MedAmerica's Medical Director Patricia Bomba, MD, has led a
quality initiative framing elder abuse as a growing and alarming
public health issue that is present in every community, among all
social strata. Elder abuse is underrecognized, underreported and
underprosecuted - it is a hidden epidemic that results in:
increased mortality rates
unnecessary suffering, injury, pain, decreased quality
loss or violation of human rights.
Any vulnerable older adult is at risk of elder mistreatment.
Types of elder abuse include physical, psychological, sexual,
financial exploitation, self-neglect, abandonment and domestic
violence of late life. While neglect is the most common form of elder
abuse, financial exploitation is the fastest growing form of elder
abuse and is frequently linked with other types of abuse.
The challenge for the community is to balance the duty to protect the
safety of the vulnerable elder with the elder's right to
The Bomba Letter is
written by our medical director, Dr. Patricia Bomba, a well-known
geriatrician with over twenty years of private practice. This monthly
newsletter covers issues of interest on elder abuse and palliative
care. To read The Bomba Letter in PDF, click on an issue below.
Alcohol & Medication Don't Mix! This brochure premiered at the May 23,
2002, Conference on Medical Implications of Elder Abuse & Neglect,
hosted by MedAmerica's Medical Director, Patricia Bomba, M.D. It
provides extensive information on the issue of older adult
substance misuse by narrowing in on the effects of mixing alcohol
and medication. In addition, it serves as a great reference too!
Elder Abuse Education The Elder Abuse
Diagnostic Tool and the Bomba CD are for health care professionals
to assist them with the prevention of elder abuse.