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 →
Modestine Rogers is an Administrator in the Family Services Department of the New York City Housing Authority. She has served in this capacity since February 10, 2003, in the boroughs of Queens and Manhattan. Prior to joining the Housing Authority, Modestine worked in various community service capacities, many of which focused on elder services and the aging of the population. She has taught graduate seminars on aging and health policy administration and undergraduate gerontology courses, managed elder services programs, and trained elder care program workers.
Modestine is a member of the United Nations sponsored NGO Committee on Aging, which hosts an annual International Day of Older Persons, the New York City Elder Abuse Network, and the New York City Elder Abuse Center’s Steering Committee. In addition, she has worked on aging-related issues as a member of the American Public Health Association’s Gerontological Health Section and is a former member of the Board of Aging in America Community Services. Modestine holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from George Mason University and a Master’s in Urban Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.