disability Requirement
  • The "Special Relationship" Requirement
  • Intentionality
  • Focusing on Conduct or Its Impact
  • Frequency and Severity
What the Experts Say
Challenges in Defining Specific Forms of Abuse
  • Financial Abuse
  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Neglect
  • Self-Neglect Abandonment


III. SERVICE MODELS FROM WHICH WE HAVE DRAWN
The Adult Protective Services Model
The Domestic Violence Prevention Model
The Public Health Model
The Victim Advocacy Model
The Restorative Justice Model
Neutralization Theory
The Family Caregiver Support Model
The Family Preservation Model

IV. FACTORS INFLUENCING INTERVENTION NEEDS
Victim Considerations
Perpetrator Considerations
Urgency of the Situation
Ethical Considerations
Cultural Factors Affecting Service Needs

V. PREVENTING AND TREATING ELDER ABUSE
Assessing Victims' Service Needs
Services and Interventions for Victims
  • Maintaining Independence
  • Resolving Crises
  • Emergency Services
  • Ensuring Victim Safety
  • Hearing, Empowerment, and Support
  • Preserving, Protecting, and Recovering Assets
  • Ensuring Justice
Interventions for Perpetrators and Those at Risk for Abusing
  • Counseling for Perpetrators
  • Domestic Violence Treatment
  • Programs for Caregivers

VI. WHAT AGENCIES, THE JUSTICE SYSTEM, AND COMMUNITIES CAN DO
What Agencies Can Do
General
Agency-Specific Practices
  • APS Programs
  • Domestic Violence Programs
  • Health Care Facilities
  • Providers of Home Health Care
  • Legal Service Providers
  • Dementia Care Programs
What the Justice System Can Do
What Communities Can Do
What Community Institutions Can Do

VII. WHAT STATES AND TRIBES ARE DOING
What States are Doing
  • Ensuring that Professionals Report and Respond Appropriately
  • Ensuring Justice
  • Ensuring a Comprehensive, Coordinated Service Response
  • Protecting Elders with Diminished Capacity and Those at Risk for Undue Influence
  • Special Challenges
What Tribes are Doing
  • Improving Coordination
  • Ensuring Justice
  • Training Professionals
  • Meeting the Demand for Services


VIII. COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Goals of Outreach
The Impact of Outreach
Local, State, National, Tribal, and International Campaigns

IX. RESPONDING TO CHALLENGES
Defining Abuse
Responding to a Multicultural Society
Defining Capacity for Specific Tasks
Service Needs
Meeting the Challenge of "Consumer Choice"
Research Challenges and Needs
Professional Training Needs
Challenges to Coordination and Collaboration
Ethical Challenges

X. MOVING FORWARD
Guiding Principles
An Approach: Case Management
An Agenda
Appendix: Additional Resources