2022 Martin Luther King Holiday
Using The Holiday To Help Seniors
Building The Beloved Community
Our ultimate end must be the creation of the beloved community.
— The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., April 15, 1960, in Raleigh, North Carolina
The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is a defining moment each year when Americans across the country step up to make our communities more equitable and take action to build the Beloved Community of Dr. King’s dream. While Dr. King believed the Beloved Community was possible, he acknowledged and fought for systemic change to get there. His example is our call to action. Observed each year on the third Monday in January, MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. Evans Law Firm, Inc. represents individuals and groups of individuals fighting against injustice and exploitation, especially older Americans subject to those evils. If you know of an older person suffering from financial elder abuse here in San Francisco or elsewhere in California, call us at (415)441-8669 or toll free at 1-888-50EVANS (888-503-8267).
Older Americans need our help now more than ever. Please do your part to help. Reach out to any isolated seniors today. Be kind. Be present in their lives. Show them love. Help build the Beloved Community for all Americans.
“Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.”
Serving the Elderly
Organized efforts are commendable anytime, but if you’re not up for a group activity, reaching out to older loved ones in your family or neighborhood may be the best thing you can do this holiday. A visit, or even a phone call, to an older loved one or friend can mean the world to that older person. January is a long winter month after the excitement and joy of the holidays and older loved ones can feel lonely and depressed as winter drags on. They also might be facing some fear or abuse that they are hesitant to discuss with anyone.
If you know an older person in a care facility or under the care of an in-home caregiver, reach out to them and find out how they’re doing and whether they have any concerns or problems they need to share. The common denominator in elder abuse cases is isolation – an isolated senior with no one to help them make decisions or protect them from predators is truly at risk of abuse. Rich or poor, man or woman, straight or gay, any isolated senior can become prey to any kind of abuse, including financial abuse, at the hands of the very persons paid to care for them. We have seen so many cases where caregivers financially exploit isolated seniors by stealing cash or using credit cards or more elaborate schemes that involve taking everything a senior has. Often, the abuse could have been prevented if families and friends had taken the time to help protect them. You can really make a difference today – and every day – by staying involved in older loved one’s lives. We can each do our part to make sure older Americans are part of Dr. King’s dream of the Beloved Community.
Ingrid M. Evans and Evans Law Firm, Inc. are committed to the principles of justice for all Americans. Ingrid represents persons, especially older Californians, subject to elder abuse, financial exploitation or other abuse or injury. You can contact us at (415) 441-8669 or toll free at 1-888-50EVANS (888-503-8267), or by email at <a href=”mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org”>email@example.com</a>. Ingrid handles cases involving financial elder abuse, qui tam and whistleblower law, nursing home abuse, whole life insurance and universal life insurance, and indexed, variable, and fixed annuities.