Recognizing and Responding to Elder Abuse
Focus of Upcoming Training in Wise
WISE, Va. – Paul Greenwood, a nationally recognized expert on the investigation and prosecution of elder abuse, will headline an elder abuse training conference August 3 in Wise. This day-long training event for professionals will be held at The Inn at Wise, located at 110 E. Main St., in Wise, Va.
ELDER ABUSE: The Crime of the 21st Century is presented by Southwest Virginia Legal Aid, in collaboration with Wise County Commonwealth’s Attorney, Mountain Empire Older Citizens, Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens, Wise County DSS, and Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS).
It is sponsored, in part, by The Virginia Law Foundation and the Virginia Coalition for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (VCPEA). Additional support is provided by the Wise County Senior Abuse Task Force, The Honorable Elizabeth S. Wills and the Wise County J&DR Court, The Honorable Martha P. Ketron and the Tazewell County J&DR Court, and Anthem HealthKeeper’s Plus.
This training will be suitable for attorneys, magistrates, law enforcement officers, court system staff, social workers, financial services professionals, aging services providers, mental & physical health care practitioners, and all who work with older adults.
Continuing education credits have been approved for attorneys (5 CLE credit hours), for magistrates and clerks (7 CLE credits), and for law enforcement (6 PIC-3 credit hours).
Conference sessions will examine common barriers that prevent elder abuse cases from being prosecuted and the misconceptions that can deter law enforcement and prosecutors from holding perpetrators accountable. Financial exploitation, including how to deal with such issues as consent and undue influence, will also be addressed.
Participants will also learn about Alzheimer’s, dementia and diminished capacity, and elder abuse law in Virginia.
Conference presenters are:
Paul Greenwood – Paul Greenwood is a retired Deputy District Attorney and the former head of the Elder Abuse Prosecution Unit of the San Diego DA’s Office. In his 25 years as a prosecutor he was involved in the prosecution of over 600 felony cases of elder and dependent adult abuse, both physical and financial.
Greenwood testified before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging in 2001, 2007 & 2012, was a presenter at the first International Conference on Elder Abuse in 1998, and was a speaker at the inaugural session of the Elder Justice Council in Washington, DC in 2016.
He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Adult Protective Services Award in 2010, and was inducted into the Elder Rights Advocacy Hall of Fame in 2011. Described by the National Center on Elder Abuse as “the DA we all wish we had,” Greenwood has been featured on both CBS’s “Eye on America” and NBC’s “Nightly News.” He is a frequent and sought-after trainer, and a recognized expert on the prosecution of elder abuse.
Keynote Philip C. Marshall – Philip C. Marshall is the grandson of New York philanthropist Brooke Astor, who was the victim of elder abuse by Anthony Marshall, her son and Philip’s father. In 2006, after years of increasing concern, Marshall, with the help of others, sought a petition for guardianship (which was awarded) for his grandmother.
In the years since, he has been border to border, coast to coast, to advance the cause of elder justice through advocacy, training, and select projects that foster multi-disciplinary partnerships. In 2015 he testified before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. He works with national organizations representing the financial industry, healthcare, law enforcement, social services, guardianship, and in other arenas to advance efforts – beyond Brooke.
Now professor emeritus at Roger Williams University, where he served as professor and director of the historic preservation program, Marshall also held faculty positions at Columbia University and the University of Vermont. He holds a B.A. from Brown University and an M.S. from the University of Vermont.
Robert B. Schaefer – Robert B. Schaefer, a 10-year veteran in the FBI’s Behavior Sciences Unit, was the co-founder and first manager of the FBI’s Critical Incident and Peer Support Program. As such, he traveled around the U.S. to render psychological support for FBI related critical incidents. He never realized that he would be facing his own critical incident toward the end of his law enforcement career in the form of Alzheimer’s disease.
Schaefer found himself immersed in the care of his wife Sarah following her diagnosis with “the probable early onset of Alzheimer’s disease,” while she was still in her forties. His book, Alzheimer’s: The Identity Thief of the 21st Century, traces his and his wife’s journey through the “world of Alzheimer’s,” and provides valuable information that is seldom written about for the family care-partner as well as professionals in the field.
Schaefer, who is a professional trainer for the Alzheimer’s Association, also served as a volunteer instructor for the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) for 12 years, training first responders (police, fire, EMS, and search & rescue) across the Commonwealth. He also served as a member of DCJS’ Alzheimer’s Training Committee overseeing and developing statewide training programs for first responders on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. He was appointed by
Governor Mark R. Warner and served on the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Commission until 2012. He is a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP).
Daronda Combs – Daronda Combs, Esq., is managing attorney of the Marion Field Office of Southwest Virginia Legal Aid, where her practice focuses on domestic and family law, including elder abuse. She is a graduate of George Mason University, where she earned a B.A. in Integrative Studies with a Concentration in Environmental Law and Public Policy. She also holds a J.D. from Vermont Law School. In addition to 13 years as a Legal Aid attorney, Combs is a former Wythe County prosecutor.
She will be joined in this closing session of the day by a panel of local and regional professionals, including prosecutor Debra K. Sifford, elder abuse prevention specialist Janet Brennend, APS specialist Carol McCray, gerontologist Dr. Gary S. Williams, bank manager Doug Horne, and financial advisor James Lawson.
The registration fee for this training is $30 on or before July 20, and $40 for registrations received after July 20 (which are subject to availability). Registration fees include lunch and break refreshments. Limited walk-in registration, if any, is anticipated at the door. To register, visit https://swvalegalaid.regfox.com/2018-elder-abuse-conference