One in ten people over the age of 60 are abused or neglected each year, taking into account that elder abuse remains vastly under-detected and underreported. The largest minority group in the US is the LatinX community, and the cultural and economic backdrop of this population suggests that LatinX elders are most likely to be impacted by elder abuse and neglect.
The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) leads the discussion with their speakers:
- Alycia Cisneros, Outreach Coordinator
- Alexis Calleros, Administrative Assistant
- Eden Ruiz-Lopez, Assistant Deputy Director
Specifics of the webinar are on:
- An overview of the NCEA’s inception, goal, partnerships, and the initiatives they’ve accomplished through these collaborations.
- Gender- and culture-sensitive terminologies to use.
- A look into the historical context that created the tension and stigmatization of the Latinx population which influence their attitudes towards government agencies and services.
- Figures highlighting the prevalence and continuous growth of elder abuse despite being underreported.
- How elder abuse impacts and costs the individuals and society in tangible and intangible ways.
- Statistics that emphasize how the economic conditions in a significant chunk of the Latinx population can inadvertently lead to an increased likelihood of elder abuse or neglect.
- Looking into the risk factors that allow elder abuse and neglect to transpire and proliferate particularly those specific to the Latinx culture.
- Latinx-specific values and culture that serve as protective factors against elder abuse and neglect.
- Barriers that make Latinx older adults hesitant to reach out to appropriate resources to report incidents of abuse and neglect.
- How isolation due to these barriers results in self-neglect, distrust of community programs, and other adverse outcomes for the Latinx elders.
- A glimpse into the experience of the older Latinx population when accessing resources.
- Concerns that Latinx older adults may have should they decide to seek help from service providers.
- Adapted interventions taken by the NCEA to bridge the exacerbated gaps in care brought about by restrictions and safety protocols during the pandemic.
- Steps to assessing mistreatment of Latinx older adults to provide culturally competent service that takes into account cultural, personal, and psychological elements.
- Recommendations from the NCEA to improve services provided to victims of elder abuse in terms of assessment, intervention, and research.
- A primer on the Reframing Elder Abuse Project that focuses on the communications aspect of services to better engage with the communities they serve.
- Other resources available through the NCEA including reframing communication efforts and tools, culture-specific resource materials, translated factsheets, the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) initiative, and the Elder Abuse Guide for Law Enforcement (EAGLE).
Points clarified during the Q&A were about:
- Pronunciation and use of terminologies.
- The percentage of the US population that falls under the elder segment.
- Varying definition across states on what age is considered an elder.
- Sources for the presentation and available education materials.
- Customizing one’s approach by getting to know the individuals on a personal level to better serve their needs.
- The importance of learning the historical contexts to better understand how it affected the Latinx populations’ attitudes with governmental services or law enforcement.
Resources and Handouts
- Handout: Mistreatment of Latinx Older Adults
- Research Briefs
- In Language Fact Sheets
- Talking Elder Abuse Toolkit
- Free Online Course (WEAAD2021)
- Reframing Aging Initiative
- Monthly Tips eNewsletter
- Public Service Announcements Video
- Red Flags of Abuse, Facts About Elder Abuse, 12 Things
- Support and Tools for Elder Abuse Prevention (STEAP) Toolkit
- Elder Abuse Guide for Law Enforcement
- Training Resources on Elder Abuse
- Handout: Communicating with People Limited English Proficiency
- Handout: Legal Issues in Indian Country
- Handout: Social Services for Elders in Indian Country
- Handout: A Spotlight on Two-Spirit Elders and Elder Justice Facts
- “This was very informative. I’m new to the topic of elderly abuse.” — Sylina
- “It was a very valuable webinar because I got to learn about how elder abuse is very prominent in the Latinx community.” — Lucia
- “Being an Adult Victim Advocate and a member of EMDT It was interesting listening to the webinar addressing Latinex communities. The more information on this topic is share with professionals the better. So please, enlighten us with more information on the elderly. I learned a great deal today. Thank you for a job well done.” — JILL
- “I loved that it focused on the cultural sensitivity in engaging one of the larger populations we serve and discussed the gaps in reporting.” — Jessica
- “I liked the clarification of terms. The training was excellent, … this format does allow for me to attend more trainings than in-person. Thank you again!” — Feliza
- “I currently have a client of Latinx descent and this has been extremely helpful for my communication with them and how to best approach it.” — Carly