Today is National Senior Citizens Day—a day to support, honor and show appreciation to our seniors and to recognize their achievements. At the WBF, we support senior citizens everyday through our Elder Law Project.
If you’ve ever helped an aging loved one navigate healthcare decisions, manage their finances, or make end-of-life plans, you know that making these decisions can be complicated, and at times, heart wrenching. For low-income seniors without extensive support networks, these decisions become even more difficult. At the WBF, we help low-income seniors maintain personal autonomy and peace of mind as they age by matching them with a volunteer attorney who works with them to prepare legal documents (wills, power of attorney, healthcare proxies, living wills, etc.) to ensure their wishes are clearly articulated and legally binding.
Elder Law Project Coordinator, Elizabeth Yows-Johnson explains, “Many of the seniors we work with are single, divorced, or widowed. They don’t have family members or other individuals in their life to help them. Many are not comfortable using computers and cannot research this information online. When I go to a senior center or low-income senior housing community to talk about the help we offer seniors, I’m often the first person to have spoken to them about these important matters.”
The WBF delivers educational outreach to more than 100 seniors each year, providing them with resources to navigate their healthcare and financial decisions. We prepare vital end-of-life documents for more than 50 seniors each year.