Senior Advocacy Agencies


9 S. Bryn Mawr Ave
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
(610) 525-0706

Services Provided: Information and referral, transportation, help with shopping and odd jobs, telephone reassurance, volunteer respite care, friendly visiting, volunteer recruitment, advocacy, limited emergency financial assistance.

Eligibility: Must be a resident of Lower Merion or Narberth to receive services; however, information, referral, and advocacy are available to any inquirer. Many programs have income guidelines; many programs are for frail elderly or for physically or mentally disabled persons.

Fees: None.

CARIE – Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE)

1500 JFK Blvd., Suite 1500
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 545-5728 / (800) 356-3606

Services Provided: Information, education, and advocacy intervention through CARIE LINE telephone service; Special assistance to elder abuse/crime victims; health and in-home care consumers in the community; and managed care/HMO consumers; Report health care fraud to authorities; Long Term Care Ombudsman Program handling complaints about nursing homes and personal care homes in North, South, West and Center City Philadelphia.

Fees: None

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)

(800) 424-3410

Services Provided: Advocacy; retirement preparation; 55 Alive/Mature Driving, which trains older people in defensive driving tactics; elder abuse prevention course; education on long-term care issues, medical decision making, insurance issues, living wills; legal counsel for elderly people; help with tax forms; free publications on grandparenting, care giving, consumer issues, and other timely topics.

Eligibility: Age 50 or older.

Fees: Fees for some programs.
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