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Governor’s Budget is a Start But Doesn’t Go Far Enough for Poor Seniors

By | BLOG, HOMEPAGE, Uncategorized
In releasing his proposed budget today, Governor Brown recognized that too many seniors and people with disabilities living in our communities are living in poverty. But the proposals he offered provide only limited relief to those Californians struggling to afford rent, food, heat and other necessities. More action and bolder policies will be needed to lift seniors and people with disabilities out of poverty. California is a wealthy state with a strong economy, and a large budget surplus, but its benefits are not equitably distributed.  For low-income seniors struggling on fixed incomes, we can and must do more. Read More

Justice in Aging in 2015: A look back

It has been a whirlwind year for an organization that has fought for the rights of low income older adults for the past 43 years! Having changed our name just 10 months ago from National Senior Citizens Law Center to Justice in Aging, we’re looking forward to continuing our legacy of fighting senior poverty through law, and we’re grateful for everyone reading this and to all of our partners and funders for their roles. In case you missed it, you can watch the video about our continuing work under our new name here. Read More

Giving Elders a Voice in Their Own Care: Person-Centered Care and Choice

By | BLOG, Health Care, HOMEPAGE, Person-Centered Care Planning

Person-Centered Care puts considerable value on an individual’s right to make decisions concerning every aspect of her or his life. Often long-term care providers want to honor resident choice, but are afraid to do so because of fear of injury or risk of liability. The key is to find the balance between providing good care and keeping elders safe, on the one hand, and allowing choice which may involve risk but enhances quality of life, on the other.

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Older Adults Have the Right to Person-Centered Care: A Hypothetical Case


By Julie Carter and Hannah Weinberger-Divack

Medicaid has provided funding for home- and community-based services (HCBS) for nearly 40 years, which has allowed many low-income beneficiaries who otherwise would not have been able to afford it to receive long-term care in their homes and communities. But that care (and care planning) has not always consistently been person-centered. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued new rules designed to ensure that the services provided are targeted to individuals’ needs and preferences. As the story below shows, person-centered planning is critical for providing effective care and preventing institutionalization. Read More

Grijalva to Congress: Update SSI


Grijalva to Congress: Update SSI by Linda Valdez

The Arizona Republic | (posted 5/19/2015)

Arizona’s Democratic Rep. Raul Grijalva must be immune to brick walls. He’s trying to get a GOP-controlled House to show a little compassion for people.

People, not corporations!

Grijalva’s got the country’s most notable progressive – Sen. Bernie Sanders – on board.

Cue John Lennon – this is a moment to imagine what might still be possible.

A time to imagine a nation that acts on a commitment to the poor and vulnerable.

It may not be fashionable with the party controlling Congress. But it is long overdue.

So Grijalva is back with the Supplemental Security Restoration Act of 2015. (He tried this in 2013, too.) In addition to Sanders, Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) are on board. Read More


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Why did NSCLC change its name to Justice in Aging?

As income inequality increases and the population ages, senior poverty is a growing problem that will affect more and more families. We need more allies in our efforts to combat this trend. Our name change is part of a larger strategic process that will help us engage more people and organizations in our mission. A new name and tagline that is easier to say and remember, more modern, and more reflective of the work we’ve always done will help us strengthen current partnerships and develop new ones. Read More

WEBINAR: The California Coordinated Care Initiative


Free Webinar: Wed., March 4, 2015 2 – 3 PM PDT
The California Coordinated Care Initiative: What Advocates Need to Know – Santa Clara County

Starting January 1, 2015, Santa Clara County became the sixth California county to move forward with the Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI), including the federally-approved dual eligible demonstration project known as Cal MediConnect.

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The Faces of Senior Poverty are Likely Women of Color

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Imagine the face of senior poverty. Who do you see? If you see a woman, especially a woman of color, you’d be spot on. That’s because the same challenges that affect women in their younger years, follow them and magnify as they age—income inequality, low wage jobs, discrimination, societal expectations of women as caregivers, lack of financial education. When you add declining health, longevity as compared to male partners, racial disparities, and disability to the mix, the result is a full-blown crisis of illness, hunger, depression, and isolation.

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