Areas of Interest
Coalition building and interdisciplinary exchange
“If I take a finger and touch you, you may feel it.
If I use two, you will know you have been tapped.
But if I bring together all of the fingers into a fist, I can give a mighty
blow.” — Mary McLeod Bethune, civil rights activist
No single organization or discipline has claim to all the knowledge, resources,
or expertise that’s needed to prevent elder abuse. Effective prevention
requires interdisciplinary exchange, dynamic networking, and consensus building.
Helping professionals and paraprofessionals understand each other’ distinctive
language, ideologies, and tools of the trade has been an interest of Nerenberg’s
since the early 1980s. Activities in this area include:
- Directed the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse's affiliate
program, a network of state and local coalitions across the United States
and the United Kingdom and edited nexus, a quarterly publication
- Served as co-investigator, with Pamela Teaster, on "A national
look at elder abuse multidisciplinary teams," a study and report
for the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the
National Center on Elder Abuse
(2003). This study report is available at http://www.elderabusecenter.org/pdf/publication/mdt.pdf [PDF:
- Authored numerous articles and manuals on coalition and team building,
elder abuse prevention teams: A new generation (2003). [PDF: 5.6MB]