Workshop Highlights Research Challenges, Needs for Preventing Elder Abuse|
On Oct. 30, Nora Super, executive director of the White House Conference on Aging, welcomed participants to the NIH Workshop: Multiple Approaches to Understanding and Preventing Elder Abuse, a 1-day meeting of professionals with expertise in elder abuse, child abuse and intimate partner violence.
Part of a national priority to promote elder justice—a key focus of the conference—the workshop featured advocates and experts from research institutions, universities and health care facilities. Participants focused on the application of lessons learned across fields and the common challenges and opportunities in elder abuse, child abuse, intimate partner violence and related fields.
Presentations emphasized the emergence and evolution of research on elder abuse and the consequent significant gaps in data. Experts discussed the challenges of defining and identifying abuse and the promise of new screening and analytical strategies, particularly opportunities presented by new technology.