Senior Financial & Legal Resources

    Published: 06-16-2009
    Views: 8,729
    Mary Alexander from Home Instead Senior Care provides tips on finding senior financial and legal resources in your community.

    Mary Alexander: Hi! I'm Mary Alexander from Home Instead Senior Care. Today I'm talking about financial and legal community resources for your senior.

    Usually when we think of retirement and our senior years, we envision a life with fewer complications and decisions. And more ease and relaxing, but the fact of the matter is that there are many financial and legal decisions that come up as you age. Wills, insurance, prescription drug coverage, and financial and estate plans are among the many considerations that seniors must investigate and deal with. Knowing the right kinds of lawyers and financial advisors to contact for help for these matters is crucial. But your senior loved one can find reliable financial and legal resources through local community-based agencies and programs.

    Using the government website eldercare.

    gov you can find senior service agencies in your local area that will refer you to reputable and reliable individuals who can help your parent with financial and legal matters. The national Association of Area Agencies on Aging says on its website n4a.

    org that legal assistance including advice and representation for matters such as government program benefits, tenant rights, and consumer programs are among the services available.

    N4a also notes that seniors can gain access to financial assistance including counseling on financial management, prescription drug programs, social security benefits, food stamps, energy assistance and more. The National Council on Aging at ncoa.

    org also offers links and phone numbers to community-based resources on its website, including reverse mortgage and home equity advisors.

    And if you have a senior in your life who is still active and wants to work or volunteer, you can use the links on ncoa.

    org to find senior community services and environmental employment programs in your area.

    You could also get in touch with the agencies recommended on eldercare.

    gov which will direct you to other volunteer community service and employment opportunities in your area.