Elder Abuse Awareness Day


West Virginia Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WVEAAD):
An Annual Seminar on Abuse, Neglect, and Financial Exploitation Against West Virginia's Most Vulnerable Adults

DATE: June 7, 2018

LOCATION: University of Charleston
                     Geary Student Union Building ~ 3rd Floor ~ Ballroom
                     2300 MacCorkle Ave., SE
                     Charleston, WV 25304

The WVEAAD Seminar is designed to provide quality education about elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation for both novice and experienced professionals. WVEAAD’s learning objectives include:

  • To build upon a professional's capacity of resources available to combat abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation;
  • To promote intervention and prevention; and
  • To raise public awareness.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was launched on June 15, 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons. WVEAAD began in 2010 and partners with multiple organizations to bring awareness of abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation to the public eye, and to educate professionals on how to combat them.


The seminar is free and open to professionals, but pre-registration is required and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. If registration capacity is reached, a waiting list will be implemented. If you do not receive an email confirmation, you may not be registered. Please contact the below identified person for confirmation.

To register for the seminar, use the following link:

Information about the agenda and presenters will be posted shortly.

CE has been approved for the following professions in West Virginia:

Social Worker: 7.5 hours (1 hour in ethics and 2 hours in mental health conditions specific to veterans)
Law Enforcement: 8.0 hours
Nursing: 7.5 credits (2.5 credits in ethics and 2 credits in mental health conditions specific to veterans)
Lawyers: pending approval
Domestic Violence Advocates Certification: 7.5 hours
WVU Gerontology Practitioners Certificate: 7.5 hours

The Ronald Nestor Award was created in recognition of Ronald Nestor, the first Adult Services Director at the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), and an advocate for social work for more than 45 years. In his career, he received the Anita S. Harbert Outstanding Achievement in Aging Award in 2009 and the Robert Jackson Award in 2008 for his contribution to the West Virginia Governor’s Summit on Aging.

The Ronald Nestor Award is to recognize individuals who have advocated to end elder abuse and helped raise awareness of the issue. An individual from any field of practice is eligible for this award, provided he or she has worked to end elder abuse or has promoted awareness of the issue in West Virginia, and is a resident or a native of West Virginia. The award recipient is announced at the annual WVEAAD Seminar.

For additional information on the award criteria click here [PDF], and to submit a nomination for the 2018 Ronald Nestor Award use the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QPJ9C35   

2017 - Susan “Susie” Layne
Susan “Susie” Layne’s career began in social services with the Aged and Disabled Waiver Program 26 years ago. In 1998, Susie became an Adult Protective Services Supervisor and served in this role for 9 years. She was then promoted to be the Adult Services Policy Specialist where she worked to change legislation protecting incapacitated adults, wrote policy for Adult Services, presented on elder abuse, and served on 24 committees. Susie initiated West Virginia’s Elder Abuse Awareness Day in 2010, as well as the Ronald Nestor Award. She currently serves as the Personal Options Program Director for the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services, where she continues to promote education and awareness of the issue of elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation.

2016 – Dreama Stanley, Adult Protective Services
2015 – Steve Cooper, Charleston Police Department
2014 – Joan Huddall
2013 – Glenda Setler






For additional information or questions about the 2018 WVEAAD Seminar, contact Megan Mason at Megan.D.Mason@wv.gov

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