it is with great disappointment that the director of the 2022 AMERICAN ELDER ABUSE CONFERENCE & financial exploitation conclave ANNOUNCES THE EVENT has been cancelled and will not be re-scheduled.

With the cancellation of the American Elder Abuse Conference and the closing of the supporting non-profit group, the organizers looked for a source of Elder Abuse education that could help the former AEAC attendees continue to improve their awareness and knowledge.


Join AEAC Director Ralph Oneal and his super-volunteer wife Maria in Gatlinburg, TN from May 3rd-5th as they offer support and assistance to the East Tennessee Elder Justice Coalition. Paul Greenwood will be there along with other luminaries in the field of Elder Justice, and together they will continue on the mission of educating professionals to identify, prevent, and prosecute those who take advantage of the elders of our society.

Since 2015 the Tennessee Elder Justice Conference has made great progress in providing a professional learning opportunity, and the staff and volunteers of the coalition are anxious to return to action with a dynamic event that will feature the following schedule:

May 3rd – Pre-Conference ETHICS Intensive for attorneys, followed in the evening by a Tennessee tradition – the Backyard BBQ, a family-friendly event featuring a LIVE AUCTION benefiting the TN Elder Justice Initiative and Conference. And the American Elder Abuse Conference is pleased to announce the Vanguard Awards will now continue in Tennessee with presentations to Candace Heisler, Bonnie Brandl, Vanessa Riebli and Mark King accepting Pat King’s award posthumously.

May 4 & 5 – presentations from local and nationally recognized speakers highlighting local and national responses to Elder Abuse and exploitation, and best-practices from model programs across the nation. May 5th will feature a Tennessee District Attorney Generals Conference Work Session: Building Partnerships Between Law Enforcement, Financial Institutions and First Responders. 

Who should attend? Law Enforcement, Financial Professionals, Victim’s Advocates, Social Workers, Attorneys and Adult Protective Services will all find benefits at the conference. Tennessee CLE, Social Work CE, and POST credits will be available; contact the organizers for more information.

You can learn more about the conference at the event link: TN EJ Conference.  Download a two page information sheet here:  TN EJ CONFERENCE INFO


ALL THREE DAYS – $215.00

ONE DAY ONLY, MAY 4 OR 5 – $95.00




Park Vista Hotel, Gatlinburg, TN

The Park Vista Hotel is an optimal location for this year’s conference. With the Great Smoky Mountains as backdrop, the Park Vista is a Destination – for the conference, and more!

Conference room rates are $96.00 / night, available May 1 – 5, 2022.



If you want to be a partner in support of this fantastic event, there are great options from $500.00 to $5000.00 that offer display space, conference registrations and exposure of your organization to professionals you want to work with on the critical issue of Elder Abuse. To learn more, just click on this link: TN EJ Partners.

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Ralph Oneal, the Director of the American Elder Abuse Conference, is committed to continuing the work we started in Louisiana by supporting the Tennessee Elder Justice Conference. There is a kinship between the two events, and a real sense of continuity as the TN EJ Conference moves forward and the American Elder Abuse Conference closes.

Take this opportunity to learn more about the event in Gatlinburg, and connect with Ralph and his wife Maria as we close our 15 year pursuit of Elder Abuse education and training. We hope to see you in Gatlinburg!

AEAC contact information is available HERE.

 The American Elder Abuse Conference, Inc. does not discriminate based on gender, age, socioeconomic or ethnic background, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.  Instructors will inform our organization and disclose any financial or non-financial interest in any product, instrument, device, service, or material discussed during their presentation and the source of any compensation prior to the start of the presentation, which will, in turn, be disclosed to attendees.  Instructors will demonstrate high standards of professional conduct, and are compliant with copyright laws and have ownership of or permission to use all materials used in conjunction with the presentation.