I hope you’ve been having a wonderful month! I can’t believe how quickly spring has sprung. This year already seems to be in fast forward. I don’t know about you, but I’m trying to slow down and enjoy this segue into the warmer months. Spring is a refreshing time of year that feels so hopeful. Here at Empowered Aging, we’re excited for the months ahead. There are so many causes and events to raise awareness and drive support for the vulnerable community of older adults that we serve. We’re preparing for Older Americans Month in May and Elder Abuse Awareness Month and Day in June.
Speaking of events, we’re excited to share a recap of our partnership event with the Lesher Speaker Series featuring Dr. Leana Wen, which took place on April 4th. We will also be providing a couple of other event updates, some job openings, volunteer opportunities, and more. Before I sign off, I must mention that we just wrapped up a fabulous Elder Justice Lunch & Learn session focused on emergency housing and shelter needs for elder abuse victims with Joy Solomon of The Weinberg Center. The work Joy and her team is doing are tremendous. I encourage you to visit our website and check out our entire library of presentations, including this one.
Thank you so much to all of you for your hard work throughout our communities. If you or someone you know needs help, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team by calling 925-685-2070. And if you know someone who should be receiving our content, please feel free to forward this email to them.
On April 4th, Empowered Aging teamed up with the Lesher Foundation for their Newsmakers: Lesher Speaker Series. This fantastic annual event works to spark engagement, discussion, and inspiration around some of today’s important issues. We’re honored to have been the sponsor and non-profit partner for this month’s featuring Dr. Leana Wen. Not only is Dr. Wen a Public Health Professor at George Washington University, but she is also “an emergency physician, CNN medical analyst, and contributing columnist for The Washington Post, where she writes a weekly column and anchors the new Post newsletter, ‘The Checkup with Dr. Wen.’ Previously, she served as Baltimore’s Health Commissioner and is the author of the new book, Lifelines: A Doctor’s Journey in the Fight for Public Health.” Our team had a fabulous time hearing her insights about the pandemic, health, and equity. Thank you to both Dr. Wen and the Lesher Foundation for this wonderful opportunity. For more information about the Lesher Speaker Series, visit https://www.lesherspeakerseries.org.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Month and Day are right around the corner, and after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse Awareness Event is back! Empowered Aging will be hosting this event alongside the California Department of Social Services, the California Association of Area Agencies on Aging, the California Department of Aging, the California Elder Justice Coalition, and the Child and Family Policy Institute of California. Our executive director Nicole Howell will be speaking during the event, and we’re very excited to announce that our keynote speakers will be Stu Maddox and Joseph Applebaum, creators of the film “Gen Silent” and, most recently, “All the Lonely People.” Stu and Joseph will be sharing an exclusive clip from “All the Lonely People,” which sheds light on the epidemic of chronic loneliness and social isolation. This year’s event will be a hybrid event, so you have the option of attending in person or virtually. Please follow this registration link to reserve your spot and join us in person. If you can’t make it or prefer to participate virtually, you can sign up for the virtual version of the event here. We can’t wait to connect with you and strengthen our roles as advocates for this critical cause.
According to the National Institute on Aging, every 1 in 10 adults over 60 is abused, neglected, or financially defrauded. Our mission at Empowered Aging is to keep older adults engaged and active in their communities, fighting elder abuse and ageism. But we can’t do it alone. We need your support to help keep our programs going and expand our reach. Visit www.EmpoweredAging.org to learn how you can make a difference today!