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The study also found that many older adults, the majority over age 70, female and living on less than
The survey suggests that elders in
"Legal Needs Assessment of Older Adults in
"We see this report as having far reaching implications for
One need in particular that emerged from the survey is a need for an elder rights handbook, according to
Although almost 40 percent of the survey respondents said they use the Internet, the vast majority said they rely on Area Agencies on Aging, social services organizations and mailings for information on legal services.
The survey follows one done in 2010 by the Center on Aging that determined older adults' most pressing legal questions involved understanding Medicaid Part D, and advice on personal finances, estate planning and wills, and housing. Scams, home repair problems, getting or keeping government benefits, debt collection and finding medical services surfaced as the top 2011 issues requiring legal advice.
Martin says problems detected through the surveys may worsen as LSE has experienced funding cuts over the past two years and pending state budget cuts would result in the closure of LSE's Medicare Part D Appeals Unit, which annually helps more than 900 elders get needed prescription drugs.
Those and other emerging needs of underserved elders, including those in growing and aging immigrant population, will be discussed at the 2012 Access to Justice Symposium in
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