Take a Stand Against Senior Poverty

April 7, 2016 5 p.m-8 p.m.
Sir Francis Drake Hotel | 450 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA
Awards – Festive Food – Short Program


Special Report: Advocacy Starts at Home—Strengthening Supports for Low-Income Older Adults and Family Caregivers

In our new special report, Justice in Aging draws the connection between fighting senior poverty, supporting caregivers, and the services needed to help older adults. The stress and expense of caregiving will touch every one of us at some point in our lives, but it can be devastating for poor families. In the paper, we identify clear solutions that will benefit everyone, while providing poor families with the basic support system they need to ensure that older adults in their families can age at home in dignity.


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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Special Report: Advocacy Starts at Home

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As Lynn Friss Feinberg from the AARP Public Policy Institute reminds us at the beginning of the video below: “There are 40 million family caregivers in the US caring for an older adult or person with disabilities.” The economic value of these unpaid contributions amounts to approximately $470 billion. That means there are 40 million of us who know firsthand the challenges of balancing jobs, family, and school, and the unpaid labor of love which is family caregiving. As you can imagine, these challenges are even greater for low-income families.

New Year, New Part D? Know your clients’ rights!

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Every January, many Medicare beneficiaries change their Part D prescription drug coverage. Even those who don’t switch may find that their current plans have made changes in the drugs they cover or the utilization management restrictions they impose.

Governor’s Budget is a Start But Doesn’t Go Far Enough for Poor Seniors

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In releasing his proposed budget today, Governor Brown recognized that too many seniors and people with disabilities living in our communities are living in poverty. But the proposals he offered provide only limited relief to those Californians struggling to afford rent, food, heat and other necessities. More action and bolder policies will be needed to lift seniors and people with disabilities out of poverty. California is a wealthy state with a strong economy, and a large budget surplus, but its benefits are not equitably distributed. For low-income seniors struggling on fixed incomes, we can and must do more.