How Concerned Persons help us stand up for (elder) justice

Sweetland, Volmert, and O’Neil. Finding the Frame: An Empirical Approach to Reframing Aging and Ageism. FrameWorks Institute. April 7, 2017 • Gugliucci, Marylin R. and Steven Price. Maine Voices: Reframing aging and embracing the power of older adults. Portland Press Herald. May 1, 2022.

Let’s Elder Justice”

“Let’s elder justice”

Edwin Walker, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging, Administration for Community Living, US Department of Health and Human Services
Brooke Astor. People Magazine. August 27, 2007
Brooke Astor. Photographer: Mark Peterson/CORBIS for The New York Times Magazine.
Brooke Astor (at age 96) receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Clinton, 1998. Photographer: Harry Hamburg.
Cakes at Brooke Astor’s100th-birthday party hosted by David Rockefeller at Kykuit, Pocantico Hills, NY. March 2002.
“Disaster for Mrs. Astor,” Stunning Court Allegations. New York Daily News, July 26, 2006, Getty Images, New York Daily News archives. • Richardson, John. The Battle for Mrs. Astor. Vanity Fair. September 4, 2008.
James Hillman, The Soul’s Code
• Breckman, Risa, et al. (2018) When Helping Hurts. The Gerontologist • Mantrone and Breckman. Learnings from the Pilot Year of the Elder Abuse Helpline for Concerned Persons. NYCEAC, 2019 • Breckman, Risa and Philip C. Marshall. When Helping Hurts. Huffington Post, 2017

“Concerned persons were overwhelmingly female…[and]…daughters made the most calls, by far.”

Allegory of Justice. Ceiling, galleria del Poccetti, Palazzo Pitti, Florence.
Hernandez-Tejada, Melba A. “Social Support is a Modifiable Construct” The Role of Social Support in the Lives of Elder Abuse-Victims. NAPSA. June 2012 • Aging Network (Eldercare Locator), U.S. AoA, ACL(administered by USAging)
Burnes, Breckman, Henderson Lachs, and Pillemer (2018) Informal Network Supporters Make a Difference in Facilitating Use of Formal Support Services for Elder Abuse Victims. • Bicchieri, Cristina. (2017) Norms in the Wild: How to diagnose, measure, and change social norms. Oxford.
Rhode Island Senate, Bill № 499 (2019) Peter Falk Criminal Isolation of Elders Act
Harbison, et al. (2011) Understanding “Elder Abuse and Neglect” JEAN.

much of the social dependency of older people was artificially created, leading to an ‘institutionalized ageism’…”

Harbison, et al. (2011) Understanding “Elder Abuse and Neglect” JEAN.
Podnieks, Elizabeth. Opening Remarks. Seventh Global Summit, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. NAPSA, INPEA, and partners June 14, 2021
Bicchieri, Cristina. (2017) Norms in the Wild: How to diagnose, measure, and change social norms.
Jackson and Hafemeister. Financial Abuse of Elderly People vs. Other Forms of Elder Abuse: Assessing Their Dynamics, Risk Factors, and Society’s Response. 2011
The Toronto Declaration on the Global Prevention of Elder Abuse (at CNPEA), WHO, 2002
Sam Harris, Free Will, Part 6: The Paradox of Responsibility. Waking Up • Baumeister, Vohs, and Oettingen. Pragmatic Prospection: How and Why People Think about the Future. 2016
Taleb, Nassim Nicholas. (2018) Skin in the Game: Hidden asymmetries in daily life. Taleb’s fifth book in Incerto
(1) Promittere “…foretell; assure beforehand, promise.” Etymonline • (2) Burnes and Lachs. (2017) The Case for Individualized Goal Attainment Scaling Measurement in Elder Abuse Interventions..
Baumeister and Vohs. (2016) Introduction to the Special Issue: The Science of Prospection. [Review of General Psychology] • (3) Wish to live and (testamentary) wish to give
Philip Marshall in entrance of Brooke Astor’s apartment, 778 Park Avenue, New York, NY. April 2, 2006.

“I! I, too, am a Concerned Person.” — “¡Yo! Yo también soy una Persona Preocupada.

Aviv, Rachel. How the Elderly Loose their Rights. The New Yorker. October 9, 2017
A Naval Encounter between Dutch and Spanish Warships (detail) by Cornelis Verbeeck, c. 1618/1620. National Gallery of Art
Cohen and Felson. 1979. Routine Activity Theory
Cohen and Felson. 1979. Routine Activity Theory
Meadows, Donella. Leverage Points

“The conflict is not between good and evil but between goods that are each making too exclusive a claim.”

Linda R. S. v. Richard D. (1973) U.S. Supreme Court — “a private citizen lacks a judicially cognizable interest”
Victims of Crime Act 1984 • Violence Against Women Act 1994 • Crime Victims’ Rights Act 2004 • “crime victims are not nameless/faceless non-players in criminal justice system” Payne v Tennessee 1991 US
Canning, Victoria and Steve Tombs. From Social Harm to Zemiology. 2021 • Davies, et al, eds. The Palgrave Handbook of Social Harm. 2021
* As interpreted by NYS Office of Victim Services, grantor, informed by VOCA formula assistance rules from the U.S. DOJ Office for Victims of Crime. Funding provided for the NYCEAC Helpline for Concerned Persons. Disclosure: Philip C. Marshall, member, Advisory Board, NYCEAC Helpline for Concerned Persons
Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) U.S. Department of Justice
Rebughini, Paola. Agency in Intersectionality. 2021 • Baumeister, Vohs, and Oettingen. Pragmatic Prospection: How and Why People Think about the Future. 2016
Balcetis, Emily and G. Daniel Lassiter. Social Psychology of Visual Perception, 2010
Under the Radar. Lifespan of Greater Rochester, Inc., Weill Cornell Medical Center of Cornell University, New York City Department for the Aging, 2011 —“[There is] a dramatic gap between the rate of elder abuse events reported by older New Yorkers and the number of cases referred to and served in the formal elder abuse service system.”

[There is] a dramatic gap between the rate of elder abuse events reported…and the number of cases referred to and served by the system.

* HelpVul , Unified reporting portal for financial exploitation • ** Administration for Community Living, U.S. HHS • *** NYCEAC National Elder Abuse MDT Training and Technical Assistance Center • U.S. DOJ , EJI, Multidisciplinary Team Technical Assistance Center
The Elder Adult Financial Exploitation Prevention Act, Rhode Island • Kurt LewinForce-field analysisHow to Launch a Behavior-Change Revolution, Freakonomics Radio, 2017

“shall serve as an effective and visible advocate on behalf of older individuals.”

Pillemer, Karl, 1 David Burnes, Catherine Riffin, and Mark S. Lachs. Elder Abuse: Global Situation, Risk Factors, and Prevention Strategies. Gerontologist, 2016, Vol. 56, No. S2, S194–S205.

“…elder abuse is likely the most widespread problem of older people that is largely preventable…”

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Elder justice advocate. Founder of Beyond Brooke www.beyondbrooke.org

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