Stop Abuse and Neglect of Elders: Increasing Capacity to Respond

Project Overview

3rd Funding Cycle Impact Award
     Project Start Date: 7/1/2007
     Project End Date: 6/30/2010

Project Goal Statement: To improve the health and safety of at-risk elders by increasing awareness, recognition, response and referral of elder maltreatment through a multi-level community-based education program targeting professionals who provide medical, home health and emergency response services to the elderly.

Original Award Amount: $450,000
Adjusted Award Amount: $401,264*

Community Partner:
Primary Community Partner: Milwaukee County Department on Aging

Academic Partners:
Primary Academic Partner: Linda N. Meurer, MD, MPH, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Additional Academic Partners:

  • Syed M. Ahmed, MD, MPH, DrPH, Department of Family and Community Medicine
  • Kevin Hamberger, PhD, Department of Family and Community Medicine

Project Progress Summary Reports:
     Project Progress Report Summary July 2007 - June 2008
     Project Progress Report Summary July 2008 - June 2009
     Project Progress Report Summary July 2009 - December 2009
     Project Final Report Summary    

Affiliated Web Pages:
     Milwaukee County Department on Aging

Project Dissemination Efforts (as reported by project partners)

  • Article
    • Featured in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in an article about elder abuse in the Faces of Hope column. January 2008.
  • Outreach Materials/Events
    • Developed and distributed project curriculum to over 50 community based organizations, including healthcare, home services providers, assisted living and housing, church groups, adult day care, the SCD senior companion program, Office of the Milwaukee County District Attorney sensitive crimes unit, and the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department.
    • Developed and distributed a tri-fold informational guide with a brief overview of key recommendations for Recognizing and Responding to Elder Abuse for health care professionals
  • Posters
    • Two poster presentations at the Annual Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Meeting. Vancouver, Canada. May 2008.
    • Poster presentation at the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Family and Community Medicine Research Forum – Le K, Meurer LN. Educational programs to improve recognition and reporting of elder abuse and neglect: A systematic review. Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Family and Community Medicine Research Forum. June 2008.
    • Poster presentation at the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Family and Community Medicine Research Forum – Nguyen PL*, Meurer LN. The Validity And Feasibility of Tools to Detect Elder Abuse And Neglect: A Systematic Review.  Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Family and Community Medicine Research Forum. June 2009.
    • Poster presentation at the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Family and Community Medicine Research Forum – Witzack B, Meurer LN, Cieslik L, Williams R, Ahmed S, Denson S, Hamberger K, Kuzminski C. Stop Abuse and Neglect of Elders (SANE): Curriculum for community based health and service providers.  Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Family and Community Medicine Research Forum. June 2009.
    • Poster presentation and demonstration materials presented at the Annual Milwaukee County Aging Consortium Network Meeting. 2009.
    • Poster presentation at the Medical College of Wisconsin Student Poster Session – Lietzau L, Meurer LN, Witzack B, Cieslik L, Williams R, Ahmed S. Stop Abuse and Neglect of Elders:  Development and Evaluation of a Self-Neglect Module. Medical College of Wisconsin Student Poster Session, October 2009. 
    • Poster presentation at the Aging in America Annual Conference. Chicago, IL. March 2010.
    • Poster presentation at the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Meeting - Lietzau L, Meurer LN, Witzack B, Cieslik L, Williams R, Ahmed S. Stop Abuse and Neglect of Elders:  Development and Evaluation of a Self-Neglect Module. Vancouver, Canada. April 2010.
  • Presentations
    • Paper presentation at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Conference – Le K, Meurer LN. Educational programs to improve recognition and reporting of elder abuse and neglect: A systematic review.  Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Conference. Baltimore, MD. May 2008.
    • Presentation at the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) Annual Meeting. November 2008.
    • Presentation at the Academy of Violence and Abuse Annual Meeting – Witzack B, Meurer LN, Cieslik L. Stop Abuse and Neglect of Elders – Curriculum for Community Based Health and Service Providers. Academy of Violence and Abuse Annual Meeting. Minneapolis, MN. April 2009.
    • Research forum presentation at the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Meeting – Nguyen PL*, Meurer LN: The Validity And Feasibility of Tools to Detect Elder Abuse And Neglect: A Systematic Review. Society for Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Meeting. Denver, CO. May 2009.
    • Research forum presentation at the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Meeting – Doty MM*, Meurer LN, Nguyen AL, Cieslik L, Williams R, Kuzminski C, Ahmed SM, Hamberger LK. Elder Abuse Risk And Profile of Reported Cases In Milwaukee County.  Society for Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Meeting. Denver, CO. May 2009.
    • Podium presentation at the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Family and Community Medicine Research Forum – Doty MM*, Meurer LN, Nguyen AL, Cieslik L, Williams R, Kuzminski C, Ahmed SM, Hamberger LK. Elder Abuse Risk And Profile of Reported Cases In Milwaukee County.  Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Family and Community Medicine Research Forum. June 2009.
    • Presentation of project as a keynote address at the Milwaukee County Statesman Reunion – Cieslik L and Meurer L. July 30, 2009.
    • Podium presentation and workshop at the International Conference on Violence, Abuse and Trauma – Cieslik L, Witzack B, Hamberger K. Development of an Elder Abuse and Neglect Prevention Curriculum.  International Conference on Violence, Abuse and Trauma. September 2009.
    • Podium presentation at the International Conference on Violence, Abuse and Trauma – Witzack, B. Stop Abuse and Neglect of Elders: Academic- Community Collaboration for Change: Process, Ethics, Barriers and Solutions. International Conference on Violence, Abuse and Trauma. September 2009.
    • Presentations at the Annual Milwaukee County Aging Consortium Networking Meeting. October 2008 and 2009.
    • Podium presentation at the Patient Care and Outcomes Research Seminar. Milwaukee, WI. May 2010.
  • Websites

*In 2009 award amounts, based on the remaining budget, were adjusted to reflect the decline in endowment asset value due to the downturn in the economy.

Contact Us

Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment Research and Education Program (REP)
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