World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day icon with date June 15th, featuring one purple and one teal human holding hands above a globe with the text underneath “Building Strong Support for Elders”World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), June 15th, was established by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) in 2006 and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2011. Even with projects such as the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life and annual themes for the awareness day campaign, aging adults experiencing abuse, exploitation, mistreatment or neglect may not receive the same level of support or understanding as different generations. US government data shows that people aged 65 and over grew nearly five times faster than the total population over the 100 years from 1920 to 2020, according to the 2020 Census

WEAAD 2024

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Forum
Westminster Canterbury Richmond
June 17, 2024
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

In this interactive and engaging forum, advocates, community, and allied professionals will gain a more holistic understanding of elder justice and anti-violence prevention and intervention for older adults. Participants will be introduced to the systems and supports involved in elder abuse and will better understand a community coordinated response to harm. Participants will leave this training with an increased knowledge of resource and referral options, as well as steps to integrate elder justice into their work.

Presenting Sponsor Raymond James

Light refreshments provided courtesy of Westminster Canterbury Richmond. 

WEADD Forum 2024 Flyer (pdf format)

Registration is required. Continuing Education is provided by VCU Health

In support of improving patient care, VCU Health Continuing Education is jointly accredited by
the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
3.00 ANCC contact hours.

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, VCU Health is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. VCU Health maintains responsibility
                                                                 for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 3.00 ASWB continuing education                                                                  credits.  

Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) has approved 3.5 hours of Career Development Partial In-Service Credit (PIC-3) for law enforcement. 

Forum Agenda

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. - Registration
***Please note that registration is from 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. with the training starting promptly at 9:00 a.m. Because all registrants will be shuttled to Westminster from the parking location, please factor extra parking time into your plans. See parking details below.

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. - Welcome & Housekeeping. Remarks from Raymond James

9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. - Keynote: Paul Greenwood, Former Elder Abuse Career Prosecutor, Deputy District Attorney (San Diego, CA)

10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. - Networking Break

11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. - Elder Mistreatment, Protective Factors and Primary Prevention Panel. Featuring representation from Henrico County’s Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, the Virginia Center on Aging, Westminster, and VCU Health’s Forensic Nursing Department.

12:45 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Wrap Up & Farewell

Forum Presenters

Paul Greenwood, Keynote
Retired Deputy District Attorney Paul Greenwood was a solicitor in England for 13 years. After relocating to San Diego in 1991, he passed the California Bar and joined the DA's office in 1993. For 22 years, Paul headed up the Elder Abuse Prosecution Unit at the San Diego DA’s Office. In 1999, California Lawyer magazine named Paul as one of their top 20 lawyers of the year in recognition of his pioneering efforts to pursue justice on behalf of older adults. 
He has prosecuted over 750 felony cases of both physical, sexual, emotional and financial elder abuse. He has also prosecuted ten murder cases, including one death penalty case.

In March 2018, Paul retired from the San Diego DA’s office to concentrate on sharing lessons learned from his elder abuse prosecutions with a wider audience. In October 2018, he was given a lifetime achievement award by his former office. Paul now spends much of his post-retirement time speaking on behalf of AARP nationally, consulting on elder abuse cases, and providing training to law enforcement and Adult Protective Services agencies across the country and internationally. He is also involved as the criminal justice board member of National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA).

Elder Mistreatment, Protective Factors and Primary Prevention Panel

Alison Martin is an Assistant Commonwealth Attorney for the County of Henrico who handles all phases of the prosecution of sophisticated and complex violent matters, including high profile media cases. She is a frequent lecturer and law enforcement trainer, as well as a subject matter expert on elder abuse. Frequently representing the CA’s office at forward-facing community events, she is an active participant on Henrico County’s Adult Protective Services Multidisciplinary Team (APS MDT). Allison is a proud resident of the City of Richmond where she served as an Assistant Commonwealth Attorney for four years.

Aisling Clardy, BSc, MSc, is the Project Manager on the Abuse in Later Life Project’s Virginia Helping Elders Access Resources (HEAR) grant. Prior to joining the Virginia Center on Aging, she spent eight years working in an international role at a UNESCO appointed center based in Ireland, which had the added bonus of satisfying her love for travel, diversity and intercultural experiences. There she both partnered on and managed numerous grant-funded transnational projects, working towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals - in particular those related to inclusion, well-being, and healthy communities. She has extensive experience across the grant life-cycle, from grant writing and conception through to implementation and reporting. 

Sharon Poznanczyk, RN, VWCN, LNHA, DON, Director of Nursing, joined Westminster Canterbury Richmond in 2012. Prior to that, she worked at Hopewell Health Care Center where she held several roles including Administrator, Director of Nursing, and Assistant Director of Nursing. Sharon has 38 years of Long-Term Care and Hospital experience, with more than 25 years experience as a Director of Nursing or Assistant Director of Nursing. Sharon began her career in health care as a Nursing Assistant, then received her associate in nursing from Jamestown Community College in Jamestown, New York. She has been a Registered Nurse since 1990 and licensed in the state of Virginia since 1994. Sharon is also a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, a Licensed Nursing Home Preceptor, and
a VOHRA Wound Certified Nurse.

Jean A Cheek DNP, RN, SANE-A CN-V, is a Forensic Nurse Examiner (FNE). Jean started her nursing career in 1994; and working as a nurse in the Emergency Department at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Health System, she discovered Forensic Nursing which ignited a passion for this patient population that still burns bright today. Jean joined the Forensic Team in 2000 and has served as one of the team coordinators from 2002 to present. Jean believes that membership in professional organizations is an essential part of the Forensic specialty and as such has served on the board for the Virginia Chapter of International Association of Forensic Nurses as President and Member at Large. She has also served as the Chair for the International Associations of Forensics Nurses (IAFN) Membership & Nominations Committees and presently serves on their Research & Education committees. Jean graduated from Grand Canyon University with her Doctorate in Nursing Practice in 2019. Dr. Cheek has presented podium and poster presentations on state and national level and is a reviewer for the Journal of Forensic Nursing. Jean continues to grow her practice and that of her team through education, quality improvement, and collaboration.

Event Location & Parking

The forum will be held at Westminster Canterbury Richmond, 1600 Westbrook Avenue, Richmond. ***All registrants will park at the ACCA Shriners Center, 1712 Bellevue Avenue. Shuttle service will be provided to and from Westminster Canterbury throughout the event. 

Because this is a free event, we are unable to offer scholarships or support to offset any travel costs. If you are attending as part of your paid work, consult your employer for their policies and procedures. 

Forum Supporters

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2024 would not be possible without the support of the planning group and partners such as Chesterfield County: Community Engagement & Resources, Henrico County Fire Department, Raymond James, Richmond City: Office of the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer (DCAO) for Human Services, VCU Health’s Forensic Nursing Department, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)’s Injury & Violence Prevention Program, and Westminster Canterbury Richmond.  


Email Reed, the WEAAD 2024 working group representative.