World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2017

weaad_rgb_small-1-300x300.jpgToday, June 15, 2017 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). Created in 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations, WEAAD strives to raise awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic issues of elder abuse and neglect. Elder abuse can present in several different forms such as physical or psychological abuse, neglect, or exploitation, and is an important public health and human rights issue that should be recognized as such.

“Every year an estimated 5 million, or 1 in 10, older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. And experts believe that for every reported case of elder abuse or neglect, as many as 23.5 cases go unreported.” – USC Center on Elder Mistreatment

For a variety of educational tools & tips on how to identify, address, and prevent these issues, visit the University of Southern California (USC) Center on Elder Mistreatment’s WEAAD website. Information includes:

Show your support for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day by finishing the sentence below, downloading the image, and sharing your answer on social media! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #WEAAD!

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For more information on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, click here.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2016

WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY (WEAAD)

WEADD-Logo-RGBToday, June 15, 2016, organizations around the world are joining in the mutual effort to promote a better understanding of elder abuse and neglect of seniors “by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect,” according to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA).

Every year an estimated 5 million older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation and experts believe that for every case reported, as many as 23 cases go unreported, explains NCEA.

By spreading awareness and increasing knowledge on elder abuse, you can help stop this vicious cycle. NCEA created a variety of guides, outreach tools, and fact sheets to share, including:

SUPPORT FOR SENIORS IN PHILADELPHIA

Locally, organizations in and around the Philadelphia area are doing their part to support the wellbeing of our aging community.

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) Older Adult Protective Services

“In Philadelphia, all forms of elder abuse can be reported to PCA’s Older Adult Protective Services 24/7 by calling the PCA Helpline at 215-765-9040. In fiscal year 2015 (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015), PCA’s Older Adult Protective Services received 3,262 reports of suspected abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of older adults.”

Learn more at PCAcares.org

CARIE: Center for Advocacy for the Rights & Interests of the Elderly

CARIE’s mission is to “improve the well being, rights, and autonomy of older persons through advocacy, education, and action.” They offer a variety of resources including the “CARIE LINE” and “CARIE OnLINE” telephone and online consultation service, victim’s advocacy programs, transportation problems resolution, and help for people in nursing homes and personal care homes, to name a few.

Learn more at: www.carie.org

The Ralston Center’s Age Friendly West Philadelphia Initiative

“Ralston’s Age-Friendly West Philadelphia Initiative is a collaborative partnership of local and citywide stakeholders, convened and facilitated by Ralston Center, to create age-friendly changes in West Philadelphia.  The initiative is committed to making the physical and social environments in West Philadelphia more conducive to older adults’ health, well-being and ability to age in place.”

Learn more at: http://ralstoncenter.org/

Penn Memory Center Recognizes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2015

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 Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 11.42.49 AMKarlawish, 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.

 

Aging with Financial Security: Addressing the Challenges of Cognitive Aging and Impairment

Sylvan M. Cohen Annual Retreat 2015
On Tuesday, May 5, 2015, the Institute on Aging hosted their Sylvan M. Cohen Annual Retreat. The event, which took place from 11:30am-5:00pm in the Smilow Center for Translational Research at the University of Pennsylvania, consisted of lunch, lectures, a reception and a poster session.

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Lectures
This year, the IOA welcomed several outside speakers, ranging from financial experts to medical professionals. Their presentations discussed a variety of topics on adult protective services, financial security, and financial exploitation and abuse in the aging community. For the full list of speakers and their presentations, download the event’s agenda here.

Reception and Poster Session
Immediately following the lectures, guests were welcomed back into the Smilow Center lobby for the event’s reception and poster session. The poster session, a popular feature of the retreat, invites University of Pennsylvania affiliates and colleagues from around the Philadelphia area to present their aging-related research, educational activities and services and compete for a “best poster” prize. First and second prize winners were chosen based on the following categories: Basic Science, Clinical Research, and Education and Community.

Basic Science – 1st Place:
St172udying Alpha-synuclein Misfolding through Forster Resonance Energy
Presented by
: John Ferrie
Authors: John Ferrie, Conor Haney, Rebecca Wissner, and E. James Petersson

 

 

Basic Science – 2nd Place:
173Prepubertal Adversity can Produce Resistance to Cognitive Decline and Associated White Matter Changes
Presented by
: Kathleen E. Morrison
Authors: Kathleen E. Morrison, Sneha Marasimhan, Tracy L. Bale

 

 

Clinical Research – 1st Place:
174Neuropsychological Functioning in the Acute and Remitted States of Late-life Depression
Presented by: Aaron M. Koenig
Authors: Aaron M. Koenig, Isaac J. DeLozier, Michelle D. Zmuda, Megan M. Marron, Amy E. Begley, Stewart J. Anderson, Charles F. Reynolds, Steven E. Arnold, James T. Becker, Meryl A. Butters

Clinical Research – 2nd Place:
175Evaluation of a Telephone Dementia Care Management Program for Caregivers of Community Dwelling Older Adults
Presented by
: Amy Benson
Authors: Shahrzad Mavandadi, Amy Benson, Kristen Foust, Suzanne DiFilippo, Joel Streim, David Oslin, Tom Snedden

 

Education & Community – 1st Place
176Silver Dollars: How a Senior Center is Helping Older Adults Avert Housing and Financial Crises
Presented by:
Megan C. McCoy, MSS, MLSP
Authors: Megan C. McCoy, MSS, MLSP

 

 

Education & Community – 2nd Place
177Age-friendly Banking: Policy, Products, and Services for Financial Capability
Presented by
: Karen Kali
Authors: Sehar N. Siddiqi, Robert O. Zdenek, Ed J. Gorman III

 

In light of the recent IOM report on cognitive aging, this year’s retreat was especially popular, bringing in nearly 160 attendees and receiving media coverage from the Philadelphia Inquirer and WHYY.

Check out some footage from the event and hear from IOA Director, John Q. Trojanowski, MD, PhD, as well as retreat attendees and poster presenters, including Clinical Research 2nd Prize winner, Amy Benson:

The 2015 Sylvan M. Cohen Annual Retreat was co-sponsored by the Penn ADCC Outreach, Recruitment, and Education Core, Penn Healthy Brain Research Network, Penn Neurodegenerative Disease Ethics and Policy Program, and the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy.

To view the full lectures from this event, click here.
To view more photos from the event, click here.
To view Dr. Jason Karlawish’s video interview on the recent IOM report on cognitive aging, click here.