Where the month of May celebrates mothers and the Kentucky Derby, it has also been designated as National Elder Law month.
This designation was coined by the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), a professional association of attorneys dedicated to improving the quality of legal services provided to older Americans and individuals with special needs.
During the month of May, Elder Law attorneys across the country educate the public about legal options in dealing with long-term and health-care planning, special-needs planning, Medicaid eligibility, elder abuse, fraud and other important issues.
Statistically, with baby boomers turning into seniors, the aging population is exploding. And so are the health, financial and legal needs. Currently, 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, touted as the costliest diseases to manage.
However, in a recent study, only 16 percent of more than 1,000 seniors felt “very confident” they could afford long-term care. Along with the growth in the senior population comes a need to proactively plan for retirement and long-term health needs.
Many people equate Elder Law with drafting wills and trusts. Elder Law and Special Needs Law are unique areas of law that involve representing, counseling and assisting seniors, disabled individuals and their families in connection with a variety of legal issues. These legal issues range from estate planning to long-term care issues, with a primary emphasis on promoting the highest quality of life for the individual.
Elder Law attorneys work with seniors and their families in the following areas:
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