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Aging Americans: Researcher Looks To Help Older People Be Safer & Healthier

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Tom Luljak with Colleen Galambos.

As we age we all hope for a retirement with good health and security. But studies show that one in 10 Americans over the age of 65 experience neglect, exploitation or elder abuse — a startling statistic that should concern everyone.

On this edition of UWM Today, we talk to an expert on aging who’s researching ways to help older Americans lead a safer and healthier life. Colleen Galambos is a professor of social work at UWM’s Helen Bader School of Social Welfare. Recently, she was appointed to a committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine that is examining loneliness and social isolation in older adults.

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Tom Luljak is the vice chancellor of University Relations and Communications at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. In addition to directing the university's communication programs, Luljak serves as an associate lecturer in UWM's Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, teaching courses in corporate communications and sports marketing.