Elder Abuse Researcher Wins MacArthur Grant of $500,000

 Elder abuse researcher and advocate for elder abuse prevention wins hundred thousand dollar grant to become a MacArthur fellow.  The MacArthur fellows are individuals who are awarded money by the MacArthur Foundation (funded through the trusts of John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur who lived the American dream in the insurance and real estate industries).

Marie-Therese Connolly has been chosen as a MacArthur fellow for her work as an advocate for the elderly.  An attorney working for the Department of Justice’s Elder Justice and Nursing Home Initiative, she developed legal strategies and ways to use data to prosecute cases of neglect and abuse.  She says many cases of elder abuse go unreported and this is partly because it is difficult to identify physical abuse since seniors may easily bruise or have falls naturally.  She has lead the way for studying elder abuse and ways to use forensic research to better identify these incidents.

The $500,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation will allow Connolly to write a book about preventing elder abuse and to travel the country giving speeches and programs.

Seniors can research nursing homes in their area before they may need them, as nursing home stays are often an extension of a hospital stay for those seniors age 65 or older receiving Medicare.  Caregiverlist also provides the ratings and daily costs of nursing homes to allow seniors to analyze if nursing home care or senior home care by a senior home care agency providing a one-on-one caregiver would be a better option.

Many times elder abuse is conducted by a family member.  Senior caregiving can be stressful and this is why hiring a senior home care agency meeting quality standards created by senior care professionals can be valuable.  Many times even individuals who mean well, can begin to take advantage if there is not a care manager to support them after a long day of caregiving.  Some seniors can become difficult and take their anger out on the caregiver when they are dealing with new health problems each day and dealing with more and more of their friends dying.

The MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. In addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, the Foundation works to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is affecting children and society.

MacArthur is one of the nation's largest independent foundations. Through the support it provides, the Foundation fosters the development of knowledge, nurtures individual creativity, strengthens institutions, helps improve public policy, and provides information to the public, primarily through support for public interest media. 

The MacArthur Fellows Program awards five-year, unrestricted fellowships to individuals across all ages and fields who show exceptional merit and promise of continued creative work. It is limited to U.S. citizens and residents.

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