H.E.L.P. is here for seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic:
Although our H.E.L.P. office door is locked to walk-in consultations and our community classes have transitioned to zoom video conferencing, we continue to operate with a reduced in-office staff and others working from home, to take phone calls and provide seniors and their families with needed counseling and guidance during this difficult time. Call 310-533-1996 for HELP.
H.E.L.P is a free education, counseling, and referral resource for seniors and their families to help them make informed decisions to live their best lives. Focus and priorities include: access to healthcare, help with substance abuse, financial stability, avoiding scams and elder abuse, retaining cognitive stability.
Who is H.E.L.P.?
H.E.L.P. is the first stop. Our education and counseling programs focus on elder care options, legal and financial planning tools, and consumer protections. With the assistance of highly qualified volunteer professionals, our well trained program staff provides objective, accurate and up-to-date assistance, information and referrals to community, nonprofit and government resources.
H.E.L.P. assists older adults and their families in making proper decisions about health care, financial matters, and other aging issues. We provide education on protections from elder fraud and abuse, as well as available government entitlement programs.
H.E.L.P. Receives McMillen Family Foundation Grant
H.E.L.P. received a grant to address the growing problem of alcohol and drug abuse among older
adults. H.E.L.P. is pleased to be able to continue the partnership with the McMillen Family Foundation
begun in April 2017 with the development of a pilot alcohol and substance abuse educational outreach
program for seniors. The goal of the program is to alert seniors and their families to the growing
problem of alcohol and drug abuse among older adults. Over the past several decades, physicians have
increasingly prescribed seniors with pain medications to address chronic pain, without adequate medical
follow-up, and many end up addicted. Seniors need to be alerted to the dangers of continued long-term
use of these drugs after leaving the hospital and advised to not just take the prescription because it’s
part of the checkout process from the hospital. There is also the need to be aware of additional
potential side effects stemming from the interaction of their regular medications with the use of alcohol
Alcohol abuse can put the elderly at risk for internal bleeding, heart problems and difficulties in
breathing. Alcohol-related illnesses are a major cause of premature death. Among persons older than 65, moderate and heavy drinkers are 16 times more likely than nondrinkers to die of suicide. Less than half of alcoholics over 65 are diagnosed, a Penn State study has shown, because often the telltale signs of alcohol dependence are masked by patient denial and seeming good health. Alcohol abuse also contributes to increased risk of falls, as well as emergency hospitalization for adverse alcohol and drug events in older Americans.
H.E.L.P. recently completed a Strategic Plan that prioritizes our efforts to assist seniors with substance abuse issues, as stated in Goal #4:
Develop resources/partnerships that enhance senior wellbeing.
Objective 4.1. Develop partnerships that nurture priorities of:
1. Access to healthcare, 2. Help with substance abuse, 3. Financial stability, 4. Avoiding scams and elder abuse, 5. Retaining cognitive stability.
The action items for Substance Abuse in Goal #4 are:
4.2.1 Build on foundation of current substance abuse pilot program by extending education program to more low income areas.
4.2.2 Update website to make access to substance abuse resources more user-friendly; build substance recovery resources.
4.2.3 Increase outreach to senior living facilities and senior centers to provide education programs on substance abuse.
4.2.4 Network with substance recovery programs to offer client counseling and education on jobs, housing, finances, healthcare, entitlement programs, and other support.
4.2.5 Build referral list of recovery programs in the South Bay.
What Can H.E.L.P. Do For You?
H.E.L.P. provides information and referrals through: telephone and walk-in services, educational website updates, free community classes, and short private consultations with our community specialist. Focus and priorities include: access to healthcare, help with substance abuse, financial stability, avoiding scams and elder abuse, retaining cognitive stability. Our professionally developed publications include : H.E.L.P. Is Here an annual magazine that contains important articles about current issues that affect seniors and their caregivers; Your Way – a guide to help you stay in charge of decisions about your medical care; Torrance Guide to Services for Older Adults a comprehensive directory of services in Torrance and other cities throughout the South Bay and beyond that assist older adults in addressing current issues and future planning tools. We also provide the publication: Alcohol and Drug Awareness for Safe Senior Living. See also our publication series Nuts and Bolts Guides – simple-to-read 4-page booklets on Estate Administration, Financial Powers of Attorney, Healthcare Powers of Attorney, Medi-Cal for Nursing Home Care, Probate (and Avoiding It) in California, Gift, Estate and Capital Gains Taxes, Wills and Revocable Living Trusts, and Your Aging Preparedness Kit.
We Are Here to Help.
H.E.L.P. served more than 8,000 people with counseling and education.
Over 4,500 older adults and their families and friends attended H.E.L.P. classes.
Over 393,000 visitors used H.E.L.P.s Internet resources,
Distributed over 26,500 publications to the public.
H.E.L.P. is the glue between older adults and critical, life altering information, resources and referrals. We change lives!
Thank you to all our donors for their generous support.
2019 H.E.L.P. Donors
Donor Contributions $20,000 and above
The Ahmanson Foundation
David & Ann Buxton
McMillen Family Foundation
The Scriba Family Fund
Donor Contributions $5,000 to $19,999
Brad and Jennifer Baker
Brigante, Cameron, Watters & Strong LLP
Estate of Alfred Carrasco
Farmers & Merchants Trust Company
LA County Supervisors Janice Hahn & Don Knabe
Allen & Dorothy Lay
Opus Community Foundation
Tom & Tricia Paulsen
Donor Contributions $2,000 to $4,999
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Michael & Honeya Barth
Kent & Lauren Burton
Harris Financial Advisors, Inc
Yim Hom & Simon Lo
Johannessen Trading Company
Laura & Juris Kauls
Marcil Family Foundation
Debbie & Mike Richardson
Watson Land Company
West Basin Municipal Water District
Donor Contributions $200 to $1,999
Phil & Velma Albitz; Sandra Allbee & Jerry Wahlin; O. Allen Alpay; Carolyn Ayers; Michael & Keri Botello; Pat & Cathy Carroll; Cetera Advisor Netowrks, LLC; Conover & Grebe, LLP; Continental Development Corporation; Donald Corsaro; Kristen Damon, Esq.; Helen Dennis; Michael & Susan Dillenback; Carolyn E. Elliott; Helmut & Susanna Epp; Feng Shui for Your Life; Debra Frank; The Law Office of Garee T. Gasperian; Jacqueline M. Glass; James Hill & Pam Barrett; C.R. Bob Holmes; Darlene R. Holubiak; Stella Horton; Larry & Lyn Huff; Terry J Kennedy; Ellen B. Kircher; Robin F. Krotz; Donald Lanzinger; Stephen & Laurie Love; Cathy Luciano; Marian Lyons; Frank & Marilyn Miles; Christopher & Gill Moore; Rick & Sally Moton; Niman & Associates, Inc.; William Oberholzer; William & Marsha Paulsen; Pettler & Miller LLP; Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center; Ralphs Community Contribution Program; ReMax/Palos Verdes Realty; Carol Lee Rhyne; Philip Johnston Ross; Cynthia Rustanius; Harvey & Ina Sarver; Susan Seamans; Barbara Ann Sepeda; Robert & Mary Sheh; Paul & Alice Slavich; Linda S. Smith; Phyllis Sussman; Torrance Lions Club; Torrance Memorial Foundation; Torrance Refining Company; Robert & Elly Visser; Kay S. Wardell; Wayland & Vukadinovich LLP; Sidney & Frances Wielin; Steve & Ruta Wroblicky
Donor Contributions $25 to $199
Steven H. Abelove; Robert & Rosalie Abelson; Vernita Adkins; Carolina Albert; American Quality Care for the Elderly; Nora Arroyo; Jeffrey & Debbie Atkins; Robert & June Bacon; Geraldine M. Belleville; The Benevity Community Impact Fund; Sheri Bentley; Kathy Benz; Gus & Elvira Beskos; Vijay & Sharda Bhasin; The Boeing Employee Individual Giving Program; Allen & Wendy Bond; Thomas & Frances Booth; Alvin & Judy Borne; Timothy E. Botello; Mary Boyd; Gertrude Brown; Virginia Butler & Les Fishman; Gretchen M. Calhoun; Christine Campisi & Larry Schmidt; David & Phyllis Cannom; Fred & Mary Anne Chappelear; Leonor G. Chernila & Family; John Chevedden; Cindy E. Chew; Fred & Sue Christie; Earl & Shirley Clark; Annetta Cochran; Mary Lee Coe; Duane Conover; Richard & Gail Crocker; Mohan Dadlani; Howard & Janet Davis; Richard & Janice Davis; Carol L. Dean; James & Mary Ann Donahue; Berkley & Beth Eichel; Employees Charity Organization of Northrop Grumman; Sunya F. Felburg; Joan F. Fey; Kathleen Fitzgerald; John & Patsy Fuchs; Stephen Garcia; Mark Goldberg; John & Katherine Gonzalez; Rowena Gordon; Evelyn Granata; Robert & Suzi Gulcher; Mary Anderson Haag; Thomas & Karin Handsaker; Rassie & Connie Harper; Jane K. Hashimoto; Don & Alma Hazzard; Robert & Eileen Hecht; Bruce Herrington; Dean R. Hetchler; Richard Hine; David & Manuela Ho; Bruce & Kaaren Hoffman; Doris J. Hofmann; Stanley Howard; Ann Hunter; Bob & Gail Johnson; Joyce Johnson; Harriet R. Kaplan; Betty A. Keel; Richard & Rose Keidel; Chuck & Marylyn Klaus; Evan Koch; Gayle S. Koch; Joyce Kochanowski; Joyce LaCoe; Aaron & Maude Landon; Dr. Rosemary Leake; Deanna Yu Lewis; Paul & Helen Limburg; Richard & Ruth Lohrer; James & Hazel Lord; Kay Magee; Barbara Mautino; Donna McBride; Delia McCulloch; Lisa McCullough; Hugh B. McIntyre; The Meng Family Tree; Rose T. Mikami; Grace Mizuno; Doris W. Morton; Sunny Moss; George & Helen Nakano; Janice K. Nishimura; Chuck & Enedina Norris; Maryann O’Connor; P.E.O. Sisterhood International, Chapter PN; David & Natalie Parfitt; Frederic F. Randa; Margarita Rey; Lewis & Peggy Roland; Jerry Ronan; Derek Rose; Verona Ruiz; Sharon E. Ryan; Donald & Linda Savell; Ralph & Paula Schneider; Kathy Seuthe; Leon Silverman; Brian & Joyce Sinclair; Darko & Sally Mae Skracic; Ruby Stein; Everett & Kathleen Stinson; Carmeta Sturdivant; Rudi Suminski; Donald & Melanie Tanaka; Nancy Tanaka; Evelyn Teng; Garry & Sue Thompson; Ginger Thomson; Sandra A. Tofflemire; Jean L. Van Camp; Sandy VandenBerge; Jim & Kim Vandever; Frank & Mary Vogt; Nanelle Voss; Donna Wada; Teresa Walsh; Albert Wang; John & Marilyn White; Lois Whitener; Betty E. Williams; Roffeal Williamson; Clint & Cassie Wilson; Wade Winter; Jerry & Anne Wittels; Vincent & Karen Woo; Donna Yamashiro; Richard & Joyce Yamashita; Vicente Zapata; Al & Shelly Zirkes