Western New York’s senior population is growing and is close to reaching 25% of the population. Statewide, the New York State Office for the Aging estimates that over the next 30 years, the over 60 population will increase by 47%. Recent reports have found that 32% of area of Baby Boomers and Gen-Xers are retiring without any personal or workplace retirement accounts. Relying on only Social Security, these seniors are left to face emergency home repairs, rising property taxes, increased health care costs and other expenses without a savings account or retirement account to rely on.
Our legal services help our clients access health care, safe and affordable housing, protective services to remain free from violence and access to sufficient income to improve the overall quality of life. In 2015, LSED provided direct legal assistance to 3,594 people and provided community education through outreach to over 7,000 people. We advocate for our individual clients, but also for policy and systems change that will impact the populations we serve, particularly in the areas of elder abuse prevention, consumer protection and housing reform.