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


Areas of Interest

Caregiving and elder abuse

The early research on elder abuse suggested a direct link between elders’ need for care and elder abuse. More recent studies and practitioners’ experiences suggest that the relationship between caregiving and abuse is much more complex, reflecting the quality of relationships between caregivers and those they care for, interactions between them, and histories of conflict and domestic violence.

Clearly, competing demands on family caregivers, societal pressures to serve increasingly frail seniors at home, and a critical shortage of affordable home care workers has created an environment that is ripe for conflict, neglect, and exploitation. These stressors are particularly pronounced within cultural communities where poverty, multiple-generation caregiving, and higher rates of disability play a role. Elders who lack family caregivers and sufficient resources to hire trustworthy workers face even greater risks. Examples of Nerenberg’s activities in this area include:

  • Technical advisor for Ensuring A Qualified Long-Term Care Workforce: From Pre-Employment Screens To On-The-Job Monitoring, a project of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), Department of Health and Human Services.


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