May marks the beginning of National Elder Law Month! Since the Presidential Proclamation of 1963, when President John F. Kennedy designated May as “Senior Citizens Month,” May has been a month to celebrate and support aging Americans and the individuals and organizations dedicated to advocating for their well-being.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are more than 56 million adults over the age of 65 who could benefit from elder care planning. Knowing the legal options for long-term care and planning is essential to supporting your health and the health of your aging loved ones; however, it’s not always clear where you should start planning or what resources are available to help.
In honor of National Elder Law Month, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) acknowledges and promotes those in the profession who support the long-term care and health of the aging community. It’s the perfect time to spread awareness on accessing quality legal services and help seniors and families understand their legal options for long-term and special needs care.
National Elder Law Month is an especially important time for elder law attorneys who are constantly educating individuals and families on the importance of critical issues related to aging. Some of these include:
- Long-Term Care Needs
- Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security
- Long-term care facilities
- Advocating for patient care
- Elder Abuse
- Special needs planning
Elder law and senior advocates contribute significantly to their communities during National Elder Law Month–you can too! Help spread awareness by setting up events in your community that provide local and national resources for educating seniors and families on their legal options. You can also pass along resources and events you come across on social media to connect directly with your family and friends.
Tully Law Group, PC Elder Care & Estate Planning Attorneys
As elder care and estate planning attorneys, you’d be amazed at how often our client conversations revolve around a client’s health, finances, and relationships. In fact, that’s what estate planning is all about. Helping a client establish an estate plan has everything to do with a client’s family, the assets to be inherited, and ultimately their aging, health, and even mortality. So let’s add one more small resolution to help ourselves and our loved ones – establish or review your estate plan this year. It’s a simple phone call to us, and we’ll help take care of the rest. This will help you organize your life and finances and give you peace of mind knowing that you’ve provided for your loved ones and made their lives simpler.