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The NCEA Elder Abuse Listserv

What is the NCEA Listserv?

The goal of the ElderAbuse listserv is to provide a forum for students and professionals who have a scholarly and/or professional interest in an area of elder mistreatment, neglect, and exploitation. Subscribers may either share or solicit pertinent news, events and opportunities relevant to topic areas.

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Subscription to the ElderAbuse listserv is restricted to the following list of individuals so that subscribers will have a secure environment for free and open discourse:

  • Adult protective services practitioners and administrators
  • Aging services providers and administrators
  • Doctoral candidates*
  • Educators
  • Fellows*
  • Graduate students*
  • Health professionals
  • Interns*
  • Judges
  • Lawyers
  • Law enforcement officers
  • Prosecutors
  • Policymakers
  • Researchers

* Doctoral candidates, fellows, graduate students and interns who join the listserv, please take note that your subscriber settings have been modified to send all posts to the list owner for review and posting approval.

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Rules of Behavior

The ElderAbuse listserv is a “monitored,” but not a “moderated” forum. Messages submitted to the listserv by a subscriber are posted automatically. However, the listserv manager monitors all postings for inappropriate or disallowed activities. If you have questions about whether something you wish to post is appropriate, feel free to forward your draft message to the listserv manager. AoA and the listserv manager have the authority to unsubscribe any person who is misusing the listserv or is exhibiting inappropriate behavior.

Appropriate professional etiquette in ElderAbuse listserv messages is expected of all subscribers who must adhere to the following rules and guidelines (items in quotations are from L-Soft international, Inc. February 24, 2006. List Owner's Manual for LISTSERVE®, version 14.5):

  • Because the listserv is sponsored by the federal government, it cannot be used to lobby for or against legislation. Please contact the listserv manager if you are unsure whether a message you wish to post could be considered lobbying.
  • The listserv may not be used to either advertise or make inquiries to professionals for internships and career opportunities.
  • The listserv is not intended to be a source of training; however, questions about available training resources are appropriate for posting to the list.
  • Please be clear and concise in messages, and limit messages to those which can reasonably be considered to add value to the discussion.
  • Please keep in mind that the list is a “closed” list to subscribers only. Be mindful that sensitive information may be contained in messages and that it may not be appropriate to forward messages that contain identifiable information to people not subscribed to the Elder Abuse listserv.
  • In addition, please remember that subscribers do have the ability to forward messages to people beyond the listserv, so exercise caution when sharing personally identifiable information.
  • If someone has sent a private message to you, and not to the entire list, please do not post the private mail to the list.
  • “Discussions will often result in disagreements. Rebuttals to another person's opinions or beliefs should always be made in a rational, logical and mature manner, whether they are made publicly or privately.”
  • “Subscribers should refrain from abusive or derogatory language that might be considered questionable.”
  • Unsolicited advertising and chain letters “are generally contrary to appropriate use policies.”

Please feel free to send feedback and suggestions, as well as questions or concerns, to the listserv managers, Eden Ruiz-Lopez or Julie Schoen at

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How To Subscribe

  1. To subscribe to the listserv, please select Feedback on the bottom of this website
  2. Once on the Feedback form, Choose Listserv Subscription from the Category dropdown menu
  3. To be subscribed, please be sure to include your Name, Title, and Email address
  4. Important! Because membership to the Listserv is restricted, you must provide the following information in the Question/Comments section:
    • Your profession
    • Employer's organizational name
    • City and State
    • A statement of your interest or expertise in elder abuse or adult protective services

Your information will be transmitted to the listserv manager for review. If information is missing, the listserv manager will need to contact you, which will delay your subscription. Upon approval of your request, the listserv manager will add you to the listserv and you will receive a “Welcome” message indicating you have been added to the listserv.

Please allow 5 business days for your information to be reviewed and added to the listserv. If you have not received an update on the status of your request to join the listserv within 5 business days, please contact the listserv managers, Eden Ruiz-Lopez or Julie Schoen at

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