Post Name Change Instructions

Your name is an important part of your identity.  It gives others information about your background and your gender identity.  For many transgender people, the legal name change process can be empowering, yet complex.   In New York, you can start using a new name without going to court.  However, third parties (such as the…

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September is “Kinship Care Month”

Grandfather with baby

Since 2017, the New York State legislature has recognized September as Kinship Care Month. “Kinship Caregivers” refers to non-parents who are caring for children, including grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, adult siblings, and even non-relatives who have been important to the child such as a family friend. There are about 2.8 million children being…

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ANOTHER VOICE: NURSING HOME SAFETY CONCERNS THE WHOLE COMMUNITY

In late July I had the opportunity to attend the United Nations 9th Working Session of the Open-Ended Working Group on Aging. The purpose of this work group is to strengthen the protection of the human rights of older persons. A focus for the ninth session was long-term care and palliative care. While many excellent…

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Buffalo Alert- Ongoing SSA Impersonation Schemes

The Acting Inspector General of Social Security, Gale Stallworth Stone, warns the community about an ongoing Social Security Administration (SSA) impersonation scheme. Several reports have been made in regards to people receiving suspicious phone calls from automated recordings informing people that their Social Security number (SSN) “has been suspended for suspicion of illegal activity. ”…

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Most Common Financial Scams and How to Avoid Them

There are at least 5 million cases of financial scams in the United States each year, and the aging population is the most likely to be affected. Here is a list of the top 10 most common senior scams:   1. Medicare/ Health Insurance Fraud The scam: Medicare recipients will be receiving a new Medicare…

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Marginalizing LGBTQ Seniors Hits Close to Home For CELJ CEO

  My daughter is gay. When she came out to us, her father and I felt that, although she was bound to face discrimination in her lifetime, we knew she was supported by her family, educated on her rights and perfectly able to take care of herself.  We felt that living in New York, her…

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