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 →
Brookdale Center on Healthy Aging at Hunter College
Jean Callahan is the Director of the Brookdale Center on Healthy Aging at Hunter College. Brookdale is one of the country’s leading academic gerontology centers and seeks to improve the lives of older adults through research, policy and professional development. She presents frequently on elder abuse, financial exploitation, guardianship, and access to health care for older adults. Jean also coordinates and facilitates the Westchester County Elder Abuse Multidisciplinary Team (MDT).
Prior to joining Brookdale, Jean was the founding Director of the Guardianship Project at the Vera Institute of Justice. A model program that provides high quality Article 81 guardianship services for incapacitated elderly New Yorkers regardless of their ability to pay for services.
Earlier in her career as a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society, Jean represented elderly and homebound New Yorkers in areas such as housing, health care, home care, consumer law, financial exploitation and entitlements.