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Building on the Advances in the Field

The Minnesota Elder Justice Center invites you to the 17th Annual Minnesota World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Conference to be held at the Heritage Center of Brooklyn Center in Brooklyn Center, MN, June 15th, 2023.

The conference is developed for any person with an interest in advancing the well-being of older and vulnerable adults. We encourage attendance of professionals working with older and vulnerable victims of abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation including: adult protection, criminal justice advocates, domestic/sexual violence advocates, care facility leadership and staff, civil and criminal attorneys, law enforcement, bankers, and others who work with older adults. We also encourage and invite families and older adults to participate as well.


Registration cost: $135, after May 15: $160
Exhibit booth for promotional non-commerce use: $170 early bird, after April 31: $200

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Sponsorships are still available – learn more here.


We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. To be respectful of those with allergies and environmental sensitivities, we ask that you please refrain from wearing strong fragrances.

To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact Renee by email at renee.stromme@elderjusticemn.org or calling 651-440-9309.


5 hours of Continuing Education Credits (CEU) will be offered for Social Work, Board of Executives for Long Term Services and Support (BELTSS), and MN Peace Officers Standards and Training ( MN POST).

The Minnesota Board of Nursing has approved MEJC as a continuing education resource for nurses. However, the nurse is responsible for determining whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.

Applications is pending for Continuing Legal Education (CLE).

Day’s Agenda








Welcome and Keynote: Denny Chan









Breakout Sessions

  • Why Do Some Victims of Scams Continue to Give Money but Appear Perfectly Fine?: Dr. Lawrence Kerzner and Cindy Carlson
  • Minnesota Adult Protection – Let's Start at the Beginning: Peter Larson
  • MN Elder Abuse Multidisciplinary Teams (MDT) Toolkit: How to Build Effective Team Responses to Complex Cases of Elder Abuse: Shelly Carlson
  • Collectively Healing: Breaking the Cycle of White Supremacy – A Deeper Dive: Donte Curtis




Lunch (Jane Ochrymowycz Award)
1:15pm-2:15pm Breakout Sessions

  • Stopping Financial Exploitation While Protecting Rights: Martin Fleischhacker, Peter Larson, Mary McGurran
  • Advancing Equity for Older Adults in Practice – Tools & Beyond: Denny Chan and Laura Orr
  • Beyond the Lift Seminar – A Community Risk Reduction Strategy: Amy Lucht and Steve Koering
  • Does This Person Need a Guardian?: Anita Raymond, Jamie Majerus, Robert Mcleod (Bob), Genevieve Gaboriaul


2:30pm-3:30pm Breakout Sessions

  • Looking for Love? Case Study of a Sweetheart Scam: Presented by investigatory team and family members
  • Emerging Trends in Consumer Scams and Keeping Your Finances Safe from Exploitation: Marti DeLiema
  • Power, Control and Undue Influence: Advocacy Strategies for Untangling the Knot: MEJC Advocacy Team
  • Elevating the Voices of Diverse Communities Through Intentional Outreach: Jetta Wiedemeier Bower and Trellis outreach team


3:45pm-4:30pm Closing Plenary:

Elder Justice Policy: 2023 Legislative Wrap-Up


Keynote Speaker: Denny Chan

Denny serves as the Managing Director of Justice in Aging’s Equity Advocacy team. In this role, he is responsible for developing and leading Justice in Aging’s Strategic Initiative on Advancing Equity, with a primary focus on race equity for older adults of color, and he also coordinates the organization’s equity team. He joined Justice in Aging as an attorney on the health team in 2014 and is based in California. The son of working-class Chinese immigrant parents, Denny has worked significantly on non-discrimination, language access, and healthcare delivery reform issues for low-income older adults and brings all of these experiences to his advocacy. He previously served as a rotating law clerk for the US District Court in Los Angeles and participated in the Fulbright English Teaching Program as a fellow in Macau, China. Denny is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine School of Law. He received his BA from the University of Michigan.





Sponsorships are still available – learn more here.

Official Sponsor


Aging and Adult Services, Minnesota Department of Human Services












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A block of rooms is set aside at the Embassy Suites adjacent to the conference center at a rate of $159/night. To receive this rate, reserve by midnight on May 14, 2023.

Reservations can be made by one of the following methods:

  • Call the hotel (763-560-2700) and ask to book under MN Elder Justice Center
  • Reserve directly at this booking link
  • Go to the hotel’s website, choose date (6/14/23), click Special Rates, enter 90E in Group Code box, close pop-up window, click Check Rooms & Rates, then scroll down to view and select room