Doormen are Enlisted to Keep Elders Safe from Abuse

Michael Marlow, a doorman at an Upper East Side apartment building does more than hold doors open for its residents. Mr. Marlow  helps out with errands, listens to complaints about the residents’ spouses or children, and even uses his own money for their cab fare. Now, the doorman’s duties will expand to include looking out for abuse of elderly residents.

The program, which was developed by Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, offers free on-site training and assistance to doormen, concierges, porters and other building staff across NYC. The reason for this effort comes from the growing population of senior citizens. As the baby boomer generation moves into retirement, we are seeing an increase of adults in NYC who are 60 and older.

The abuse of the elderly can take many forms, whether it be physical abuse, telemarketing schemes or mental and emotional abuse.

The center planned to roll out the doorman program in neighborhoods with large elderly populations, but would eventually provide the on-site training as often as needed at any building that requested it.

Learn more about this story on the NYTimes website.

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