June 09, 2021 Baltimore County

The Baltimore County Restoring Elder Safety Today (BC-REST) is commemorating the annual World Elder Awareness Day with a seminar for the community. The theme of the workshop is: Stand up and Take Your Power Back.

In senior apartment buildings, senior centers and other places where older adults gather, aggressive members may taunt, intimidate or exclude others.  What can you do if this happens to you or a friend?
Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Registration: email ombudsman@baltimorecountymd.gov or call 410-887-4200
Featured Speaker: Jacke L. Schroder, LCSW-C

Jacke holds a dual Master’s degree in Administration and Clinical Social Work from the University of Maryland.  Ms. Schroeder has over 30 years of substantive practice experience in the health and human services arena, with deep knowledge of the needs of older adults and disenfranchised families. Jacke is a trained Volunteer Ombudsman with the Baltimore City Health Department’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program. 

With expertise in effectively leading complex projects and teams, developing pioneering programs and advocating for justice, Jacke is the Director of SAFE: Stop Abuse of Elders, a program of CHANA.   SAFE educates the community about abuse of older adults and provides high-quality consultation and direct services for professionals and individuals in need of information, safety, and support.  She is a three-time published author and an ordained Maggidah-in the ancient Jewish tradition, a teller of stories about the journey of the soul.  Jacke co-facilitates the powerful Finding Your Voice writing and speaking groups at CHANA.

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. The purpose of WEAAD is to provide an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older people by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect.

In addition, WEAAD is in support of the United Nations International Plan of Action acknowledging the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue. In a society that values the just treatment of all people, WEAAD reminds us that elder abuse has implications for all of us, and so it’s important to find the right solutions to it. WEAAD is a call-to-action for society’s individuals, organizations, and communities to educate each other on how to identify, address and prevent abuse so we can all do our part to support everyone as we age.