Senior Concerns Advocates assist more than 5,500 seniors and their families each year, providing vital information and answers to problems and issues on: Social Security, housing, health care, senior benefits, emergency assistance, Pre-retirement Counseling and Elder Abuse. Senior Concerns Advocates provide assistance to seniors living on their own, adult children caring for their parents, professional senior service providers, long-distance caregivers and government agencies.
Advocates are available by telephone or office visits to assist with questions about housing, transportation, legal issues, health related issues, in-home care, facility placement, government benefits, senior programs, health and long-term care insurance and assistance programs. Advocates also assist with completion of forms and applications for numerous programs and services.
The Advocates office provides speakers for group presentations. Subjects for presentations include:
- Aging in Place-Home Modifications
- Are you receiving all the benefit you deserve?
- Are you thinking of retiring?
- Caring for aged loved ones?
- Communication between parent and adult children
- Communication- A two way street
- Elder Abuse- The crime of the century
- End-Of-Life-Issues- Are your affairs in order?
- Frauds and scams-Don’t be a victim!
- Going on a vacation? Don’t be a victim!
- Health care directives-Who should have one
- How to pay for long term care
- Identity theft- How to protect yourself
- Let’s talk turkey about credit cards
- Long term care insurance-Do you need it?
- Options for care-What resources are available
- Reverse Mortgages – Make your house work for you
- Safety for the holidays
- Senior Concerns- History and the current programs
- Senior safety-at home, in the car, and out and about
- The Senior Advocate-How can she help you
- Understanding senior healthcare coverage
- Understanding Social Security
- Volunteering- A win-win situation
- Who has the responsibility-If not you then who
Senior Advocate Column
The advocates’ office authors a column addressing issues and upcoming events of interest to seniors. The column is published every Monday in the Ventura County STAR. You will find it in the local section of your paper on the Senior Page. Read Betty's Column