Building Bridges – The Service and Protection of Vulnerable Adults in Our Community

January 21st @ 7:30 AM

Sponsored by SERVPRO of Gresham and Hosted by Village Health Care

Various studies estimate that seniors in the U.S. are scammed out of anywhere from $3 billion to $37 billion a year. Between 2013 and 2017, those over age 70 lost an average of $41,800 to elder financial exploitation, according to an analysis by the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Many elderly rely entirely on family or other trusted individuals to help them. Whether it is physiological or psychological, as people grow older they tend to need guidance and support. Unfortunately, the dependence upon caregivers or family members makes an older person more vulnerable to abuse.

Speaker: Dianna Kretzschmar- BSW, CCM Health Services Liaison at Village Health Care

Dianna is a strong community leader and passionate advocate for many causes. She has worked as a social worker and clinical case manager in long-term health care for over 30 years. She is the Health Services Liaison at Village Health Care and she most recently was with the Parks Foundation of Clark County where she served as the Executive Director.
Kretzschmar also serves on the boards of Elder Justice Center, the Friends of the Elder Justice Center, and Mobile Medical Providers Northwest. She previously served as the first program coordinator for the Clark County Elder Justice Center in the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. In that role, she was instrumental in establishing the center, which educates, coordinates, and fosters cooperation between professionals and public workers to find and prosecute cases of elder abuse.

Kretzschmar also served as Community Outreach Coordinator for the Clark County Vulnerable Adult Task Force. She is a volunteer for many community organizations and she spearheaded the successful #Every28days campaign, which was recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals as 2018’s Most Innovative Community Project. In 2013 Kretzschmar was also a recipient of the Clark College Foundation Iris Award, which celebrates women’s leadership and outstanding contributions to the community.

Dianna is married and the mother of 6 children and a proud grandmother of 4. She enjoys playing the piano, and shopping and believes that “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others” Mahatma Gandhi.

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