Elderwatch of East Tennessee held an Elder Abuse Prevention Strategies conference in Alcoa earlier this week. Numerous organizations were represented in the audience; members from churches, senior care agencies, financial institutions and different divisions of law enforcement filled the conference room at the Airport Hilton. Paul Greenwood, San Diego District attorney and head of the Elder Abuse Prosecution Unit was the first speaker. Just the day before Paul was in front of legislators in Nashville, appealing for a simpler legal definition of what qualifies as elder abuse, and who qualifies as an elder or vulnerable adult. Local prosecutors at the conference agreed that the current state definitions are problematic when trying to take action against someone who has exploited an elder. Much of the discussion of elder abuse focuses on the ability to prosecute and punish the perpetrators of elder abuse, however there is more to address than simply the punishment of those who have exploit elders.