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The USC Judith D. Tamkin International Symposium on Elder Abuse brings together thought leaders, activists, caregivers, researchers, and other stakeholders to strategize and help shape and propel the field of elder abuse and justice.

Talking Elder Abuse Toolkit

This report and toolkit is a comprehensive set of framing research and resources that shows advocates and professionals against elder abuse how to apply the research in communication practice.

Welcome to the USC Center on Elder Mistreatment

The University of Southern California’s (USC) Center on Elder Mistreatment serves as the central location for information about elder abuse activities at USC.

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  • Dementia is a Family Issue :: Laura Mosqueda, M.D.

    Laura Mosqueda, MD, Dean, Keck School of Medicine of USC was interviewed by Bobbi and Mike Carducci to talk about geriatric medicine, elder abuse, and caregiving for the elderly and underserved.

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  • Scams Come to Life During a Deadly Pandemic

    National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) Project Coordinator, Kimmy Moon wrote a blog for the Medical Care Blog about COVID-19 scams and highlights the important, unique role health care providers play in safeguarding their patients and communities from COVID-19 scams.

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  • Bringing Advances in Elder Abuse Research Methodology and Theory to Evaluation of Interventions

    Bringing Advances in Elder Abuse Research Methodology and Theory to Evaluation of Interventions article is now available! Significant advances have been made in elder abuse research methodology, measurement, justice theory, and other relevant areas, which may remedy the lack of high-quality research strategies to prevent elder abuse. In this article researchers Mark Lachs, M.D., M.P.H., Laura Mosqueda, M.D., Tony Rosen, M.D., M.P.H., and Karl Pillemer Ph.D. argue these advances can and should inform elder abuse intervention research, propose a theoretical

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  • Frailty and Perceived Financial Exploitation: Findings from the Finance, Cognition, and Health in Elders Study

    The latest publication from Han Research Lab! Older adults who report financial exploitation show more frailty, specifically poorer sensory functioning. Led by Jenna Axelrod.

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  • Inter-Rater Reliability of the California APS Interview for Decisional Abilities (IDA 3.0-CA)

    As part of a larger randomized controlled trial to test the California APS Interview for Decisional Ability (IDA 3.0-CA), we sought to determine the reliability of the instrument. Gregory Stevens, Kelly Sadamitsu, Theresa Siver-Teixeira, Christina Penate, Jason Karlawish and Bonnie Olsen assessed the extent to which trained APS personnel reached similar conclusions about a client’s decisional ability (i.e., inter-rater reliability) when presented with a client vignette and a completed IDA 3.0-CA form.

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  • ELDER ABUSE IN THE COVID-19 ERA

    The COVID-19 pandemic is putting older Americans at risk for more than just a deadly disease. It’s increasing their risk of experiencing physical, emotional and financial abuse, according to a letter written by Laura Mosqueda, MD, dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, and Duke Han, PhD, professor at the Keck School and primary investigator at the Han Research Lab.

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  • NCEA COVID-19 Tuesday Tips

    Our COVID-19 Tuesday Tips provide useful information, resources, and practical tips to consider to remain socially connected with older adults while practicing physical distancing.

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  • Staying Connected During COVID-19

    Social Distancing, Self-Isolation, Quarantine, all good ideas to flatten the curve of the Corona virus. But if you are already a socially isolated older adult, already susceptible to fraud or abuse, we need you to be extra vigilant right now. There may be individuals who use this uncertain time as a means to defraud and frighten.

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Special Thanks to Judith D. Tamkin

We are sincerely appreciative to Judith D. Tamkin for her gift to help establish the USC Center on Elder Mistreatment’s website. Her deep and personal commitment to eradicating elder abuse is helping to reshape our understanding of elder abuse and ultimately save innumerable older adults from abuse and neglect.