Georgia J. Anetzberger, PhD, ACSW, LISW, is Lecturer in the Health Care Administration Program at Cleveland State University, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, consultant in private practice, and Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America. She has a PhD in social welfare and master’s degrees in both applied social sciences and anthropology from Case Western Reserve University. Her bachelor’s degree in social work is from The Ohio State University.
Dr. Anetzberger has spent over thirty-five years addressing the problem of elder abuse, initially as an adult protective services worker and most recently as a researcher, administrator, and educator concerned with the dynamics and consequences of elder abuse situations. Her past employment includes: Vice President for Community Services with the Benjamin Rose Institute, Director of the Western Reserve Geriatric Education Center, Executive Director of the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging, Research Associate for the Visiting Nurse Association Healthcare Partners of Ohio, Senior Planning Associate for the Federation for Community Planning, and Supervisor of Adult Services for the Geauga County Welfare Department, all located in Greater Cleveland, Ohio. She also has held full time faculty appointments at Cleveland State University and Kent State University.
Dr. Anetzberger is the 2005 recipient of the Rosalie Wolf Memorial Elder Abuse Prevention Award—National Category. This award is given annually to an individual or organization that has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to Dr. Wolf’s ideals by promoting awareness to elder abuse through research, education, policy, or practice.
Dr. Anetzberger has authored more than seventy-five publications on elder abuse or related interventions. They include The Etiology of Elder Abuse by Adult Offspring and The Clinical Management of Elder Abuse as well as articles appearing in such journals as The Gerontologist, Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, Violence Against Women, Generations, and Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology. She was the Editor for the Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect 2006-2011, and served on the Journal’s Editorial Board prior and subsequent to that period.
Dr. Anetzberger was the architect of Ohio’s protective services law for adults and various subsequent amendments. She established the Ohio Adult Protective Services Coalition, Consortium Against Adult Abuse, and Greater Cleveland Elder Abuse/Domestic Violence Roundtable. She is President of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. Dr. Anetzberger has participated in various national and state forums concerned with elder abuse, including research panels for the National Institute of Justice, National Institute on Aging, and National Aging Resource Center on Elder Abuse along with policy panels of the National Policy Summit on Elder Abuse, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Abuse Tag Guidance Development, Ohio Governor’s Task Force on Family Violence, and Ohio Elder Abuse Task Force.
Dr. Anetzberger has developed training curricula on elder abuse for organizations like the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and Ohio Domestic Violence Network. She served as principal investigator for the project “A Model Intervention for Elder Abuse and Dementia,” which won the American Society on Aging 2000 Best Practice in Human Resources and Aging Award. Dr. Anetzberger has presented on the topic of elder abuse or adult protective services for various local or national groups, including the American Society on Aging and Gerontological Society of America.