Elizabeth Loewy '84 explained that most incidents of elder abuse are actually financial exploitation, and therefore more hidden than physical attacks, in a recent appearance on New York City ABC affiliate's Up Close interview program.
She appeared on the show to discuss the rise of elder abuse incidents during the holiday season. Loewy is the head of the Elder Abuse Unit for the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.
Loewy was recently honored as the Spring 2011 Alumna in Residence, returning to campus to speak about her experience with the Manhattan District Attorney's office prosecuting the headline-making Brooke Astor case, as well as topics such as elder abuse law and domestic violence law. She also met with students and faculty and visited classes.
As head of the Elder Abuse Unit, Loewy was the co-counsel on the Brooke Astor case, which dominated headlines in New York City and beyond for nearly a year before the jury handed down its guilty verdict.
More than 70 witnesses, including such notable figures as Henry Kissinger and Barbara Walters, were called to testify, necessitating four months of testimony. Major press coverage ranged from the New York Times and the New York Post to the Los Angeles Times and Vanity Fair.
Loewy has been with the Manhattan District Attorney's office for more than 20 years, spending five years as the head of the Domestic Violence Unit before taking the helm of the Elder Abuse Unit. She oversees assistant district attorneys who prosecute more than 500 elder abuse cases each year. She also co-authored the book Financial Exploitation of the Elderly: Legal Issues, Prevention, Prosecution, Social Service Advocacy with Rose Mary Bailly, the special consultant on aging law at Albany Law School's Government Law Center.