Writing the Book on Elder Abuse


Amy Carney, an associate professor in the School of Nursing, has co-written and edited, “Elder Abuse: Forensic, Legal and Medical Aspects.” Photo by Angelica Pena

By David Ogul

The abuse can be financial, psychological, physical or sexual. And when it comes to the elderly, it is only getting worse. All of which is why a new book that was co-written and edited by Cal State San Marcos associate professor Dr. Amy Carney, “Elder Abuse: Forensic, Legal and Medical Aspects,” has the promise to become a seminal work on the subject.

“Elder abuse is prevalent across all socioeconomic levels in every community,” Carney said. “And it is a public health epidemic that we’ve really only just started to respond to in the past 10 to 15 years.”

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