Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Financial Exploitation in COVID-19, and Effective Approaches to Elder Abuse Interventions1/14/20214pm
Dina Patel, M.D., M.B.A.
Adult and Geriatric Psychiatrist
Lawyer and Investigator
Elder Fraud Advisors
Workshop Training Coordinator
NYC Elder Abuse Center/ Weill Cornell Medicine
1.5 CEUs for NACCM and NYSED are pending.
Elder abuse cases can be complex, with many situations involving multiple forms of abuse, relationships of trust between the victim and abuser, feelings of shame, self-blame, and fear in the older adult, and mental and physical health needs. COVID-19 has only increased the complexity: many supports for older adults have transitioned to remote contact or have experienced closures. Mandated stay-at-home orders have increased isolation, new scams have emerged, and the loss of jobs has increased economic insecurity. The program will discuss the current dynamics of elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation, how to identify and report elder abuse, and why a multi-disciplinary approach to elder abuse is important now more than ever.