US DOJ Elder Justice Initiative

A resource website from the United States Department of Justices for: victims of elder abuse and financial exploitation and their families; practitioners who serve them; law enforcement agencies and prosecutors; and researchers seeking to understand and address this silent epidemic plaguing our nation’s elders. Contact Information Website: http://www.justice.gov/elderjustice/index.html

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Massachusetts Health Care Proxy / Massachusetts Medical Society

The Health Care Proxy is a simple document, legally valid in Massachusetts, which allows you to name someone (an “agent”) to make health care decisions on your behalf if you are unable to make or communicate those decisions. Contact Information Website: http://www.massmed.org/Patient-Care/Health-Topics/Health-Care-Proxies-and-End-of-Life-Care/Health-Care-Proxy-Information-and-Forms/

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Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office Consumer Protection Division

The Consumer Protection Division uses the tools of investigation and enforcement actions to protect consumers from fraud, deception, and other unfair business practices. Contact Information Phone: 888-243-5337 (elder hotline) Email: ago@state.ma.usWebsite: http://www.mass.gov/ago/bureaus/public-protection-and-advocacy/the-consumer-protection-division/ Mailing Address:Consumer Protection Division, Office of the Attorney General, One Ashburton PlaceBoston, MA 02108

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National Do Not Call Registry

You can reduce the number of unwanted sales calls you get by signing up for the National Do Not Call Registry. It’s free. Visit donotcall.gov to register your number. Most legitimate companies don’t call if your number is on the Registry. If a company is ignoring the Registry, there’s a good chance that it’s a…

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Massachusetts Family Caregiver Support Program

The MFCSP Program is a partnership between the Executive Office of Elder Affairs and the local Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)/Aging Service Access Points (ASAPs). Elder Services of the Cape and Islands is the AAA and ASAP for Martha’s Vineyard. Through this partnership, support services are provided for family caregivers caring for adults over 60…

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Older Americans face many financial challenges as they age. They have opportunities to travel, explore new fields of work or hobbies, or spend time with family and friends. But often scam artists or bad advice take away these opportunities. The Office of Financial Protection for Older Americans is here to give seniors information and tools…

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Massachusetts Bar Association Lawyers Referral

The Massachusetts Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service is one of the largest legal referral services in the nation, which makes it easy to connect you to the right lawyer in your area. Whether you are buying/selling a home, starting a business, going through a divorce or need a will, LRS can refer you to a…

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Elder Law Project of South Coastal Counties Legal Services

The Elder Law Project of South Coastal Counties Legal Services makes an outreach visit to Marthas Vineyard the first Monday of each month, rotating between Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven (Tisbury) and the Up-Island Council on Aging in West Tisbury. Appointments can be made by phoning the particular COA directly. The schedule for the next…

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HopeHealth / HopeHospice

Hope Hospice is here to provide trusted care and support. With over 30 years of experience caring for thousands of people coping with life-limiting illness — we’re here for you, wherever you are, whenever you need us. We take the time to understand your specific needs so that you can enjoy the best qualities of…

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Massachusetts Office for Refugee and Immigrants

Under the jurisdiction of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, the Massachusetts Office for Refugee and Immigrants is a federally-funded program established to assist refugees in adjusting to life in America. It supports programs for refugees and immigrants, acts as their public advocate, coordinates state and federal services on their behalf, and works…

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