Meet Sadie 

Sadie lives for her family. Nothing is more important than having her children, grand-children, and great-grandchildren visit her at home in New Jersey. One day, she was doing just fine, living independently in her own home at 90. Then she fell and broke her femur.

Advocacy Starts at Home Photo Gallery

On November 12, we gathered with advocates and partners in Washington, DC. to celebrate family advocates and to award Lynn Friss Feinberg of the AARP Public Policy Institute with the Paul Nathanson Distinguished Advocate Award.

Proposed CUFF Act is Bad Policy

U.S. Representatives Sam Johnson (R-Texas), Kristi Noem (R-South Dakota), and Senator Dan Coats (R-Indiana) have introduced the transparently mislabeled CUFF Act (S 1758 and HR 2504) in Congress in an attempt to revive a disastrous old policy that existed prior to resolution of litigation in Martinez v. Astrue and Clark v. Astrue. A companion bill has been introduced in the Senate by Rep. Dan Coats (R-Ind.). The CUFF Act would not help law enforcement secure the arrest of people they are seeking; instead, hundreds of thousands of people who law enforcement has decided not to pursue would lose Social Security Old Age, Survivors or Disability Insurance benefits or SSI benefits. There is a real danger that this bill could be pushed with little or no notice to pay for an unrelated government program since the Congressional Budget Office estimates that it would reduce Social Security and SSI payments by $4.8 billion.

Dementia Training Requirements

More than five million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease, and their numbers are growing. People with Alzheimer’s and related dementias are living in many different settings, and coming into contact with a variety of people. Justice in Aging, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, is working to identify state training gaps by facility and profession, and provide a roadmap for advocates working to strengthen state laws.

FREE GUIDE: 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.


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Hanging in the Balance: a day in the life of a low-income senior and her family caregiver

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In honor of November as National Caregivers Month, I want to tell you about Margaret and Sadie. I went to Old Bridge Township, New Jersey last month…

Five Considerations for Medicare Open Enrollment Period

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Medicare Open Enrollment is in full swing now. It began October 15 and closes December 7. If you have Medicare, now is the time to brush up on your coverage and understand your options. Here are five tips to get you started…

Intersectional Advocacy in Health Care and Long-Term Services and Supports

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Partnerships are at the heart of our work at Justice in Aging. I’m a staff attorney in Justice in Aging’s Los Angeles office. Much of…