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CADP hosts anti-elder abuse conference

June 21, 2018
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -

Lawrence T. Force, professor of Psychology and co-director of the Center on Aging and Disability Policy at the Mount, discusses the problem of elder abuse on Friday, June 15.

Lawrence T. Force, professor of Psychology and co-director of the Center on Aging and Disability Policy at the Mount, discusses the problem of elder abuse on Friday, June 15. 

 

Mount Saint Mary College’s Center on Aging and Disability Policy (CADP) hosted “Age Loudly! Against Elder Abuse” at the college on June 15.

The event, held on the 10th Annual Hudson Valley World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, featured keynote speakers Bob Blancato, national coordinator of the Elder Justice Coalition, and Philip C. Marshall, founder of Beyond Brooke – Advancing Elder Justice. Participants also had the opportunity to hear presenters from the Mount’s Center on Aging and Disability Policy, EverCare, the Bureau of Adult Services, and Orange County officials including District Attorney David M. Hoovler, County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus, and Sheriff Carl DuBois.

In addition to CADP, the event was presented by Evercare, St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, and the Orange County Office for the Aging. 

Lawrence T. Force, professor of Psychology and co-director of CADP, wrapped up the conference with his informative and important presentation “Know More: Age Loudly.”

“Age Loudly means to be able to stand up,” said Force, a longtime gerontologist. “My friends, get up. Your work is not done. Reclaim your wishes, your voice, your desires, your dignity, your life – for yourself and those that you love. Age like it matters – because it does.” 

During his roughly 20 minute presentation, Force’s students gave members of the audience small slips of paper. At the end, Force asked those who had received the papers to stand up. Those audience members represented victims of elder abuse, just during the time of his short presentation – about one person each minute. 

Then Force asked the rest of the audience to stand with them.

“You don’t feel so alone anymore now,” he said. 

The Mount’s Center on Aging and Disability Policy was established in 2006. It promotes an interdisciplinary perspective dedicated to excellence in research and scholarship in the fields of gerontology and disability studies.

CADP is co-directed by Force and Jeffery Kahana, Social Sciences. Force has worked in the field of aging and disabilities for more than three decades as an administrator, clinician, and educator. Kahana, in addition to his work at the Mount, is a prolific author on subjects ranging from academics to social issues in the United States. 

This summer, CADP will offer free stress reduction training for family caregivers in the Hudson Valley as part of CADP’s ProActive Caring program. Family caregivers of infants, children, adolescents, and adults with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities are eligible to enroll. 

Participants can attend the three-session program at either Mount Saint Mary College or Middletown at Access: Supports for Living. The training at the Mount (330 Powell Ave., Newburgh) is from 6 to 8 p.m. on the following Tuesdays: June 26, July 10, and July 17. The training at Middletown at Access: Supports for Living is from 6 to 8 p.m. on the following Thursdays: June 28, July 12, and July 26. 

ProActive Caring Stress Reduction is a three-session training held over a six-week period. The training is informed by the curricula of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Positive Adult Development, two evidence-based trainings developed by the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. It aims to teach effective coping mechanisms for short- and long-term stressful situations.  

Refreshments will be provided. Free child care will be provided upon request. This initiative is funded by the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council.

To register or obtain more information, visit www.msmc.edu/proactiveFC or call 845-569-3164 or 845-569-3151. Space is limited, and family caregivers will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. 

According to Force and Kahana, the CADP’s ProActive Caring program will expand to sites in Central and Western New York in 2018-2019 and to sites in New York City and on Long Island in 2019-2020. It aims to provide 1,000 family caregivers of individuals with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities with continued support and training in the next three years.