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AARP CT - When Trust is Betrayed: A Cautionary Tale to Combat Elder Abuse

Start Date:10/20/2020

Start Time:3:00 PM EDT

Duration:90 minutes


AARP is committed to fighting fraud and abuse in any form giving you the tools and resources you need to protect yourself and your family. Join us for a 90 minute virtual session When Trust is Betrayed: A Cautionary Tale to Combat Elder Abuse on Tuesday, October 20, to hear from former San Diego Deputy District Attorney Paul Greenwood, whose vast legal career and experiences will take you through his journey of pursuing justice on behalf of older adults.  Additional remarks from the State Long Term Care Ombudsman, United States Postal Inspection Service, AARP Fraud Watch Network, Quinnipiac University and more! You won’t want to miss this!

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Paul Greenwood

Former Deputy District Attorney

San Diego DA Office

Newly retired Deputy District Attorney Paul Greenwood was a lawyer in England for 13 years. After relocating to San Diego in 1991 he passed the California Bar and joined the DA's office in 1993. For twenty-two years, Paul headed up the Elder Abuse Prosecution Unit at the San Diego DA's Office. In 1999, California Lawyer magazine named Paul as one of their top 20 lawyers of the year in recognition of his pioneering efforts to pursue justice on behalf of senior citizens. He has prosecuted over 750 felony cases of both physical and financial elder abuse. He has also prosecuted ten murder cases, including one death penalty case. In March 2018 Paul retired from the San Diego DA's office to concentrate on sharing lessons learned from his elder abuse prosecutions with a wider audience. In October 2018 he was given a lifetime achievement award by his former office. Paul now spends much of his post retirement time consulting on elder abuse cases and providing trainings to law enforcement and Adult Protective Services agencies across the country and internationally. He is also involved as the criminal justice board member of National Adult Protective Services Association.

Migdalia Cruz


AARP Connecticut

Migdalia Cruz was born in Comerio Puerto Rico and moved to Connecticut when she was just 2 months old. A lifelong Hartford, CT resident, Migdalia has enjoyed living in a city filled with culture and history that reflects tradition and honors diversity. Migdalia raised her own family in Hartford as she is a mother of two and a grandmother to 3 wonderful grandchildren. Migdalia earned her BA in Education/Spanish from St. Joseph’s University before going on to earn a Master’s in Bilingual Education from the University of Hartford. She also continued her educational track by earning a second Master’s in Counseling from Assumption College. Migdalia has been a teacher of Spanish language for over 38 years retiring from the Hartford School System in 2013. Her quest to give back continues in her retirement or “transition” years as a tutor for students of limited English Proficiency. She also volunteered her time at both Hartford Hospital and St. Francis Hospital Cancer Care Unit to offer support and assistance to Spanish speaking families and patients. In recent years, Migdalia has found a new path for giving back to the community taking her skills and intersecting them with passion and purpose as a volunteer for AARP CT. She currently has developed bilingual conversations for AARP in the areas of consumer fraud, tackling stereotypes/myths towards aging and serves as a facilitator, trainer and community outreach/advocacy volunteer for the state office. Her passions with AARP CT are AARP Fraud Watch Network, CT Disrupt Aging, Caregiving and issues related to state and local priorities for the 50+ population. Migdalia recently left her home city of Hartford and now resides in East Hartford, CT

Dorian Long

Manager, Social Work Services Unit

State of CT Department of Social Services

Dorian Long is the Manager of the Social Work Services Unit at the Department of Social Services. She has extensive experience in working with a variety of special populations, including elders, persons affected by family violence, and individuals with disabilities. She has responsibility for the following programs in her current role with the Department of Social Services: • Protective Services for the Elderly • Domestic Violence Shelter Services • Nutrition Assistance Programs • Teen Pregnancy Prevention • Conservator of Person and Estate

Mairead Painter

Co-Chair CEJC/State LTC Ombudsman

Mairead Painter, Connecticut State Long-term Care Ombudsman was appointed to the position in May 2018. In this role, she promotes and protects quality of life for older adults and individuals with disabilities, while overseeing the Program’s advocacy work. She serves more than 30,000 individuals residing in over 400 skilled long-term care nursing facilities, residential care homes, and assisted living/managed residential communities. Ms. Painter has an extensive background working on Connecticut’s long-term care continuum. As State Ombudsman, Ms. Painter identifies issues, develops policies, regulations and legislation to improve quality of life for residents receiving support services. She oversees the programs Investigation of complaints and concerns made by residents, or on behalf of residents. Bringing residents to the forefront to voice their concerns directly to public officials on issues affecting their lives is one offer her missions. She supports residents in their quest to shape their own legislative agenda and to represents the residents’ interests before governmental agencies. Ms. Painter is committed to advocating for person centered care and informed choice for individuals, no matter their age and/or disability. She actively participates in a variety of stakeholder workgroups, legislative task forces/committees and is First Vice President of the National Association of State Ombudsman Programs, Co-chair of the Connecticut Elder Justice Coalition and member of the National Consumer Voice. While the Long-term Care Ombudsman Program (LTCOP) is administratively housed within the Department of Aging and Disability Services, they maintain by federal statute a level of advocacy independent of their Department structure. The Connecticut State Long-Term Care Ombudsman consists of the State Ombudsman, 8 Regional Ombudsman and 3 administrative team members.

Nicole Fidanza

Clinical Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy

Quinnipiac University

Nicole Fidanza, OTD, OTR/L is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy at Quinnipiac University in the School of Health Sciences. She earned both her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy and her Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate from Quinnipiac University. Her clinical work focuses on the neurorehabilitation of older adults in acute, subacute, and long-term care facilities. This experience is reflected in her teaching, which focus on occupation and health, gerontology, and neurorehabilitation. Nicole’s current scholarship is focused on addressing social isolation and frailty within community-dwelling older adults. Dr. Fidanza strives to expose her students to the older adult population whenever she can, via didactic instruction, clinical experiences, and extracurricular events. She serves as the faculty mentor for the Quinnipiac’s intergenerational “Old Friends and New” Club and provides Dementia Friends training to students across the University. Nicole is a founding member of QU Interprofessional Coalition for Aging Inclusive Leadership/Learning Endeavors​ (QUIC-Agile) and was instrumental in the University earning Age-Friendly University status.

Catherine Richards Solomon

Professor of Sociology

Quinnipiac University

Catherine Richards Solomon is a professor of sociology in the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Anthropology at Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT. She also runs the Gerontology program, as well as serving on the Women’s Studies Advisory Board. Dr. Solomon earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, her Master’s in Human Development and Family Studies from Oregon State University, and her Bachelor’s Degrees in Sociology (with Honors) and English from University of Oregon. She studies how individuals construct work and personal lives over their lives and “family-friendly” workplace policies. An expert in feminist family sociology, Dr. Solomon teaches in the areas of families, gender, and aging at Quinnipiac.

Lauren Vumbaco

U.S Postal Inspector

Lauren Vumbaco became a United States Postal Inspector in 2012 and has worked the majority of her career on various financial crimes. From late 2012 through mid-2016, Vumbaco primarily investigated mail theft and identity theft cases. In late 2016, Vumbaco began investigating mail fraud cases with a focus on various frauds that target seniors, primarily “Jamaican Operations Linked to Telemarketing” (JOLT) cases. Currently, Vumbaco is assigned to a detail with the Department of Justice’s Elder Fraud Strike Force in Washington, D.C. Vumbaco is the treasurer for the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators (IAFCI) Connecticut Chapter, presents with AARP’s Fraud Watch Network as an Issue Expert, is a member of the Connecticut Financial Crimes Task Force, and is a member of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA). Vumbaco received the IAFCI Connecticut Chapter Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award and the IAFCI Law Enforcement Officer of the Year 2nd Runner Up Award in 2017 and United States Attorney’s Awards in 2015 and 2018. Additionally, Vumbaco was recognized by the Inspector in Charge of the Boston Division for investigative work in 2015, 2016, and 2019.
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