“We Are Family: When Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Financial Exploitation Hit Home” is a blog featuring a case study that was published in the American Society on Aging’s Generations publication and on their AgeBlog. We are summarizing this case on our blog because it provides yet another example of the complexity of elder abuse cases and highlights the critical need for a coordinated response. We thank Jeannie Jennings Beidler, the author of the blog, for her heroic efforts on behalf of her grandparents and for courageously sharing the details of this personal family story so that we all can learn from it and thus protect other elders from experiencing a similar fate. 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