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A Publication for the NCPEA affiliates

nexus provides updates on affiliates' activities, profiles new materials, and explores new and emergent issues of interest to practitioners. It is edited by Lisa Nerenberg. It comes out three times a years and is available to NCPEA members on a subscription basis for $10 a year. Copies are free to members of NCPEA affiliates.

The following interviews, published in nexus, have been condensed. Click on the links to read the full article:

Moving towards a peaceful life: Carole Seaver talks about the Milwaukee Women's Center and its older battered women's program.
From nexus, Volume 1, Issue 3, October 1995. For years, service providers assumed that elderly victims did not make good candidates for support groups. Carole Seaver, who facilitates one of the nation's first support groups for elderly victims, debunks this myth.

Hornswoggled? An interview with Margaret Singer on undue influence.
From nexus volume 2, Issue 1, March 1996. When seemingly competent older people abandon families and loved ones in favor of cunning new "friends," it presents troubling conflicts for professionals and other concerned parties. Psychologist Margaret Singer sheds light on the psychological manipulation that may be occurring.

Justice for the forgotten victims of financial crimes. An interview with Martin Plone.
From nexus, Volume 3, Issue 2, September 1997. In addition to their homes, life savings, and prized possessions, financial abuse robs many elderly victims of their dignity, independence, and the satisfaction of providing for future generations. Victim's rights advocates are increasingly calling for "restorative justice" for victims of financial crimes - measures aimed at helping victims recover and heal from these devastating losses. nexus interviews Martin Plone, one victim who has paved the way for others to become "whole" again.

Speaking the unspeakable: An interview about elder sexual assault with Holly Ramsey-Klawsnik, Ph.D.
From nexus Volume 4, Issue 1, April 1998. As taboos against discussing elder abuse gradually slip away, one form of abuse still remains shrouded in secrecy. nexus interviews sociologist and psychotherapist Holly Ramsey-Klawsnik about elder sexual assault.

The elder abuse beat: Journalists speak out.
From nexus, Volume 4, Issue 3, December 1998. Since the British press first exposed the shocking new phenomenon it tagged as "Granny Bashing" back in the late 1970's, media coverage of elder abuse has been sporadic and uneven. Covering abuse is rife with difficulties for reporters. A panel of distinguished journalists describes the difficulties inherent in covering the topic and offers suggestions to reporters and community groups for working together more effectively.

Elder abuse & substance abuse: Making the connection. An interview with Charmaine Spencer and Jeff Smith.
From nexus, Volume 6, Issue 1, April 2000. Although substance abuse is the most commonly cited risk factor associated with elder abuse, little attention has been paid toward understanding the connection or developing interventions. nexus interviews two leading experts to find out why.

What Can We Learn from Criminal Background Checks? An Interview with Forensic Psychologist Vern Quinsey.
From nexus, Volume 7, Issue 2, September 2001. Concern for the safety of frail seniors has prompted many states to pass laws permitting home care agencies, nursing homes, and consumers to check the criminal histories of prospective and current employees. In doing so, they're finding that a disturbingly high number of workers have committed crimes, many serious, and the number appears to be rising.

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