Family gatherings are more commonplace in December, and older adults without families can experience more acute social isolation. Since isolation is both a risk factor for and a consequence of elder abuse, we decided to ask you - our social media followers and colleagues - to commit to speaking with an older adult in December. Our hope was that, by sharing this campaign, we could support older adults and contribute towards the prevention of elder abuse during the 2017 holiday season. More →
Dr. Evelyn Laureano is Executive Director of Neighborhood SHOPP, a Bronx organization dedicated to empowering elders of color through advocacy, leadership training and targeted services. Dr. Laureano has a 40 year career in gerontological social work practice. Her accomplishments include, the establishment of one of the first elder abuse intervention programs in the Bronx, wellness initiatives to reduce health disparities among elders of color, and development of strengths- based social work practice models with minority elders. She has served on numerous advisory boards and interagency councils including DFTA’s Advisory Council, Lehman College Social Work Advisory Committee, NYC Elder Abuse Center, and the VNS Institutional Review Board. She was a delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging. Dr. Laureano received her MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work and her Ph.D from Yeshiva University, Wurzweiler School of Social Work.