Community Elder Mistreatment & Abuse Prevention Program (CEMAPP)

CEMAPP was developed to combat the growing problem of elder abuse throughout Manhattan. The Carter Burden Center for the Aging, in collaboration with Jewish Association Serving the Aging (JASA), assists individuals over 60 years of age who reside in Manhattan as well as Roosevelt Island. CEMAPP is partially funded through the New York City Department for the Aging.

Elder Abuse Hurts Everyone

Elder Abuse affects both male and female seniors across all income groups, cultures and races. It is often called the “hidden problem” because elder abuse usually happens behind closed doors. Some victims of elder abuse may “suffer in silence” because they feel afraid, ashamed, confused, embarrassed, helpless, or unaware of how or where to get help.

What is Elder Abuse and Mistreatment?

Financial Abuse/Exploitation: Illegal or unethical use of cash, credit cards or other assets.

Psychological Mistreatment: Insults, threats, name calling, isolating or controlling behavior.

Neglect: Failure to provide adequate food, medicine or other personal needs.

Physical Abuse: Shoving, poking, slapping, cutting, burning, sexual coercion, or forcibly restraining.


  • Safety planning
  • Crisis counseling
  • Court advocacy
  • Legal guidance
  • Coordination with the police
  • Community education programs
  • A safe place to talk


Need more information? Call 212-879-7400 and ask for our Elder Abuse Prevention Program.