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CEU: Preventing & Responding to Elder Abuse

Social Workers & Nurses - Earn 1 FREE CEU Credit!


According to the National Council on Aging, up to 5 million elders are abused each year in the United States, yet only 1 in 14 cases of abuse are reported to the authorities. As a professional working regularly with this population, you’re in a unique position to prevent and respond to the physical, mental, and financial abuse of the seniors that you serve. All too often, the signs of abuse and neglect aren’t obvious or are covered up by the perpetrators and victims alike – so how do you identify abuse is occurring?


In this interactive and practical session, participants will learn how to:




  • Recognize risk factors for abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation




  • Identify reporting barriers that prevent older adults from seeking intervention




  • Review and discuss Minnesota’s statutes and related statistics




  • Investigate reporting responsibilities and intervention strategies




  • Pinpoint best practices for preventing elder abuse in private and public settings




About the Presenter...


Marit Anne Peterson, JD, Program Director, Minnesota Elder Justice Center
Prior to joining the Elder Justice Center, Marit Anne Peterson practiced estate planning and elder law with a metro-area law firm. Marit currently serves on the governing council of the Minnesota State Bar Association's Elder Law section, and is a member of the Probate and Trust Law section. Marit is also an adjunct faculty member at Augsburg College in the Philosophy Department, where she teaches ethics and bioethics in the adult undergraduate program. She serves on the Olmstead Specialty Committee for the Prevention of Abuse and Neglect; and on the steering committee for Minnesota’s Working Interdisciplinary Network of Guardianship Stakeholders.