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

Jason Rieve
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.

Tom Luljak hosted UWM Today on WUWM for more than two decades and is the inaugural host of Curious Campus.