Maureen Pearce headshotMaureen Pearce, MPA
Director — HV Aging at Home

“Caring for my own family members made me realize that most people can ‘age at home’ with a good quality of life – as long as there is adequate assistance and support.”

Maureen’s awareness of the needs of the elder (senescence) population, and in how to improve their independence and quality of life, was forged through the need to care for both of her grandmothers in the 1980s. Both suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. Assisting them first brought the importance of ‘aging at home’ into focus.

In 1988, Maureen began her career working with adults with autism, intellectual or developmental disabilities, and Alzheimer’s disease. Their well being became her life’s passion. Her theories about “aging at home” crystalized when she became the full-time caregiver for her mother in 2014 until her passing. And again, for her father, just two years later.

“The concept of aging at home often makes the most sense for the person as well as for their family,” she says. “The main focus for the special populations of people I work with has always been empowerment, quality of life, promoting independence and community involvement.”

Maureen worked with adults with intellectual developmental disabilities, autism and Alzheimer’s disease for 26 years, and many of her clients were aging in place at the community residences she managed. Most recently, it was her work as an elder and disability care consultant that helped her realize there is a tremendous need to assist and empower our fast growing, aging population.

Maureen has a Bachelor’s Degree in Special and Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with Distinction. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Women NAPW, Professional Alliance Network PAN, Alzheimer’s Association and United Hospice of Rockland. A strong believer in community involvement, Maureen provides online assistance for caregivers on a Facebook site that reaches people all over the globe.

“Helping people realize their full potential – in any living environment – has always been my passion. With HV Aging at Home, I use my expertise to help elders, the disabled and their families understand how our healthcare and community systems work so they can receive the care and benefits they deserve.”