Convener, NYS Coalition on Elder Abuse
Lifespan, located in Rochester, NY (Monroe County), is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing information, guidance and services that help older adults take on both the challenges and opportunities of the second half of life.
Emphasis on Elder Abuse Prevention
Lifespan’s Elder Abuse Prevention program began in 1987 in Monroe County and expanded into nine additional counties in 1998. Lifespan launched It Shouldn’t Hurt to be Old, a public awareness campaign about elder abuse in 1999. In May 2004, Lifespan convened the first New York state Summit on Elder Abuse. In 2006, Lifespan received a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to train more than 1,200 first responders and probation officers to recognize, investigate and prosecute instances of elder abuse. In 2007, Lifespan received a grant to conduct the first comprehensive, statewide study of the prevalence of elder abuse. Lifespan also manages the NYS Coalition on Elder Abuse.
Lifespan is proud of its collaborations and public-private partnerships to help older adults live rich and meaningful lives free of abuse and mistreatment.
Taking On the Challenges of Longer Life
Lifespan is adept at identifying service gaps and launching programs that fill service gaps. In 1995, Lifespan and Catholic Family Center collaborated to start Eldersource, a care management service for difficult eldercare situations. Lifespan added case management for geriatric addictions in 2001, Future Care Planning Services for families who need to plan for the health, safety and financial well-being of a loved one with a disability in 2002, Consumer Fraud Prevention in 2007 and the Future Care Community Pooled Trust and Boomers as Mentors in 2009.