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The Many Faces of Advocacy - Do You Need a Seniors- Advocate?

Written by Barbara J. Kirby
Certified Professional Consultant on Aging (CPCA) Later Lifestyle Planner, Advocate, Navigator

Later in life there are various circumstances where challenges arise and and we are unable to resolve the situation or get the answers we need ourselves. We may need someone help us, someone who can speak up on our behalf who respects our values supports our quality of life during a time when we may be more vulnerable.

Planning who your advocates will be may even require self-discovery and mindfulness on your part. It is important to understand that if you want a family member or friend to be your only advocate consider their overall knowledge base about a broad spectrum of issues. Ask yourself do they have similar beliefs as you do they value who you are as an individual. Can they remain objective, unbiased, and fair? Do they have the drive to follow through when speaking up on your behalf?

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