Our next WAVE meeting will be January 23, 2017 at the Bethesda Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, MD 20014. This is our ‘Annual Meeting” at which we will elect new Board Member s. After the feature program, when we join group discussions, one group will meet with Mr. Anthony Nerino of The Corporation for National and Community Service to talk about a research project they are sponsoring, the Community Conversations Project.
The feature program will be a presentation by Dr. Sid Stahl, who will talk about Elder Abuse. What he will cover and his bio are below. It should be an excellent presentation with time for questions and discussion.
9:30 – 9:45 Coffee and Refreshments
9:45 - 10:10 WAVE Business Meeting *
10:10 - 11:00 Program: ELDER ABUSE: “THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY” (and a little hope).
11:00 - 11:10 Break
11:10 - Noon Discussion Groups for Executive Directors, Developing Villages and Operating Villages
Community Conversations Research Project with Mr. Anthony Nerino
Mr. Nerino of the Research & Evaluation Division of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency, is asking WAVE villages to participate in a study on civic engagement and volunteering at the community level. The study aims to identify best practices to strengthen engagement and volunteering, factors that promote these activities and to measure them. The project is partnering with George Washington University.
The Board will also recommend a slate of officers with the following configuration: Three Presidential Co-Chairs representing DC, MD & VA; two Secretaries (Corporate/Recording and Corresponding) and Treasurer.
Each year in the U.S. about 10% of the elderly population is affected by elder abuse; and the consequences are often devastating. This rate is estimated to be greater than the number of Americans who contract all forms of cancer each year. Yet the federal government has only recently begun to turn its attention to elder abuse. The lack of funding for research and services related to prevention, treatment, and understanding of elder abuse may result in significant social problem in the foreseeable future. This picture is especially problematic when we consider the rapid aging of the U.S. population and the “coming of age” of the Baby Boomers.
The presentation will discuss how elder abuse is defined, the various types of elder abuse and the prevalence of each type in the U.S. What we know about elder abuse (the “good”), what we don’t know (the “bad”) and who is in charge at various levels of the society (the “ugly”) will also be discussed. Finally, and to introduce “a little hope,” the discussion will turn to what is happening around the U.S. today to deal with the pervasive problem of elder abuse.
Sidney M. Stahl, PhD had served as the Chief of the Individual Behavioral Processes Branch at the National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 1996 until his retirement in 2012. At NIA, Dr. Stahl was responsible for research in promoting diversity in aging as well as building research programs on elder abuse, long-term care, caregiving and behavioral medicine.
Dr. Stahl had worked to foster research programs to identify, prevent and treat elder abuse. He serves as Expert Consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice on research issues related to elder abuse and had served as Expert Consultant to the U.S. Administration for Community Living/Administration on Aging. In the latter capacity, he was instrumental in implementing the portion of the Affordable Care Act that created the Cabinet-level Elder Justice Coordinating Council which coordinates activities throughout the federal government on issues regarding elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation.
The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) chose Dr. Stahl as the 2012 recipient of the Donald P. Kent Award; an honor given annually to a GSA member who best exemplifies the highest standards for professional leadership in gerontology through teaching, service and interpretation of gerontology to the larger part of society. Prior to his career at NIH, Dr. Stahl served as a professor of medical sociology and social gerontology at Purdue University. He has published three books and over 100 articles and chapters on the health of older Americans; including social factors in chronic diseases, minority aging health and statistical methods for the measurement of health in aging populations. He served as consultant to the World Health Organization in Geneva and Beijing as well as a Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University in England.