Reviewed by Kellen Bryant, Esq.
The month of May is dedicated to Older Americans, and deservedly so. It is officially designated both National Elder Law Month and National Older Americans Month. More than just celebrating seniors, however, the legal community and elder care advocacy groups stand ready to provide a wide range of support services that many seniors and their adult children may not fully realize.
How can attorneys, like our members, help? In a number of different ways. We encourage you to use our Find a Lawyer service on our website to find a local attorney who can help you.
There are even more ways that we can all work together to help our aging Florida seniors. In fact, let us share seven advocacy organizations that in combination with an experienced elder care attorney can achieve near limitless assistance to you and your loved ones.
- National Council on Aging. The NCOA is a government organization that partners with nonprofit groups and businesses to provide resources and solutions to make aging easier on elder adults. Interested seniors and their family members can sign up for advocacy alerts to learn more.
- Justice in Aging. Justice in Aging is a legal advocacy organization that helps disadvantaged seniors obtain health care and public assistance benefits. The group provides plenty of pro bono services and focuses on helping minorities and immigrants with limited English language skills.
- Alzheimer’s Association. There are currently more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s Disease and the number of suffering Older Americans is only expected to increase. The Alzheimer’s Association provides much needed resources and support services for affected seniors and their families.
- Senior Medicare Patrol. Medicare is a half-trillion-dollar annual program that provides healthcare for seniors. The Senior Medicare Patrol helps educate seniors about massively complex programs and provides support for Medicare-related abuse.
- Administration on Aging. The Administration on Aging is perhaps the foremost government agency devoted to senior needs. It also helps other government organizations to better provide for issues affecting older adults.
- National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care. The Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care organization is constantly working to improve standards for seniors who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
- National Center on Elder Abuse. Elder abuse is an unconscionable public health problem that affects several million senior victims every year. The National Center on Elder Abuse provides education and critical resources to combat all forms of elder abuse and neglect.
We know this article may raise more questions than it answers. If you or someone you know would like more information or guidance about specific legal matters, do not wait to contact an elder law attorney today using our Find a Lawyer service on our website.