Newsroom > DHHS News Release

For Immediate Release
July 17, 2014

Contact Bill Wiley, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-6585 or bill.wiley@nebraska.gov

Safe, Secure Seniors Program to Air on NET

Lincoln—A 30-minute television program called Safe, Secure Seniors: Legal Services to Protect Older Nebraskans was produced by the State Unit on Aging in the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. 
 
It provides essential information about key issues like Consumer Protection, Guardianship and Conservatorship, and Advance Directives. 
 
The program is shown on NET2 or online at netnebraska.org and features a panel of legal experts discussing those topics and identifies resources throughout Nebraska to find help. 
 
Moderated by Mark Feit of the Nebraska Alzheimer’s Association, panelists include Margaret Schaefer, Legal Aid of Nebraska; Debora Denny, Dispute Resolution & Special Court Projects; Judge Susan Bazis, Douglas County Court; and Mary Wilson, Buford Law Offices.
 
Upcoming broadcast dates and times on NET2 are:
  • July 31, 8:30 p.m. CDT
  • August 14, 8:30 p.m. CDT
  • August 17, 2:30 p.m. CDT
Safe, Secure Seniors: Legal Services to Protect Older Nebraskans explains that in Nebraska there are eight Area Agencies on Aging that provide legal advice and represent persons 60 and older with economic or social needs. 
 
Those agencies contract with private attorneys for these services or with Legal Aid of Nebraska to operate a hotline to provide legal assistance. These legal providers help older Nebraskans with Advance Directives such as wills, durable and health care powers of attorney as well other things like eviction notices, debt collection and government benefits. 
 
The State Unit on Aging within the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services also sponsors free law school clinics throughout the state to prepare Advance Directives and provide consumer credit counseling.
 

-30-