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 2018 the Maine Council for Elder Abuse Prevention (MCEAP) and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC Maine) received 93 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 Kelsey Wood, a student at Mt. Abram Regional High School in Franklin County was the statewide winner in the scholarship contest. Ms. Wood received $1,000.00 for the statewide prize. In addition to the statewide winner, each participating county selected a county winner who was awarded a modest prize.