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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“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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A Joyous Reunion after 810 Days

November 17, 2018 - After 810 days, Dr. Lillie Sykes White saw her sister, Janie Sykes-Kennedy, and niece, Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, for the first time since she was abducted on August 30, 2016 by the court-appointed guardian Sara Caldwell and attorney ad litem Tance Roberts. Despite the court agents painting a picture in documents that the family was "agitating" Dr. White, it was a joyous reunion. When Dr. White saw her sister walk in the room she immediately exclaimed, "My beautiful sister Ja...
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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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$36 Billion Piggy Bank

Richard Cordray, Director of Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, called elder financial exploitation the “crime of the 21st century.” Approximately 36.9% of seniors are affected by financial abuse in a given five-year period. According to The True Link Report on Elder Financial Abuse 2015, $36.48 billion a year is lost by victims of elder financial abuse — more than twelve times what was previously reported. $6.7 billion is stolen through Trust Abuse, when friends, family, or paid h...
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