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Personal Advocate Services


Personal Advocate volunteers Hank Hadaway (left), Rich Carville (center), and Basko Kante (right) work on a client's case.
What is a Personal Advocate?

Personal Advocate volunteers speak out for older adults.

Elders in Action Personal Advocates are trained volunteers who offer personal one-on-one assistance to local seniors, who need help.

What services can Personal Advocates provide?

Personal Advocates can provide one-on-one problem solving assistance. The type of assistance volunteers provide varies, depending on the problem. Volunteers can assist in the areas of housing, healthcare, crime, and elder abuse.

Examples of Assistance provided:

  • Research problems
  • Help make phone calls or help fill out forms/paperwork
  • Provide "listening ear" and emotional support
  • Provide information about community resources
  • Support senior's rights to make their own decision
Who can receive this service?

People 60 or older who:

  • Are experiencing an issue in the area of Housing, Healthcare, or Crime and Elder Abuse
  • Live in Washington, Clackamas or Multnomah County
  • Live independently, not in a care facility
How do you request assistance for a Personal Advocate?
  • Call Elders in Action at 503-235-5474

Elders in Action staff and volunteers are always available to assist people with resources and one on one problem solving assistance as described above. If you would like to access an excellent multi state resource website of services for seniors and people with disabilities please visit Network of Care.

Quick Facts

Elders in Action Personal Advocate Services is the only program of its kind in Oregon!

3,561 individuals were assisted between July 1, 2008-June 30, 2009. This past year, Elders in Action Personal Advocate volunteers recouped $231,726 for seniors due to fraud, wrongful billing and other problems.

Personal Advocate Volunteers make a difference!