Current Projects

  • 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...

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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...

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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...

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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: Anat Louis elderMDT@usc.edu...

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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.