Rutgers University will be the recipient of a $1.4 million federal Elder Justice Innovation Grant in support of its research on the health and wellness of senior citizens, U.S Sens. Cory Booker and Robert Menendez, both Democrats, said in a joint statement.
Dr. XinQi Dong, who heads the Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, will use the funds to research how to protect senior citizens with disease such as Alzheimer’s and dementia from neglect, abuse and financial exploitation.
The grant was awarded by the Administration for Community Living, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
“It's unacceptable that older Americans often fall victim to physical abuse, financial exploitation, and fraud,” Booker said in a statement. “Our loved ones deserve the peace of mind of knowing they are safe and secure. This federal funding will support Rutgers University’s efforts to protect one of our most vulnerable populations and help ensure older Americans have the resources they need.”