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.

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Our Mission

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 or drugs.

New COVID pandemic emergency grant.

H.E.L.P. is very grateful to receive a 2021 emergency grant from the McMillen Family Foundation to enable our staff to stay focused on the important topic of alcohol and substance use among seniors. During these difficult times when regular medical appointments are often curtailed, seniors are receiving less  follow-up on their pain medications, which can lead to dependence if not monitored. Likewise, the isolation experienced during the pandemic can also lead to higher levels of alcohol use, often resulting in falls and other incidents. Our community classes, now provided by Zoom, help inform seniors of the pitfalls.

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.

In 2020:

H.E.L.P. served around 7,000 people with counseling and education.

Over 280,000 visitors used H.E.L.P.’s Internet resources,

Distributed over 21,000 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.

2020 H.E.L.P. Donors

Donor Contributions $20,000 and above

The Ahmanson Foundation

Donor Contributions $5,000 to $19,999

Brad Baker
Michael & Honeya Barth
Brigante, Cameron, Watters & Strong LLP
Chalres McDonough Accountancy Corp.
Confidence Foundation
Farmers & Merchants Trust Company
Mary Harris
Noble and Lorraine Hancock Family Fund
Oarsmen Foundation
Tom & Tricia Paulsen
Judy Ruiz
James & Nancy Welsh

Donor Contributions $2,000 to $4,999

Barbara Carlson
Yim Hom & Simon Lo
Johannessen Trading Company
Laura & Juris Kauls
Legacy Financial Group, LLC
Niman & Associates, Inc.
Sandpipers Associates
Tom Tramontin
Watson Land Company

Donor Contributions $1,000 to $1,999

David & Ann Buxton
The Canterbury
Pat & Cathy Carroll
Continental Development Corporation
Robin F. Krotz
Marcil Family Foundation
Pettler & Miller LLP
Red Chamber Co.
Carol Lee Rhyne
Cynthia Rustanius
Torrance Memorial Medical Center
Robert & Hillary Watts

Donor Contributions $400 to $999

Robert & Rosalie Abelson; Albitz/Miloe and Associates, Inc.; Kent & Lauren Burton; Kate & Milan Crane; Carolyn Elliott; David & Manuela Ho; C.R. Bob Holmes; Joanne & Jim Hunter; Joyce Kochanowski & Guy Hocker; Allen & Dorothy Lay; Rick & Sally Moton; Robert & Patti Palmer; Philip Johnston Ross; Nancy Scott; Jennifer & Robert Shafer; Robert & Katherine Swank; Michael Swanson; Robert & Elly Visser

Donor Contributions $200 to $399

Peter Barrett; Elvira Beskos; Chris Collignon; Duane Conover; Kristen Damon; Michele & Paula Del Vicario; Kim & Chris Engen; Helmut & Susanna Epp; Stephen Gildersleeve; Darlene Holubiak; Lupe Hoxworth; Larry & Lyn Huff; Terry Kennedy; Donald Lanzinger; Cathy Luciano; Paul & Kay Lupo; Mardy Maehara; Frank & Marilyn Miles; Ljerka Miller; Gregory & Doris Morton; Charles & Lisa Noski; Ralphs Community Contribution Program; Harvey Sarver; Robert & Pam Schachter; Barbara Ann Sepeda; Linda S. Smith; Evelyn Stern; Torrance Lions Club; Dwight & Kay Yamada

Donor Contributions $15 to $199

Sandra Allbee & Jerry Wahlin; Robert & Karen Armstrong; Jeff & Debbie Atkins; Jacqueline Bacharach; Robert & June Bacon; Paal & Edel Bakstad; Zita Bar; Frederick & Judith Bayer; Kathy Benz; Vijay & Sharda Bhasin; Walter & Josefina Boehm; The Boeing Employee Individual Giving Program; Thomas & Frances Booth; Alvin & Judy Borne; Timothy Botello; Mary Boyd; Gertrude Brown; Gretchen Calhoun; Christine Campisi & Larry Schmidt; Richard Carter; Kristin Charles; Leonor G. Chernila; John Chevedden; Cindy Chew; Corporon Law Office; Eldon & Cynthia Cotton; Warren & Winifred Cutting; Carol Dean; Helen Dennis; Ruth Lorraine Depuy; James & Mary Ann Donahue; Sunya Felburg; Norma Fernandez; Joan Fey; Kathleen Fitzgerald; Mary Ellen Foti; Debra Frank; Mark Goldberg; John & Katherine Gonzalez; Portia Goode-Hurd; Jean Gronbach; Alan & Mary Hammer; Jane Hashimoto; Robert & Eileen Hecht; Martin & Linda Herman; Marcelle Herrera; Richard Hine; Hofer & Harris, APC; Bruce & Kaaren Hoffman; Susie Inouye; Joyce Johnson; Kathryn & Jim Joiner; Richard & RoseMarie Keidel; Ellen Kircher; Richard & Nadine Kirk; Chuck & Marylyn Klaus; Gayle Koch; Joyce LaCoe; Rosemary Leake; Jordan & Caren Libit; Paul & Helen Limburg; Charlotte Logemann; James & Hazel Lord; Stephen & Laurie Love; Kay Magee; Tim & Sandy Marshall; Thomas Martin; James & Eleanor McGann; Hugh & Lorraine McKinney; Jane McNeil; Bruce & Jean McPheeters; Margo Meikle; Jesse & Ruth Mendez; Raymond Michihara; Hal & Nell Mirels; Kimiko Miwa; Grace Mizuno; Mary Murphy & Lloyd Zuniga; George & Helen Nakano; Dorothy Nambu; William Oberholzer; Marilyn & Michael O’Kane; Helen Oshiro; Diane Portillo; Frederic Randa; Margarita Rey; Lewis & Peggy Roland; Jerry Ronan; Shirley Russell; Laurel Sarra; Steve & Pat Savage; Donald & Linda Savell; Ann Schaefer; Mike & Marcia Schoettle; Susan Seamans; Stephanie Seki; Ann Shaw; Oren & Jo Ann Sheldon; Tom & Judy Shigemitsu; Brian & Joyce Sinclair; Richard & Jennifer Sittel; Everett & Kathleen Stinson; Carmeta Sturdivant; Evelyn & Ta-Liang Teng; Ginger Thomson; Nina Tisner; Sandra Tofflemire; Steven Truong; John & June Uharriet; Gloria Van Hemert; Sandy VandenBerge; Thomas Van’t Land; Frank & Mary Vogt; Albert & Linda Wang; Sidney & Frances Wielin; Eva LaVonne Wuertz; Richard & Joyce Yamashita; Lela York; Christine Yoshiba-Medeiros; Al & Shelly Zirkes


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