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Written by: Michael Bolton on Thursday, June 13, 2013 Posted in:

Last night, the Elder Justice Coordinating Council hosted a reception in the Hart Senate Building to commemorate the 8th Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius with members of the Elder Justice Coordinating Council

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius with members of the Elder Justice Coordinating Council

We were honored to hear from Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius who spoke about the importance of the Elder Justice Act and the great progress that has been made in protecting the lives of seniors since its passage.  She highlighted the creation of the Elder Justice Coordinating Council which is in the process of creating an action plan and the collaboration that is occurring across  departments to protect elders from abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius addresses attendees at the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Secretary Sebelius addresses attendees at the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Secretary Sebelius also announced that Kathy Greenlee, Administrator, Administration for Community Living and Assistant Secretary for Aging will be presenting to the United Nations on Friday about the importance of protecting elders around the world from the perils of abuse.

Assistant Secretary Greenlee honored World Elder Abuse Awareness Day as a New Year—a day to reflect back on the progress that has been made in the past 12 months.  Greenlee said that the progress has been so impressive, with the creation of the Elder Justice Coordinating Council, an all-day forum hosted by the Institute of Medicine on elder abuse, and her participation at the UN in support of this important day, we will need to be on the moon promoting elder abuse next year to surpass the progress of the last year.

Assistant Secretary Greenlee addresses attendees at the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Reception

Assistant Secretary Greenlee addresses attendees at the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Reception

Assistant Secretary Greenlee also made it clear that one-by-one education is just as important as the big events.  She encouraged attendees to reference to the importance of protecting elders from abuse in everything they do and to mention it to everyone they speak to keep the momentum going.

Harmony's CEO Joe Sander and Joh Byer speak with Secretary Sebelius

Harmony’s CEO Joe Sander and John Byer speak with Secretary Sebelius

Harmony is proud to be fighting for this important cause and will continue to raise our voices in support of seniors around the world.