In 1963, President
Kennedy declared May to be Senior Citizens Month as a way to honor those who
are 65 and older. Although the name was
modified a few years later to Older Americans Month by then-President Jimmy
Carter, the tradition has carried forward every year since its inception. Fittingly, May is also National Elder Law Month. With 10,000
Americans turning 65 every day and a projected 40 million Americans aged 65
years or older, this is certainly an underserved segment of the American
population. Baby Boomers are growing older and living longer, with fewer
resources available for long-term care. As you can see, the importance of
planning for one’s future needs is essential.
Elder Law Month was established by the National
Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) as
a way to acknowledge the profession that supports the senior community with all
of their planning needs, and to raise awareness of the wide array of services
that such attorneys are skilled to provide. National Elder Law Month is
recognized by attorneys across the country, including the attorneys and staff
here at the Huron Valley Law Center, PLC.
Elder Law and Special Needs Law are focused
and specific areas that involve representing, counseling, and assisting
seniors, people with disabilities, and their families, in connection with a
variety of legal issues. The Elder Law and Special Needs Law attorney handles
estate planning and counsels clients about planning for incapacity with financial
and health care decision-making documents. Attorneys who work in this area of
the law assist clients in planning for possible long-term care needs, including
at-home care, assisted living or nursing home care, and counsel clients
regarding a variety of benefits including Medicaid and Veterans Benefits.
Locating the appropriate type of care, coordinating public and private
resources to finance the cost of care, and working to ensure the client’s right
to quality care, are all part of the Elder and Special Needs Law practice. So, if you or a loved one are facing these
challenges, call us today!