World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Forum
Building Strong Support for Elders
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The National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative hosted a forum on June 15 to raise awareness for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is an opportunity to recognize the more than one million Americans age 65 or older who have suffered abuse. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, it is estimated that for every one case of reported elder abuse, neglect, exploitation, or self-neglect, about five more incidents go unreported.
- Examples of Abuse
Sample WEAAD Proclamation
This sample proclamation can be used by tribes to officially proclaim June 15th as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day within their tribal community.
Printable agenda (PDF)
10:00 - 10:10 am
Opening Prayer and Welcoming
Vernon Iron Cloud, Tribal Elder
Chairman Dave Archambault II
10:10 – 10:30 am
What is WEAAD: Elder Protection Program?
Sloan Henry, NIEJI Project Coordinator
Carol Nichols, Standing Rock Elderly Protection Services
10:30 – 11:20 am
Elder Abuse - BIA OJS Standing Rock Agency
David Lawrence, Chief of Police & Chad Harmon, Lieutenant
11:20 am – 12:00 pm
The Role of Tribal Prosecution: Protection of the Elderly
John Wilson, Chief Prosecutor - Standing Rock Tribal Court
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Lunch Break (meal provided)
Sensory activities available for participation
1:00 – 1:40 pm
Abuse in Later Life - Abused Adult Resource Center, Bismarck, North Dakota
Ambria Neshem, Elder Abuse Program Coordinator
Collen K. Rask, Advocate
1:45 – 2:15 pm
Elder Personal Balance Self-Assessment Wheel
Sloan Henry - NIEJI Project Coordinator
Stephanie Bono - Graduate Student Researcher
2:15 – 2:50 pm
Keeping your Mind Young - Eating Healthy & Staying Active - Finding the Fountain of Health in
Darian Schaubert, Supervisory Dietitian - Standing Rock IHS
2:50 – 3:00 pm
- Questions and Closing Remarks