Coming Back Strong After COVID-19: Federal Elder Justice Innovations and Resources

Source: National Center on Elder Abuse

Published: 2021


Every community has different circumstances, strengths, challenges, and priorities when it comes to addressing and raising awareness of elder abuse. In the face of the many challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the elder justice community has found opportunities to innovate, collaborate, and educate to mitigate the risks of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. This webinar will highlight prominent elder justice issues and resources to strengthen the elder justice movement as we rebuild from the pandemic. Attendees will learn about tools and tips to enhance their elder abuse outreach and response efforts and strategies to spark community engagement.

Join us for a national conversation and hear from the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) and our partners at Administration for Community Living (ACL), Elder Justice Initiative at the Department of Justice (DOJ), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Social Security Administration (SSA), and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

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Featured speakers


Edwin L. Walker, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging, U.S. Administration on Aging within the Administration for Community Living (ACL)

As the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging, Edwin L. Walker leads the Administration on Aging in advocating on behalf of older Americans.
In this capacity, he guides and promotes the development of home and community-based long-term care programs, policies, and services designed to afford older people and their caregivers the ability to age with dignity and independence and to have a broad array of options available for an enhanced quality of life. This includes the promotion and implementation of evidence-based prevention interventions proven effective in avoiding or delaying the onset of chronic disease and illness.

Adam Bloomfield, Financial Economist, Division of Trading and Markers, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

Adam Bloomfield is a Financial Economist in the Division of Trading and Markets (TM) at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). He is the co-founder and current director of the SEC’s Retail and Behavioral Finance (RBF) Working Group, which consolidates SEC expertise and capacity in the areas of behavioral economics, investor outcomes, and other topics in household finance and translates this expertise into numerous research, analytics, and economic advisory projects. His research and policy expertise is in applied microeconomics, household finance, and behavioral economics.

Deborah M. Royster, Assistant Director, Office for Older Americans, U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

Deborah M. Royster serves as Assistant Director, Office for Older Americans, at the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“the Bureau”). In this role, Ms. Royster leads a team of talented, mission driven professionals to advance the mission of the Office for Older Americans to help protect older consumers across the nation from financial harm, and to help older consumers make sound financial decisions as they grow older.

Erin Scheithe, Content and Outreach Specialist, Office for Older Americans, U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

Erin Scheithe joined the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2017. She now serves as the Content and Outreach Specialist for the Bureau’s Office for Older Americans. Prior to joining the CFPB, she served as the Vice President of Grassroots at the American Bankers Association and was responsible for encouraging bankers to engage with their members of Congress.

Lydia E. Chévere, Public Affairs Specialist of Social Security Administration (SSA)

Lydia E. Chévere has served as Public Affairs Specialist in Baltimore, MD since July 2004. As a Public Affairs Specialist, she is responsible for carrying out public information projects to improve the public’s understanding of the various Social Security Programs. She represents Social Security Administration in local events organized by local, regional and national organizations benefiting individuals at conferences, workshops, seminars and meetings.  

Susan C Lynch, Senior Counsel for Elder Justice, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

Susan C Lynch, JD, DrPH is Senior Counsel for Elder Justice at the Department of Justice where she has been civilly prosecuting healthcare fraud cases for over 20 years.  Dr. Lynch is the Department expert on failure of care nursing home cases and is the National Lead for the Department’s 10 Elder Justice Task Forces across the nation.  Dr. Lynch is also a national lead on the Department’s new Elder Justice Coordinator Training.  She has resolved some of the Department’s most complicated nursing home cases, obtaining the Department’s largest civil settlements in these matters.  Dr. Lynch also works extensively on the Department’s elder justice policy as part of the Department’s Elder Justice Initiative and has her Doctor of Public Health in Health Policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a focus on gerontology.  Dr. Lynch also teaches as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School.

Eden Ruiz-Lopez, Assistant Deputy Director National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)

Eden Ruiz-Lopez is the Assistant Deputy Director at the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA). She provides leadership and direction for day-to-day project operations and administrative activities. She contributes to the planning, design, development and implementation of the project’s objectives, procedures, budgets, processes and standards. She also coordinates with federal, state and local agencies and ensures grant compliance.

Kimmy Moon, Project Coordinator National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)

Kimmy Moon serves as Project Coordinator at the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA). At the NCEA, she guides the Center’s Supports and Tools for Elder Abuse Prevention (STEAP) Initiative, coordinates Volunteer Consumer Committee activities, recruits and trains student interns and volunteers, and prepares and maintains budget records and reports.  In her personal time, Kimmy serves as a Long-Term Care advocate as well as a language-bank volunteer supporting mono-lingual Korean speaking or limited-English speaking survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Link: Coming Back Strong After COVID-19: Federal Elder Justice Innovations and Resources

Topics: Financial Abuse, Legal, Overview/General, Preparedness and Response

Access: Download, Web-based

Intended Use: Self-directed Learning, Teaching Others

Audience: Advocates, Caregivers, Community, Finance, Legal/Law Enforcement, Social Services

Level: Advanced, Intermediate