Author: Julia Evans Starr

Cross-Cultural Communications Symposium: Moving from Empathy to Action

Cross-Cultural Communications Symposium: Moving from Empathy to Action

A statewide one-day symposium for anyone
seeking to communicate more effectively

Thursday, June 6th | 8:30am to 4:30pm
Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, Connecticut

Registration is Now Open! 

“People make decisions based on shared cultural values.”  Nat Kendall-Taylor. CEO, Frameworks Institute

We instinctively know that telling the right story can help us educate the public and our constituencies, and move our issues into public dialog. But few of us who work in government, education, law enforcement, criminal justice, disability rights, and other nonprofits are able to generate the primary research that would help us re-frame our message and develop the most effective communication strategies.

At this year’s symposium, we will have conversations about:

  • The importance of research,
  • Understanding how applied data can help us in our communities,
  • The strategies of successfully re-framing challenging issues,
  • The synergistic relationship between us and our government and how to best develop that relationship in order to serve constituencies, and
  • The changing nature and opportunities of a fluid media landscape, including traditional, ethnic and social media.

Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Moira O’Neil, Director of Research Interpretation and Application at FrameWorks Institute.

Congrats to our colleague Kevin Brophy honoree 2019 Carlson Forum

2019 CARLSON FORUM: The Aging Experience: Discrimination in the Workplace

June 6, 2019 ~ 8:30am -11:30am

Il Monticello Banquet Facility, 577 S Broad St, Meriden, CT 06450 (Wallingford/Meriden town line)

Keynote Speakers:  Attorney Kimberly Jacobsen, Attorney Cheryl A. Sharp, Deputy Director of the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities (CHRO)

Carlson Award Honoree:  Attorney Kevin Brophy, Director of Elder Law, CT Legal Services

This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the CT Coalition on Aging with support from the Harold Carlson Fund

RSVP by May 29 to:  Beverly Kidder (bkidder@aoascc.org)

CT Conference ~ “Aging Matters: Creating My Bucket List”

This Aging Matters conference will be held on May 3, 2019 from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm at the Keeney Center in Wethersfield, CT.

Presented by:  Connecticut Coalition on Aging and Developmental Disabilities, The CT Department of Developmental Services. DORS CT State Unit on Aging, The CT Chapter of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

For more information about the dynamic speakers and topics and to register see this conference brochure.

 

Call for artists: The Road to Elder Justice -WEAAD Virtual Art Gallery

The Road to Elder Justice – WEAAD Virtual Art Gallery

The Elder Justice Roadmap helped prioritize how to address and prevent elder abuse. Now the aim is to celebrate and build on all of its accomplishments in the WEAAD (World Elder Abuse Awareness Day) Virtual Art Gallery. You are invited to create and submit art that provides an artistic representation of the aging process with one or all of the following themes: equality and justice, respect, empowerment, connections, engagement, community, healing, hope and happiness. All entries will be displayed in a virtual gallery with links to National websites and will receive National recognition as determined appropriate.

Who may enter?  Creative adults 18+ from around the country.

Submissions are due by June 1, 2019.

Go here to learn more and to submit your artwork 

Free AARP event: Learn from an expert how to outsmart a con artist

Join the AARP Fraud Watch Network for a presentation by Frank W. Abagnale to learn how the world’s leading expert can help you outsmart con artists.

This is a free event.

Thursday, June 6, 2019| 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

6:00 p.m.: Doors Open

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: Main Event

Mohegan Sun Convention Center, Sky Convention Center – Uncas Ballroom, 1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard, Uncasville, CT  06382

Parking available in the Riverview Garage – park on Levels 1, 3, 4 or 5 and enter through the EAST entrance following the turtle path to the Sky Convention Center – Uncas Ballroom

Registration:  1-877-926-8300 or

https://aarp.cvent.com/AbagnaleCT2019

Webinar on Suspicious Activity Reports on Elder Financial Exploitation

Join issue experts from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Office for Older Americans for a free webinar on April 9th from 2:00pm – 3:00pm highlighting the findings from its new report, Suspicious Activity Reports on Elder Financial Exploitation: Issues and Trends. The webinar will provide key facts, trends, and patterns revealed in these Suspicious Activity Reports—or SARs—filed by banks, credit unions, money transmitters, and other financial services providers. Presenters will discuss the implications of these findings and next steps.

Key audiences for this webinar include financial institutions, law enforcement, prosecution, adult protective services, the aging network, and others working to enhance protections for older adults. CFPB’s first-ever public analysis provides a chance to better understand elder fraud and find ways to improve prevention and response.

Please RSVP to: olderamericans@cfpb.gov

 Webinar Details:

April 9, 2019 from 2:00 – 3:00pm (Eastern Time Zone)

 

To join via webinar:

  1. Click here to join webinar online
  2. For audio please call: 1-800-779-4691

–Conference number: PWXW8892029

–Audience passcode: 7732522

Beware of Recent Scams and Frauds

Social Security Call Scam is on the rise again in Connecticut (2/11/19):  There have been several reports from Connecticut residents that they are receiving calls that their Social Security number has been compromised. This is a scam and you should not provide any information to the caller. Hang up and report it to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at ftc.gov/complaint or by calling 1-877-382-4357. Wondering what the scam sounds like?  Visit the FTC website to hear a recording of the Social Security Scam.

FTC & FDA Warnings concerning supplement sellers (2/11/19):  This week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warning letters to certain companies making unproven claims that their products can treat or cure Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions. Many of these products are sold on websites and social media platforms – and called “dietary supplements” or natural remedies. But that doesn’t mean they are necessarily safe. For more information read the FTC blog post here.

Phantom Debt Collection Scheme (2/8/19):  Getting a call about a debt you don’t owe – or even recognize – can be annoying. It can be downright scary when the caller claims to be a lawyer and threatens legal action if you don’t pay. Such are the ploys of phantom debt collectors: lies, harassment, intimidation and threats. For more information read the FTC blog post here.

 

Free Webcast: Recognizing Elder Abuse on Legal Helplines and Hotlines

When: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 11:00 am PT/2:00 pm ET. 

Recognizing elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation of older adults over the phone presents unique challenges for legal helpline and hotline advocates, and it requires skills specific to phone communication. Elder abuse may be hidden within the issue presented by the caller, and legal aid attorneys, pro bono attorneys, and staff have the difficult task of spotting these issues and determining the best way to handle them.  Go here to learn more and register for NCLERs free webcast.

 

The National Center on Law and Elder Rights (NCLER) provides free trainings and resources for thousands of advocates a year regarding issues facing low-income older adults. Learn more in NCLER’s new video!

CDAA National Elder & Dependent Adult Abuse Symposium

A Multi-disciplinary Training Event:  CDAA National Elder & Dependent Adult Abuse, April 15-18, 2019 @ the Hyatt Regency Orange County, Anaheim, CA.  This training is designed for prosecutors, investigators, law enforcement, adult protective services administrators and case workers, state and local agency personnel, medical professionals, coroners and medical examiners, and victim/witness advocates who work with the DA Office.  Go here for more information and to register.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2019

Lifting Up Voices for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) 2019:  Lifting Up the Voices of Older Survivors is both the title and the foundation for a new video project which features survivors throughout the Unites States sharing their stories and experiences of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and financial exploitation. Additionally, the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) and the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL) invite you to use a soon to be released collection of special Lifting Up Voices outreach and campaigning tools in your community.  If you would like to be placed on a list to receive this new collection of resources, please go here.  Submitting your information will also enable you to receive notifications on the Office of Victims of Crime Lifting Up Voices of Older Survivors by NCALL and Terra Nova Films video release in Summer 2019.