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West Branch Meeting June 20, 2019
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When: Third Thursday Each Month
Where: Belmont Village Senior Living
6605 Quail Hollow Rd
Memphis 38120
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NASW-TN West Branch

June 20, 2019 Lunch and Learn

Belmont Village Assisted Living

6605 Quail Hollow Rd. Memphis, TN 38120

1.0 CEU



Presentation title: Recognizing the Signs of Elder Abuse 


Presenter: Zev Samuels, LMSW, MIFA


June is Elder Abuse Awareness month. Elder abuse is a growing problem. What is elder abuse and what should you do if you suspect abuse?


The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) defines elder abuse as “intentional or neglectful acts by a caregiver or 'trusted' individual that lead to, or may lead to, harm of a vulnerable elder.” Physical abuse; neglect; emotional or psychological abuse; financial abuse and exploitation; sexual abuse; and abandonment are considered forms of elder abuse. Self-neglect is also considered mistreatment.


Presentation objectives:

Attendees will

·         Learn the indications and signs that an elderly person is being abused.

·         Learn about the range of services available to elderly victims in Tennessee.

·         Raise their awareness and help prevent elder abuse.



William “Zev” Samuels, LMSW, District Long-Term Care Ombudsman is the 2019 NASW-TN Social Worker of the Year.


Mr. Samuels currently serves as the Ombudsman Program Manager at The Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA) and has been a professional social worker for over 27 years having graduated with an MSW degree from Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University in 1991. As an advocate for residents of nursing homes, board and care homes, and assisted living facilities he works continuously to improve the health and quality of life of older people. Mr. Samuels is employed as a district long-term care ombudsman (TN-R9) with the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability. He is charged with protecting the rights and dignity of residents of long-term care facilities in West Tennessee.

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