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.


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 You
    Darian Schaubert, Supervisory Dietitian - Standing Rock IHS

2:50 – 3:00 pm

  • Questions and Closing Remarks