Among our greatest challenges as a nation
today is making America a safe place
to grow old
.”  — Lisa Nerenberg

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Elder Abuse Prevention:



Elder Abuse Prevention

Emerging Trends and Promising Strategies


by Lisa Nerenberg (Author)


In the Bookstore: Elder Abuse Prevention: Emerging Trends and Promising Strategies. An Interview on the National Center on Elder Abuse’s E-NEWS (Volume 10 Number 5 March 2008) Download interview as a .pdf


ornamentI found this book to be informative, well-researched, and well-thought out. The references are impressive and give ideas on furthering exploration on the complex issues surrounding elder abuse and neglect. The book is an asset to students, scholars, and seasoned practitioners alike.
 Patricia Yost, in International Perspectives In Victimology (2011). Volume 5, number 2.  

ornament Elder Abuse Prevention engages the reader from the beginning and it never loses us. In the preface, the author describes the 24-year journey that brought her to this publication. That cumulative knowledge and experience ignite the pages of this book. So much to share; so much insight; so much passion. Each chapter resonates with a richness and depth of ideas, strategies, technologies, and forward-looking solutions. Each chapter provides theory, practice, research, intervention, and prevention as a myriad of complex elder abuse issues are described. Nothing is left out: definitions, service models, ethical tensions, cultural factors, victims and perpetrators, the justice system, communities and community institutions (financial, academic, faith), states and tribes; it’s all here. The book is a labor of love that comes from the heart.       

Everyone interested in responding to elder abuse will want this book; it will inform, guide, and inspire the direct work of those involved in the care of older people who are mistreated and hurting. Written for many disciplines, students should be introduced to this book early in their careers as a preparation for clinical experience.       

The book concludes with the author returning to the initial themes of collaboration, inclusiveness, and open exchange. We are reminded that it is only through "the sharing of ideas, expertise and resources " that we can be become change agents.  We've been given the knowledge; the challenge now is to put it into practice so that our compassion and skills can be mobilized to keep older people safe, informed, healthy, and out of harm's way.

Elizabeth Podnieks, Professor at Ryerson University, Toronto, and
Founder of the Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse

ornament Lisa Nerenberg provides the first comprehensive look at elder abuse prevention trends and strategies. Drawing from existing models and examining salient factors, she outlines approaches to intervention that consider victims and perpetrators and engage communities and service systems. She also offers meaningful response to the many challenges endemic to elder abuse work. As a result, Lisa gives hope to the field. Perhaps only someone with her background can do this. After all, she has “been there, done that” in a way that few others have. Beginning as a grassroots advocate a quarter century ago in San Francisco, Lisa developed and tested many viable elder abuse prevention programs herself through the local elder abuse network before exploring best practices elsewhere. This unique evolution and perspective gives her the depth and breadth of understanding needed to write a book like this, able to resonate equally with adult protective service workers struggling to manage caseloads of vulnerable elders, law enforcement personnel trying to prosecute abusers, and academics searching for effective responses to the problem.

Georgia J. Anetzberger, PhD, ACSW, Assistant Professor of
Health Care Administration at Cleveland State University
and Editor of the Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect

ornament Lisa Nerenberg has written an instant classic on elder abuse and neglect for practitioners, researchers, program planners, policy makers, and lawmakers. This innovative and refreshing book is a major contribution from a professional who has worked in the field for over two decades. It advances the field by leaps and bounds.

The book is engaging, comprehensive, forward-looking, and solidly based in both research and practice principles. It is easy to read because it is extremely well organized and written. Ms. Nerenberg often writes in the first voice, which engages the reader and establishes a dialogue between reader and author. The many case and program examples are inspiring and provide clarity for the reader. Not one to shirk from controversy, Ms. Nerenberg carefully outlines the issues involved with the never-ending struggle to define elder and neglect as well as the strengths and weaknesses of various forms of intervention and treatment including mediation.

The book acknowledges and includes the variety of practitioners who encounter abuse and neglect of elders as well the ways that elder mistreatment occurs whether at the hands of a family member, a telemarketer, a loan shark, or from a staff member in an institution. This inclusiveness is a hallmark of the work of the late Dr. Rosalie Wolf, the revered leader of our field. Ms. Nerenberg is clearly her professional daughter.

Throughout the book, Ms. Nerenberg uses a flexible lens, now focusing on the status and themes in the field and then examining issues in detail such as victim and abuser relationships, and the increasing understanding about levels of mental capacity. Her allegiance to and compassion for front line practitioners is a recurring thread throughout the book and she calls on researchers to base their work on practitioner perspectives. Intervention guidelines are detailed and geared toward treating each mistreated elder as a unique individual. There are also intervention chapters, which address what agencies, the Justice System, communities, tribes, and states can do. There are separate chapters on outreach and what needs to be done in the future.

This book will have a very long shelf life and will serve to inspire us for years to come. Thank you, Lisa.

Mary Joy Quinn, Director of the Probate Court, San Francisco Superior County, and co-author (with Susan Tomita) of Elder Abuse and Neglect: Diagnosis and Intervention Strategies
(Springer Publishing, 1997)

ornament This book showcases Lisa Nerenberg's remarkable ability to organize very complex and complicated issues and information in a clear and logical way that makes it understandable without over simplifying. This book has something of interest for anyone involved or interested in elder abuse--for novices, it offers a comprehensive overview and introduction; for the experienced, it provides the historical context, big picture perspective, and new ways of looking at issues."

Mary Counihan, MSW, APS Manager,
San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services

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