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Bringing Our Leading Senior Service Professionals Together for a New Kind of Event

Lunch and Learn Series

The Elder Justice Lunch and Learn Series delivers twelve FREE virtual webinars designed to support aging professionals prevent and fight against abuse and neglect in the age of COVID-19. Industry experts and local elder justice warriors will share knowledge and resources that have helped enhance their work with older adults.

Ombudsman Services of Contra Costa, Solano, and Alameda, in partnership with California Department of Social Services and other partners is thrilled to announce the 5th annual elder justice forum brought to you a little bit differently this year. Since the coronavirus pandemic began, it has changed the world, our community, and the elder care industry as we know it. Given the immense impact on seniors and older disabled adults, we find it more important than ever to gather from far and wide to exchange ideas, input and seek new viewpoints. The Elder Justice Lunch and Learn Series brings us together to effectively learn innovative tactics, strategies, and advocacy, expanding your reach and impact.

Mark your calendars for the third Thursday of every month from June 18, 2020, to May 20, 2021. Each session is scheduled from 12 to 1 PM PST.

*Note: December’s webinar will be held on the second Thursday of the month, December 10th.

Join Us to Learn About These Topics and So Much More:

  • Preventing Eviction in the Age of COVID-19
  • National Trends in Adult Protective Services Amid COVID-19
  • Professional Strategies – Taking Care of Ourselves So We Can Take Care of Others
  • Actionable Engagement Tactics to Prevent Isolation + Advances in Technology
  • Rights Afforded to Victims and Their Families
  • The Art and Science of working with “Non-Verbal” Clients
  • Expanding Reach and Impact with Community Based Organizations, First Responders, Local Government and More
  • Scam Prevention and Recovery

Upcoming Presenters Include:

Join Us for Our Next Monthly Webinar:

August 20, 2020
12 PM – 1 PM PST
Lori Delagrammatiaks and Lisa Nerenberg

Discussing Trends in Adult Protective Services and Advocating for Elder Justice.

Session #3 – August 20, 2020

National Trends in Adult Protective Services During COVID-19

Lori Delagrammatikas, Executive Director at National Adult Protective Services Association

Ms. Delagrammatikas, MSW is the Executive Director of the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA). Representing members from across the nations, Lori works to enhance APS practice nationally, and strengthen and expand services to older adults and adults with disabilities. She also provides technical assistance and education to Adult Protective Services workers and their stakeholders around the country. Ms. Delagrammatikas is the former governor appointed Adult Protective Services (APS) Liaison to the counties from the California Department of Social Services. In that position, she coordinated APS services for the entire state of California.

Lori has extensive experience providing training to APS, having worked for 8 years as the program manager of the M.A.S.T.E.R. program at the Academy for Professional Excellence, San Diego State University where she spearheaded the development of the NAPSA’s 23 core competency training modules APS that are currently being used, in whole or in part, by APS programs throughout the nation.

Advocating for Elder Justice in the COVID-19 Era

Lisa Nerenberg, Executive Director of the California Elder Justice Coalition

Lisa Nerenberg, MSW MPH has been a leader in the field of elder abuse prevention for over 35 years. She is Executive Director of the California Elder Justice Coalition, which was formed in 2012 to provide a voice from the field to state policy makers, and an instructor at City College of San Francisco, where she teaches classes in gerontology, elder abuse, and ageism. She was the founding director of the San Francisco Consortium for Elder Abuse Prevention, which piloted the nation’s first elder abuse multidisciplinary team and other widely-replicated services. She has presented at hundreds of professional forums, testified before Congressional committees, served on governmental advisory boards, and written extensively about elder abuse, undue influence, elder justice, public health approaches to combating elder abuse and health disparities, and related topics. Her newly released Elder Justice, Ageism and Elder Abuse (Springer, 2019) offers a framework for promoting individual rights and social justice in aging policy and programs. Her earlier Elder Abuse Prevention: Emerging Trends and Promising Strategies (Springer, 2008) describes what the public, government, agencies, and advocates can do to prevent abuse, treat its effects, and ensure justice.

Past Presenters:

Session #1 – June 18, 2020

Keynote: Collaboration and the Future of Elder Justice

Paul Greenwood, Expert in Elder Abuse Investigation and Prosecution

Newly retired Deputy District Attorney Paul Greenwood was a lawyer in England for 13 years. After relocating to San Diego in 1991 he passed the California Bar and joined the DA’s office in 1993. For twenty two years Paul headed up the Elder Abuse Prosecution Unit at the San Diego DA’s Office. In 1999 California Lawyer magazine named Paul as one of their top 20 lawyers of the year in recognition of his pioneering efforts to pursue justice on behalf of senior citizens.

He has prosecuted over 750 felony cases of both physical, sexual, emotional and financial elder abuse. He has also prosecuted ten murder cases, including one death penalty case.

In March 2018 Paul retired from the San Diego DA’s office to concentrate on sharing lessons learned from his elder abuse prosecutions with a wider audience. In October 2018 he was given a lifetime achievement award by his former office.

Paul now spends much of his post retirement time consulting on elder abuse cases and providing trainings to law enforcement and Adult Protective Services agencies across the country and internationally. He is also involved as the criminal justice board member of National Adult Protective Services Association.

Session #2 – July 16, 2020

Preventing Eviction in the Age of COVID-19

Ollie Ehlinger, Managing Attorney, Legal Services of Northern California, Solano

Oliver Ehlinger is the Managing Attorney of the Solano County office of Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC).  LSNC provides free civil legal advice and representation for low-income, disabled, and senior residents of Northern California.  Oliver has served over 3000 individuals in his legal services career and has represented clients in state, federal, and administrative courts.  He is a graduate of UC Davis School of Law and a North Carolina native.

Are You a Part of…

  • Adult Protective Services
  • Long-Term Care Ombudsman
  • In-Home Support Services
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Friendly Visiting
  • Telephone Reassurance
  • Legal Assistance
  • Home Care
  • Health Care
  • Social Workers
  • Alzheimer’s Support

…Any and all elder care service professionals, we call on you to help blaze the trail into a safer, stronger future for older and disabled adults. The time is now to gather together, learn, and implement new solutions for critical issues facing our elders.

Event FAQ

1. If I register for one of the webinars, am I signed up to attend the rest?

No, you must register for each webinar individually through Eventbrite. You can find links to the most recent registration page on our website, through our social media – Facebook, LinkedIn, or Instagram, and we will send out weekly registration emails.

2. When registering for the Lunch and Learn event, do I need to answer all the survey questions?

Yes, answering these survey questions helps us ensure that we continue to deliver content that you want and need most. It also helps to tailor future events and activities.

3. What if I register for a session and miss a portion or was unable to attend? Can I access a recording?

To help you get the most out of each session, whether you were able to attend the full webinar or not, we will be sending out a full replay to all registered guests within one week after the taping.

4. How do I join the webinar?

You should receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite with Zoom Access information once you register. We will send out reminder emails the week of the event with the Zoom links as well.

5. When will each of the webinars be held?

Each Lunch & Learn webinar will be held on the third Thursday of each month from 12 PM – 1 PM PST/PDT except for December. The December webinar will be held on December 10, 2020.

  • Thursday, June 18, 2020
  • Thursday, July 16, 2020
  • Thursday, August 20, 2020
  • Thursday, September 17, 2020
  • Thursday, October 15, 2020
  • Thursday, November 19, 2020
  • December: December 10, 2020
  • Thursday, January 21, 2021
  • Thursday, February 18, 2021
  • Thursday, March 18, 2021
  • Thursday, April 15, 2021
  • Thursday, May 20, 2021

6. Who can join the Lunch and Learn program?

Addressing, preventing, and spreading awareness of elder abuse requires a multi-level, multi-disciplinary approach. The Elder Justice Lunch and Learn program welcomes all elder care industry professionals, services, organizations, and community members. We need to stand together as one movement loudly and clearly advocating for a nationwide community of older and dependent adults and their families.


The Elder Justice Lunch and Learn Series would not be made possible without the following sponsors:


Planning Partners

More Information and Resources from Ombudsman Services:

We work every day to realize our vision of creating communities where all can age with dignity, justice, and respect. Your support has allowed us to develop and implement innovative ways to address the needs of our seniors, not just today, but tomorrow and beyond. Download our Annual Report to see all the ways we’ve been expanding through innovation.

Ombudsman Services of Contra Costa, Solano and Alameda empowers individuals and their families as they navigate the aging continuum through person-centered advocacy, education, and collaborative leadership. Below you can access our latest newsletter to read more about kicking off a year of empowerment.

In the News – The Elder Justice League Solano


Working with community partners, The Elder and Dependent Adult Justice Program teaches community members how to recognize and combat abuse of vulnerable seniors and dependent adults while facilitating access to a range of care and support services needed. Read more about the Elder Justice League’s community engagement in the Daily Republic.

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