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Elder Abuse Prevention Demonstration: Planning Phase, Summary Technical Report

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Date Published
December 2019
20 pages
This report describes the development and features of an in-home intervention called “EMPOWER,” which is a program intended to empower older adults with the resiliency and resources to lead safe and healthy lives throughout the aging process.

From January 2017 to December 2018, the Urban Institute and its Maricopa County (Arizona) partner (Area Agency on Aging, Region One) completed an initial planning phase of the multiphase Elder Abuse Prevention Demonstration. During this planning phase, the project developed EMPOWER, a 12-week in-home intervention intended to prevent elder abuse. EMPOWER’s modules focus on home safety, physical health, emotional well-being, social connectedness, and financial security. The next phase of the Elder Abuse Prevention Demonstration is a pilot study of EMPOWER, which is scheduled to begin in January 2019. Its goal is to test EMPOWER’s effectiveness in a randomized controlled trial of 500 older adults in Maricopa County. If the evaluation indicates the program improves resiliency and protective factors related to elder mistreatment, the next phase will be a full-scale implementation in Maricopa County, This will involve about 2,500 older adults and the dissemination of an intervention and evaluation toolkit to facilitate EMPOWER’s replication across the United States. 6 tables

Date Published: December 1, 2019