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ELA Attorney Recognized For Work

UCSD Triton, a UC San Diego Alumni publication, recognizes Elder Law & Advocacy attorney Sharon Lee for her work: For victims of elder abuse, the golden years are dark. According to Sharon Lee, most instances go virtually undetected. “In 90 percent of the elder abuse cases, the abuse is perpetuated by a family member, a friend or someone who the client loved or trusted,” says Lee. “The client is put in a difficult situation where someone they care about is doing them wrong.” After working for a law student during her undergraduate years, Lee was inspired to pursue law herself. She received a law degree from the University of San Diego, and has been working as an attorney at Elder Law & Advocacy in San Diego since 2010. She dabbles in about 20 different areas of law, ranging from social security to property law, as she provides counseling to senior citizens. “A big component of what we do is physical, emotional and financial,” says Lee. “Some of the clients...

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Upcoming Caregiver Events (meal and/or respite provided)

Sandwich Generation Date/Time: January 29, 2014, 12-2 pm (lunch provided) Location: Silverado Encinitas, 335 Saxony Road, San Diego, CA 92024 Explore ways to support adult children and elderly parents while addressing emotions of being “caught in the middle.” This course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credits for MFTs and LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences). Celebrating Caregivers Date/Time: February 13, 2014, 11 am – 1 pm (lunch and free respite provided) Location: Silverado Senior Living, 1500 Borden Road, Escondido, CA 92026 If you are taking care of a family member or a friend and are constantly worrying about their wellbeing, then this event is for you! Operation Family Caregiver Date/Time: March 7, 2014, 8 am – 12:30 pm (breakfast provided) Location: First United Methodist Church, 2111 Camino Del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108 Experts in the field of Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress will help you better understand the diagnosis. You’ll gain insight into navigating the Veterans Affairs system...

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Pension Advances: Another Way to Rip You Off

From Safe Seniors, the newsletter for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and Consumer Fraud in San Diego County: With the holiday season in full force and 2013 drawing to an end, cash-strapped older adults may find themselves in need of extra money for gifts and possibly unexpected expenses. Recently, companies offering pension advances have targeted military veterans and public sector retirees. In a pension advance loan transaction, retirees receive an upfront cash payment in exchange for part or all of their monthly pension check. The retirees give up all or some of their monthly pension checks for a set period of time, usually five or 10 years. However, the retirees end up paying hidden fees, finance charges, and exorbitant interest rates. Like any other high-interest predatory loan, pension advances can lead to a cycle of indebtedness that is impossible to escape. Other types of predatory loans include title loans, payday loans, and certain types of credit cards. In one case, an elderly man took out an $8,000 advance against his...

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Older Americans Reauthorization Act of 2013

The Older Americans Act, established in 1965, provides comprehensive senior support services, including legal services, meals, job training, preventive health services, and caregiver support. The Older Americans Reauthorization Act of 2013, sponsored by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), would ensure the future of these critical programs, as the current reauthorization expired in 2011. Sen. Sanders affirms that the Older Americans Act programs are a good investment: “We can feed a senior for an entire year for the cost of one day in a hospital.” The need for these programs is especially dire in light of our growing older adult population. Currently, the Act is under review by a Senate committee. If the Act is not reauthorized by the end of 2014,  legislators must begin the process again and the future of these programs will remain uncertain. Please see the links below for more information: Amendment to Correct OAA Funding Formula Fails in Committee (The Ripon Advance) Good News for an Older Americans’ Safety Net (AARP Blog) Older Americans Act Uncertainty...

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Disaster Preparedness Seminar

Are you a home care provider or caregiver for a person with disabilities?  On November 16, the County of San Diego Office of Emergency Services is providing a free seminar to train home care providers, caregivers, and facility administrators of people with disabilities on how to be prepared in case of a disaster. The seminar is on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at San Diego State University in the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center. Information for home care providers and caregivers will be presented from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Information for facility administrators will be presented from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. To reserve your seat, please RSVP by November 1, 2013. You may RSVP by emailing seminar@mjemarketing.com or by calling (855) 630-9900. The Parma Payne Goodall Center is located at 5252 55th Street, San Diego, 92115, near the intersection of Hardy Avenue and 55th Street. Parking is available in Parking Structure 5. Both the seminar and parking are being provided free of charge for all attendees. To see...

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