2003-05-09 / Community

May Is National Elder Month

May Is National Elder Month

The month of May has been designated Elder Law Month by the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the nation’s association of over 3,600 lawyers specializing in the legal issues facing those 55 and older.

Each year Elder Law attorneys devote this month to educating the public about various significant areas of concern to senior citizens, their families, and caregivers issues such as medical care, senior living options and the law as it refers to financial affairs of senior citizens.

Another issues that impacts heavilly on senior citizens is Medicare and the regulations that seniors must understand to deal with the system.

Eytan Kobre, a local attorney with an active Elder Law practice in Lawrence serving clients throughout the Rockaway Peninsula, is a member of the National Academy and spends a considerable amount of time throughout the year speaking to a variety of local audiences about such topics as the importance of future care planning, senior living options, elder abuse, trusts and wills, and Medicaid eligibility.

This year Kobre will participate in National Elder Law Month with a talk for the JCC of the Five Towns about pending legislative initiatives in Albany that may negatively impact those of retirement age. He will be back at the JCC in June to discuss at-home health care options for seniors.

As a result of the severe budgetary crises facing New York State and City, legislative bills have been introduced to make eligibility for Medicaid much harder to attain that it is at present. Nassau County, which is presently undergoing its own fiscal crisis, has for its part taken steps to begin suing husbands and wives whose spouses are receiving Medicaid-funded health care.

As the aging community has become the fasting growing population segment on both the national and local levels, Elder Law has continued to gain prominence in the public consciousness. National Elder Law Month pays recognition to that prominence and provides an important opportunity for community education in this critical area of the law.

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