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About The Coalition

Even prior to COVID-19, the experts who comprise The Elder Abuse Awareness Virtual Coalition were aware of and were each in their own way addressing issues of elder abuse that were affecting the safety and independence of far too many older adults, not only in New York State but in the nation at large.

Then the restrictions introduced in the early days of the pandemic took social isolation to entirely new levels. Suddenly seniors, disconnected from relied-upon family and government assistance, found themselves at an even greater risk of being abused and taken advantage of.

The Coalition was formed in April 2020 as way to foster public awareness about this growing crisis, and to provide those impacted by it with the knowledge and resources needed to deal with it.

And one of the first actions of The Coalition was to start a podcast …

Who Are We?

The Elder Abuse Awareness Virtual Coalition is made up of individuals from across the governmental, educational, and civilian spectrum, each of whom share a common concern for the members of our elder population.

Director of The Center on Aging and Disability Policy (COAP) at Mount Saint Mary College

Dr. Larry Force

Director of The Center on Aging and Disability Policy (COAP) at Mount Saint Mary College
Director of The Orange County (NY) Office of the Aging

AnnMarie Maglione

Director of The Orange County (NY) Office of the Aging
Supervisor of Orange County Adult Protective Services

Tim Murphy

Supervisor of Orange County Adult Protective Services
Meditation teacher and founder of Hudson Valley Healing Center

Elisa Gwilliam

Meditation teacher and founder of Hudson Valley Healing Center
Director of The Center for Life’s Journey

Dr. Geri Abbatiello, Ph.D., GNP

Director of The Center for Life’s Journey
Attorney and Eldercare Advocate

Sandy Altman, Esq.

Attorney and Eldercare Advocate
Elder Abuse Multidisciplinary Team (EMDT) Coordinator

Sharon Murray-Cohen

Elder Abuse Multidisciplinary Team (EMDT) Coordinator
Director of The Center on Aging and Disability Policy (COAP) at Mount Saint Mary College

Jeffrey S. Kahana, J.D., Ph.D.

Director of The Center on Aging and Disability Policy (COAP) at Mount Saint Mary College
Occupational Therapy Assistant

Danielle Maglione

Occupational Therapy Assistant
Research Assistant (COAP)

Diana Valentin-Miller

Research Assistant (COAP)