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Talks at Twelve: Karl Pillemer, Thursday, October 23, 2014

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Resident-to-Resident Elder Mistreatment in Nursing Homes: Findings from the First Prevalence Study
Karl Pillemer, Human Development, Cornell University

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Beebe Hall, 2nd floor conference room

This talk is open to all. Lunch will be served. Metered parking is available in the Plantations lot across the road from Beebe Hall.

Over the past two decades, a growing body of research has addressed abuse experienced by older persons in long-term care facilities. This literature has focused primarily on mistreatment of residents by staff; but preliminary research and clinical experience suggest that residents are at much greater risk of aggression from other facility residents. In his talk, Karl Pillemer will report findings from the first large-scale study of Resident-to-Resident Elder Mistreatment (R-REM), which identified incidents of R-REM in 10 long-term care facilities (1903 residents) over a 2-4 week observation period. Using multiple methods, the study provides the prevalence rate of overall R-REM and specific subtypes: physical, verbal, sexual and others, as well as main correlates of R-REM.

Karl Pillemer, Ph.D., a sociologist and gerontologist, is the Hazel E. Reed Professor of Human Development in the College of Human Ecology and a Professor of Gerontology in Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. He has a career-long interest in issues related to elder abuse and neglect, including conducting the first prevalence studies of elder mistreatment in the community and in nursing homes. He also has a program of research on the quality of care in nursing homes, examining how staff characteristics and environmental factors affect the delivery of care and resident outcomes. Dr. Pillemer has developed and evaluated a number of intervention programs aimed at improving care provided by staff, and is the co-principal investigator of an NIH-funded study of resident-to-resident elder mistreatment in nursing homes.

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October 17, 2014
Shu Jan

Thank you for helding this very practital workshop.

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