Elders may hold high status among Native Americans, but that isn’t always enough to protect them from abuse. They are the victims of financial theft and physical and emotional abuse, often at the hands of family members. There are few concrete statistics, but experts say elder abuse is a real and serious problem in our Native nations. Their best protection is from other family members, health care workers, law enforcement officials and even neighbors who know what to look for. We’ll talk with experts about how tribes and communities can spot and prevent elder abuse.
Rebecca Morgan (Eastern Band Cherokee/Choctaw) – project coordinator of the elder equity program at National Indian Council on Aging
Cynthia LaCounte (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) – director of the Office for American Indians, Alaskan Natives and Native Hawaiian programs administration on aging within Health and Human Services
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