Ethics Conference Raises Awareness about Elder Abuse

Nashville, TN—June 26, 2012: On the day preceding World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, 150 professionals who serve the elderly and disabled attended Intentional Harms Committed Against the Elderly: A Study in Ethics on June 14 at Second Harvest Food Bank in Nashville. This professional education program was sponsored by Elder Law Practice of Timothy L. Takacs.
The program drew mostly social workers from throughout Tennessee. In addition to enjoying breakfast and networking opportunities, participants earned continuing education hours in Ethics.
Allegra M. Walker, JD, Assistant District Attorney General, presented a program on Prosecuting Elder Abuse; Marie Ferran, JD, Aging Services for the Upper Cumberlands, spoke on Advocacy and Ethical Dilemmas Regarding Elder Abuse in Long-Term Care Facilities; and Renee Bouchillon, MA, Department of Human Services, Division of Adult Protective Services, presented a program on Intervening and Protecting Vulnerable Adults from Abuse.
To mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, President Obama issued the following proclamation: “Every American deserves the chance to live out the full measure of their days in health and security. Yet, every year, millions of older Americans are denied that most basic opportunity due to abuse, neglect, or exploitation. On World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, we call attention to this global public health issue, and we rededicate ourselves to providing our elders the care and protection they deserve.”
Event organizer Bonnie Woodard said that the high turnout for the event was no surprise. “There is a growing demand for educational programs that address ethical issues involving older Americans,” said Woodard, Medicare Specialist at Elder Law Practice of Timothy L. Takacs. “Elder abuse has become far too common and healthcare and long-term care professionals are eager for strategies to combat it.” 
Elder Law Practice of Timothy L. Takacs sponsors a variety of professional education opportunities each year, including the popular Time Out Workshop held each fall at Willis Conference Center in Nashville.
For more than a decade, the Elder Law Practice of Timothy L. Takacs has been helping clients and their families respond to the legal, financial, physical and psychological challenges presented by long life, illness and disability. The Elder Law Practice of Timothy L. Takacs serves clients in Middle Tennessee and the Upper Cumberland region from offices in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
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