Help for Seniors

Sometimes life catches us by surprise.  Maybe, we find ourselves forced into retirement before we are fully prepared.  Thankfully, there are organizations out there that assist in just such emergencies.

What follows below is a list of just such organizations and links to them with a brief description of the services they provide.

    Volunteers of America provides help to seniors through a series of service programs.  They offer meal programs, transportation, Medicare enrollment support, nursing care, affordable housing, and more.
    Senior Living is a very complete offering of available senior services from independent living to hospice-based care.
    Feeding Ameria is a nonprofit organization is connected to a nationwide network of food banks to distribute food to those in need.
    Retirement Jobs helps seniors by matching them to companies looking for n skills and expertise and they also offer resume critiques to help them find the job they want.
    Dental Lifeline Network is a nonprofit organization that helps provide dental care for seniors.

        iCanConnect provides training and equipment for seniors with                       significant hearing and vision loss.  It helps pay for computers, braille             displays, smartphones, tablets, and more.

        USDA Housing Repair Grants for seniors have eligibility requirements           and offer loans at a 1% fixed rate over a 20-year term.

       The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has                       programs for seniors who need help supplementing their income.                   Homeowners aged 62 and up who have paid off their mortgage may             qualify for HUD’s reverse mortgage program, or a subsidized property if         they rent.

        Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program provides assistance for         families and seniors with low income who need assistance with                     managing the cost of home energy bills.

        Medicaid is an all-inclusive health care program for seniors.

        Medicare provides limited help with medical expenses.

        Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program helps low-income seniors             gain access to locally grown produce.  Eligibility restrictions apply, and           the total household income must be within 185% of the federal poverty         level.

        Commodity Supplemental Food Program provides food packages for             seniors.

        Social Security provides retirement benefits for seniors over 62.

        BenefitsCheckUp is a directory of over 2,500 benefits for senior citizens.

        IRS Elderly Tax Credit may help reduce the amount of tax you owe                 each year if you meet certain eligibility criteria.

Help for Seniors Living Alone

    Meals on Wheels provides meals for seniors aged 60 and above at their homes or in a group setting.

        AmeriCorps Seniors are volunteer workers who are seniors themselves         who help with daily tasks and provide much-needed companionship to           seniors.

        National PACE Association offers medical, rehabilitation, personal, and         other types of care to help loved ones to continue to live at home.

        ADA Paratransit offers complementary services to eligible seniors, with         no limit on the number of trips requested.

        National Adult Day Services Association has centers nationwide to                 provide services to seniors who want to remain living within the                     community.  Can be a more cost-effective solution to providing                       supervised care outside of the home in daytime hours.

Benefits for Seniors with Pets

    Senior Paws for Pets provides food deliveries to participants of the Meals on Wheels Program for those who also need help keeping their dog or cat fed.

        The Humane Society provides a comprehensive list of resources by               state, including spaying and neutering, vaccinations, medications, and           more.

    Best Friends Animal Society offers low-cost Spay and neuter services, adoption, and education programs for pet owners.

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