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Helen R. Hamlin

Helen R. Hamlin has a BA from Hunter in 1942 where she served as editor of its Winsterian. She has an MS from Columbia's School of Social Work. Over the years she has moved through the field from clinician, to supervisor, to field instructor, teacher, and administrator. For the past 35 years her area of concentration has been gerontological social work. She has represented this
elderly population as Chairperson of the New York Citizens' Committee on Aging, currently is Vice President of Health Advocates for Older People, Inc., and is a Fellow of the Brookdale Center on Aging of Hunter College.

Her work on behalf of the elderly has extended to an international level. She has been the primary representative since 1992 of the International Federation on Aging (IFA) to the United Nations; chaired the U.N. Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Committee on Aging to the present; chaired the Caucus of Older Persons for the World Summit for Social Development from 1994 to 1995. In 2002 she was active at the 2nd World Assembly on Aging in Madrid and coordinated its NGO forum.

She has published extensively. Her articles appear in both national and international journals. She has been recognized with many awards for her work in the field to the elderly. She has not limited her focus on senior citizens. Her other efforts have been on behalf of adolescents at risk of leaving school.

She is able, generous in time and commitment to social work students, and always is there to lend her knowledge and skills to enhance the field.

Her honors have included:

  • Women's History Month Award by New York City Commission on the Status of Women, March 2002
  • Mayoral Recognition of Achievement, April 2002
  • The Rose Sommers Generations Award by Dorot, Inc. May 2002
  • International Aging Award, New York State Society on Aging, October 2003

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