The intersection of poverty and discrimination creates an array of unique legal needs for older LGBT individuals. A new Special Report by Justice in Aging, produced in partnership with Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Elders (SAGE), offers an overview and practical tips for legal aid organizations seeking to serve this population. The Report, How Can Legal Services Better Meet the Needs of Low-Income LGBT Seniors? is accompanied by a short video that highlights the diversity of the LGBT community and the gaps in equality its members face as they age.
Justice in Aging has accomplished a lot in the last year. In addition to providing trainings and technical support for over 13,000 advocates in 41 states, we worked with lawmakers in Congress to save Social Security from cuts, advocated within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to improve how health care is delivered to poor seniors, and partnered with advocates in California to convince the Governor to propose increased funding for programs that help low-income older Californians.
20 Common Nursing Home Problems and How to Resolve Them
Can a nursing home deny needed therapy services? Evict a resident for being “difficult”? Limit family members and friends to specified “visiting hours”? Many common nursing home practices are, in fact, illegal. In order to receive the best possible quality of care, a resident or resident’s family member should be familiar with the protections of the federal Nursing Home Reform Law, and understand how to use the law effectively.
This guide by Justice in Aging attorney Eric Carlson discusses some of the most common—and most problematic—nursing home practices, and explains what residents and family members can do to fight back.
Medicaid and SSI are two essential programs that fight senior poverty by ensuring that low-income older Americans can meet their basic needs and maintain their health. In operation for 50 years (Medicaid) and 40 years (SSI), these workhorse programs are indispensable for seniors. But as the population ages and income inequality increases, both programs need retooling to improve benefits and increase access for more people who need them.
Justice in Aging attorneys Georgia Burke, Jennifer Goldberg, and Kate Lang published “Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income Eligibility: Time for a Tune-Up,” in the spring issue of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) Journal.
“It is imperative we separate the insidiousness of economic inequality from the value and purposefulness of those living in poverty.”Paul Downey, Chair California Commission on Aging and President/CEO, Serving Seniors
“Sixty-six percent of seniors in poverty are women, women who cared for us, clothed us, housed us…it is immoral…we must do more.”California State Senator Kevin de León
“We must invest in the social safety net.”Denise Likar, Independence at Home