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Legal Assistance for Seniors: Fall Webinar Series on Elder Abuse

September 29, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Legal Assistance for SeniorsTraining Tuesdays: 4-week Series, Sept. 15th – October 6th, 12-1:30 p.m. (1.5 Continuing Education Units per class)

Legal Assistance for Seniors: Fall Webinar Series on Elder Abuse

Each year, IOA is a proud co-host of Legal Assistance for Seniors’ Annual Conference on Elder Abuse at Golden Gate University, in San Francisco. Life in the age of COVID-19 changed those plans; however, after deliberation and discussion, LAS decided to dial it back, create a webinar series, and fit it into IOA’s Training Tuesday format.

LAS’ four-part webinar series is free of charge to all IOA employees, thanks to IOA’s Elder Abuse Prevention and Education departments.  In fact, everyone may attend for free, but donations are gratefully accepted, to further LAS’ work.   Each presentation will run for 90 minutes, followed by a moderated Q&A session. We encourage everyone to come prepared with questions to submit to the panelists.

Registrants will receive their Zoom participation link a few days before their selected event takes place.

Read webinar descriptions below and register at this link for any or all of the trainings (and check out the banner love for IOA on their page):


Webinar 1: Toward a More Just, Less Ageist Society: An Elder Justice Agenda

Date: Tuesday, September 15th

Presenter: Lisa Nerenberg, MSW, MPH, Executive Director, California Elder Justice Coalition

Drawing from her 35 years as an advocate, Lisa Nerenberg will trace the forces that have given rise to the elder justice movement. These include heightened attention to ageism, the acceptance of elder abuse as a public health concern, and the global movement to adopt a universal convention for the rights of older people. Ms. Nerenberg will describe a framework for enhancing individual rights and social justice at the individual, interpersonal, community, and systemic levels. In doing so, she offers a vision for a more just society for older adults and people of all ages who aspire to live long and healthy lives.

Webinar 2: The Aging Landscape in California: An Overview of the 2020 Budget, Legislation, COVID Policy Response and the Master Plan for Aging

Date: Tuesday, September 22nd


– Kevin Prindiville, Esq., Executive Director, Justice in Aging, and

– Claire Ramsey, Esq., Senior Staff Attorney, Justice in Aging

California’s older adults are facing daunting challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Second LAS Webinar will focus on these matters, as well as on other important issues facing seniors in the golden state. In addition to an overview of the 2020 Budget, legislation and the state’s Master Plan for Aging, the presenters will provide insight into getting more involved in aging policy advocacy efforts.


Webinar 3: Recognizing, Preventing and Addressing Financial Elder Abuse

Date: Tuesday, September 29th


– Kimberly Swierenga, Esq., MBA, Swierenga Law & Mediation, and

– Judy Anderson, M.A., J.D., Assistant Regional Director, Investor Services, US Securities and Exchange Commission, San Francisco Regional Office

Fraud is often thought to refer to stranger-induced scams such as fake credit card schemes, lottery and prize promotions, and phony investment sales–typically sold through the internet, tele-marketing, or by direct mail. However, most financial abuse and exploitation is committed by “trusted others” – individuals such as relatives, caregivers, fiduciaries, financial planners, insurance agents, and other professionals or advisers who are in close relationships with a vulnerable senior and, therefore, in a position to exploit that relationship. Financial exploitation of seniors is a growing problem. This webinar will seek to explain these matters and help individuals learn how to avoid such fraud.


Webinar 4: The Future is [almost] Here: Electronic Wills in California

Date: Tuesday, October 6th

Presenter: David Little, Esq., Hartog, Baer & Hand

The digitization of all things has only become more urgent with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Some states have enacted legislation to allow electronic wills, updating laws that go back centuries. California’s electronic will statute has not been enacted, but recent cases in other states have allowed electronic wills, even without legislation. David Little will explain these cases, other state’s laws, and California’s proposed legislation.


September 29, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


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