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Legal Services for the Elderly

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The purpose of this report was to provide guidance to Legal Services for the elderly in developing outreach and services for older adults. Participants in the survey included 96 older adults who had recently experienced a benefits denial with assistance from the Maine Office of Elder Services, 125 homebound individuals, and 125 adults 70 years or older. Respondents were generally females over the age of 70 who were living with a disability and have lower incomes. The key legal issues in evaluation for future efforts include scams, obtaining or keeping government benefits, home repair problems, debt collection, and getting medical services. This report also evaluates the use of the internet for legal services, and identifies helpful legal services. In these efforts, future efforts will focus on improving awareness and support for legal services for the older individuals in Maine.


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