Elder Care and Abuse (Aired on May 25 and 26, 2019)

Dana Pavelock, Vice President for Provider Relations at Evercare in Newburgh, NY, and Brian Jones of the Dutchess County Office for the Aging visit RadioRotary to discuss issues related to  abuse of senior citizen, known as “elder abuse.” Evercare is a not-for-profit provider of health services for the aging. The Dutchess Office for the Aging provides many services to older citizen, ranging from recreation to long-term care services. Both organization are concerned with the physical, psychological, and financial abuse of the elderly along with just plain neglect. Some 2.5 million older Americans suffer abuse, two-thirds of the time in their own homes. It is suggested that you report any signs of bruises on your older neighbors or if you hear yelling or screaming. In addition to physical or psychological harm, older persons are frequently the target of financial scams.

Learn more:
Evercare: https://www.evercare.org/
Dutchess Country Office for the Aging: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/Aging/Office-for-the-Aging.htm
Community Health Care Association of New York State (CHCANYS): http://www.chcanys.org/
Adult Protective Services (Dutchess County): https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/Community-Family-Services/Adult-Protective-Services.htm
Coalition on Elder Abuse in Dutchess County: https://dutchessmediation.org/index.php/coalition-on-elder-abuse-in-dutchess-county

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June 2, 2019 · Posted in Aging, Domestic Violence, Hudson Valley, Law, Quality of Life  

Helping the Public with Legal Issues (Aired On September 15 & 16, 2018)

RadioRotary interviews Poughkeepsie-Arlington Rotarian Veronica McMillan, an
attorney, and Janna Whearty, Executive Director of the Dutchess Country Bar
Association, on the programs of the Country Bar, an organization of 548
attorneys practicing in Dutchess County and the Hudson Valley. The group is
best known for evaluating candidates for judgeships, but it does much more.
One of the useful services is based in the different specialties of lawyers; the
Lawyer Referral Service directs persons in need of legal help to attorneys who
specialize in the problem, whether it be patent law; wills, health-care proxies, or
power of attorney; real-estate transactions; consumer issues; or criminal matters.
The Bar Association is also involved in the continuous education required of
licensed attorneys. Every May the Association sponsors the annual Law Day
event.

Learn more:
Dutchess Country Bar Association: http://dutchesscountybar.org/

Law Day: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/public_education/initiatives_awards/law-day.html

Lawyer Referral Service: http://dutchesscountybar.org/lawyer-referral-service
Mandatory Continuing Legal Education in New York State:
https://www.americanbar.org/cle/mandatory_cle/mcle_states/states_l-o/new_york.html
Poughkeepsie-Arlington Rotary Club: poughkeepsie arlington rotary

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October 18, 2018 · Posted in Dutchess County, Law, Service Organizations  

Victim Safety/Domestic Abuse (Aired on May 20 and May 21 2017)

A Center for Victim Safety and Support (Aired on May 20 and 21, 2017)

Leah Feldman , Director of the Center for Victim Safety and Support at Family Services in Dutchess County, and volunteer Kathleen Paluso discuss the various ways the Center aids victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and other crimes. Two hot lines connect directly to assistance: (845)485-5550 for domestic violence and (845)452-7272 for victims of rape or other crimes. The Center can help a victim find shelter from an abuser or work with the courts in providing protection. Licensed counselors are available around the
clock. Much of the RadioRotary program is concerned with the causes
of domestic violence and ways that victims can cope.
Learn more:
Family Services in Dutchess County
Center for Victim Safety and Support:
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

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May 22, 2017 · Posted in Children, Domestic Violence, Hudson Valley, Law  

Solving Marital Problems with Mediation (Aired on July 4 & 5, 2015)

(l-r) Jonah Triebwasser, Betsy Shequine, Sarah O’Connell

(l-r) Jonah Triebwasser, Betsy Shequine, Sarah O’Connell

Mediation is a process in which parties with differences meet with a neutral professional to resolve differences. In this program, Attorney Betsy Shequine explains why mediation is a cheaper, faster, and more successful way to end a marriage than litigation for divorce. Trained mediators, such as Ms. Shequine, teach the participants how to speak to each other as they resolve the complications of division of finances, care of children, and financial support after divorce. Mediators who handle divorce are usually lawyers themselves, while other trained mediators who deal with issues such as property disputes may be psychologists or social workers. A phone call to 845-471-6167 costs nothing and provides a way for the process to be explained. For later sessions, including the initial consultation meeting, the parties are charged on a per-session basis.

Learn more:
Mid-Hudson Divorce & Family Mediation Center
Divorce Mediation Basics

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July 4, 2015 · Posted in Hudson Valley, Law  

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