FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
7/17/2009

 Department on Aging hosts 23rd Annual Elder Rights Conference during Elder Abuse Awareness Month

Outstanding workers and volunteers recognized at the conference in Lincolnshire

LINCOLNSHIRE – The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) hosted its 23rd Annual Elder Rights Conference this week at the Lincolnshire Marriott. The conference was held during Elder Abuse Awareness Month as part of the state’s efforts to increase awareness about elder abuse. Experts shared experiences with professionals in the field, in effort of finding better ways to work together and extend resources. Today, at the conference, IDoA awarded individuals from around the state for their commitment and service in the area of elder rights.

"We all share the common mission of protecting the rights of older adults to ensure they are free from abuse, neglect and exploitation. This conference is an opportunity to foster new partnerships with other advocates who are equally committed to the same mission. It is through these collaborations that we develop a more unified approach to assure the health, safety and welfare of older adults in Illinois," said IDoA Director Charles D. Johnson.

Topics for the conference, held July 15-17, included:

  • Resolving Disputes in Assisted Living Facilities;
  • Building Skills for Long-Term Care Advocacy;
  • Exploring the World of Financial Elder Exploitation;
  • Building Coordinated Community Response to Domestic Abuse in Later Life;
  • Reverse Mortgages / Mortgage Scams and Broker Scams / Predatory Lending; and
  • Elder Rights and Person-Centered Approaches to Care.

Today at the conference, IDoA hosted the 2009 Elder Abuse and Ombudsman Awards Luncheon, recognizing some of the state’s exceptional public servants who have put a great deal of time and effort into helping older adults live their lives to the fullest.

Awards:

For more information, see Elder Rights or contact the Senior HelpLine.

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