World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is an important day for raising awareness about elder abuse prevention and intervention. In Maine, elder abuse awareness is particularly important due to our state’s rapidly aging population.
Every year, the Maine Council on Elder Abuse Prevention asks all elder abuse prevention and intervention advocates to get involved in raising awareness about elder abuse.
High School Scholarship Winners Announced in
Elder Abuse Prevention Essay Contest
In 2016 the Maine Council for Elder Abuse Prevention (MCEAP) and the GFWC Maine Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC Maine) began working together to raise awareness about elder abuse in Maine by co-sponsoring an elder abuse prevention essay contest for high schools students. In 2017 the Maine Council for Elder Abuse Prevention (MCEAP) and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC Maine) received 82 scholarship contest entries responding to the questions “What is elder abuse and why does it matter to you?”
At a press conference held on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (June 15), MCEAP and GFWC Maine announced that Katelyn Gendron, a student at Cheverus High School in Cumberland County won first place in the scholarship contest. Ms. Gendron received $1,000.00 for the first place prize. In addition to the statewide winners, each participating county selected a county winner who was awarded a modest prize.