NYC Doormen Have A New Duty: Spotting Elder Abuse

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Getty ImagesA doorman, who preferred not to be identified, stands outside of his building on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

By Jim Fitzgerald

NEW YORK (AP) - New York's doormen are being enlisted as an army of eyes to look for signs of elder abuse: a stranger picking up the mail, the sudden presence of a rarely seen relative with an attitude, a bruise.

"Doormen know everything that's going on," Joy Solomon said before conducting a training session for doormen, porters and other apartment workers, fittingly held over the din of whirring dryers in the laundry room of a Manhattan building. "They know who's going in, who's going out. They have access and they have a relationship of trust. They're a friendly face."