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The Interview for Decisional Abilities (IDA 3.0-CA)

Adult Protective Service (APS) workers assess older adult clients for abuse and neglect and are asked to determine the client’s understanding of the risks they face so they can develop an intervention plan together. Yet, APS workers have little structured training in how to make such judgments.  The Interview for Decisional Abilities (IDA 3.0-CA) is

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Finance, Cognition, and Health in Elders Study (FINCHES)

The Finance, Cognition, and Health in Elders Study (FINCHES) aims to identify factors associated with financial exploitation and well-being among cognitively-intact older adults. Participant Eligibility Age 50 years or older Fluent in English No history of mental impairment No major medical problems with brain or emotional functioning ​Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) How long is the

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Geriatric-Injury Documentation Tool (Geri-IDT)

Standardization in tools and documentation of child abuse and intimate partner violence have proven helpful in completely documenting injuries and suspected abuse among these populations. Similar tools do not yet exist for older adults and elder abuse. The purpose of this project was to 1) use insights from experts to develop a tool to assist

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Elder Mistreatment in People with Dementia

With a rapidly aging population, the number of people with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias (ADRD) is increasing exponentially, creating additional vulnerability for these individuals. However, little is known about how that vulnerability translates into increased risk for elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. The Elder Mistreatment in People with Dementia project aims to uncover causal

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Assessing Archstone’s Legacy on Elder Justice

To address the growing concern of elder abuse, the Archstone Foundation has invested over $15 million in more than 125 projects over the past 30 years to enhance the quality of elder care and the coordination of elder abuse and neglect services. Through sustained strategic grant-making efforts to promote elder justice, the Archstone Foundation has

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Online Course to Support Healthy Caregiving Relationships

Caregiving for an aging parent, partner, or friend can add new challenges to existing relationships. With funding from the Archstone Foundation, USC is developing and evaluating an online course to provide caregivers with strategies to cope with new and evolving challenges related to the interpersonal and practical aspects of caregiving. Throughout the 10- to 12-week

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APS Technical Assistance Resource Center/NAMRS

USC provides research support and guidance to the national Adult Protective Services Technical Assistance Resource Center (APS TARC). Administered by WRMA, Inc. with support from the Administration for Community Living, the APS TARC currently consists of three components: (1) technical assistance provided to states’ APS agencies, with USC primarily assisting in states’ efforts to improve

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Mistreatment Prevention Intervention

USC has partnered with Kaiser Permanente, with funding from the National Institute of Justice, to develop and pilot test a program designed to prevent elder mistreatment (Piloting a Comprehensive Caregiver Intervention: A Pathway to Preventing Elder Mistreatment). To do this, we are targeting education and support resources to caregivers of older adults who have care

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Elder Abuse Guide for Law Enforcement (EAGLE)

Elder Abuse Guide for Law Enforcement (EAGLE) By virtue of U.S. demographics, elder abuse is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States. Elder Abuse Guide for Law Enforcement (EAGLE) is a national web module designed to support officers in identifying, intervening, and resolving cases of elder abuse. EAGLE funding was provided by

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Abuse Intervention/Prevention Model (AIM)

The Abuse Intervention/ Prevention Model (AIM) Project introduces and tests a model that integrates the multiple factors associated with risk for elder abuse and neglect in adults with dementia and their caregivers. The objectives are to (1) develop and implement an assessment tool that generates a risk profile, (2) develop and implement a toolkit of

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Archstone Caregiver Grant: “When the Going Gets Tough: Educating Caregivers”

The Archstone Caregiver Grant: “When the Going Gets Tough: Educating Caregivers” focuses on developing educational materials for family caregivers of persons with dementia about the risks of elder abuse and neglect. By gathering input directly from English and Spanish speaking caregivers of persons with dementia through informant interviews and focus groups, the project team has

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Toward a Better Understanding of Elder Mistreatment in Community Settings

To add to the literature on the prevalence of elder abuse, the Toward a Better Understanding of Elder Mistreatment in Community Settings undertook interviews with individuals from largely Latino/Hispanic backgrounds, primarily low-income immigrants from Latin America. This project used a Promotores approach to maximize the respondents’ comfort level and increase how candid the respondents would

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Los Angeles County Elder Abuse Forensic Center Evaluation

The Los Angeles County Elder Abuse Forensic Center Evaluation has been undertaken by the USC Leonard Davis School since 2006 and has been supported by several projects. Initial evaluation of the Forensic Center encompassed inquiry into the structure and process of the Center. Downstream, the Evaluating the Elder Abuse Forensic Center Model project added an

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Forensic Markers of Physical Elder Abuse

The Forensic Markers of Physical Elder Abuse project has clinicians performing forensic examinations of both non-abused older adults and older adults referred to APS for physical abuse, to compare the injuries visible in each group. Results from these examinations have been reviewed by a LEAD Panel of family violence experts to achieve a determination of

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Los Angeles County Elder Abuse Forensic Center

The Los Angeles County Elder Abuse Forensic Center has been in operation for 11 years providing interagency collaboration to help resolve complex cases of alleged elder abuse in LA County. Members include representatives from Adult Protective Services, Keck School of Medicine, USC Davis School of Gerontology, Los Angeles County District Attorney, Los Angeles County Office

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Elder Abuse Forensic Telehealth Project

The Elder Abuse Forensic Telehealth Project is piloting telehealth technology to link geriatricians and geropsychologists with APS professionals in the field. This is expected to improve access to the limited professionals by maximizing efficiency of professional time and bridging geographic barriers. This project is funded thanks to a grant from the UniHealth Foundation.

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USC-LAC Training a Workforce in Interprofessional Geriatrics

The growing population of older adults coupled with a shortage of a well-trained health care workforce for this population’s needs, requires innovative models for delivering care and plans to improve training to create a geriatric competent primary care workforce. USC-LAC Training a Workforce in Interprofessional Geriatrics (USC-LAC TWIG) is developing a comprehensive interprofessional geriatric primary

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