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Elder Justice and Public Policy for an Aging Society

Date and Time

Monday, April 11, 2022
12 - 3 p.m. ET

Offered via live webinar.

Completion of this class will result in the receipt of three (3) continuing education hours.

Registration will close at midnight of the day before the class.

Healthcare providers have notable discomfort engaging individuals around issues of abuse, mistreatment, and exploitation of older adults. Although there are requirements for reporting elder abuse, healthcare provider discomfort and lack of experience contribute to it being the least reported type of domestic violence. Data suggest that one in ten older adults in the United States are mistreated or neglected, so social workers can expect to encounter these situations in many settings including family services, health care settings, and services for seniors. The United States has laws at the state and national level to protect older adults. As mandated reporters in most states, social workers are integral to identifying, assisting, and reporting instances of elder abuse. This class will describe elder abuse, signs, and risk factors and cover local, state, and national policy and legislation for older adults. We will review historical context, existing policies, and needed policies.


  1. Define the major forms of elder abuse and their distinguishing characteristics
  2. Understand the responsibilities of protecting the vulnerable adult and reporting abuse/neglect
  3. Describe major policy and funding resources for elder justice
  4. Identify multiple roles that social workers can play in Elder Justice Framework.

Robert BlancatoRobert Blancato, MPA

Robert “Bob” Blancato is the National Coordinator of the bipartisan, 3000-member, Elder Justice Coalition and was President of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse from 2000-2005. He’s the current Executive Director of the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs, National Coordinator of the Defeat Malnutrition Today coalition, and President of Matz, Blancato and Associates. Bob has long been recognized as a national advocate with policy expertise on behalf of older adults. In 2019, he was invited by both the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee to testify on a range of issues. As a volunteer, he currently serves on the National Board of AARP and the board of the National Hispanic Council on Aging. In 2019, Bob began a four-year term on the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services, appointed by HHS Secretary Azar. Bob holds a BA from Georgetown University and an MPA from American University. Bob has won numerous awards for advocacy, most recently the American Society for Aging’s ASA Hall of Fame Award awarded in April 2021.

Laura BorthLaura Borth, MS, RD

Laura Borth is a policy associate for Matz, Blancato and Associates whose work includes policy research and development for the Elder Justice Coalition, National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs, and Defeat Malnutrition Today. She is a Registered Dietitian and holds a BS from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and MS from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Class fees are listed below:

  • Full Tuition - $90
  • GSS Alumni - $75
  • Current Fordham Field Instructor - $75
  • Current Fordham Adjunct Faculty - $75
  • SWHPN Member - $75
  • 3+ members registering from one agency - $60 per registration
  • Non-Fordham Current MSW or Social Work PhD Student - $60
  • Veterans - $60
  • Fordham Faculty and Staff - $60
  • Current Fordham MSW or PhD Student - $45
  • Fordham Alumni Palliative Care Fellow - $45
  • Current Fordham Palliative Care Fellowship Field Instructor/Career Mentor - $45
  • Current Fordham Palliative Care Fellow or Montefiore Fellow - $0

You will receive the Zoom link for joining the class by the day before the class. You will need a computer and a reliable WiFi connection. The computer may be a desktop or a laptop. It may be an Apple or Windows computer.

If you have never used Zoom before, you will likely be prompted to download an applet, which is a small program that allows Zoom to communicate with your computer. This is safe and you will need to do this to join the class.

It is NOT advised that you participate using a table (e.g,.an iPad) or a cellular phone. The software is not optimized for these devices.

Please plan to join the online class 15 minutes before the start time to be sure that you don’t have any problems connecting. We cannot provide technical support to you and refunds won’t be offered if you have technical problems. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please contact us at at least a few days before the class.