Justice in Aging — Fighting Senior Poverty Through Law

“Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members.” —Pearl S. Buck

For the past 45 years, Justice in Aging, a national nonprofit legal advocacy organization, has been giving seniors the opportunity to live with dignity regardless of financial circumstances. Through administrative advocacy, litigation, and the provision of expertise and resources, the organization allows seniors to be free from the worry, harm, and injustice caused by lack of health care, food, or a safe place to sleep.

Justice in Aging ( uses the power of law to strengthen the social safety net and remove the barriers faced by low-income seniors—especially those who have traditionally lacked legal protection such as women, people of color, members if the LGBTQ community, and individuals with limited English proficiency. The organization aims to ensure access to programs that poor seniors depend on—including Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)—with the goal of providing a future we all envision for our loved ones.—Lysbeth McAleer

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