There is a burgeoning elder justice movement among Native American, or indigenous American, tribes all across the United States. This blog describes the current landscape of the indigenous elder justice movement, notes the specific challenges to this community, highlights the work currently being done, and serves as resource for collaboration. I had the wonderful opportunity of interviewing Dr. Jacqueline Gray, Project Director for the National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (NIEJI) to learn about the unique work NIEJI is doing in this area. More →
On Wednesday, March 2nd, U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging Chairman Herb Kohl (D-WI) held a hearing on elder abuse, exploring the nationwide trends of physical, mental and financial abuse of seniors with top experts and advocates.
Dr. Mark Lachs, Co-Chief, Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology, Weill Medical College of Cornell University and Director, NYC Elder Abuse Center, was one of the few national experts asked to testify in-person. Click here to view and/or read Dr. Mark Lachs’ testimony and the testimony delivered from the other highly esteemed experts – as well as riveting testimony from abuse victim Mickey Rooney. Click here for a Huffington Post article by Dr. Mark Lachs on the hearings.
TO SUBMIT TESTIMONY: Anyone may submit testimony for the record by emailing it to: Matt_Burr@aging.senate.gov. The testimony may be submitted up to two weeks past the date of the hearing.