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Maine Legal Services for the Elderly and the U.S. Administration on Aging
A legal needs assessment of older adults in Maine was conducted by surveying key populations of older adults who are often hard to reach through traditional outreach and service provision methods. The focus of this assessment was on basic demographics, use of LSE services, legal issues, preferred methods for receiving legal information, and the utility of various legal service options. Surveys were distributed via area agencies on aging, and concluded that the ley legal issues included financial scams, home repair problems, obtaining or retaining government benefits, debt collection, and accessing medical services. Sixty-seven percent of individuals aged 70 or older reported having legal issues in the previous year. Providing resources to local area agencies on aging is a critical component to allowing for information about resources to be distributed.
Wihry, David C.; Crittenden, Jennifer A.; Kaye, Lenard W.; and Martin, Jaye L., "A Subgroup Analysis of Legal Needs Among Older Adults in Rural Communities" (2012). Maine Center on Aging Research and Evaluation. 11.
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