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A World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Webinar

June 10, 2021
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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day


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Elder Abuse in the Context of COVID-19:

Recent Trends and Recommendations for Response

A World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Webinar

Presented by the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL), the Milwaukee County DHHS Disabilities Services Division – Adult Protective Services, and the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare’s Office of Applied Gerontology

Thursday, June 10, 2021 – 2:00 – 3:30 PM CDT

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, there has been a significant increase in reports of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Social distancing practices enacted to limit community spread have exacerbated the social isolation of older adults especially, leaving them at an increased risk for mistreatment. Many older adults and their caretakers are experiencing additional financial strains, as well as limited access to in-person healthcare and social support services.

This webinar will provide an overview of recent trends in elder abuse incidence and a discussion of risk factors specific to conditions of the pandemic. Recommendations for social workers, social service staff, criminal justice personnel, and medical professionals on how to identify and respond to signs of elder abuse during this transitional time will also be provided.

No-cost webinar. 1.5 CEHs earned for social workers, LPCs, and MFTs.


Dr. LaTrice buck, DSW, CSAC, ICS

Founder and Director, INSPIRE Consulting, LLC

Consultant, National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL)

Dr. LaTrice Buck founded INSPIRE Consulting in 2008 to counsel, educate, and train professionals in the field of trauma and substance abuse. Dr. Buck was the Director of the Milwaukee Women’s Center for over 14 years, where she provided services in areas related to elders and later life, domestic and substance abuse, prevention and treatment, as well as management and program implementation. She currently serves as a consultant to the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life.

Dr. Buck is nationally recognized as an expert in family violence and substance abuse. She has trained child welfare, W2, and criminal justice professionals on the signs and effects of addiction and domestic violence. Additionally, Dr. Buck has presented at various conferences including those for Black Administrators in Child Welfare, the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), the Child Welfare League of America, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), and the Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance.

Ann Laatsch, JD

Justice System Coordinator, National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL)

Ms. Ann Laatsch, Esq. is the Justice System Coordinator for the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL), a project of End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin (End Abuse), and is responsible for nationwide leadership within the criminal justice system on enhancing safety and the quality of life of older victims and survivors of abuse. In this role, she also provides training and technical assistance on justice system issues, and creates training materials and curricula on justice system responses to abuse in later life.

In her past work, she has provided legal representation to survivors of domestic and elder abuse, and people with disabilities. She has developed and presented trainings on a range of topics including domestic violence, housing law, public benefits, elder rights, and disability issues. She is a graduate of Carroll University and received her law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2005.


This presentation will be followed by a Q&A session moderated by Dr. Colleen Galambos, Helen Bader Endowed Chair in Applied Gerontology at UW-Milwaukee.

Questions? Contact Jen Kahn-Pettigrew in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare’s Office of Applied Gerontology.


This is a World Elder Abuse Awareness Day event.

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