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This webinar is part of the Region 1 Insights Webinar Series.
This webinar will focus on "elder justice," also known as the prevention of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. You will learn about the roots of the elder justice movement, how it affects the lives of older adults, federal policies to address and prevent elder abuse and neglect, and ways you can get involved in advocating for these policies and preventing elder abuse in your community.
Bob Blancato is the National Coordinator of the bipartisan 3000-member Elder Justice Coalition. He is the President of Matz, Blancato and Associates, located in Washington, D.C. Bob has long been recognized as a national advocate with policy expertise on behalf of older adults. In 2019, he was invited by both the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee to testify on a range of issues, including elder justice. Bob holds a BA from Georgetown University and an MPA from American University. He has won numerous awards for advocacy, most recently the American Society for Aging's ASA Hall of Fame Award in March 2020.
Meredith Whitmire is the Policy Director of the Elder Justice Coalition. She is also the Vice President of Matz, Blancato and Associates and the Policy and Advocacy Director for the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP). In these roles, she provides policy analysis and direction for and advocates on behalf of a wide variety of aging topics, including nutrition, elder justice, and community-based services. She holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center and a BA from Georgetown University.
- Understand what elder justice is and how abuse, neglect and exploitation affect the lives of older people
- Learn about the roots of the elder justice movement and how it impacts the lives of older people
- Identify federal policies to address and prevent elder abuse, neglect and exploitation
- Take away resources to use and share about elder justice and ways to get involved as advocates
Elder Justice Explained: What It Is and How You Can Help (Slides)