Personal Advocates Change Lives Every Day…and so Can You!

Jon Springer, Aldine King, Will Fuller post-team meetingA Personal Advocate is a volunteer who works with an older adult facing a difficulty in their life, and helps them with the next steps to deal with the issue. This is a relationship that engages and empowers those individuals who call Elders in Action when they don’t know what else to do. In many ways, the Personal Advocate program is the heart of Elders in Action. One dictionary definition describes the heart as the vital center and source and a capacity for sympathy or generosity; compassion. This perfectly describes our Personal Advocate volunteers!

EIA Personal Advocates help older adults with situations like these:

  • Help terminating a bank card that a relative accessed without permission and make sure the person understands how to use the card with the PIN.
  • Assistance sorting out husband’s life insurance policy when the company is not responding.
  • Help in obtaining a restraining order for a caregiver.
  • Help in obtaining a birth certificate to renew an Oregon driver’s license or ID card.
  • Help in applying for medical assistance programs.
  • Help in applying for a free cell phone or a large button phone.
  • Assistance writing a letter to request repairs be made to the person’s apartment.