Task Force on the Prevention & Education of Elder Abuse,

Greene and Columbia Counties

Mission Statement:  Task Force on Elder Abuse of Greene and Columbia Counties is a coalition of individuals and organizations whose purpose is to prevent elder abuse through education and outreach.


Founded in 2015, the coalition began as a small group of citizens and professionals concerned about the rising problem of elder abuse in our communities.  Our counties present a problem common among rural communities—access to services, staying safe “at home,” distance from loved ones and isolation.


Services of the Task Force:


  • Education

  • Presentations by Professionals

  • Information on “how to access” help

  • Referrals to services or other professionals



Core Values: 

Education, communication and awareness


Keys to Prevention:

Safety through companionship, partnership, access to services and communication


Organizational Members of Task Force:

Common Ground

Safe at Home

Legal Aid of Northeastern New York

The Legal Project

Mayor Lee McGunnigile The Town of Tannersville

Catholic Charities

Greene County Office for the Aging

Columbia County Office for the Aging

Cornell Cooperative Extension

Columbia County District Attorney’s Office

Assembly Member Didi Barrett

Community Action Domestic Violence

Columbia Memorial Hospital

NY Connects

Hearthstone Care Adult Day Program


Please contact Common Ground for more information or to become a member. Thank you!

"Shedding Light on Elder Abuse," Five Informational events held at local area libraries and senior centers, funded, in part through the Monroe County Office for the Aging NYS Office for the Aging, US Administration on Aging, Lifespan of Rochester and Participant Contributions