The 2017 Oscar-nominated documentary Edith+Eddie tells the story of Edith Hill and Eddie Harrison, who marry in their mid-90s and become known online as "America’s oldest interracial couple". More than an inspiring love story, theirs also is a cautionary and heart-breaking tale about the state of elder justice and guardianship in the US as Hill's daughters battle over her care and the wishes of the couple to remain together. 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.