Working for strong schools, safe streets and smart development in my local community as well as the state of Maryland and America. Supporting legislation that can transform the lives of marginalized communities (black/brown people girls/women disabled/elderly). I believe that one person can make a difference!

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Isolation of Older Americans

 A recent article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune highlighted the research of Jessica Finlay, an environmental gerontologist at the University of Minnesota, who spent over a year interviewing numerous seniors living throughout the city. What she found was that small features often made the most difference for livability. For instance, high curbs, bumps, and cracks in sidewalks were cited as physical hazards that kept seniors from venturing out. In contrast, shade trees, benches, and sitwalls were highly valued microfeatures that enabled them to enjoy neighborhood walks and more easily run errands on foot. Additionally, she found that elders who were “enmeshed in their communities,” whether it be through church, volunteering, or intergenerational living rated much higher on her “happiness” scale.

This article discusses some remedies to senior isolation:

Isolation of Older Americans

Monday, February 21, 2022

Telltale Signs of Dementia in a Loved One

 This is an article that I wrote that was recently published in th ABA Senior Lawyers Division's online newsletter, Voice of Experience:


Thursday, February 17, 2022

Celebrating Black History Month & National Caregiver's Day: Resources for Unpaid Family and Friends

To celebrate Black History Month and National Caregivers Day (February 18th), NCLER interviewed Dr. Donna Benton of the University of Southern California’s Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. In this brief video interview, Dr. Benton discusses her work supporting Black caregivers, the importance of caregiving in the Black community, and strategies for advocates who wish to better support their Black older adult clients. She also talks about the need for legal assistance in advance planning and addressing issues involving housing scams in the Black community.

The resources below provide information for advocates to better understand the needs of Black older adults and the legal issues identified by Dr. Benton:


  • Donna Benton, PhD, is a Research Associate Professor of Gerontology at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. She received her graduate training in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology and was a Gero-psychological postdoctoral fellow at USC/Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center. Benton is the Director of the USC Family Caregiver Support Center (FCSC) and the Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center (LACRC). She has over 30 years of experience in providing direct service, advocacy and programs for families caring for persons with dementia. She was appointed to the CA Master Plan for Aging Stakeholder Advisory Commission and the CA Commission on Aging (CCOA). Her research focus is on the development of online evidence-based interventions for family caregivers to improve mental and physical health and wellbeing and prevention of elder mistreatment. She also serves as a mentor to students interested in advocacy for caregivers.

Watch the video below:

Black Unpaid Caregiver Resources 

Wednesday, February 09, 2022

Does the right to VOTE exist for people with limited capacity? Is it a civil rights issue?

Michael Steele, "Try being a black woman in law school"

Wednesday, February 02, 2022


 I could not believe that America would elect a black man as President and now I am faced with the realization that there may be a black woman on the SCOTUS! I was born into segregation, when I was in middle school in Annapolis, Maryland we integrated the school. When Kamala Harris was sworn in as MVP I thought that was it for the most loyal Democratic Party voters. There is so much too still accomplish in the area of voting rights and social justice that some people are trying to put a damper on these things but I grew up in a time when colored girls did not have thses kind of things happen to them. This is truly the best of times and the worst of times.

Monday, January 17, 2022

Black Women Can Not Become Weary

Voting rights is such an important issue that the enemies of free and fair elections are determined that people of color will not have unfettered access to the voting booth. It is remarkable that in states like Oregon one can vote by mail but in states like Georgia one has to stand in line for hours to vote.  Black women are still leading the fight to vote

Friday, January 07, 2022

What caregivers and seniors need to know about Omicron