Charity of the week
More than 6 million seniors across the country live in poverty. Justice in Aging (justiceinaging.org), founded in 1972, aims to help low-income seniors navigate the nation’s complicated health-care and benefits systems and remain healthy and economically secure members of their communities. The organization educates advocates on how to help the elderly, and works to hold accountable federal and state agencies that benefit seniors. When safety-net programs fail seniors, the organization steps in to litigate and ensure that legislators create better policies on behalf of the elderly, particularly for senior women, LGBTQ people, and those with limited proficiency in English. Justice in Aging has preserved or restored roughly $2.5 billion in benefits for seniors since its inception.
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