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 →
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.