World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day - June 15th​

Did you know that every day 10,000 people turn 65 in the United States? Our demographics are shifting and we will soon have more older adults in the U.S. than ever before. Every year, an estimated 5 million older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation and that's only part of the picture. According to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, an estimated 93% of elder abuse cases go unreported each year.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) serves as a call-to-action for individuals, organizations, and communities to raise awareness about the abuse, neglect, and exploitation of older adults. 

Read our WEAAD Fact Sheet MD 2021.pdfWEAAD Fact Sheet MD 2021.pdf to learn more about how the state of Maryland is working towards building strong support for seniors. 

Governor Larry Hogan Proclaims June 15th to be World Elder Abuse Awareness Day:
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Community Events:

National or State Virtual Events - All are welcome to attend

 

Monday, June 14th

The Senior Zone PROTECT Week Special

Hosted by Shawn Perry

10 am on WYCB, 1340AM

Livestream at www.MySpiritDC.com

 

Kick-Off Press Conference

Hosted by AARP Maryland

2 pm

Featuring: Peter Franchot, Comptroller of Maryland; Brian Frosh, Attorney General of Maryland; Jonathan Lenzner, Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland; Tony Salazar, Commissioner of Financial Regulation (DLLR); Dorinda Adams, Director of the Office of Adult Services (MDH); Helene Raynaud, CCSMD

Livestream at www.Facebook.com/aarpmaryland

 

Tuesday, June 15th World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Teletown Hall: Spotting & Stopping Elder Financial Abuse

Hosted by AARP Maryland

10 to 11 am

Register at www.vekeo.com/aarpmd or view livestream at www.Facebook.com/aarpmaryland


Elder Abuse Awareness Day Fraud and Scams

Join the Maryland Insurance Administration, Maryland Department of Labor, Maryland Attorney General’s Office, and Maryland Department of Aging for an informative seminar!

Throughout the various presentations, you will learn how you can protect yourself and vulnerable loved ones from fraud and scams.

Date: Tuesday, June 15th, 2021

Time: 11am-12:30pm

Zoom link: https://www.zoomgov.com/s/1609711095

Call-In Information: (669) 254 5252

Zoom Meeting #: 160 971 1095

Registration: ow.ly/Aur550EMcgB See Less


Facebook Live: Top Scams Affecting Seniors

Hosted by BBB of Greater Maryland

11:30 am to 12:30 pm

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/top-scams-affectingseniors-tickets-156940243493


Bullying and Elder Abuse Workshop: Stand Up and Take Your Power Back

Hosted by BC-REST

2 to 3 pm

To register, email ombudsman@baltimorecountymd.gov or call 410-887-4200


June 16th

Teletown Hall II: Spotting & Stopping Elder Financial Abuse

Hosted by AARP Maryland

10 to 11 am

Register at www.vekeo.com/aarpmd or view livestream at www.Facebook.com/aarpmaryland

 

June 17th

Webinar: Financial Vulnerability and Decision-Making

Hosted by the ElderSAFE Center

11am to 1pm

Register at

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYudu6prT4tHtVgdqbg-NuP2JZlLLa5qfDV

 

June 18th

Teletown Hall III: Spotting & Stopping Elder Financial Abuse

Hosted by AARP Maryland

10 to 11 am

Register at www.vekeo.com/aarpmd

 

Webinar: Elder Financial Abuse and Exploitation

Hosted by AARP Maryland

11 to 11:30 am

Register at https://tinyurl .com/FightElderFraud

 

Facebook Live: Why Scammers Love Gift Cards

Hosted by BBB of Greater Maryland

11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bbb-revealswhy-scammers-love-gift-cards-tickets-156951894341


June 22nd

A Collaborative Response to Supporting Elder Abuse

Survivors in Maryland

Hosted by the ElderSAFE Center

2 to 3:30pm

Register at https://tinyurl.com/elderabuseMD  ​

MD Area Agencies on Aging Virtual Events - All are welcome to attend

 

"Reconnecting Our Community to Protect Older Adults." 

Date: Tuesday, June 15th                                              

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  

Description: Opening remarks will be provided by County Commissioners, the State's Attorney's Office, and the Carroll County Sherriff's Office on the importance of community cooperation to prevent elder abuse.

Presentation topics will include: (1) frauds and scams targeted toward older adults; (2) how to protect against financial exploitation from known/trusted individuals, including those with POA authority and bank account access; (3) banks' role in preventing and detecting financial exploitation of older adults; (4) health deficits and social isolation as risk factors for potential elder abuse; (5) how and where to report suspected elder abuse. 

On-line registration:  https://carrollcountymd.gov/WEAAD

For those who would like to participate by telephone, please call 410-386-3800 for a staff member to register you and provide you with the phone number and access code to be used on the day of the event.  


​Virtual WEAAD Workshop 

Date: Tuesday, June 15th

Time: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

Local attorney from Washington County will speak about abuse of power during COVID and FTC attorney will speak about the latest scams and what to do when the scammers contact you.     ​


State's Attorney Aisha Braveboy and the Prince George's County Department of Family Services will he hosting a Zoom event.

Date: Tuesday, June 15th

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Prince George's County State's Attorney Aisha N. Braveboy and #TeamPGSAO for the next Community in the Courthouse.

Date: Tuesday, June 29th

Time: 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Zoom​

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: Please select ONE (1) RSVP ticket according to your Grab-n-Go Lunch pick up location. If you would like to attend this online event, please contact Karen Toles, J.D. at krtoles@co.pg.md.us or Brenda Raysor at baraysor@co.pg.md.us.        This will be a virtual event via Zoom and streamed live on Facebook. If you would like to attend, please contact Brenda Raysor baraysor@co.pg.md.us. ​

Allegany County

 

“How Purple Can You Get” week at our centers.      

Date: Monday, June 14th to Friday, June 18th

We are asking our clients to decorate their centers as purple as they can get them. In addition, we are asking everyone to WEAR PURPLE on Tuesday, June 15th.  Each center that participates will get to hold an ice Cream Party!!!!

Speakers will be in our centers all week talking about different forms of Elder Abuse and recognizing the signs of abuse. 

Please visit “HRDC Senior Centers” and “Allegany County Department of Social Services” Facebook pages for additional upcoming activities and information on how you can participate in World Elder Abuse Awareness Month!

Allegany County Department of Social Services: https://www.facebook.com/ACDSSCumberland​

HRDC Senior Centers https://www.facebook.com/HRDC-Senior-Centers-109589064207600/

Anne Arundel County

 

​An ombudsman will have a table with materials and talk with senior center members to raise awareness of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

Date: Monday, June 14th

Time: 10:30 a.m. 

Location:  Annapolis Senior Center, 119 South Villa Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401

WNAV Local Annapolis Hometown Radio Station- Interview with Paula Currence, Local Ombudsman Program Director on Senior Scene.  

Date: Tuesday, June 15th

Time: 9:10 a.m. 

An ombudsman will have a table with materials  and talk with senior center members to raise awareness of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Date: Wednesday, June 16th

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Location: Pascal Senior Center,125 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie, MD 21061

An ombudsman will have a table with materials and talk with senior center members to raise awareness of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

Date: Wednesday,  June 16th

Time:11:30 a.m.

Location: Pasadena Senior Center, 4103 Mountain Road, Pasadena, MD 21122 ​

Baltimore County

 

​"Stand Up & Take Your Power Back"                        

Date: Tuesday, June 15th

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

In senior apartment buildings, senior centers and other places where older adults gather, aggressive members may taunt, intimidate or exclude others. What can you do if this happens to you or a friend? This session will explore ways for you to regain your sense of safety and security so that you can enjoy your home and leisure activities in peace.                                                                                             

To register:                                                         

Call 410-887-4200 OR Email ombudsman@baltimorecountymd.gov

"A Collaborative Response to Supporting Elder Abuse Survivors in Maryland" 

Date: Tuesday, June 22nd 

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

BC-REST, CHANA, and ElderSAFE Center are partnering to host a webinar for professionals serving older adults. This workshop will discuss the complex dynamics of elder abuse within the family, including best practices for safety planning. Professionals will learn about different services available to elder abuse victims in Maryland, including the elder abuse shelter movement. CEUs are pending.

To register:                                                         

Call 410-887-4200 OR Email ombudsman@baltimorecountymd.gov                                                                        

Carroll County

 
"Reconnecting Our Community to Protect Older Adults." 

Date: Tuesday, June 15th                                              
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  

Description: Opening remarks will be provided by County Commissioners, the State's Attorney's Office, and the Carroll County Sherriff's Office on the importance of community cooperation to prevent elder abuse.                                                                                     

Presentation topics will include: (1) frauds and scams targeted toward older adults; (2) how to protect against financial exploitation from known/trusted individuals, including those with POA authority and bank account access; (3) banks' role in preventing and detecting financial exploitation of older adults; (4) health deficits and social isolation as risk factors for potential elder abuse; (5) how and where to report suspected elder abuse. 

WEAAD observation will also include a free document shredding event to help combat identity theft.                                                  

Date: Tuesday, June 15th                                                      
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.                                    
Location: Westminster Senior Center

Additionally, elder abuse awareness materials will be included with the "Grab and Go Lunches" distributed at the South Carroll, Taneytown and Westminster Senior Centers on 6/15/2021 and at the Mt. Airy and North Carroll Senior Centers on 6/16/2021.

On-line registration:  https://carrollcountymd.gov/WEAAD

For those who would like to participate by telephone, please call 410-386-3800 for a staff member to register you and provide you with the phone number and access code to be used on the day of the event.  

Carroll County has a tablet loaner program available for this event. If you do not have a device or if your Wi-Fi is unreliable, please contact us at 410-386-3800 to register for a data enabled tablet. ​

Charles County

 

​Activities:    

June SCOOP Senior Center WEAAD newsletter article 

June Facebook WEAAD posting 

Elder Abuse elevator informational fliers mailed May 17, 2021 for display in month of June at senior apartment complexes

Meals on Wheels Elder Abuse informational fliers given May 24, 2021 to drivers to hand out during the month of June 

WEAAD posters on display at Senior Centers the month of June 

Elder Abuse informational fliers given out at 11:30am during Drive-Thru Lunches on June 8th, 15th, 17th and 22nd


Frederick County

 

​Virtual Presentations on Information About Scams, Fraud, and How to Avoid Being a Victims:

Date: Monday, June 7th

Time: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Presenter: Tim Gilbert, Assistant State’s Attorney in the Economic Crimes Unit


Date: Wednesday, June 16th

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Presenter: Jason Shoemaker, Chief of Economic Crimes Unit


Date: Tuesday, June 22nd  

Time: 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Presenter: Charlie Smith, State’s Attorney

To register for these free presentations email VirtualSeniorCenter@FrederickCountyMD.gov

Please include your name, email address, and dates of the presentations you want to attend.

Once we receive your email registration, we will email you more details about how to access the programs through Zoom.

If you would like to access the presentations in listen-mode only via your telephone, please call 301-600-7020 and leave a message. Someone will call you back with more information on accessing the presentations.

Garrett County

 

​“Day at the Park” Farmers Market         

Date: Wednesday, June 16th

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

We are setting up a table for WEAAD at our local Farmers Market. It will be APS and Aging services.

Howard County

 

WEAAD TV campaign video ​​

Kent County

 

Kent County will be having speakers and resource information provided.

  • Date: Tuesday, June 15th
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Location: Army Lynn Ferris Adult Activity Center | 200 Schauber Road, Chestertown, MD 21620
  • No registration required
  • Anyone can attend ​

Montgomery County

 

​Live stream seminars discussing Safety and Social Connection during a pandemic and beyond. 

Each session includes active audience participation throughout and Q & A opportunities from your local Montgomery County Government Officials.                                         j                                                                                       

"Proven Strategies for Senior Safety"

Date: Tuesday, June 15th

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.


Combatting Elder Abuse through Community Connections     

Date: Wednesday, June 16th

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 


Red Flags 

Date: Friday, June 18th

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 


To register: Go to Eventbrite https://weaad2021mc.eventbrite.com/​

Prince George's County

 

State's Attorney Aisha Braveboy and the Prince George's County Department of Family Services will he hosting a Zoom event.

Date: Tuesday, June 15th

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


"Grab-n-Go Lunch Pick Up"                                          

Date: Tuesday, June 15th

Time: 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.


Grab-n-Go Pick Up Locations:

Camp Springs: Department of Family Services | 6420 Allentown Road, Clinton, MD

Glenarden: Glenarden Town Hall | 8600 Glenarden Parkway, Glendarden, MD


Prince George's County State's Attorney Aisha N. Braveboy and #TeamPGSAO for the next Community in the Courthouse.

Date: Tuesday, June 29th

Time: 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Zoom

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: Please select ONE (1) RSVP ticket according to your Grab-n-Go Lunch pick up location. If you would like to attend this online event, please contact Karen Toles, J.D. at krtoles@co.pg.md.us or Brenda Raysor at baraysor@co.pg.md.us.        This will be a virtual event via Zoom and streamed live on Facebook. If you would like to attend, please contact Brenda Raysor baraysor@co.pg.md.us. ​

Queen Anne's County

 

Queen Anne's County is distributing placemats to all Home Delivered Meals recipients and to all long-term care facilities in the county.  


We will have an outreach table set up at a luncheon and share promotional materials with people who attend the luncheon.
  • Date: Tuesday, June 15th                                                                               
  • Time: 11:00 a.m.                                                       
  • Location: Sudlersville Senior Center
  • No registration required
  • Anyone can attend
We will be discussing WEAAD during our Caregiver’s Support Group meeting.                               
  • Date: Wednesday, June 16th                                         
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Washington County

 

​Virtual WEAAD Workshop 

Date: Tuesday, June 15th

Time: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

Local attorney from Washington County will speak about abuse of power during COVID and FTC attorney will speak about the latest scams and what to do when the scammers contact you.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             


​​Check with your local Area Agency on Aging​ for specifics. We encourage everyone to attend national and local events. If you have an event you would like to share with us, please email: mdoa.socialmedia@maryland.gov​
 
 
What is Elder Abuse?

Elder abuse refers to intentional or negligent acts by a caregiver or trusted individual that causes harm to a vulnerable elder. Elder abuse takes many forms, including neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, financial abuse and exploitation, emotional or psychological abuse and neglect (including verbal abuse and threats), abandonment, and self-neglect. ​



Who is at Risk?

Elder abuse can occur anywhere - in the home, in nursing homes, or other institutions. It affects seniors across all socioeconomic groups, cultures, and races. ​



Reporting or For More Information on Suspected Elder Abuse: 

For information on reporting Elder Abuse and Neglect:

For information on reporting Elder Financial Exploitation:



Protect Week
During Protect Week, June 13-19, 2021, Marylanders will have an opportunity to learn about the many forms of abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of older adults via the resources of more than a dozen local and national partners. Learn more or click the button below: 
https://www.cccsmd.org/about-protect-week/#

HELP IDENTIFY FRAUD
Protect Week helps identify financial scams that target the elderly and bring them into the spotlight.

EVENTS TO LEARN
Protect Week is a series of events in the community to learn and engage on the topic of scams aimed at the elderly.

RESOURCES FOR SAFETY
Protect Week provides resources to the community to identify and report scams that target our communities.

 

Getting Involved on Social Media 

Follow us on FacebookTwitter, Instagram​, and LinkedIn​, where we will be sharing information and spreading awareness of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) using #WEAAD and #EndElderAbuse. 

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For More Information on WEAAD and additional resources: