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 →
The NYC Elder Abuse Center (NYCEAC) is excited to announce the launch of the Elder Justice Visual Podcast Series – professionals discussing elder abuse, neglect and exploitation, featuring interviews with professionals from a wide range of disciplines. Our goal for this podcast series is to provide you with interesting and helpful information about policy, practice, research – and successes and challenges – relevant to the elder justice field.
Please let us know what you would like to hear about! It is easy to reach us through this website’s Contact page.
For the first slidecast, Risa Breckman, NYCEAC’s Deputy Director, discusses her experience building partnerships while implementing the work of the NYC Elder Abuse Center. During the interview, Risa provides an overview of NYCEAC’s programs, highlights some of its successes and challenges, and provides examples of how NYCEAC fosters powerful partnerships.
Risa Breckman, LCSW
Synopsis of the Podcast
The NYCEAC it is a highly collaborative initiative of almost 30 NYC based government and nonprofit organizations and professionals that came together to help make practitioners, organizations and systems more responsive to the needs of victims of elder abuse.
NYCEAC’s programs include:
- Multidisciplinary teams in Brooklyn and Manhattan with technical assistance to emerging teams
- Educational programs in the community, at conferences – taught by multidisciplinary faculty
- A bi-monthly eNewsletter and other web-based educational opportunities
- Strategic networking with key decision-makers to provide education about elder abuse and neglect
Risa defined a partnership as a relationship between two or more people who want to create something together. NYCEAC partners with the individuals and organizations comprising the Steering Committee and multidisciplinary teams. She highlighted the need for effective communication because partnerships are similar to any other relationship, which means that misunderstandings may occur.
Key Points in the Podcast
- Ways NYCEAC leadership has fostered successful partnerships
- Linkages between successful partnerships and the elder justice movement
- Benefits of investing time building strong partnerships
NYCEAC has faced many successes and challenges and powerful partnerships have been a crucial element of its work!
Have you had similar experiences with building partnerships? Please share your experiences with us! We look forward to hearing from you!
by Cara Kenien, LMSW, MPA, Social Media Manager, NYCEAC