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Zestful Aging

Jul 15, 2023

What is elder justice and why is it so important? And how does harm reduction play into keeping our elders safe from abuse? M. T. Connolly, is a  MacArthur “Genius” grant recipient and founder of the Department of Justice’s Elder Justice Initiative. MT conceived of and was the original architect of the Elder Justice Act, the first comprehensive federal elder abuse law. As founder of the Department of Justice Elder Justice Initiative, she guided theory and strategy in large federal cases against nursing home chains for fraud, abuse and neglect. As the lead author of the Elder Justice Roadmap that helped shape the 2015 White House Conference on Aging and continues to influence research, education, policy and practice. Her focus now is on restorative justice, an approach she feels is much more effective and useful. Find out more about her new book on her website: .

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