Judith Guilfoyle, Gerontologist – Director of Community Relations
Judith’s expertise in senior care began with her mother’s diagnosis with Alzheimer’s at age 46, when very little research and information was available to support either Judith or her mom. She didn’t know what to expect with the disease’s progression with its behavioral and physiological changes. Realizing that no person should go through what she and her mother experienced without a strong advocate, Judith vowed to become a strong advocate for better senior care. Since then, her extensive professional and personal experience in healthcare has made her a key part of enABLE’s team as Director of Community Relations.
Judith completed a two-year certification program in Gerontology at San Francisco State University and has obtained a certification in Mediation and Conflict Resolution. Along with her academic accomplishments, Judith previously devoted 28 years as a Long-Term Ombudsman for San Mateo County. Her expertise and knowledge have allowed her to be an advocate for those living in a long-term facility, such as assisted living, nursing home and adult residential facilities for developmentally disabled residents. As a Long-Term Ombudsman, she was responsible for conducting in-services and trainings, investigating abuse, advocating for residents’ rights, and resident assessments. Her mediation and conflict resolution expertise has allowed her to provide advice, techniques, and solutions when problems arise between facility employees or family members. As a retired Long-Term Ombudsman she aspires to continue to be involved and be an advocate for families seeking care for a loved one.