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As a 2018-2019 Borchard Fellow, Andrew Bardetti worked with older adults who have experienced elder abuse. His host organization, South Coastal Counties Legal Services, recently hired him as a permanent staff attorney. He works on cases involving a wide variety of civil legal issues, including housing, benefits, and long-term care. Andrew will continue to exclusively represent older adults in Bristol County, Massachusetts and he is beyond thrilled to remain with SCCLS in this role. 

Congratulations, Andrew!

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Aisha Elmquist, a 2007-2008 Borchard Fellow, participated in the shaping of the nearly 200-page legislation that was signed in May 2019 into law in Minnesota transforming the assisted living system in that state. The legislation was the result of the hard work of various stakeholders and their efforts to reach consensus. Some of the workgroup process is described here:

A hard-won consensus on elder care in Minnesota--http://www.startribune.com/a-hard-won-consensus-on-elder-care-in-minnesota/509927832/

 Aisha serves as Policy Specialist with the Minnesota Office of Ombudsman for Long-Term Care.

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Tuesday, 05 June 2018 10:08

Andrew Bardetti

Andrew Bardetti is a May 2018 graduate from Northeastern University School of Law and will be serving as a Borchard Fellow at South Coastal Counties Legal Services (SCCLS) in Southeastern Massachusetts. After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Philosophy from Boston College in 2012, Andrew served as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) with the Legal Services of Alabama in Mobile. After JVC, he worked as a Campus Minister for Social Justice and Spirituality with the Cornell University and Ithaca College Catholic Communities. In those capacities, he advocated for the needs of vulnerable persons which motivated him to pursue a legal services career in his native state of Massachusetts.

During law school, Andrew chose to pursue a career in law and aging because of his grandmother’s experience in a nursing home and the needs of his elderly neighbors. Internships with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Office and Justice Geraldine Hines (ret.) of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court provided a foundation in housing discrimination and systemic issues facing older persons. However, it was his internships with Greater Boston Legal Services’ Elder Abuse Prevention Project and South Coastal Counties Legal Services which cemented his desire to advocate for the needs of older persons experiencing elder abuse in his local community.

As a Borchard Fellow, Andrew will be launching an elder abuse prevention project to address the unmet needs of older persons suffering from abuse in SCCLS’ service area. Based in New Bedford, Andrew will directly represent older persons experiencing elder abuse in housing, consumer, and benefits cases. In addition, Andrew will create and enhance local elder abuse prevention coalitions by incorporating the best practices of existing multi-disciplinary teams. Finally, Andrew will increase the awareness of elder abuse resources in the community by conducting educational seminars and creating legal informational materials.

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 10:57

2018 Academic Research Grant Recipients

The Borchard Foundation Board of Directors are pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of the Academic Research Grants in Law & Aging. The recipients and their research projects are:

Julie Bobitt, Julie Carter, and Jamie Kuhne, State Implementation of the Adult Protective Services National Voluntary Consensus Guidelines

Carole Cox and Issi Doron, National and International Human Rights of Older Persons Index

Mary Helen McNeal and Maria Teresa Brown, Exploring Restorative Justice as Remedy for Elder Abuse and Exploitation

Gary L. Stein and Cathy Berkman, Experiences of LGBT Patients and Families in Hospice and Palliative Care

Congratulations to the grant recipients!

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Former fellow Jilenne Gunther is with the AARP Public Policy Institute where she created and directs the BankSafe Initiative. 

Jilenne reports that she and her team are working in 12 pilot states to help bankers fight financial exploitation before the money leaves the account.  In addition, they are creating a robust online training for small and regional community banks and credit unions.  

Read more about the BankSafe Intiative.  For more in-depth background information, read Jilenne's comprehensive research report AARP's BankSafe Initiative: A Comprehensive Approach to Better Serving and Protecting Consumers.

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Mary Joy Quinn, a recipient of a 2015 Borchard Academic Research Grant, published recently her article, Developing an undue influence tool for Adult Protective Services, in the Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect. The study purpose was to develop and pilot an undue influence screening tool for California’s Adult Protective Services (APS) personnel based on the definition of undue influence enacted into California law January 1, 2014. Read the article here.

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017 21:32

Fellow Organizes Elder Abuse Symposium

Dani Kaiserman, a 2016-17 Fellow with Bet Tzedek Legal Services in Los Angeles, California, is one of the principal organizers of a June 16, 2017 symposium on elder abuse. The training--Breaking Down Barriers: Accessing Justice for Victims of Elder Financial Abuse--is held in honor of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

Attendees include attorneys, first responders, social workers, law enforcement, policy makers, and victim advocates.

For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and see the symposium flyer attached below.


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