August 18, 2014
The other night I spoke about "life-planning documents," like wills and powers of attorney, at a bereavement group for people whose spouses have recently died.  Before I gave my presentation I asked for questions, because I'd been told that some of the attendees had concerns about issues they'd... Read more
July 24, 2014
Many of us have had a bad roommate at some point in our lives, so we know how miserable it can be to live with such a person.  But imagine how much worse it would be if you were a frail senior with no protective family or friends, and no money to hire a lawyer.  A recent clinical encounter and... Read more
July 17, 2014
Yesterday’s New York Times described a class-action lawsuit just filed by NYLAG (New York Legal Assistance Group):  http://nyti.ms/W8LTLl.... Read more
July 16, 2014
When I was a staff lawyer at The Legal Aid Society’s Brooklyn Office for the Aging (prior to my arrival at VOLS), I represented a 65-year-old man who had had a Section 8 housing voucher for many years but lost it following a stroke and his consequent extended stay in a nursing home.  Here’s why:... Read more
June 4, 2014
A legal decision was published in the New York Law Journal today that should be of interest to those of us who work to help keep seniors living safely in their homes. Read more
May 2, 2014
As many of you know, we recently relaunched our website. As such, some of the links from the old website are now broken. We don’t want this to be problematic for those of you who depend on these resources. Read more
April 30, 2014
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House is sponsoring two Healthcare Decision-Making Workshops on Wednesday, May 7:   Read more
April 4, 2014
Many of you may already be aware that the NY State budget that was passed earlier this week included a provision that will increase the SCRIE eligibility income limit from $29,000 to $50,000 – a rise of nearly 75 percent.  I hardly need to tell you how important this will prove to many of the... Read more
March 31, 2014
The Brookdale Center for the Healthy Aging has released their 2014 Benefits Checklist for Older Adults. A PDF version can be obtained by clicking here. From the Brookdale Center: Read more
March 25, 2014
Alex Ryley joined VOLS on February 24th, as the new director of the Elderly Project. Prior to his new role, Ryley worked as a staff attorney with The Legal Aid Society’s Brooklyn Office for the Aging. Much of his time there was spent in Housing Court defending the rights of seniors to stay in... Read more

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