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 needs due to a disease/condition or a recent transition of care. Building on lessons learned from preventing other forms of family violence (child maltreatment and intimate partner violence), this education and support will be delivered by an interventionist, who will work with the caregiver and older adult to improve quality of life, reduce negative psychosocial and other risk factors (e.g., stress, burden, depression, and misinformation about the impact of chronic illness), and ultimately minimize the occurrence of abuse.

Kate Wilber (wilber@usc.edu)