Areas of Interest
Cultural issues in elder abuse
Culture refers to the experiences, values, language, and customs shared
by people of the same ethnicity, race, or background. Cultural groups’ experiences
and attitudes are also shaped by immigration, acculturation, racism,
economic hurdles, and historical factors. These factors all impact family
life and determine
members’ roles, relationships, and expectations.
Elder abuse, according to some, reflects the breakdown of traditional values,
roles, and relationships within cultural communities. Reversing
these trends by reinforcing cultural strengths and traditions, acknowledging the
economic and social factors that contribute to abuse, and building
on the strengths of families and communities is the goal of culturally specific outreach
programs. Selected activities in this area include:
- Developed, with Dave Baldridge and William Benson, a comprehensive report
and recommendations for tribal initiatives in elder abuse for the National
Indian Council on Aging and the National Center on Elder Abuse (2002-2003),
and responding to abuse of elders in Indian country. [PDF: 306kb]
- Facilitated a summit on elder abuse in the Hispanic community for the National Hispanic Council on Aging (2002).
- Provided staff support to WE ARE FAMILY, a program of outreach to African American victims in San Francisco for nine years.
- A Review of the Literature: Elder
abuse in Indian country research, policy, and practice. [PDF: 190kb]
Coauthored with Dave Baldridge and William Benson
- Culturally specific outreach in elder abuse. In Tatara (Ed.)
"Understanding elder abuse in minority populations." Philadelphia:
Taylor & Francis.
- WE ARE FAMILY, Outreach to African American Seniors. In "Journal
of elder abuse & neglect." 5(4). Co-authored with Malene Njeri.