Elder Mistreatment Emergency Department Toolkit

The National Collaboratory to Address Elder Mistreatment

What's Inside

Elder mistreatment affects 1 in 10 older adults, but only 1 in 1000 older adults presenting in the emergency department are diagnosed with elder mistreatment.

This toolkit contains resources that will address that imbalance by assessing staff knowledge and practice, training staff to use simple tools to screen older adults for elder mistreatment and respond to suspected cases, and forging connections with community partners.

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Additional Resources

Alongside the toolkit, the National Collaboratory to Address Elder Mistreatment has developed a series of training programs to educate clinicians on how to apply the toolkit, and about critical topics in elder mistreatment. All courses have CME/CPD credits associated and can be completed on this website.


The Elder Mistreatment Emergency Department (EMED) Toolkit was developed and feasibility tested in five diverse clinical sites by the National Collaboratory to Address Elder Mistreatment, funded by The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York. The Collaboratory is comprised of national experts in elder mistreatment from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs, the University of Texas Health Science Center, Weill Cornell Medical College and led by Education Development Center (EDC).

Kristin Lees Haggerty


Kristin Lees-Haggerty is the project director for the National Collaboratory to Address Elder Mistreatment, a team of elder mistreatment experts and clinicians from across the country who are designing and testing a care model for identifying and responding to elder mistreatment in emergency departments.

Tony Rosen


Dr. Rosen is a researcher in elder abuse and geriatric injury prevention at Weill Cornell Medical College and a practicing Emergency Physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Rosen’s research focuses on improving identification, intervention, and prevention of elder abuse in the ED and other health care settings.

Jason Burnett


Dr. Burnett has been conducting research in elder mistreatment and self-neglect since 2005. His work includes studying risk factors, designing and evaluating interventions to address mistreatment and self-neglect and developing and evaluating public health programs for addressing the needs of agencies working to provide the evidence-based services to older adults experiencing mistreatment or self-neglect.

Bonnie Olsen


Dr. Olsen is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience working in academic medicine for over 25 years. In her clinical role she provides cognitive assessment in a collaborative geriatric primary care setting. She has particular expertise related to elder abuse in the context of dementia and the intersection of elder abuse and the Court. In 2009, she was awarded the Gold Humanism Honor Society’s Gold Star Award for Humanism in delivery of health care and has remained dedicated to community service throughout her career.

Mark S. Lachs


Dr. Lachs is a physician, scientist, and popular author specializing in the field of aging. He is the Irene and Roy Psaty Distinguished Professor of Medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York City, and Director of Geriatric Medicine for the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System. Dr. Lachs is also the President of the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR).

Theresa Sivers-Teixeira


Theresa Sivers-Teixeira is a physician assistant specializing in geriatrics. Current research projects include APS Interview for Decisional Ability RCT, funded by ACL; National Collaboratory to Address Elder Mistreatment, funded by The John A. Hartford Foundation; Abuse Intervention Prevention Judicial Project, funded by the Department of Justice; and the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Project, funded by HRSA.

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