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 2019

LOCATION: To be Announced


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.  The WVEAAD Seminar is designed to provide quality education about elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation for both novice and experienced professionals. Seminar participants will build capacity of the resources available to combat abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation, promote intervention and prevention, and raise public awareness.


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 an individual who has advocated to end elder abuse and helped raise awareness of the issue. The term "elder abuse," for the purpose of this award, includes all types of mental, physical and verbal abuse, financial exploitation, and neglect of a person who is at least sixty years old, and is incapacitated or a facility resident. Any individual is eligible for the Ronald Nestor Award. The award is presented during the annual WVEAAD Seminar. To see previous award recipients click here.


The Seminar is open to West Virginia 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.


CE will be applied for West Virginia professionals and will be announced. 
The 2018 Seminar's Certificate of Attendance was e-mailed to all participants by June 22, 2018. If there are questions or issues regarding individual Certificate's contact the seminar coordinator at Megan.D.Mason@wv.gov.


Nancy Cipoletti - Communicating Effectively
Shawn Allen - Now What?
Talitha Guinn-Shaver - MDTs 101
Megan Mason - Elder Abuse
 Belen Bushman & Carolyn Brown - Elderly Veterans


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