There are many resources available at the federal, state, and even government level to aid senior citizens. Whether is medical, financial, or legal assistance, we’re our together a list of resources to help.
Where to start:
http://www.benefits.gov/ is a great place to start. When you visit the site, you can answer questions about your health, disability, income, assets, military service, education, etc., which will then lead you to a list of government programs, services, and information that may be beneficial to you.
You can also check out https://www.benefitscheckup.org/. Similar to benefits.gov, this site will have you answer questions to see what senior programs are available to you.
Social Security is available to older Americans to protect them financially. It provides benefits to individuals ages 65 or older. To apply, visit https://www.ssa.gov/forms/apply-for-benefits.html to fill out an application.
You can also call at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) or visit your local social security office. To find one near use visit: https://secure.ssa.gov/ICON/main.jsp
Medicare is health insurance provided to people ages 65 and older (sometimes younger depending on certain circumstances such as disability). Medicare can cover multiple medical costs such as hospital care, doctors bills, health services, etc. You can read a more detailed explanation along with specific coverage at: https://www.agingcare.com/Articles/What-are-the-Different-Parts-to-Medicare-133611.htm
To apply for Medicare, fill out an application at https://secure.ssa.gov/iClaim/rib
Administration on Aging (AoA)
AoA administers many national programs and services for eldery people. Benefits include health insurance counseling, legal assistance, protection from elder abuse, and aid with long-term care. Visit: http://www.aoa.gov/ to see what services are available to you.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
If you are a military veteran or have a service-related disability, you could apply to receive benefits such as medical care or compensation. To apply, you must provide medical documentation as proof of your condition. You can apply online for disability compensation at: http://www.benefits.va.gov/COMPENSATION/rates-index.asp
If you are a senior who is disabled, the Americans with Disabilities Act administered by the Department of Justice offers briefings and cost-free publications on the regulations to grant universal access to the disabled. Visit: https://www.ada.gov/ for more details.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1966 is a regulation and restriction program on health care providers to provide senior citizens medical record privacy. It allows you to determine who, other than you (ex: other family members) can discuss your medical concerns with a physician. For more information visit: http://www.hhs.gov/hipaa
Area Agency on Aging
The Area Agency on Aging is a program that aids people to find elder programs and services in their area. Staff work as counselors to help you find which programs or resources will be more helpful to you. Find an office near you at: https://www.agingcare.com/local/Area-Agency-on-Aging
The Food and Drug Administration Database
You may be taking multiple prescription drugs prescribed by different doctors. If so, become aware of all the medications you are taking. Search the Food and Drug Administrations’ large database to learn about your medications recommended dosage, side effects, and conflicts with other medications so you understand what you’re putting in your body. Visit: http://www.fda.gov/
By accessing these resourses, seniors can gain access to important information as well as financial & medical benefits to help them within their living conditions. There are many programs out there, search to find which one works best for you and your situation.