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Elder Mistreatment: Understanding Abuse and Neglect

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A New Opportunity to Earn a Certificate of Completion in a Flexible Online Format

ASA and the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology introduce a new five-week online educational course on understanding and identifying elder mistreatment offered exclusively to ASA members.

“Elder mistreatment has been recognized as a largely hidden public health problem that affects over one in ten older adults each year, or roughly seven million people aged 60 and older in the U.S. Recent research suggests that this number is even higher in other parts of the world. It is estimated that globally, 141 million older adults experience mistreatment by others.”
—Zach Gassoumis, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor
Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
University of Southern California

2017 Course Offerings:

Elder Mistreatment: Understanding Abuse and Neglect —In this five-week course, experts from USC will explore how to recognize elder mistreatment; victim and abuser characteristics; risk and protective factors; the relationship of elder mistreatment to other types of family violence; clinical presentation in different settings; and what professionals can do when faced with mistreatment.

August 28–September 29, 2017: Register Now

And if you are interested in learning more about the prevention of elder mistreatment, be sure to check out Elder Mistreatment: Prevention of Abuse and Neglect, the second five-week course in our elder mistreatment series.

Cost of programs*

$500 each

These programs are available exclusively to ASA members. If you are not a member of ASA, and would like to register for online courses, click here to join ASA now, or you can join when you register.

Continuing education (CEUs) for online courses are offered from select accreditation providers. Click here to learn more.

Schedule for Elder Mistreatment: Understanding Abuse and Neglect (Part I)

Week 1

Introduction to Elder Mistreatment

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Week 2

Who are the Victims of Elder Mistreatment?

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Week 3

Who Commits Elder Mistreatment?

more info

Week 4

Elder Mistreatment Detection

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Week 5

Elder Mistreatment Response—A Brief Overview

more info

USC Faculty Include:

Kathleen Wilber, Ph.D.Kathleen Wilber, PhD

Expert in health services administration, elder abuse, policy issues, and conservatorship/guardianship.




Zach Gassoumis, PhD

Expert in elder abuse, economic security, minority and immigrant disparities, policy issues, and health, social, and protective services for aging populations.



Laura Mosqueda MDLaura Mosqueda, MD

Expert in elder abuse and neglect, forensic markers of abuse, elder abuse multidisciplinary teams, issues in dementia care delivery, and geriatric care delivery models.


Diana Homeier MDDiana Homeier, MD

Expert in elder abuse and neglect, elder abuse forensic centers, forensic markers of abuse, forensic approaches to abuse investigation, and geriatric care.



Donna Benton PhDDonna Benton, PhD

Expert in family caregiving, neglect, working with clients and caregivers with dementia, and social service delivery models.



Laura RathLaura Rath, MSG

Expert in elder abuse and neglect, elder abuse forensic centers, caregiver services and supports, and financial burden.


Jeanine Yonashiro-Cho, MSGJeanine Yonashiro-Cho, MSG
Expert in elder abuse, forensic markers of abuse and neglect, health outcomes, and evidence-based community supports.
Kylie Meyer MSGKylie Meyer, MSc
Expert in elder abuse, caregiver services and supports, information and assistance provision, and evidence-based community supports.


Gerson Galdamez, BSG
Gerson Galdamez, BSG
Expert in elder abuse, law enforcement responses, prosecutory processes, and economic security.




*Tuition for ASA/USC online courses does not qualify as a tax deductible expense on IRS Form 1098-T

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