World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Events



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 the “Knowledge Is Power” conference, as well as on a panel discussion after the screening of “The Guardians.”

American seniors are being exploited financially, stripped of their constitutional rights, isolated, medicated, even jailed while their wills, trusts, and powers-of-attorney records are ignored. With no official research data complied, current estimates range from $36 billion to $3.5 trillion in losses annually. Kennedy’s aunt, Dr. Lillie Sykes White, has been entrapped in an involuntary guardianship in Florida since 2012. In one of the most egregious cases in the country, Dr. White was abducted by a court-appointed guardian and has been sequestered from her sister and 50-plus nieces and nephews for almost three years while her $4 million estate is being spent down by a team of attorneys. There is no legal justification for Dr. White’s isolation. A simple Trust issue was brought under the jurisdiction of the Probate Court through the manipulation and color of law.

“When the judicial system is broken, the media plays an even bigger role by leveraging the court of public opinion,” stated Kennedy, a former media executive who will be presenting on “Getting Your Voice Heard: 5 Keys To Working With The Media,” alongside Nathan Baca, Investigative Reporter WJLA TV – ABC 7, Arlington, VA.

Mon, June 10, 2019

Knowledge Is Power * 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT

An all-day free conference entitled “Knowledge is Power, a Workshop for Elder Abuse Victims,” sponsored by The Arters Group, and hosted by Bank Policy Institute in coordination with Wells Fargo Advisors. The program will include experts on this growing crime and the broken justice system that fuels it. Location: Bank Policy Institute, 600 13th St NW, #400 Washington, DC 20005. Details, including list of speakers, can be obtained at:

The Guardians Screening & Panel Discussion * 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

The Center for Estate Administration Reform (CEAR), with the support of Senator Thom Tillis and No Equal Entertainment, will be hosting a free screening of the documentary “The Guardians” by Billie Mintz and a panel discussion. The film describes the experience of victimized families in Las Vegas, Nevada from 2010-2017 who ultimately found a degree of justice by exposing the pattern and practice of fraudulent guardianships. The panel discussion will answer questions about how the movie was produced, how estate trafficking occurs in an equity court environment, and what you can do to avoid legal community exploitation. Location: Russell Senate Office Building, RM 325 – 2 Constitution Ave, NE Washington, DC 20002  The Guardians – Trailer on Vimeo

Tues, June 11, 2019

An all-day free conference sponsored by the National Adult Protective Services Association and the Administration for Community Living at the Securities and Exchange Building and an evening social event with dignitaries at the Capitol. Tickets can be ordered on Eventbrite at:

Wed, June 12, 2019

CEAR, Elder Dignity and The Arters Group are planning meetings with key staffers in the House and Senate to discuss pending and needed federal legislation to best protect seniors, as well as share case studies.

More details on Elder Dignity at and Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy at