Elder Abuse Prevention
Lisa Nerenberg is a consultant, instructor, author, and advocate in elder justice. She currently chairs the California Elder Justice Coalition, which was created to provide a voice from the field to guide elder justice policy development, and teaches classes in elder abuse, gerontology, and ageism at City College of San Francisco. She was the founding director of the San Francisco Consortium for Elder Abuse Prevention at the Institute on Aging, which piloted such widely replicated services as elder abuse multidisciplinary teams, support groups and counseling for victims, and culturally-specific outreach. Her special interests and areas of expertise include:
- Financial abuse and exploitation
- Undue influence
- Multidisciplinary approaches to elder abuse prevention
- Serving older crime victims
- International perspectives on elder justice
Nerenberg has lectured and provided consultation and technical assistance to local, state, and national organizations in the US, Singapore, Germany, Japan, Korea, the Czech Republic, India, Indonesia, and Canada. She coordinated the affiliate program of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and written a series of sixteen technical assistance manuals for the National Center on Elder Abuse that focus on program development, coalition building, and the role of diverse disciplines in abuse prevention.
She has authored numerous articles, chapters, and Elder Abuse Prevention: Emerging Trends and Promising Strategies (Springer, 2008). She has trained thousands of professionals, and designed comprehensive training curricula for law enforcement, adult protective services workers, long term care ombudsmen, community health workers, emergency medical services personnel, attorneys, and long term care professionals. She has testified before Congressional committees, served on governmental advisory panels, and spearheaded local, state, and national initiatives to improve society’s response to the problem. She has delivered keynote addresses, moderated panels, and made presentations at hundreds of professional forums on topics ranging from victims rights to undue influence, the psychology of elder abuse.
“Protecting society’s vulnerable is a moral and
civic duty that can only be accomplished by breaking down barriers between
professional disciplines, mobilizing communities to get involved, and
creating comprehensive and coherent policy. Among our greatest challenges
as a nation today is making America a safe place to grow old.” —Lisa Nerenberg