First published May 2018, updated July 2022

Peter Sayer reports from the 2018 American Geriatrics Society annual scientific meeting, Orlando, Florida.


Tony Rosen, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine and Attending Emergency Physician at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, was recognised for a comprehensive review of programmes to address the abuse of older individuals that he and colleagues conducted.

For his presentation at the AGS, Dr Rosen and colleagues evaluated more than 100 programmes designed to identify, address, or prevent the mistreatment of older individuals. According to Dr Rosen’s evaluation, most programmes focus on raising awareness and public education, as well as developing inter-professional healthcare teams equipped to confront the challenges of physical, social, emotional, financial, and sexual abuse.

Importantly, Dr Rosen and his colleagues noted that many such programmes hold promise for helping resource-constrained communities. Unfortunately, only 2% of programmes evaluated used high-quality study designs, suggesting that advances are needed within the field in evaluation research.

Dr Rosen has spent nearly a decade researching elder abuse and injury prevention for older adults, with a particular focus on improving healthcare provider engagement in identifying, preventing, and intervening to address mistreatment.

The Silverstein Memorial Award is one of several honours conferred by the AGS at its Annual Scientific Meeting. The 2018 award recipients include more than 15 healthcare leaders representing the depth and breadth of disciplines championing care for older adults.

AGS Board Chair Ellen Flaherty, said: “As an emergency medicine physician with an interest in older adult care, Dr Rosen’s career—and his expertise—help to exemplify that need, and how we hope to meet those needs at the AGS.”