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Elder Law

"Elder law" is a broad legal term that can encompass a range of legal issues that pertain to an aging population. These issues may include estate planning, financial planning, Medicare/Medicaid, Social Security, guardianship, housing, and so forth.

If you wish to conduct your own research on any of these matters at Jenkins Law Library, please check our catalog or ask a librarian where to find materials on your particular topic.

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AARP Pennsylvania AARP
Law-related articles and resources for retired persons and family members in Pennsylvania.

Elder Law PALawHelp.org
Includes legal information, referrals to legal service providers, and other information organized by sub-topics.

Guide to Legal Issues for PA Senior Citizens Pennsylvania Bar Association
Topics covered include financial planning, estate planning, power of attorney, social security, and Medicare. PDF document.
Also see FAQ pamphlets on Estate Planning, Issues on Aging, and Living Wills/Health Care Powers of Attorney. PDF documents.

Nursing Care Facility Locator Page Pennsylvania Dept. of Health
Can search by county, city, or zip code.

Nursing Home Abuse Guide nursinghomeabuseguide.org
Information and resources regarding nursing home and elder abuse.

PA Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney Allegheny County Bar Association
Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney forms endorsed by doctors and lawyers in Pennsylvania, along with a step-by-step video guide.

Pennsylvania Department of Aging
Information for senior citizens including health and wellness programs, home and community based services, prescription assistance programs, and other local resources.

SeniorLAW Center
Nonprofit organization provides legal representation, education and advocacy to senior citizens and elderly veterans in Pennsylvania.