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Posted By Michael Hanisco

October is National Residents’ Rights Month

October is National Residents’ Rights Month, focusing on the rights and quality of life of residents in long-term care facilities. This year’s theme is “Speak Up: Know Your Rights and How to Use Them.”

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Posted By Michael Hanisco

An empowered death: Taking control of the end of life

By Constance Garcia-Barrio

Death, like superb wine, claims a starring role at some dinners these days. Death dinners, where people meet over fabulous food to talk about dying, help guests ditch the taboo around discussing life’s final transition. More than 100,000 such dinners have taken place in 30 countries, according to deathoverdinner.org, a website that points out the benefits of having the sometimes-tough conversation.

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Posted By Michael Hanisco

Community Educational Meeting Schedule Announced for Community HealthChoices

To learn more about CHC, you are invited to a community meeting to hear about the program and have an opportunity to ask questions.

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Help preventing foreclosure

By Marcia Z. Siegal

Nothing can rip away your sense of peace and security more than the prospect of losing your home to foreclosure because you are behind on city property taxes or mortgage payments. And this growing problem is hitting close to home in Philadelphia. According to Philadelphia City Council, foreclosure petitions filed for unpaid property taxes have risen 1,200 percent in the past eight years. Philadelphia mortgage foreclosures also are on the rise from 4,000 per year. But help is available for those who need it.

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Program helps older domestic violence victims

Domestic Violence Awareness Month, observed in October, shines a light on domestic violence, including abuse between spouses and other intimate partners. SeniorLaw Center (SLC), a nonprofit that aims to improve the lives and protect the rights of older Pennsylvanians, is also shining a light on a particular aspect of this abuse: its older victims. “Older adults are a hidden population within the domestic violence community, and they can face some unique barriers,” said Dana Goldberg, SLC’s director of victim services.

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Posted By Marcia Siegal

Help available to couples with reverse mortgages

By Elizabeth P. Shay, Esq., director of homeownership rights, SeniorLAW Center

Reverse mortgages have become popular as the result of marketing and television commercials that claim this is a simple way for seniors to get cash from their home with no repayment until after they die. While this type of loan is not suitable for many borrowers, it may be useful for a senior living on a fixed income who is facing foreclosure of their conventional mortgage. But for most seniors, a reverse mortgage is expensive and may pose big risks to borrowers. If you already have a reverse mortgage, take a moment and look over the deed to your home.

Designating a professional to help with your finances can give you peace of mind.
Posted By Alicia Colombo

Legal help for married couples with problem reverse mortgages

SeniorLAW Center can help couples with reverse mortgages who may face ownership issues, but it is imperative that seniors seek help before the death of the borrower spouse.

Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: June 5 – 9, 2017

Posted By Abbey Porter

Webinar to addresses immigrant seniors’ issues

Are your senior clients coming to you with immigration-related questions? Recent events have left many people understandably confused and anxious. Aging-services professionals who need clarification on immigrant older adults’ eligibility for safety-net programs like Medicaid or SSI are invited to join the advocacy group Justice in Aging at 2 p.m. Friday, April 21, for an […]

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