Tina Maschi

Tina Maschi

Fordham University, USA

Title: Forget Me Not: Elder Abuse and Dementia in Prison


Tina Maschi, PhD, LCSW, ACSW is an associate professor of Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service and recipient of the 2010 Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholars Award funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation and the Gerontological Society of America. She has over 25 years of experience work with diverse age groups of survivors of trauma in correctional and community health and social care. She is the President of the National Organization of Forensic Social Work and the Executive Director of the Be the Evidence Project which brings light to pressing human rights and social justice issue of our times, such as Aging, Trauma,and Elder and Intergenerational Family Justice. She has over 75 publications and local, national and international presentations and workshops in the areas of life course and mental health cumulative trauma, with a specialized focus on abuse and neglect of marginalized older adults in prison in the context of their families and communities


Older adults in prison are a human rights/ social justiceissue in need of attention in the gerontological professional community. Using a life course and critical theoryperspectives, this mixed methods study examines the life course experiences of interpersonal, historical, andstructural trauma among older men and women in prison. Using a inductive and deductive content analysis approach, participantscommonly reported still being affected by earlier life trauma, such as being a victim or witness to violence, neglect,experiencing the sudden and unexpected death of a loved one. Participants commonly reported stress related tostressful conditions of confinement, which included health and healthcare neglect, violence, harassment, andexploitation by staff and younger inmates, fear of victimization and dying in prison, and age, racial and genderdiscrimination. Participants also reported resilient coping creative and spiritual coping. These findings suggest thatgender and age sensitive trauma informed care and elder justice reform are warranted.Particularly, extending elder justice protections to older adults in prison.