Maximizing Quality of Life
205 - Maximizing Quality of Life: Keys to Successful Aging: Activity, Access, Advocacy, and Empowerment
Tuesday, July 17
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Location: Diplomat Room-Lobby Level
Valerie Radu, PhD, LCSW-The Intersection of Domestic Violence & Elder Abuse: Collective Impact in Family Justice Centers
Lauren Darensbourg, MPH-I Can Do It: A Model for Inclusive Health Promotion Programs
This session will focus on key issues that impact older adults as they strive to lead successful, healthy lives and maximize their quality of life: activity; access to care, services, treatment and facilities; advocacy; and empowerment. Specific focus will be on recognizing and trying to prevent elder abuse (EA), and accommodating and supporting older adults with physical and intellectual disabilities.
The panel will begin with a discussion focused on EA. First, Carrie Mulford will describe the National Institute of Justice’s investment in research on EA, neglect and exploitation; this presentation will also share the state of the science in EA intervention research, findings from recent evaluations, and an overview of two on-going studies employing a researcher-practitioner partnership and a home-visiting component. Next, Valerie Radu will share efforts to prevent elder exploitation in Hamilton County, Tennessee. Tennessee is one of two states with a Statewide Family Justice Center Initiative. She will share a promising model to consider to bets address the complex needs of domestic violence and EA survivors - Hamilton County’s interdisciplinary Family Justice Center. This center provides elder justice services, including training law enforcement and providers on best practices to address EA.
Older adults experience much higher rates of disability than the rest of Americans, and it is crucial to focus on how to help navigate issues related to disability. Laws and policies can help reduce inequities, better support people with disability (PWD), and encourage their inclusion in communities. Elizabeth Pendo will share lessons from a report focused on meeting Healthy People 2020 national targets for PWD and describe how laws, like the Americans with Disabilities Act can help ensure older PWD are being: (1) recognized through greater surveillance and data collection, and (2) experiencing less delays in receiving primary care and preventive services. Examples of innovative, evidence-based initiatives or policies at the state or local level will also be shared. Finally, older adults, who frequently may have disabilities, can benefit greatly from physical activity which can provide health benefits including lessening condition severity, managing disease symptoms, and preventing or delaying other conditions. Even so, older adults are chronically inactive. Lauren Darensbourg will provide lessons from the I Can Do It! (ICDI) model, which is customizable and assists the implementation of inclusive health promotion programs aimed at transforming the lives of PWD.
- Describe elder abuse, understand the state of intervention research in the field, and specifically the work that NIJ does in this important area.
- Identify victim dynamics at the intersection of domestic violence and elder abuse and describe lessons from a model of interdisciplinary practice to address these issues implemented by Family Justice Centers.
- Explain the connections between individuals with disability and older adults and goals or targets such as Healthy People for addressing, and demonstrate how protections of disability, civil rights, and health care laws also can benefit older adults.
AND Understand ICDI and formulate methods to utilize the ICDI model to create physical activity and opportunities for older adults with and without a disability.