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 →
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.