The 10th anniversary of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was internationally recognized on Monday, June 15th through events raising awareness about the public health significance of neglect and abuse of older persons. Jason Karlawish, MD,
co-director of the Penn Memory Center, attended the WEADD First Global Summit in Washington DC, where he was joined by other national and international leaders in elder abuse prevention. Dr. Karlawish presented on elder abuse as a public health challenge and the responsibility of public health professionals, in collaboration with banking and financial services organizations, to build a public health roadmap and infrastructure to protect the nation’s health and wealth.
Tigist Hailu, Coordinator for Diversity in Research and Education at the Penn Memory Center, attended an event titled “Healthy Mind, Healthy Wallet” at the First Corinthian Baptist Church in West Philadelphia. The event was organized by the Penn Memory Center and the new CDC-funded Penn Healthy Brain Research Center in partnership with Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s Protective Services for Older Adults, and other members of the Philadelphia Financial Exploitation Prevention Task Force. Topics presented related to protection against financial exploitation of older persons. “The fair was a great opportunity for members of First Corinthian Baptist Church and the West Philadelphia community to learn and ask questions about how to make good financial decisions as they age,” said Hailu.
Published by: Sara M. Hachey, Research Coordinator at the Penn Memory Center
Last month, the IOA’s Sylvan M. Cohen Annual Retreat discussed a related topic focusing on Aging with Financial Security: Addressing the Challenges of Cognitive Aging. See the full recap blog here.