By Rachael Savoie, Human Resources Specialist at Elder Law of Michigan
On August 21, 2019, Elder Law of Michigan will honor Karen Adcock with the 2019 Joe D. Sutton Call to Justice Award for her elder abuse prevention work.
The Joe D. Sutton Call to Justice Awards honor those that share the mission of Elder Law of Michigan, Inc. to advocate for, educate, and assist those in need, with a continued focus on older adults and persons with disabilities.
Ron Tatro, Vice President of Elder Law of Michigan, said, “High energy and dedication are the hallmarks of Karen’s life in her never-ending efforts to improve the lives of those seniors she touches every day.”
Karen is the director of the City of Auburn Hills Senior Services Department where she oversees the Senior Services Department and the city Community Development Block Grant programs. Karen has been with the city for 19 years. Karen holds an associate degree in Gerontology and a Bachelor of Applied Science with a major in Health Care Administration and a minor in Sociology. She is a graduate of Leadership Oakland XII. She has a certificate in Aging and Disability from Boston University, and is a graduate of the American Society on Aging (ASA) Leadership Program. She also earned a certificate in Serve Safe Food Management and Allergens and is a Home Safety Specialist. Karen has over 35 years of professional experience in the field of Gerontology including working in nursing homes, home care, adult day care (specializing in Alzheimer’s), and senior centers.
Karen helped develop a relationship with the Oakland University Physical Therapy Department which has become part of several research projects on community-based referrals for physical therapy, including a current project reaching out across the state. She was part of a team published in the Home Health Now Journal. Karen was a co-chair in leading the city to being recognized by both the State of Michigan as a Community for a Lifetime and the World Health Organization Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities and AARP Livable Communities.
Karen belongs to the Michigan Association of Senior Centers where she has served on the board as Vice President, Conference Chair, Training Chair, and Membership Chair. She also serves on the Baker College of Auburn Hills Human Services Advisory Board, the Community Coordinated Response Coalition of Oakland and Wayne Counties, and Rochester College School of Nursing Community Advisory Board. Karen belongs to the National Council on Aging, the National Council of Senior Centers, Auburn Hills Noon Optimist Club, Auburn Hills Community Council, and the American Society on Aging. She has received recognition from the Oakland County SAVE (Serving Seniors who are Vulnerable and Elderly) for her work in the field of elder abuse prevention and received the Community Service Award from the Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce.
Elder Law of Michigan is proud to honor Karen with the 2019 Joe D. Sutton Call to Justice Award. Please join us in honoring Karen for her dedication in making difference in the lives of older adults on Wednesday, August 21st from 6pm to 8pm at Hop Cat, Detroit.
Rachael Savoie serves as Human Resources Specialist at Elder Law of Michigan and has been a member of the Elder Law of Michigan team since 2013. As a Human Resources Specialist, Rachael serves as the link between the organization’s management and its employees. She also directs and coordinates the administrative functions for Elder Law of Michigan.