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This is Justice in Aging

March 10, 2015

“Our mission has a universal appeal. It resonates with everyone – everyone has grandparents or can imagine themselves in a vulnerable position.” Denny Chan, Attorney for Justice in Aging

“Justice in Aging is knowing my grandmother can pay her heating bill this winter.”

“Justice in Aging is autonomy in aging”

“Justice in Aging is fewer homeless seniors.”

To us, Justice in Aging is the opportunity to live with dignity, regardless of financial circumstances—free from the worry, harm, and injustice caused by lack of health care, food, or a safe place to sleep. But, the concept of Justice in Aging also strikes a personal chord—the fight for Justice in Aging resonates with all of us. We asked you what Justice in Aging means and received an overwhelming number of responses, running the gamut from very personal and specific visions to rallying calls to universally end senior poverty.

Here’s a small sample of what Justice in Aging is to many of you


knowing my grandmother can pay her heating bill this winter.

autonomy in aging.

the ability to age with dignity.

fewer homeless seniors.

safety for seniors.

SSI benefits that cover basic needs.

responding to the growing number of poor seniors in this country.

what we all want for those we love.

what each generation owes those who came before.

getting help when I need it, in my own home, not a nursing home.

being able to live happily and independently in my own home.

should be a priority for all of us.

free and comprehensive mental health services.

dying with dignity.


justice for all.

equality for all.

not having to worry where your next meal is coming from.


aging while receiving respect and dignity.

access to health care.

multiracial, multilingual, & multicultural.

economic security.


what we all deserve as we grow older.

justice never retiring.

having access to legal advocates.

security in housing, nutrition, and companionship.

keeping our promise to older Americans.

being treated with respect.

having enough resources to live with dignity.

insuring that all seniors have access to nutritious food.

knowing I’ll be able to pay the phone bill.

being able to finish off my productive life in dignity.

not having to worry about being homeless or destitute or hungry.

my survival.

all people being able to live a self-determined life.

not having to think “how the hell am I going to eat this month?”

all older adults having access to the services they need.

not expecting older adults receiving government support to live on a poverty income.

the hope that one day the elderly will be honored for a long-lived life and respected for their wisdom.

people who have worked really hard all their lives can will be able to finally rest a little and take care of themselves in old age.

not having to choose which doctor to go to based on cost.

not having to worry about how to pay for this, that, and the other thing.

being secure in my own home.

being able to afford home repairs while paying the utilities.

having enough money to purchase food and maintain a vehicle so I’m not isolated.

the elderly treated with respect and taken care of in a compassionate manner.

being able to pay the utilities while being able to afford medications and medical care.

the belief that no senior should not be left to die in poverty.

protecting our vulnerable older adults from discrimination and exploitation.

taking care to protect our seniors.

our seniors having all the basic needs they worked so hard to give us younger generations.

highlighting the issue of poverty among the growing number of our aging population.

expanding social safety-net programs.

allowing the aging population to live with dignity.

supporting older adults through social programs that help increase their quality of life.

appreciating the unique vulnerabilities of the older age group.

ensuring that residents of long-term care living facilities live lives of independence and dignity.

no longer treating the aging as the most disenfranchised, most neglected population in this country.

residents of long-term care living facilities having a strong and powerful voice.

respecting, caring for, and honoring the contributions of our elders.

older adults not having to fight a day-to-day struggle to live.

assisted living in a “home-like environment” that is truly home-like: safe, comfortable, and dignified.

being able to be dependent and vulnerable without fear.

assistance to all who are aging in place.

being able to afford transportation to my doctor appointments.

my history and my legacy.

knowing I have legal options and protections as I age.

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