Institute on Aging Conference Educates Attorneys and Social Workers on Assisting Victims of Elder Abuse

LRIS-aging-confA recent conference held at the Institute on Aging brought together those who see firsthand the effects of elder financial, physical, and emotional abuse, including BASF’s Lawyer Referral and Information Service’s Director of Public Services Programs Carole Conn. Social workers and civil attorneys learned from one another in this day-long conference.

Breakout sessions included discussions of strategies for distinguishing when a civil referral is appropriate and resources that social workers can utilize when they become aware that an elderly client may be the victim of abuse.

Panelists also discussed how a social work perspective can assist an attorney to make a better case and when an attorney should recommend that a client seek social services.

Panelists included Jonathan McCurdy, LRIS Elder Abuse Panel attorney; Carole Conn, LRIS; Akiko Takeshita, supervising attorney, Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach; Judy Hitchcock, staff attorney, Legal Assistance to the Elderly; Prescott Cole, senior staff attorney, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform; and Sarah Hooper, assistant director of programs and Adjunct Faculty at UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science and Health Policy.

For more information on LRIS’s Elder Abuse Panel of attorneys, email Yvonne Ng, LRIS Membership Coordinator, at