Senior advocacy organization Justice in Aging has received $1.05 million from the federal Administration on Aging to create a new National Center on Law and Elder Rights, the Administration for Community Living, of which the AoA is a part, has announced.

“By supporting the dedicated professionals in the legal and aging services networks, the National Center on Law and Elder Rights helps make legal assistance available to seniors who need it,” said Acting Assistant Secretary for Aging Edwin Walker. “Helping older adults protect their rights and preserve their independence is at the core of our mission at the Administration for Community Living, and we look forward to working with Justice in Aging on this crucial initiative.”

The center will provide tools to help aging services and law professionals serve older clients and consumers and will be designed to serve as a convenient single point of entry to a comprehensive system of legal resource support. The center will provide case consultation, legal training and technical assistance to address a broad range of priority legal and systems development issues.