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Mary Twomey Is New Project Manager for CalSWEC's Aging Initiative

Mary Twomey is the new project manager for CalSWEC’s Aging Initiative, effective October 1.

In announcing Ms. Twomey’s appointment, Aging Initiative Director Chris Mathias, who also directs CalSWEC’s Title IV-E Stipend Program, noted, ”Mary has the experience, skills, and abilities to lead the Aging Initiative in its future work, and we are certain she will help make the workplan that was developed out of our 2014 Aging Initiative Summit a reality.”

Ms. Twomey will be leading the Aging Initiative toward a goal of securing student support in the form of stipends for students interested in working with the Adults and Aging populations. She will also support the development of content, resources, and webinars to assist CalSWEC's partner schools and county training partners in curriculum development activities.   

Extensive Experience in the Aging Field

Ms. Twomey most recently co-directed the National Center on Elder Abuse, a federal Administration on Aging-funded resource center on best practices, research, training, policy, and public awareness related to elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

She also co-directed the Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse and Neglect, part of UC, Irvine’s School of Medicine | Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, which provides medical, forensic, and victim services to abused and neglected seniors living in the community or in long-term care facilities. It also serves as a “living laboratory” of innovative approaches and statewide and nationally is a source of technical assistance, multidisciplinary training, useful research, and relevant policy.

Before joining the UC system, Ms. Twomey directed the local elder abuse prevention consortium at the San Francisco-based Institute on Aging. She began her career in aging at the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) in Washington, D.C., where she ran the National Guardianship Monitoring Program

Ms. Twomey says that her interest in aging and elder justice issues was kindled in her childhood when her grandparents came to live with her family. “My grandmother had had a severe stroke before I was born and had aphasia and was completely paralyzed on her right side. Yet, she remained feisty and funny and independent long into her elder years,” she observes.

“My grandfather was the kindest person I’ve ever met. I learned a lot from both of my grandparents and I’ve dedicated my career to working to achieve the greatest quality of life for older Americans. I really look forward to working with and learning from the CalSWEC Aging Initiative Advisory Council and our partners throughout the state.”