WEAAD Global Summit 2019

Experts from across the country came together in Washington, D.C. on June 11, 2019 for the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) Fifth Global Summit and the 15th anniversary of the commemorative day. This year's theme was "Lifting Up Voices" with the goal to champion elder justice and discuss elder financial exploitation. Dr. Elizabeth Podnieks, Founder of WEAAD, shared her vision "where we celebrate and respect older persons and their human rights." Her challenge to the crowd was finding a...
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The Guardians Film Screening in DC

 The Guardians – Trailer on Vimeo On Monday, June 10, 2019, the Center for Estate Administration Reform (CEAR), with the support of Senator Thom Tillis and No Equal Entertainment, hosted a free screening of the documentary “The Guardians” by Billie Mintz at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. as part of the World Elder Abuse Day activities including the Knowledge Is Power conference and WEAAD Fifth Global Summit. "The Guardians” describes the experience of victimized famil...
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Knowledge Is Power Conference

On June 10, 2019, Elder Dignity Co-Founder Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy was a featured speaker at Knowledge Is Power: A Workshop for Victims of Elder Financial Exploitation and Abuse in Washington, DC in conjunction with the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day activities. A former media executive, she presented Getting Your Voice Heard: 5 Keys To Working With Media, alongside Nathan Baca, Investigative Reporter with WJLA-TV ABC 7 in Arlington, VA. Other presentations included: Dr. Virginia Vince...
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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Events

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY ACTIVITIES Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy speaks at conference and documentary screening in Washington, D.C. to educate public about elder financial exploitation NEW YORK, NY – June 7, 2019 – Leading up to World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, 2019, there are a series of events in Washington, D.C. to address what is being called the silent crime of the 21st Century.  Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, Co-Founder of Elder Dignity, will be speaking at th...
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AAAPG Guardianship Event in Tampa

On February 20, 2019, Elder Dignity Co-Founder Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy was a featured speaker at the Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardianship (AAAPG) event in Tampa, Florida. An internationally-recognized transformational coach and yoga teacher, she was asked specifically to share expertise from her Power Living work. Many families and victims of legal abuse experience extreme stress and PTSD--particularly if a loved one has been victimized or abducted. After speaking a little about her ...
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“Ensuring Trust” Senate Hearing

On November 28, 2018, Elder Dignity Co-Founder Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy attended the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging Hearing, "Ensuring Trust: Strengthening State Efforts to Overhaul the Guardianship Process and Protect Older Americans" at the Senate Dirksen Office Building in Washington, DC. Watch the Hearing Aging Committee Report: https://www.aging.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Guardianship_Report_2018_gloss_compress.pdf
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Two Years of Forced Isolation

PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release, August 30, 2018 Contact: Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, elderdignity@hotmail.com, 212-901-6913 FLORIDA FLAGLER COUNTY COURT CONTINUES TO ENDORSE HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION OF A SENIOR 89-year-old African-American Woman Abducted and Isolated from Core Family for Two Years PALM COAST, FL - Today marks the two-year anniversary of the abduction of Dr. Lillie Sykes White in one of the most egregious elder exploitation cases in Florida. An overvi...
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AAAPG Protest in Ponte Vedra

On November 16, 2017, Elder Dignity Co-Founder Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy participated in the Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardianship (AAAPG) Protest Rally Against Abusive Guardianship at the National College of Probate Judges (NCPJ) Conference in Ponte Vedra, Florida. Families from across the country--Florida, Nevada, Washington, Wisconsin--came together to give voice to concerns about the abusive guardianships endorsed by the Probate Court. After the protest, the families and advocates g...
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“Trust Betrayed” Senate Hearing

On November 28, 2016, Elder Dignity Co-Founder Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy attended "Trust Betrayed: Financial Abuse of Older Americans by Guardians and Others in Power" U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging Hearing in Washington, DC. Watch the Hearing  
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Guardians At The Gates

The final gatekeeper in the Guardianship system is the judge. However, court-appointed guardians are given great power. Professional guardianship has been called a “growth business” in Florida, with the number increasing from 12 registered professional guardians in 2003 to 456 in 2015, according to the state’s Department of Elder Affairs. The Florida State Guardianship Association describes guardianship as “a process designed to protect and exercise the legal rights of individuals whose funct...
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