Women Who Have Shaped the Future of Elder Abuse Advocacy
Every year, 10% of Americans over the age of 60 experience abuse, which can occur at home, in a nursing home or anywhere else. Fortunately, there are many people actively researching and working to prevent elder abuse of all kinds. Many people typically think of elder abuse as being physical, but there are other ways that abuse can occur; sexually, emotionally and psychologically, as well as neglect, self-neglect, abandonment and financial or material exploitation.
As the population ages, more baby boomers will reach retirement age, and this research and advocacy will only become more and more important. The following individuals have made an impact on the protection of the aging community in their own way – whether through research or creating awareness.
Kerri Kasem, daughter of radio icon Casey Kasem, founded the Kasem Cares Foundation after being prevented from visiting her father during his final months. The purpose of the foundation is to stop elder abuse and fight for visitation rights for the children of ailing parents. She was the recipient of a Certificate of Congressional Recognition for the foundation’s “dedication to fighting elder abuse and protecting the integrity of the family unit through advocacy.” Kasem Cares held a Conference on Aging in April of 2016 to bring together professionals and practitioners alike to exchange the latest research and information on the aging population. Topics included, “The Future of Aging: Innovation to Drive Change,” “Combatting Money Transfer Scams,” and “Red Flags of Elder Mistreatment.” After a successful event, Kasem Cares plans on hosting another Conference on Aging in 2017.
Kerri Kasem – Founder of Kasem Cares