Current Projects

  • 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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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  • Elder Abuse Multidisciplinary Team/EAFC Project

    Please see the MDT Project page for more information. Contact: elderMDT@usc.edu...

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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...

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  • Doc Doc

    The goal of the “Doc Doc” project, currently in the beginning stages, is to develop a practical documentation tool for clinicians who examine elders with suspicious injuries. The tool will support investigation and, if appropriate, prosecution of elder abuse/neglect. This project is...

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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.