Seekers of Meaning 7/28/2023: Robert Wolf and Dr. Amy Ehrlich, editors of “A Comprehensive Guide to Safety and Aging”

On this week’s episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, Robert Wolf and Dr. Amy Ehrlich discuss the book they recently edited, A Comprehensive Guide to Safety and Aging: Minimizing Risk, Maximizing Security

This book is a comprehensive survey on safety for older adults. It contains contributions by experts from over a dozen disciplines, including physicians, audiologists, optometrists, mental health professionals, lawyers, occupational therapists, and policy makers. This multi-disciplinary approach provides a new and expansive conceptual framework for health care professionals, students, policymakers, and others who care for older adults, and promotes an understanding of the many challenges that adults face as they age.

This book describes the complex range of issues that need to be considered when safeguarding older adults. The authors and editors hope that this book will be of benefit to anyone currently working or training to work with older adults, helping them to fully appreciate the many safety issues that can arise.

The book will be also be useful for both older adults and their caregivers, helping them to identify and address areas of concern. The goal is to mitigate injury or other harm through an increased understanding of the risks encountered by older adults. This text will also appeal to professionals and graduate students in the fields of human factors and ergonomics, occupational health, and safety.

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About the Guest

Amy R. Ehrlich, MD

Dr. Amy Ehrlich is the Associate Chief of the Division of Geriatrics at Montefiore Medical Center and Professor of Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Hospice and Palliative Care. Dr. Ehrlich received her MD from Harvard Medical School, and trained in Internal Medicine at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. She is a Fellow of the American Geriatrics Society. Dr. Ehrlich has been involved in program design and development in geriatrics education for medical students, residents, and fellows at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Ehrlich’s research interests include screening for mild cognitive impairment and dementia in ethnically and racially diverse primary care settings and the prevention of burns and fires in older adults. In her role as Medical Director of Montefiore Home Care, she works with the interdisciplinary home care team to develop innovative disease- specific programs which help address challenges in transitions of care in the Montefiore network.

Robert Wolf

Bob Wolf has had a distinguished career in aging, health, law and philanthropy. He has served as a senior advisor to the SC Group, one of the largest funders of aging programs in the United States, for more than 25 years. He also consults with other leading national organizations in the field, including the New York Academy of Medicine, Rockefeller Philanthropy Associates, and the National Council on Aging. Prior to that Bob had leadership roles at AARP, UJA- Federation of NY, and Healthcare Chaplaincy. Bob was a pioneer in the field of elder law, at the Brookdale Center on Aging at Hunter College and at Strauss and Wolf, one of the nation’s first law firms devoted to eldercare. He has authored publications on aging policy, law, and the rights of caregivers. Bob has a JD degree from Brooklyn Law School, an MUP from Hunter College, and a postgraduate certificate in not- for- profit management from the Columbia School of Business.

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