Elder Mistreatment: Understanding Abuse and Neglect

Source: American society on Aging

Published: 2019


Earn a Certificate of Completion in a Flexible Online Format

ASA and the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology are offering a five-week online educational course on understanding and identifying elder mistreatment offered exclusively to ASA members.

Course Offerings:

Enroll in the April 20–May 22, 2020 course

Elder Mistreatment: Understanding Abuse and Neglect —In this five-week course, experts from USC will explore how to recognize elder mistreatment; victim and abuser characteristics; risk and protective factors; the relationship of elder mistreatment to other types of family violence; clinical presentation in different settings; and what professionals can do when faced with mistreatment.

And if you are interested in learning more about the prevention of elder mistreatment, be sure to check out Elder Mistreatment: Prevention of Abuse and Neglect, the second five-week course in our elder mistreatment series.

Program Cost and CE Credits

This program is available exclusively to ASA members to register. The cost of each course is $500 for ASA members and $650 for nonmembers (this includes a one year ASA Green membership). If you are not a member of ASA, and would like to register for online courses, click here to join ASA now, or you can join when you register.

ASA is able to offer CE credits from select accreditation providers to individuals who successfully complete a course. Click here for more CE credit information.

Schedule for Elder Mistreatment: Understanding Abuse and Neglect

Week 1

Introduction to Elder Mistreatment

Week 2

Who are the Victims of Elder Mistreatment?

Week 3

Who Commits Elder Mistreatment?

Week 4

Elder Mistreatment Detection

Week 5

Elder Mistreatment Response—A Brief Overview


USC Faculty Include:

Kathleen Wilber, Ph.D.Kathleen Wilber, PhD

Expert in health services administration, elder abuse, policy issues, and conservatorship/guardianship.
Zach GassoumisZach Gassoumis, PhD

Expert in elder abuse, economic security, minority and immigrant disparities, policy issues, and health, social, and protective services for aging populations.


Laura Mosqueda MDLaura Mosqueda, MD

Expert in elder abuse and neglect, forensic markers of abuse, elder abuse multidisciplinary teams, issues in dementia care delivery, and geriatric care delivery models.
Diana Homeier MDDiana Homeier, MD

Expert in elder abuse and neglect, elder abuse forensic centers, forensic markers of abuse, forensic approaches to abuse investigation, and geriatric care.


Donna Benton PhDDonna Benton, PhD

Expert in family caregiving, neglect, working with clients and caregivers with dementia, and social service delivery models.

Laura RathLaura Rath, MSG

Expert in elder abuse and neglect, elder abuse forensic centers, caregiver services and supports, and financial burden.

Jeanine Yonashiro-Cho, MSGJeanine Yonashiro-Cho, MSG
Expert in elder abuse, forensic markers of abuse and neglect, health outcomes, and evidence-based community supports.
Kylie Meyer MSGKylie Meyer, MSc
Expert in elder abuse, caregiver services and supports, information and assistance provision, and evidence-based community supports.
Gerson Galdamez, BSG
Gerson Galdamez, BSG
Expert in elder abuse, law enforcement responses, prosecutory processes, and economic security.


Link: Elder Mistreatment: Understanding Abuse and Neglect

Topics: Overview/General, Prevention/Intervention, Screening/Assessment

Access: Web-based (Fee)

Intended Use: Self-directed Learning

Audience: Advocates, Caregivers, Community, Finance, Health Care, Legal/Law Enforcement, Social Services

Level: Basic, Intermediate