In response to the Governor’s directive, all of SeniorLAW Center's physical offices are closed, but we continue to provide services to our older clients and communities who are disproportionately impacted by this crisis.

All staff are working and accessible remotely. Those needing our services should contact us by phone at:

Please see resources on our website with more information for older adults in these uncertain times. Join us in making extra efforts to ensure the older people in our lives are safe, healthy and connected.


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SeniorLAW Center Launches new fund: COVID-19 Fund for Older people

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020
SeniorLAW Center is on the front lines serving basic needs of low-income, isolated and vulnerable older people who are at the epicenter of the COVID-19 crisis. Staff are responding to emergencies each day: seeking emergency protection from abuse orders to end horrific and often deadly family violence against older people, sexual assault orders, emergency custody for grandparents raising grandchild… click for more

PRESS CONFERENCE: SeniorLAW Center, Reps. Cartwright, Fitzpatrick to Discuss Legislation to Protect Seniors Against Coronavirus Scams

Monday, March 30th, 2020
Washington, D.C. – Today at 12:00 p.m., U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) will host a video press conference to discuss legislation he will introduce to bolster statewide legal hotlines for older Americans. He will be joined by Republican U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) — who will co-sponsor the bill — as well as the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging and the exe… click for more

Instructions Regarding filing for Protection from Abuse Orders

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020
For any older adult experiencing abuse, we urge you to contact our helpline; please see the attached document for instructions regarding filing for Protection from Abuse Orders in Philadelphia. SeniorLAW Center leaders were instrumental in advocacy in this effort with our partners. COVID-19 has a disproportionate and deathly impact on the older Americans we serve, who are also facing enormous chal… click for more

Coronavirus poses challenge for grandparents raising kids | KYW

Sunday, March 22nd, 2020
Executive Director Karen Buck and Project Director Janine Dunlap Kiah were featured on Cherri Gregg's show on KYWNewsradio. The show highlighted the challenges that older people and grandparents raising grandchildren are facing during COVID-19. Read more and hear more here. … click for more

SeniorLAW Center joins national advocates in seeking to ban disconnections of Lifeline

Monday, March 23rd, 2020
March 2020 Covid-19 Emergency Lifeline Letter Lifeline is a program that offers subsidies to low income people to obtain access to telephone and Internet services. Given the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis and the need for access to affordable telephone and internet service, public interest organizations are requesting the Federal Communications Commission: 1) immediately prohibit disconnections o… click for more

A Message from Executive Director Karen Buck: COVID-19 is killing older Americans

Thursday, March 19th, 2020
The CDC has announced today that 80% of U.S. COVID-19 deaths to date are older people, 65 years of age and older. 80%. We already know that Coronavirus affects older people disproportionately and most harshly. They are at significantly higher risk for severe illness from the virus. Already often isolated and disenfranchised, millions living in poverty, older Americans need our attention and interv… click for more

SeniorLAW Center Supports Fair Housing, Comments on Proposed HUD Rule

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020
On Monday, March 16th, SeniorLAW Center submitted comments to the Department of Housing and Urban Development concerning the Department’s Proposed Rule, “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing.” The Proposed Rule would replace the current 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule. SeniorLAW Center's Jacob Speidel and Amelia Fanelli expressed deep concern that the proposed redefinitio… click for more

SeniorLAW Center offices close while continuing to provide services to older clients remotely

Monday, March 16th, 2020
In response to the Governor’s directive, all SeniorLAW Center offices are closed, but we continue to provide services to our older clients and communities who are disproportionately impacted by this crisis. All staff are working and accessible remotely. Those needing our services should contact us by phone at 215.988.1242 or 1.877.PA SR LAW (1.877.727.7529). Read full announcement here. … click for more

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Older Adults: Resources and Information

Monday, March 16th, 2020
  All of our physical offices are closed as of 3/16/2020 at 5 p.m.  However, all our staff are working remotely.   We encourage all older adults who need our services at SeniorLAW Center to contact us by phone: 215-988-1242 (Philadelphia) 610-910-0210 (Bucks/Montgomery) 610-910-0215 (Delaware/Chester)  1-877-PA SR LAW (Statewide) We hav… click for more

SeniorLAW Center cancels March 21, 2020 Gala due to COVID-19 concerns, older Americans hardest hit

Thursday, March 12th, 2020
Dear valued partner: In light of concerns and uncertainty posed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and in light of the urgent, disproportionate, and profound impact of this virus on the older client communities we serve, SeniorLAW Center has decided to cancel its March 21st, 2020 Gala. This was an extremely hard decision, but we believe strongly it is the right decision, as we do not yet know th… click for more
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