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Nora Super and others at Listening Sessions 2014

19. June 2015 14:57
by WHCOA Blog Contributor
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Toward Greater Justice for Our Nation’s Elders

19. June 2015 14:57 by WHCOA Blog Contributor | 5 Comments

By Stuart F. Delery, Acting Associate Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice

Earlier this week President Obama issued a proclamation designating Monday, June 15, 2015 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The President called on all Americans to observe the day by “learning the signs of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation, and by raising awareness about this important public health issue.” On Tuesday, Cecilia Muñoz, Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council, welcomed fifty advocates, physicians, prosecutors, researchers, representatives of financial institutions, and state and local government officials to the White House for an Elder Justice Forum to talk about how best to address and prevent elder abuse and financial exploitation. With more than 40 million Americans already older than 65, and with 10,000 more Americans joining their ranks every day, these are issues of increasing urgency.