Over the past couple of months, COVID-19 has delivered challenges and uncertainty to the global community. Among the hardest hit are older adults living at home and in care facilities. With physical distancing restrictions in place, connectedness has been disrupted in ways we never anticipated. Yet, within the hardships, there is hope as the pandemic has aligned the elder justice cohort in new and unforeseen ways,
and pressed us to find innovative ways to engage older adults. Below are highlighted projects and resources our team has developed to serve the community.
COVID Resources: Stay Connected
• A range of COVID-19 resources are accessible on our website. Each week, the NCEA circulates helpful suggestions in its Tuesday Tips for older
adults to remain connected while distancing.
How are you educating your community about elder abuse during COVID-19? Tell us what you are doing to stay engaged and prevent elder abuse at [email protected].
Practice Proficiencies: Enhancing Tools and Resources
• Our semiannual Elder Justice Policy Highlights for the period September 2019 through February 2020, compiled with Ageless Alliance, features legislative activity relating to older adults, elder services, and abuse. Information regarding the highlighted federal and state measures was culled from the NCEA Listserv and independent websites.
• In response to a 2019 published by The Office of Inspector General (OIG) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that identified
deficiencies which could cause harm to Medicare patients receiving hospice care, the NCEA produced a fact sheet entitled, How Hospice Can Be a Force for Justice For Older People. The sheet
provides data about common complaints filed against Hospice Care Providers, recommendations to improve systems, and the means to detect and report mistreatment.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD): Tools and Tips
• Given the impact of COVID-19, this year’s WEAAD on June 15, 2020 may take different forms in cities worldwide, but the NCEA, in collaboration with NCALL, has developed an array of materials to assist
communities with this year’s campaign, Lifting Up Voices. Outreach guides, tools, fact sheets, placemats, and other helpful materials are available on the WEAAD microsite.
• In cooperation with the Australian Human Rights Commission, the NCEA has designed an educational bookmark to increase elder abuse awareness. The bookmark provides key information on the signs of elder abuse and reporting authorities. A companion Bookmark Discussion Guide offers educators facilitation questions, prompts, and prevention information. Fill
out the survey sharing your WEAAD plans for a chance to win WEAAD bookmarks and stickers to distribute to your community.
Multidisciplinary Teams: Technical Assistance
• The NCEA has partnered with the New York City Elder Abuse Center at Weil Cornell Medical College, Lifespan of Greater Rochester, Red Wind, and the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life to launch
the National Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Center. The MDTTTA intends to enhance the capacity of MDT’s across the country by responding to technical assistance inquiries, providing expert case consultation, research and evaluation.
Forum: Community Educators and Advocates
• Join the Google Group for Elder Abuse Community Educators! The Group affords members a forum to engage in dialogue, exchange resources, and share best practices to
enhance our elder abuse outreach and education activities. Current topics have included the use of tele-town halls and other virtual platforms to engage the public and best practices on collecting research on the impact of COVID-19. To subscribe to the Google Group for Elder Abuse Community Educators, please e-mail [email protected]
Education: Recent Webinars
Tamkin Symposium Review: Linking Research and Practice