‘Elder Abuse in the Context of COVID-19′ webinar will be Sept. 10  

The College of Nursing will host a webinar titled “Elder Abuse in the Context of COVID-19″ on Friday, Sept. 10, from noon to 1 p.m. Register online. 

The webinar will feature two presenters:  

Dr. Latrice Buck, DSW, CSAC, ICS, founder and director of INSPIRE Consulting, LLC and consultant for National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL). 

Ann Laatsch, JD, justice system coordinator for NCALL. 

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, there has been a significant increase in reports of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. Social distancing practices enacted to limit community spread have exacerbated the social isolation of older adults especially, leaving them at an increased risk for mistreatment. Many older adults and their caretakers are experiencing additional financial strains, as well as limited access to in-person healthcare and social support services. 

This webinar will provide an overview of elder abuse and a discussion of risk factors specific to the pandemic. Recommendations about how to identify and respond to signs of elder abuse will also be provided for health professionals and community members. Following the webinar, participants will be able to: 

  • Describe the different types of elder abuse
  • Discuss how elder abuse has changed in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Identify and respond to signs of suspected elder abuse