For Immediate Release
June 14, 2017        
Contact: Abby Matienzo, Communications Manager
       703-942-5711 #230

NAELA Celebrates World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Attorneys for Older Americans and People with Special Needs Join Efforts to Stop Growing Elder Abuse and Neglect Problem

Washington, DC — The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) celebrates World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, 2017. This year’s national observance theme is “Understand and End Financial Abuse of Older People: A Human Rights Issue.” On this annual event, people across the world show their support for ending elder abuse and neglect by holding events designed to raise their communities’ awareness of this growing problem.

The FrameWorks Institute developed the Talking Elder Abuse Toolkit to help experts and advocates who work with the elderly and their families to increase public understanding of elder abuse and how to prevent it.

“NAELA member attorneys are also well aware of this difficult issue and are dedicated to assisting families with elder abuse problems,” said NAELA President Hyman G. Darling, CELA, CAP.

To receive a free NAELA brochure: “Questions and Answers When Looking For an Elder or Special Needs Law Attorney,” contact Communications Manager Abby Matienzo by email or phone at 703-942-5711 #230.

Find an Elder and Special Needs Law attorney in your area using NAELA’s Online Member Directory.

Members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) are attorneys who are experienced and trained in working with the legal problems of aging Americans and individuals of all ages with disabilities. Established in 1987, NAELA is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations, and others. The mission of NAELA is to establish NAELA members as the premier providers of legal advocacy, guidance, and services to enhance the lives of people with special needs and people as they age. NAELA currently has members across the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit

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