Elder Justice Roundtable: Wrap-up and Next Steps

David R. Hoffman, J.D., Assistant United States Attorney, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Laura Mosqueda, M.D., Director of Geriatrics, Associate Clinical Professor of Family Medicine, University of California-Irvine Medical Center

Participants sought ways to sustain the enthusiasm and momentum generated at the roundtable when they return to their home institutions.

Dr. Sanders of the University of Arizona and Dr. Dyer of the Baylor College of Medicine suggested developing an agenda with timelines, to be forwarded to all participants, in order to avoid returning to the status quo.

Several participants suggested creation of centralized repositories of information and mechanisms by which they could continue to communicate with each other, for example by listserv. Another suggestion was the creation of a national database that would include a directory of experts, as well as resources for training materials and texts. Marie-Therese Connolly of the Department of Justice noted that the ABA Commission on Legal Problems of the Elderly maintains an elder abuse listserv.

Finally, several of those who observed the roundtable discussion made these suggestions:

  • Mary Ellen Courtright from the Archstone Foundation noted the availability of program funding from several sources, including Grantmakers in Aging, a group of 150 foundations that focus primarily on aging.
  • Joanne Ivancic from the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging suggested that efforts dealing with elder abuse and neglect should be institutionalized at the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Nancy Coleman from the American Bar Association noted the use of cross-disciplinary models for education now used at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Michigan and suggested that similar efforts could be applied to the study of elder justice.
  • Donna Cohen from the University of South Florida suggested that best practices should be catalogued so they can be more easily shared. She noted a successful elder justice center established within the Florida court system that might provide useful models for others.
Date Created: October 18, 2000