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



Books, Chapters, Articles

  • Deem, D., Nerenberg, L., & Titus, R. (2013). Victims of financial crime. In R. C. Davis, A. J. Lurigio & S. Herman (Eds.), Victims of Crime (4 ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage
  • Nerenberg, L. (2013). "Elder abuse: Policy and procedure." In  A. Jamieson & A.A. Moenssens (Eds.), Wiley Encyclopedia of Forensic Science. Chichester: John Wiley.
  • Nerenberg, L., Davies, M. & Navaro, A.E. (2012). In pursuit of a useful framework to champion elder justice. Generations, 36(3).
  • Gironda, M.W., Lefever, K., Delagrammatikas, L., Nerenberg, L., Roth, R., Chen, E.A.,.& Northington, K.R. (2010). Education and training of mandated reporters: Innovative models, overcoming challenges, and lessons learned. Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, 22(3-4), 340-364. See
  • Nerenberg, L. (2010). Undue Influence:  A Review of the Literature. Prepared for the Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco, as part of the Undue Influence:  Definitions and Applications project, supported by the Borchard Foundation Center on Law and Aging. An edited version of the review is available as an appendix to the report Undue Influence: Definitions and Applications on the Web site of the Superior Court at:
  • Nerenberg, L. (2010). Promoting practice-based policy. Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect 22(3-4).
  • Nerenberg, L. (2008). Elder abuse prevention—One advocate’s 25-Year perspective. . Aging Today. The Bimonthly Newspaper of the American Society on Aging. See

Elder Abuse Prevention,
Nerenberg, L. (2008). Elder Abuse Prevention:
Emerging Trends and Promising Strategies
New York: Springer.

To Order
  • Deem, D., Nerenberg, L., & Titus, R. (2007). Victims of financial crime. In R. C. Davis, A. J. Lurigio & S. Herman (Eds.), Victims of Crime (3 ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Nerenberg, L. (2006). Communities respond to elder abuse. Journal of Gerontological Social Work. 46 (3/4).
  • Nerenberg, L. (1998). Culturally specific outreach in elder abuse. In T. Tatara (Ed.), Understanding elder abuse in minority populations (pp. 205-220). Ann Arbore: Taylor and Francis Group.
  • Nerenberg, L. (2000). Developing a service response to elder abuse. Generations, 24(2), 86-92.
  • Nerenberg, L. (2000). Forgotten victims of financial crime and abuse: Facing the challenge. Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, 12(12) 49-73.
  • Nerenberg, L. (2006). Communities respond to elder abuse. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 46(3/4), 5-33.
  • Nerenberg, L. (2007). Elder Abuse Prevention: Emerging trends and promising strategies. New York: Springer.
  • Nerenberg, L., & Haikalis, S. W. (1996). Discharge planning. In L. A. Baumhover & S. C. Beall (Eds.), Abuse, neglect, and exploitation of older persons. Baltimore: Health Professions Press.
  • Nerenberg, L., & Njeri, M. (1993). WE ARE FAMILY, Outreach to African American seniors. Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, 5(4).
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"Technical Assistance" Manuals

The following manuals were produced for the National Center on Elder Abuse. For information on how to obtain copies of manuals that are not available online, contact NCEA.
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Between 1995 and 2001, I edited nexus, a publication for the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. The following interviews, posted on NCEA’s website, may still be of interest.
  • What Can We Learn from Criminal Background Checks? An Interview with Forensic Psychologist Vern Quinsey. From nexus, Volume 7, Issue 2, September 2001. Concern for the safety of frail seniors has prompted many states to pass laws permitting home care agencies, nursing homes, and consumers to check the criminal histories of prospective and current employees. In doing so, they're finding that a disturbingly high number of workers have committed crimes, many serious, and the number appears to be rising.
  • Elder abuse & substance abuse: Making the connection. An interview with Charmaine Spencer and Jeff Smith. From nexus, Volume 6, Issue 1, April 2000. Although substance abuse is the most commonly cited risk factor associated with elder abuse, little attention has been paid toward understanding the connection or developing interventions. nexus interviews two leading experts to find out why.
  • The elder abuse beat: Journalists speak out. From nexus, Volume 4, Issue 3, December 1998. Since the British press first exposed the shocking new phenomenon it tagged as "Granny Bashing" back in the late 1970's, media coverage of elder abuse has been sporadic and uneven. Covering abuse is rife with difficulties for reporters. A panel of distinguished journalists describes the difficulties inherent in covering the topic and offers suggestions to reporters and community groups for working together more effectively.
  • Justice for the forgotten victims of financial crimes. An interview with Martin Plone. From nexus, Volume 3, Issue 2, September 1997. In addition to their homes, life savings, and prized possessions, financial abuse robs many elderly victims of their dignity, independence, and the satisfaction of providing for future generations. Victim's rights advocates are increasingly calling for "restorative justice" for victims of financial crimes - measures aimed at helping victims recover and heal from these devastating losses. nexus interviews Martin Plone, one victim who has paved the way for others to become "whole" again.
  • Hornswoggled? An interview with Margaret Singer on undue influence. From nexus volume 2, Issue 1, March 1996. When seemingly competent older people abandon families and loved ones in favor of cunning new "friends," it presents troubling conflicts for professionals and other concerned parties. Psychologist Margaret Singer sheds light on the psychological manipulation that may be occurring.
  • Moving towards a peaceful life: Carole Seaver talks about the Milwaukee Women's Center and its older battered women's program. From nexus, Volume 1, Issue 3, October 1995. For years, service providers assumed that elderly victims did not make good candidates for support groups. Carole Seaver, who facilitates one of the nation's first support groups for elderly victims, debunks this myth.
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Educating Elder Justice Professionals About Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) An Action Plan. California Elder Justice Coalition. (2014)