The Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse and Neglect is unique in its purpose – to elevate knowledge about the magnitude and consequences of elder abuse, provide research to better define characteristics of abuse, investigate efficient ways to ameliorate conditions that lead to abuse, and to develop options for prevention, reporting, and building systems to combat the problem. In addition to assisting fellow community members, our local projects and direct services serve as a living laboratory from which research questions and collaborative interagency relationships arise. Our present structure avails students of opportunities to learn more about elder abuse, effective reporting, recent research findings, and to make a contribution by doing work on this important topic. A student can be involved through one afternoon visit, elective rotations, or ongoing research.
Through the School of Medicine's Program in Geriatrics and its educational activities, medical and pharmacy students, residents and fellows are afforded an overview of issues in elder abuse. Some have also chosen to participate in an elective month-long rotation.