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10 Best Senior Resources

Aging in Place National Council for Aging

They help seniors, their families and caregivers to prepare their homes and lives for successful aging in place.

American Association of Retired Persons| AARP Fraud Watch Network

The American Association of Retired Persons is the nation's largest non-profit organization dedicated to empowering Americans age 50 and older to live lives of independence, dignity, and purpose. This site provides real world tips and tools to protect your loved ones. 

Aging Life Care® Association

Looking for an Aging Life Care Professional near you? You may use the Aging Life Care Manager® Search Tool.

Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.

Guide to Long-Term Care for Veterans

For seniors veterans living at home and enrolled in the VA heath care system, the Guide to Long Term Service and Supports  provides helpful guidance to resources and information about long-term care including various home and community-based residential care options available.  

Benefits Check Up

There are over 2,500 benefit programs nationwide. Find out what benefits may be available in your area. 

A Caregiver's Guide to Understanding, Recognizing and Preventing Elder Abuse

One in ten adults over age 60 + have experienced some kind of elder abuse. This guide defines the different types of abuse, outlines the signs of abuse, offers ways you can help, and how to properly report it.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the leading national public health institute of the United States listed under the Department of Health and Human Services. Learn more about how to protect yourself and what do if you are sick from the Coronavirus, COVID-19.


Guide for Safe Disposal of Prescription Drugs and Medical Devices

Learn how to safely and securely dispose of unwanted or unused drugs and devices, including  prescription pills, liquids, patches and over-the-counter medicines, inhalers, and injectable products to reduce the chance of accidental or intentional exposure and harm to children, pets. and others.


National Pace Association

Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly Pace® assist people age 55 and older by providing and coordinating all types of care a senior may need such as medical care, personal care, rehabilitation, social interaction, medications, and transportation. To qualify for PACE, seniors must be certified by their state to need nursing home care and live in a PACE service area (covers 264 centers in 31 states). PACE can be contacted by calling  Medicare at 800-633-4227.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a nationwide program that reaches out to lonely, depressed, isolated, frail and/or suicidal older adults?

      

The Institute on Aging’s 24-hour toll-free Friendship Line at 800-971-0016 is the only 

accredited crisis line in the country for people aged 60 years and older, and adults living with disabilities. It is the only program nationwide that reaches out to isolated and depressed older adult and have a friendly conversation. Trained volunteers specialize in offering a caring ear and having a friendly conversation with depressed older adults.


Where do I find information on an affordable and reputable medical alert system? 


Medical alert systems are important because they allow older adults to stay independent while making sure help is available in the event of a fall or injury. The website caring.com has completed a review of some of the top medical alert systems. To find a reputable and  affordable medical alert system, please read the complete review here. 



I think it may be time to prepare my advance directives. Where can I find free 

downloadable forms for each state?


When you prepare your advance directives, complete the state specific one to where you live. Remember to get information on life-sustaining treatments that may be available and decide what type of treatment you would or would not want. Be sure to share your end of  life wishes and preferences with your loved ones and physician.

Download your state-specific advance directive form here.


When and how can I apply for Social Security?

       

You can apply for Social Security online at ssa.gov, or by calling 800-772-1213 or in person at your local Social Security office. You must be at least 61 years and 9 months old to submit an application for retirement or spousal benefits. Payments can start as early as age 62. Your age when you enroll plays a big role in determining your payment amount. So please review to see how much you will receive at various claiming ages.

       


Where can I go online to learn more about a nursing home's quality of services and treatment of its patients?

     

Nursing Home Compare, a website provided by Medicare has detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid certified Nursing Home in the United States. It will also provide alerts to consumers about abuse at nursing homes. You may search here for nursing homes based on a location and compare the quality of care they provide and staffing.