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    Legal Resources for Older Adults

    The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) is a professional association of lawyers who are committed to improving the quality of legal services provided to individuals as they get older and people who have special needs. The organization provides elder law attorneys with continuing legal education opportunities and provides support to other organizations that work with people as they age. Please view this brochure on Questions & Answers When Looking For An Elder and Special Needs Law Attorney. Homepage

    The link above is to a government website containing information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). People who visit the site can read the text of the law, learn about design standards the law mandates, obtain technical assistance materials, and learn about the way the ADA is enforced.

    Missouri Revised Statutes Chapter 456

    Missouri code regarding trusts and trustees.

    Missouri Bar Informational Brochure on Wills

    The link provides takes visitors to an informational brochure regarding wills published by the Missouri Bar.

    Healthcare resources for seniors

    The Official U.S. Government Site for Medicare

    The Medicare program helps millions of seniors and people with disabilities meet the costs of their medical care. This official government website provides information regarding the program and allows users to sign up for Medicare. is the health insurance exchange website operated by the U.S. government where individuals can determine whether they qualify for government healthcare subsidies and view health plans available in their area.

    The Missouri Department of Social Services

    This link goes to the official website of the Missouri Department of Social Services, which provides information and links regarding various state healthcare programs.

    The link above takes visitors to the U.S. government’s official informational website regarding Alzheimer’s and other related conditions.

    Government agencies and senior advocacy organizations

    The Administration on Aging

    The Administration on Aging is the federal agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services that is tasked with administering the provisions of Older Americans Act of 1965. This website provides visitors with information regarding the agency, its activities, as well as links to other organizations.

    The Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services

    The Missouri Department of Health & Services provides various services to Missouri seniors. Visitors to the website can learn about these programs, licensing and regulatory requirements for nursing homes, locate healthcare facilities, access data and statistics, and more.

    Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly

    Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE) is a non-profit organization that is committed to helping improve the quality of life for older people. Among the services that the organization provides are professional training, counseling, and problem-solving. CARIE’s website provides visitors with various resources, including information on elder abuse, Medicare and Medicaid fraud, Medicare prescription drug coverage, senior scam alerts, and other issues.

    Mid-East Area Agency on Aging

    One of 10 Area Agencies on Aging in Missouri, MEAAA is governed by a 23-member board of directors and served by a 24-member advisory council. There are many for-profit agencies that provide services and advice to seniors however, as a non-profit quasi governmental agency; MEAAA is mandated to provide accurate unbiased information and services.

    American Bar Association

    When an elder relative is getting legal advice, there are several reasons why lawyers need to meet with your family member or friend alone for at leas tpart of the case evaluation process, so please don’t be alarmed or offended.

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