Senior Citizen Advocates?

Are there any senior citizen advocates or attorneys to work pro-Bono to help a local woman?

I met a lovely woman at the Greek Festival who is 71 years old and a Santa Barbara resident for 39 years. She was a homeowner for the last 23 years and was forced to sell her home in April. She has been shuffled into an assisted living home where they have alleged she has Alzheimer's. She is cogent, lively, and does not present as at all incapacitated. She received none of the proceeds from the sale of her house and has been placed on a $200 a month "Allowance". Does anyone have advice?

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eastside805 Aug 01, 2019 08:49 PM
Senior Citizen Advocates?

This brings up a question that I think many have. I'm speaking of middle-aged, single folks who have no family or spouse to oversee their care in the event of a health or financial crisis. Can anyone advise or provide info on how people like this can pre-empt problems while they're still capable? Even if one has trusted advisors such as doctors, lawyers, financial advisors, etc., who can they trust to oversee their needs in the event of a catastrophe?

Bene Jul 30, 2019 02:14 PM
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In my (very sad) experience with elderly relatives, all these government agencies do is create further harm in most cases. Never get in their cross hairs, I say. Their favorite trick is to "5150" the elderly who may be distressed for some legitimate reason, but instead just construe their problem as a mental disorder. Happened to an elderly relative of mine. The great "they" determined he showed some dementia , so shipped him to some snake pit in Los Angeles against everyone's will. He died from what they did to him. From what I've learned the best thing is to get a really good lawyer. Of course, that is hard to afford and many lawyers won't even take these kinds of cases. It is wise to be very careful who you allow to get power over you or your loved ones.

Local girl Jul 30, 2019 10:30 AM
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Call Adult Protective Services (at SB County Dept.of Social Services).

aragorn Jul 30, 2019 08:50 AM
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It is very hard to find good resources to help out senior citizens here in Santa Barbara. Too many of them are homeless here and they do not receive any kind of help.

a-1590678283 Jul 30, 2019 08:46 AM
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From experience I can tell you that sometimes these sort of claims are in fact the basis for the institutionalization complained of. That is, the claim is a fallacy and the "victim" is not a victim. But the best advice is to make the reference noted above. However, don't be surprised if the woman comes back angry at the response of the agency after investigation.

PitMix Jul 29, 2019 12:57 PM
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There have been stories over the years of unscrupulous people taking advantage of seniors. If you can get a court to give you guardianship over a senior you can steal everything they own.

Roger Jul 29, 2019 05:01 PM
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Your comment makes me wish I had become a hit man sliding scale and huge senior discounts of course. the worse thing about living here is that..

a-1590678283 Jul 29, 2019 01:11 PM
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This just happened with my elderly neighbors. It was a nightmare to watch and not be able to do anything. We tried to bring it to the attention of the facility where they ended up (and both died within days of being there) but our 'doubts' about this guy fell on deaf ears. Too many 'privacy' laws worked against having someone look into this. Mr. Niceguy got everything: cars, house, estate, etc.

PitMix Jul 29, 2019 12:56 PM
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Family services agency has an elder program and may be able to help or suggest resources.

CRAM Jul 29, 2019 12:27 PM
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Contact the Legal Resource Center of Santa Barbara County. As per the website they give free legal assistance to low-income people and senior citizens in the following areas of law: • Elder Abuse (no income guideline) Tell them what you heard. If true your description sounds like it could be Elder Abuse. They give free or low cost advice on Elder Abuse and may give you some feedback on what you might do to help this person.

Roger Jul 29, 2019 11:28 AM
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I doubt if there would be any help for her people get rich screwing over older folks in this town I have seen it even the so called advocates do it The best thing you can do is be her friend.

winter Jul 29, 2019 11:08 AM
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Maybe call the Area Agency on Aging, Santa Maria...they have lots of information. Unfortunately, seniors, are falling through the cracks...not enough resources..housing, prescription prices, mental health, and transportation..

bubbleboy Jul 29, 2019 10:57 AM
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I think we need a little more information here... like why was she forced to sell her house, why did she not receive the proceeds of the sale, who placed her on a $200 a month "Allowance", etc.

Flicka Jul 29, 2019 10:31 AM
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Sounds like a nightmare for this poor woman. Hope she finds help.

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