Posted by Marsha Frankel

created at: 2011-04-08Sometimes we choose what we get interested in and other times an issue seems to choose us. Right now the topic that has chosen me is social bullying among older adults.

Recently I was interviewed by Paula Span of the NY Times New Old Age blog and shared what I have learned working with older adults and staff in a variety of senior housing situations. The more than 96 comments from readers on her May 31 blog post have heightened my conviction that bullying is a major problem, resulting in unnecessary suffering for older adults already facing the demands of aging. The comments ranged from “what can you expect” to stories of hurt and exclusion to demands that the staff of the facilities bear some responsibility for how their residents treat each other.

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