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CERA Releases 2016 Senior Legal Helplines Annual Report

The Center for Elder Rights Advocacy (CERA) is proud to release the 2016 Senior Legal Helplines Annual Report. This year’s report marks the 9th year that CERA has authored the Senior Legal Helplines Annual Report. Twenty-one of the twenty-six senior ...
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2017 National Aging and Law Conference

Save the date for the National Aging and Law Conference in convenient Silver Spring, Maryland, a short 20-minute metro ride from downtown Washington, DC. NALC 2017 will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Silver Spring, MD, on October ...
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An Elder Justice Coordinator Thinks About Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation

by Ellen Cheek, Staff Attorney, Florida Senior Legal Helpline When Florida’s Department of Elder Affairs received a Phase II Model Approaches Grant, the position of “Elder Justice Coordinator”(EJC) was created with the goal of determining the role Legal Services programs should ...
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Capturing Outcomes for Senior Legal Services

By Keith Morris, President, Elder Law of Michigan, and Director, Center for Elder Rights Advocacy It can be a daunting task to capture outcomes from legal services. The Legal Services Corporation, which funds any of the legal service providers involved ...
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EJC 2017: Applying Principles of Person-Centered Care on a Senior Legal Hotline

By Mike Walters, Legal Hotline Managing Attorney, Pro Seniors, Inc. Applying medical principles to legal ethics is often an impossible task. Social workers, medical providers, and lawyers simply don’t speak the same languages. Nevertheless, particularly in the context of providing ...
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OVC FY 17 Field-Generated Innovations in Addressing Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation

OVC FY 17 Field-Generated Innovations in Addressing Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation

From the National Center on Elder Abuse: The Department of Justice, through its Office for Victims of Crime and the Elder Justice Initiative, intends to release a $3.25 million solicitation in 2017 entitled OVC FY 17 Field-Generated Innovations in Addressing ...
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When Disaster Strikes – What Senior Clients Should Know and How to Tell Them

by Ellen Cheek, Staff Attorney, Florida Senior Legal Helpline In a February 2016 blog post, Attorney Ellie Lanier explained how understanding the brain in conflict can help Hotline staff serve clients; in particular, she cited a neuroscience acronym – SCARF — ...
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Lessons Learned: Clearing Title and the Obstacle Many Helpline and Legal Services Clients Experience

By Darling Garcia, Director of Operations, Elder Law of Michigan, Inc., and CERA Project Specialist It has been 13 years since I graduated from law school and these years have been filled with rewarding lessons that have allowed me to ...
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The Shoshanna Ehrlich Excellence in Senior Legal Hotlines Advocacy Award

Article provided by the National Association of Senior Legal Hotlines Shoshanna Ehrlich retired in 2015 from a twenty-five year career in legal hotlines. Her work was a unique three-dimensional journey viewed through the organizational, historical, and geographic aspects of legal ...
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2017 Equal Justice Conference

Save the Date! The 2017 Equal Justice Conference (EJC) is quickly approaching. The EJC will be hosted in Pittsburgh, PA at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on May 4th through the 6th. A preconference day will be hosted on ...
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Running a Hotline without Power

By Michael Walters, Legal Hotline Managing Attorney, Pro Seniors, Inc. and CERA Project Specialist Cincinnati, other than the occasional flood or tornado, is thankfully not prone to natural disasters.  However, in 2008, the remnants of Hurricane Ike caused massive power outages ...
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This close-up view of Hurricane Isabel was taken by one of the Expedition 7 crewmembers onboard the International Space Station on Sept. 15, 2003. In addition to the station's cameras, NASA satellites provided imagery of the storm, as it approached the eastern seaboard of the United States. Courtesy of NASA.

Vulnerable Seniors are Most Vulnerable During and After a Disaster

By Christopher Jackson, Communications Coordinator, Elder Law of Michigan, and Project Administrator, Center for Elder Rights Advocacy This year, the Federal Government has issued 44 Major Disaster Declarations for natural disasters occurring across the country. Even with substantial warning and ...
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Five Ways to Make Your Hotline Disaster-Ready

By Keith Morris, President, Elder Law of Michigan, and Director, Center for Elder Rights Advocacy If there is one thing that I have learned in the past few years, it is to be ready for anything.  We have had to ...
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3 Low-Cost Ways to Do Outreach and Education on Elder Abuse

By Keith Morris, President, Elder Law of Michigan, and Director, Center for Elder Rights Advocacy Many of our senior legal hotline programs are starting new model approaches grants, all of them with some focus on addressing the problem of elder ...
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Tales of Senior Car Buyers and the Hotline Attorneys They Call

By Ellen Cheek, Staff Attorney, Florida Senior Legal Helpline Many a consumer regrets an impulsive car purchase (what was I thinking??) or comes to regret the purchase because of the less-than-supportive response of a family member (what were you thinking??)  If ...
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