This month, we’re recognizing the senior citizens and the unique legal needs and challenges they have. Seniors are people who have already contributed so much to their communities and continue to do so every day. Because of seniors’ contributions and unique legal needs, it’s no wonder why we celebrate National Older Americans’ Month and National Elder Law Month together in May.
President John F. Kennedy established Older Americans’ Month in 1963. It was a time when only 17 million Americans living in the U.S. would reach their 65th birthday, and nearly a third of them were impoverished. Establishing Older American’s Day was a formal gesture intended to show appreciation and regard for the needs of an important demographic that seemed all but forgotten by the rest of society.
Among older Americans’ needs – then and now – are the legal affairs that uniquely affect them. That’s the focus of National Elder Law Month, which is a great time for seniors and their loved ones to reflect on their plans for the future. Senior citizens require legal assistance when it comes to long-term care planning, Medicaid planning, estate planning, and addressing elder abuse, which can affect seniors physically, emotionally, and financially.
If you are a senior citizen or a senior’s loved one, this month is a good time to think about the plans that are currently in place, how they can be improved, and which plans should be made to ensure the best possible future.
At Marsden Law P.C., we can help senior citizens and their families with all of their elder law needs. To learn more, please contact us online or by calling (800) 828-7854 today!