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 2021:

H.E.L.P. served around 13,494 people with counseling and education.

Over 374,000 visitors used H.E.L.P.’s Internet resources,

Distributed over 14,445 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 to 2021 H.E.L.P. Donors

Donor Contributions $20,000 and above

The Ahmanson Foundation,
Brad Baker,
John W. Bohannon Family Trust,
David & Ann Buxton,
McMillen Family Foundation,
Scriba Family Trust

Donor Contributions $5,000 to $19,999

Michael & Honeya Barth,
Brigante, Cameron, Watters & Strong LLP,
Barbara Carlson,
Estate of Alfred Carrasco,
Confidence Foundation,
Farmers & Merchants Trust Company,
First Foundation Bank,
Kate Crane\John Gogian Family Foundation,
Jeff & Nancy Grant,
Noble and Lorraine Hancock Family Fund,
Harris Financial Advisors, Inc.,
Yim Hom & Dr. Simon Lo,
Johannessen Trading Company,
Juris & Laura Kauls,
Allen & Dorothy Lay,
Legacy Financial Group, LLP,
Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn,
Charles McDonough Accountancy Corporation,
Oarsmen Foundation,
Pacific Premier Bank,
Drs. Tom & Tricia Paulsen,
Scott Donnelly\PDM, LLP,
Judy Ruiz,
Sandpipers Philanthropy Fund Inc.,
Manny Sousa,
Watson Land Company,
Nancy & James Welsh\Smith-Welsh Foundation

Donor Contributions $2,000 to $4,999

American Honda Motor Co., Inc.,
Kent & Lauren Burton,
The Canterbury,
Pat & Cathy Carroll,
Continental Development Corporation,
Chris & Kim Engen,
William & Phyllis Glantz,
Sibylle Grebe, Esq.,
Zaffar & Teresa Hassanally,
Robin Krotz,
Marcil Family Foundation,
Grant Niman\Niman & Associates, Inc.,
Pettler & Miller, LLP,
Red Chamber Co,
Carol Lee Rhyme,
Philip Johnston Ross,
Cynthia Rustanius,
Robert & Mary Sheh,
Torrance Memorial Foundation,
Michael Tramontin,
Robert & Elly Visser,
Robert & Hillary Watts,
West Basin Municipal Water District

Donor Contributions $1,000 to $1,999

Robert & Rosalie Abelson,
Philip & Velma Albitz,
Michael & Keri Botello,
Donald Corsaro,
Merle & Kathy Countryman,
Michele & Paula Del Vicario,
Raymond & Anne Destabelle,
Carolyn Elliott,
Law Office of Garee T. Gasperian,
The Jacqueline Glass Family,
David & Manuela Ho,
Charles R. Holmes,
Darlene Holubiak,
Stella Horton,
Joyce Kochanowski,
Aaron & Maude Landon,
Kevin Liedlich,
Rick & Sally Moton,
Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center,
ReMax/Palos Verdes Realty,
Sharon Ryan,
Sandra Sanders,
Laura Schenasi,
Nancy & Timothy Scott,
Susan Seamans,
Linda Smith,
Michael Swanson,
Torrance Refining Company,
Kay Wardell,
Wayland & Vukadinovich LLP,
James & Nancy Welsh,
Welch & Co.

Donor Contributions $400 to $999

Albitz/Miloe and Associates, Inc., American Qualify Care for the Elderly, Dr. O. Alpay, Virginia Butler & Les Fishman, California Community Foundation, Leonor Chernila, Duane Conover, Conover & Grebe, LLP, Kathleen & Mila Crane, Kristen Damon, Helen Dennis, Helmut & Susanna Epp, Kathleen Fitzgerald, Debra Frank, Stephen Gildersleeve, Dr. Mark Goldberg, Lupe Hoxworth, Larry & Lyn Huff, Joanne & Jim Hunter, Terry Kennedy, Ellen Blair Kircher, Ron & Evelyn Kita, Donald Lanzinger, Cathy Luciano, Paul & Kay Lupo, Ron & Marian Lyons, Mardy & Norman Maehara, Robert & Ruth McMillen, Frank & Marilyn Miles, Gregory & Doris Morton, George & Helen Nakano, Charles & Lisa Noski, Simon & Palmer, Lauren Phan, Ralphs Community Contribution Program, Harvey & Ina Sarver, Barbara Sepeda, Robert & Pam Schachter, Jennifer & Robert Shafer, Evelyn Stern, Robert & Katherine Swank, Terranea Resort, Torrance Lions Club, Sandy VandenBerge, Sidney & Fran Wielin, Clint & Cassie Wilson, Dwight & Kay Yamada, Mary & Lloyd Zuniga

Donor Contributions $200 to $399

Jeffrey & Debbie Atkins, Carolyn Ayers, Jacqueline Bacharach, Robert & June Bacon, Dr. Peter Barrett, Allen & Wendy Bond, Thomas & Frances Booth, Sue Breiholz, Christine Campisi & Larry Schmidt, Gretchen Calhoun, Richard Carter, Cetera Advisor Netowrks, LLC, John Chevedden, Cindy Chew, Michael & Linda Cochrane, Carol Dean, Michael & Susan Dillenback, DS Design, Donald & Donna Duperon, Irene Freitas, Dr. Lynn & Sheri Gill, John & Katherine Gonzalez, Mary Haag, Martin & Linda Herman, Hofer & Harris, APC, , James Hill & Pam Barrett, Richard Hine, Bruce & Kaaren Hoffman, Bob & Gail Johnson, Richard & Rose Marie Keidel, Chuck & Marylyn Klaus, Joyce LaCoe, Dr. Rosemary Leake, Stephen & Laurie Love, Patricia Maurice, Delia McCulloch, Ljerka Miller, Christopher & Gill Moore, Sunny Moss, William Oberholzer, Mary Ochi, William & Marsha Paulsen, Frederic Randa, Mike & Debbie Richardson, Lewis & Peggy Roland, Shirley Russell, Stephen & Patricia Savage, Donald & Linda Savell, Ann Shaw, Oren & Jo Ann Sheldon, Paul & Alice Slavich, Carmeta Sturdivant, Phyllis Sussman, Donald & Melanie Tanaka, Evelyn Teng, Clark & Debra-Lynn Terrill, JoAnn Thomson, John & June Uharriet, Jerry & Anne Wittels, Vincent & Karen Woo, Steve & Ruta Wroblicky, Richard & Joyce Yamashita

Donor Contributions $5 to $199

Sandra Allbee & Jerry Wahlin, Robert & Karen Armstrong, Paal & Edel Bakstad,, Frederick & Judy Bayer, Kathy Benz, Elvira Beskos, Vijay & Sharda Bhasin, Alvin & Judy Borne, Mary Boyd, Gertrude Brown, David & Phyllis Cannom, Fred & MaryAnn Chappelear, Fred & Sue Christie, Earl & Shirley Clark, Annetta Cochran, Mary Coe, Chris Collignon, Corporon Law Office, Eldon & Cynthia Cotton, Warren & Winifred Cutting, Howard & Janet Davis, Ruth Depuy, James & Mary Ann Donahue, Peggy Escobedo, Joanna Farmer, Sunya Felburg, Norma Fernandez, Joan Fey, Mary Ellen Foti, Marty Gamble, Rowena Gordon, Mariela Gorosito, Karen Gottlieb, Quintus & Sharon Guthrie, Allen & Mary Hammer, Eric Harris, Jane Hashimoto, Don & Alma Hazzard, Robert & Eileen Hecht, James & Pam Monte Hill, Guy Hocker Realtors, Drs. Ken & Britt Huff, Susan Inouye, Dr. Harriet Kaplan, Evan Koch & Julie Hamill, Gayle Koch, Jordan & Caren Libit, Paul & Helen Limburg, Yvonne Liu, Richard & Ruth Lohrer, James & Hazel Lord, Kay Magee, Dr. Hugh McIntyre, Jane McNeil, Jesse & Ruth Mendez, Hal & Nell Mirels, Grace Mizuno, Kevin & Rita Nakano, Laurie Nakano, Dr. Wade Nishimoto, Charles & Enedina Norris, The Honorable Maureen O’Donnell, David & Natalie Parfitt, Wade Nishimoto, Tatiana Penners, P.E.O. Sisterhood Internatonal, Chapter PN, Jerry Ronan, Derek Rose, James & Laurel Sarra, Mike & Marcia Schoettle, Richard & Jennifer Sittel, Richard & Marie Stark, Fred Stevens, Everett & Kathleen Stinson, Rudi Suminski, Nina Tisner, Toby & Mardi Tobias, Jim & Kim Vandever, Thomas Van’t Land, Frank & Mary Vogt, Albert & Linda Wang, Lois Whitener, Wade Winter, Christine Yoshiba-Medeiros

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