Advocates for Senior Citizens

Advocates support and help with a grievance or with problem solving. Accessing health benefits and navigating the many types of assistance that are available to support people as they age can be an overwhelming process. However, trained and reliable advocates help guide people through securing needed services and health benefits. They also help make a person’s voice heard if the person is not getting what is needed. The following listings are organizations that help older people learn more about resources that are available to them, how to engage services, and how to resolve problems with services.

Also see Abuse and Fraud.

(207) 941-2865

450 Essex Street, Bangor, ME, United States

Services: The Aging and Disability Resource Centers in Maine serve as a “one-stop-shops” to answer questions from older adults or from individuals with disabilities about a wide range of in-home, community-based, and institutional services. Assistance and services from the ADRC include:

Information and referrals: People may receive information, simple or detailed about topics of interest. They may also receive referrals to services within the community such as transportation, housing, home care, and Meals on Wheels.
Information and referrals: People may receive information, simple or complicated. They may also receive referrals to services within the community such as transportation, housing, home care, and Meals on Wheels. Services: The ADRC can help people access services such as congregate or home-delivered meals, prevention of falls, management of chronic diseases, Alzheimer’s respite services, adult day care, access to legal services, employment training, or health insurance counseling.

Services: The ADRC can help you access services such as congregate or home-delivered meals, prevention of falls, management of chronic diseases, Alzheimer’s respite services, adult day care, access to legal services, employment training, or health insurance counseling.

Medicare/Health Insurance counseling: The ADRC helps in choosing the best plan for a particular situation, in understanding the different plans, and in assisting with applications. Medicare/Health Insurance counseling: The ADRC helps in choosing the best plan for a particular situation, in understanding the different plans, and in assisting with applications.
Educational Opportunities: The ADRC can connect people with educational opportunities

  • Educational Opportunities: The ADRC can connect people with educational opportunities
  • Options Counseling: If people are interested in learning more about services that may be needed over time, for themselves or someone else, the ADRC staff can help people figure out what “options” might work well.
  • Advocacy: The ADRC invites people to feel free to ask for help with whatever they need.
  • Caregiver Support Services: These services include respite, caregiver training, support groups, helpful information, and individual support.

1 (800) 499-0229, (207) 621-1079

61 Winthrop Street, Augusta, ME 04330, United States

Services: The Maine Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is a non-profit agency whose mission is to advocate for quality of life and care for long-term care consumers. Federal Law and Maine Law authorize the staff to investigate complaints made by, or on behalf of, long-term care consumers and to assist consumers in exercising their rights, as guaranteed by law. This program serves residents of nursing facilities and assisted housing programs including: residential care facilities and assisted living facilities. In addition, the program serves recipients of home care services, adult day services and homemaker services.

The program helps with information, guidance, and advocacy. Services are free and confidential.

Phone: 1 (800) 499-0229, (207) 621-1079

Services:  Provides interpreters at no cost to non-English speaking individuals seeking information about, participating in, or applying for, government health insurance programs.