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Guide to Assistance for Senior Citizens and Elderly

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The most common mail we receive at SeniorJournal.com is from people seeking information on how to care for an aging relative and from seniors trying to solve their own problems. This is a list of helpful information on the Web.

 

Personal Injury?

Nursing Home Abuse?

Medical Malpractice?

Contact Attorney Beth Janicek

Help in Your Hometown or State

Most of the problems presented to us by readers need to be solved by local experts. These are links to help find help at home.

Local Help - Eldercare Locator by Administration on Aging

Guide to finding local help with eldercare. You enter your state and zip code (where the senior needs help) and a page opens with your nearest contact agency. - Click

Local Help - State Resources for Assistance (State agencies on aging)

Links provided by Health & Human Services to state and regional assistance with Medicare and Medicaid on the Web - Click

Local Help -Need Help with Medicare? It’s available in your state

BEST SOURCE - Every state has a "State Health Insurance Assistance Program" (SHIP). These programs offer free help to Medicare beneficiaries and their families with their health insurance choices and with problems that might arise. Click Here to Home Page. For assistance in your area, Click Here.

General Help from the U.S. Government

Benefits.gov

Website to find government assistance for which seniors and others may be eligible

Caregivers' Resources
Help providing care, benefits, long-distance caregiving, legal matters, support for caregivers...

Consumer Protection for Seniors
Consumer fraud, elder rights, advocates for nursing home residents...

Education, Jobs, and Volunteerism for Seniors
Adult education, AARP working options, Senior Corps...

End-of-Life Issues
Advance directives, estate planning, hospice...

Federal and State Agencies for Seniors
Administration on Aging, Social Security Administration, Veterans' Health Administration...

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Benefits and assistance, health and safety, state resources...

Health for Seniors
Disease, health care facilities, medicare, nutrition...

Housing for Seniors
Reverse mortgages, eldercare, nursing home comparison...

Laws and Regulations Concerning Seniors
Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Medicare Modernization Act, Social Security Act...

Medicare Information for Caregivers

Money and Taxes for Seniors
Investing, tax counseling, estate planning...

Retirement
Pension plans, benefits calculator, retirement ages...

Travel and Recreation for Seniors
Amtrak senior discount, older drivers, travel tips...

    Source: www.USA.gov

 

More Help

Guide to Senior Services by Administration on Aging

Very complete guide to online help for older Americans in many areas - Click

 

Money Matters - Getting Financial Help - by Administration on Aging

This page has lots of links to assistance with a variety of financial challenges faced by many senior citizens. - Click

 

Disability and Aging Issues – CMS

Links to answers on issues effecting disability and aging - Click

 

About Laws Impacting the Elderly

This is a great site for legal information and more. Click

 

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services - From this home page you can go to Medicare of Medicaid information. Click^^

 

Help with Drug Costs

    Help For Those With Limited Income and Resources (CMS)

    Help With Medicare Prescription Drug Costs (SSA)

Government Site for Benefits

Site provided by federal government to see if you qualify for benefits from federal or state government. Click

 

Benefits Check-Up

Website by National Council on the Aging that helps determine benefits available to senior citizens. It’s a free service. Click

New site co-sponsored with government agencies provides extra help for low-income seniors to enroll in federal, state and private assistance programs. Click

 

Online Database Helps Seniors Without Drug Coverage Get Free Medicines

An online database introduced in March 2003 will help patients without prescription drug coverage access user friendly information about more than 1,400 medicines offered free through patient assistance programs sponsored by the pharmaceutical industry and others.

http://www.helpingpatients.org

 

State Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs - As of March 2005 at least 39 states have established or authorized some type of program to provide pharmaceutical coverage or assistance, primarily to low-income elderly. http://www.ncsl.org/programs/health/drugaid.htm

MyZiva.net Provides Free, Easy Nursing Home Comparison Tools

www.MyZiva.net

 

Home Healthcare Compare

Government site for information on home healthcare agencies - Click

 

Hospital Compare

Government site for information on hospitals in your area - Click

 

Nursing Home Compare - Medicare Website with detailed information on every nursing home in the U.S. - Click

 

How to Choose a Nursing Home – U.S. government site

http://www.seniors.gov/retirementplanner/ltc/nhguide.htm

 

Caregivers Marketplace - www.caregiversmarketplace.com - Get cash back and discounts on caregiving products. Enrollment is FREE and confidential.

 

HUD Website on Senior Housing

A page with many links to information on housing for seniors citizens - Click

 

PACE Program – All-inclusive plan to assist the elderly by this government-backed non-profit group

Government Site on PACE - http://cms.hhs.gov/pace/default.asp

PACE Website - http://www.npaonline.org/

 

U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging

Consumer tips on Long-Term care - Click*

 

First Government for Seniors – Website by U.S. government, operated by Social Security, that helps seniors find government information. NOTE: In left column they provide links to federal and state agencies. Most states have agencies set up specifically to help seniors. Click

 

Full Circle of Care - Guide to local help
Includes a new section for caregivers and professionals to choose a state and directly link to that state's state aging agency, Area Agencies on Aging, ombudsman, health insurance information, disability resources, and elder abuse - including phone numbers. Click

 

Alzheimer’s Association

the Alzheimer’s Association has developed a unique Web tool that helps individuals find the right care options, from home and community-based care, to assisted living and nursing home care. Click. The Website for the association is http://www.alz.org/mainpage.htm

 

Someone to Live Free in Homes of Elderly in Exchange for Care

The National Home Share Resource Center offers a national directory of local organizations that sponsor Home Share programs. The basic idea is for an older person to provide free housing in exchange for free care. http://www.nationalsharedhousing.org.

 

Seniors 65+ May Qualify for Free Eye Exams

By age 65, one in three Americans has some form of vision-threatening eye disease, but many people do not know it. They may also not know they qualify for a free eye exam. More... 9/29/03*

 

Where to get records

This is a government provided index to where you order birth, death, marriage or divorce documents. Click Here

 

Federal Government Hotline for Any Questions

1 (800) FED-INFO (1-800-333-4636)

 

Complete Guide to Health Care Services for Seniors – How to find services and finance them. Inexpensive book from Amazon.   CLICK HERE