Dementia, including Alzheimer’s Disease, can be difficult for older adults, their caregivers and family members to manage. While there are many difficult behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia, aggressive behaviors are among the most challenging. As Bryan Hansen, PhD(c), MSN, RN, FNE-A Hansen points out in his recent NYC Elder Abuse Center guest blog, aggressive behaviors are common for older adults who have dementia and often meet the definition of abuse. In addition, caregivers coping with challenging behaviors are at an increased risk to respond in an abusive manner, which can create situations where both individuals may perpetuate and/or experience elder abuse. More →
Attorney-in-Charge, Legal Services
JASA/Legal Services for the Elderly in Queens (LEAP)
Donna Dougherty is the Attorney-in-Charge of JASA’s Legal Services for the Elderly in Queens. She has been an attorney with the program since 1986 and its director since 1994. Legal Services for the Elderly provides direct legal services to Queens residents 60 and older in such areas as evictions, foreclosures involving predatory lending and deed fraud, public benefits, healthcare and family violence.
Along with JASA CEO, Aileen Gitelson, Donna developed Project LEAP, a joint legal and social work program which uses interdisciplinary teams to combat elder abuse. Ms. Dougherty is also an adjunct professor with New York Law School. Prior to entering law school, Ms. Dougherty was a community organizer.
JASA/Legal Services for the Elderly
97-77 Queens Boulevard Suite 600
Rego Park, NY 11374
Phone: 718-286-1500, ext 1515