Menendez, Booker Announce Rutgers School of Aging Awarded Nearly $1.4M to Help Prevent Abuse of Older Americans

Menendez, Booker Announce Rutgers School of Aging Awarded Nearly $1.4M to Help Prevent Abuse of Older Americans

   

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced that Rutgers University Institute of Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research won nearly $1.4 million in Elder Justice Innovation Grants from the Department of Health and Human Services to research and develop strategies to protect vulnerable older Americans.

“No American should have to worry that as they grow older, they may fall victim to abuse, neglect or financial exploitation, especially should they face a disease like Alzheimer’s,” said Sen. Menendez.  “And yet, it’s happening to hundreds of thousands of vulnerable older adults every year.  Our elders deserve better and I’m happy to see Rutgers win this funding so they can develop effective strategies that can be put to work throughout our communities to better protect older Americans and ensure they are safe and living in dignity.”

“It's unacceptable that older Americans often fall victim to physical abuse, financial exploitation, and fraud,” said Senator Booker.  “Our loved ones deserve the peace of mind of knowing they are safe and secure. This federal funding will support Rutgers University’s efforts to protect one of our most vulnerable populations and help ensure older Americans have the resources they need.” 

Under the direction of Dr. XinQi Dong, Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research will put this federal funding toward research on how to protect vulnerable elders including those who have debilitating diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, or those who could be subject to neglect, abuse, and financial exploitation. The goal is to use the funds to enhance services in communities for these vulnerable elders and to study how to reduce the likelihood of elders facing abuse/neglect.

The competitive Elder Justice Innovation Grants are awarded by the Administration for Community Living at the Department of Health and Human Services and are designed to support the development and advancement of new practices to prevent and respond to the abuse of older adults and adults with disabilities.