Dementia, including Alzheimer’s Disease, can be difficult for older adults, their caregivers and family members to manage. While there are many difficult behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia, aggressive behaviors are among the most challenging. As Bryan Hansen, PhD(c), MSN, RN, FNE-A Hansen points out in his recent NYC Elder Abuse Center guest blog, aggressive behaviors are common for older adults who have dementia and often meet the definition of abuse. In addition, caregivers coping with challenging behaviors are at an increased risk to respond in an abusive manner, which can create situations where both individuals may perpetuate and/or experience elder abuse. More →
Through its partners and programs, NYCEAC seeks to prevent abuse, and assists people 60 and over who are abused or at risk of abuse – as well as their family members, friends, neighbors, caregivers, and witnesses – by helping to improve how professionals, organizations and systems respond to their needs. NYCEAC, through its extensive collaborative network:
- Provides immediate case reviews, planning and coordination; case consultations; assessments and interventions; and referrals to assist the abused elderly throughout NYC.
- Responds to community needs and publicly promotes an ageist-free approach to programs.
- Collaborates with government and non-profit organizations to assist with the development of effective policies impacting on elder abuse victims and their families.
- Serves as a resource for national and international organizations by offering case consultations, educational opportunities, advocacy, research and speakers.
- Employs technology through various methods including a website, virtual conferences, automated tracking and research tools, accommodations for hearing and vision impaired and access to interpreters for multiple languages.
- Receives guidance and expertise from its Steering Committee, comprised of representatives from key government and non-profit organizations.
The NYC Elder Abuse Center, a leader in redefining the approach to and understanding about elder abuse, will be recognized as an organization in which professionals from various government and non-profit organizations will work in partnership to guarantee that elders live with dignity and well being, free from abuse and neglect.