At 92, Janet, a retired teacher, still lives in the Brooklyn apartment she and her husband purchased as newlyweds in the 1950s. Even after her husband passed away ten years ago, Janet was still a familiar presence in the community—singing in the church choir and leading meetings of a local quilting club.
My internship at the Weinberg Center was almost halfway over when I had what I would later come to view as the defining experience of the summer. I accepted this internship because the Weinberg Center's mission is in line with my career goal of working as an advocate for victims of domestic violence. I expected the majority of my internship work to be spent researching New York State laws and drafting memos for the attorneys at the office. Instead, however, I had the unique opportunity to meaningfully connect with several of the Weinberg Center's clients. These interactions impacted my entire internship experience, allowing me to see first-hand how all the work I was doing contributed towards giving a voice to vulnerable clients.
Sara wanted a yellow wall. When she moved in to her room in an assisted living community, the walls were all painted white. Yellow, the color of sunshine, would make the room feel like hers, and like home.
In a national survey of hundreds elder law attorneys across the country conducted in 2014, more than 50% indicated that elder abuse is one of the issues they confront most frequently in their practices. Therefore, for attorneys with older adult clients, continuing education about elder abuse issues and resources is critical to a successful career.