Gerson Galdamez


Since junior high, Gerson has volunteered as a musician in several long-term care facilities, and developed strong friendships with the older adults living there. Hearing about their experiences with abuse and mistreatment strongly compelled him to research elder abuse as a gerontology PhD student. In addition to exploring the prevalence and mechanisms of elder abuse, Gerson is conducting national-scale research on multidisciplinary elder abuse forensic centers. This intervention uses collaboration across professional fields to address the problem, bringing us a step closer to ensuring a secure old age for everyone.

Gerson grew up in Compton, California, with several aging relatives, and experienced firsthand the lack of supports and services necessary to maintain a quality late life—inspiring his pursuit of gerontology.


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