This designation was established by the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys as a way to acknowledge the profession which supports the senior community (defined as people over 65 years) with all of their planning needs. Essentially, Elder Law is a classification of law that relates less to the type of casework performed and more to the type of person who is served. Elder Law attorneys represent, counsel and assist seniors, people with disabilities and their families with a variety of legal issues. The services provided by Elder Law attorneys enhance the lives of seniors and people with disabilities.
The selection of May as National Elder Law Month coincides with the celebration of Older Americans Month. President Kennedy first celebrated older Americans by designating May 1963 as Senior Citizens Month. After a meeting with the National Council of Senior Citizens, Kennedy encouraged all Americans to pay tribute to older people across the country. Every President since has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month of May in support of older Americans. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter’s proclamation changed the name to Older Americans Month. This month continues to be a time to celebrate those 65 and older.