When the planning committee met for the first time to begin discussing the theme for this year's conference, the Me Too Movement was prominent in the news and on social media. We talked about this movement against sexual harassment and assault, and how it seeks to promote “empowerment through empathy.” We realized at that moment the importance of ensuring older adults are not left out and for the movement to be successful, it needs to encompass the experiences of survivors across the lifespan.
Thus, this year's conference will be on the “Invisibility and Visibility of Violence Against Older Adults.” Research suggests that one in ten older adults experiences one or more forms of violence, abuse, neglect, or exploitation. As 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 every day, now is the time to meet the needs of needs of older victims of domestic violence and intimate partner violence. Conference attendees will learn how the internalization of ageism is reflected in our society's everyday language, attitudes and actions. This internalization and acceptance of an ageist culture enables exploitation and abuse in later life, which is an often overlooked aspect of violence against older adults. Enjoy the conference!