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Our Work

Using the power of law to fight senior poverty

At Justice in Aging, we use the power of law and our expertise in government safety net programs like Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid, and SSI to fight senior poverty. We engage in three main arenas to protect the rights of poor seniors and strengthen the programs they rely on: administrative advocacy, providing expertise and resources to direct service advocates, and litigation. Learn more about our model of change and how we work.

Explore our core program areas below. 

To understand how all the various health care and economic security programs work together to help older adults meet their basic needs, read our issue brief and fact sheet. 


Health Care

Older adults with Medicare spend an average of $5,368 a year on out-of-pocket costs and most have no long-term care coverage. We protect & improve programs that make health care more affordable & break down barriers to services so that older people can age at home
and in their communities.

Economic Security

Nearly 5 million older Americans live on less than $1,000 a month. We expand access to Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and Housing programs that help older adults meet their basic needs. And we address systemic barriers that make it difficult for seniors to access these programs.


As the only national organization focused on solely on senior poverty, Justice in Aging is there as a champion in the courts for those who have been marginalized and excluded from justice. Working in partnership with advocates and pro bono attorneys at the nation's top law firms, we’ve returned billions in benefits to older adults with limited resources.

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