Research

Our research spans elder justice in a variety of settings, including:
  • Domestic Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Financial Exploitation, including cases involving family members, paid or informal care providers, or other individuals. Our faculty was the first in the world to conduct community prevalence studies of elder abuse, and to demonstrate the high mortality associated with elder abuse. We are the Co-PI with NYC-Department for Aging, and we will be partnering with Lifespan in Rocheseter, NY to conduct a study of elder abuse prevalence in NYS, the first such statewide study in the nation. The project is funded, in part, through the New York State Children and Family Trust Fund, a program administered under the NYS Office of Children and Family Services.
  • Elder Abuse and Neglect occurring in nursing homes, assisted living, or other long term care facilities. Both clinicians and researchers in these environments, we have conducted research on the phenomenology of abuse and neglect in these settings, including interpersonal aggression between residents, from resident to staff, and from staff to resident.
  • Crime committed against older people in the community. We are the principal investigators of the only large epidemiologic study of crime victimization in older people. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the work has demonstrated the harmful effects of violent and non-violent crime in older people, including an increased risk of nursing home placement after victimization.
  • Self neglect in older adults. Faculty members with the Cornell Elder Justice Project have a growing interest in self neglect in older adults. Dr. Maria Pavlou recently received a Brookdale Scholarship to study this under researched phenomenon.
  • The Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology, in collaboration with Cornell's Institute for Translational Research on Aging (CITRA), held a consensus workshop on elder abuse prevention in NYC in May 2007. One of CITRA's goals is to develop forums that facilitate a continuous loop of communication between researchers and practitioners. Consensus workshops help create a shared conception of aging-related problems and solutions between the two groups. The goals of the NYC Elder Abuse Prevention consensus workshop were to convene a select group of research, practitioner and policy experts and arrive at a consensus regarding research, practice and advocacy recommendations. This process generated 41 relevant and practical research recommendations that will be disseminated to aging service and research communities.
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