Resources available to seniors
Federal Government Resources:
Medicare The official U.S. Government site for Medicare.
Medicaid Find Medicaid and CHIP coverage, by state.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services “…we are moving the agency to focus on patients first. To do this, one of our top priorities is to ease regulatory burden that is destroying the doctor-patient relationship. We want doctors to be able to deliver the best quality care to their patients.”
U.S. Administration on the Aging– home and community-based services for senior citizens.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services This site features links to more than 6,000 government and nonprofit health information resources on hundreds of health topics including personalized health tools such as health calculators, activity and menu planners, recipes and online checkups.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Runs all federal housing assistance programs.
National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information The National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information is primarily intended as an information and planning resource for individuals who don’t yet require long-term care, but it includes information on services and financing options that can be helpful to all individuals.
Resources for our Veterans:
US Department of Veteran Affairs Special programs, services and support for veteans and their caregivers.
National Resource Directory Connecting wounded warriors, service members, veterans and their families with those who support them. There is a wealth of information and resources concerning the following and more.
- Benefits and Compensation
- Family & Caregivers Support
- Housing and Loan Information
Prostetics and Sensory Aids Service (PSAS) The mission of the Prosthetic & Sensory Aids Service (PSAS) is to provide comprehensive support to optimize health and independence of the Veteran. PSAS strives to be a premier source of prosthetic and orthotic services, sensory aids, medical equipment, and support services for Veterans.
Home Improvements and Structural Alterations (HISA) Under the Home Improvements and Structural Alterations (HISA) program, Veterans with service-connected disabilities or Veterans with non-service-connected disabilities may receive assistance for any home improvement necessary for the continuation of treatment or for disability access to the home and essential lavatory and sanitary facilities.
A HISA grant is available to Veterans who have received a medical determination indicating that improvements and structural alterations are necessary or appropriate for the effective and economical treatment of his/her disability. A Veteran may receive both a HISA grant and either a Special Home Adaptation (SHA) grant or a Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grant. Visit the site for more information and a helpful video.
Automobile Adaptive Equipment (AAE) The Automobile Adaptive Equipment (AAE) program permits physically challenged persons to enter, exit, and/or operate a motor vehicle or other conveyance. Veterans are trained, through the VA Driver’s Rehabilitation Program, how to safely operate their vehicle on our nation’s roadways.
The VA also provides necessary equipment such as platform wheelchair lifts, UVLs (under vehicle lifts), power door openers, lowered floors/raised roofs, raised doors, hand controls, left foot gas pedals, reduced effort and zero effort steering and braking, and digital driving systems. Additionally, VA’s program provides reimbursements for standard equipment including, but not limited to, power steering, power brakes, power windows, power seats, and other special equipment necessary for the safe operation of an approved vehicle.
Other helpful links:
Social Security Online The official web site for the Social Security Administration.
National Institute on Aging Health information for older adults. This website for older adults was developed by the National Institute on Aging and the National Library of Medicine, both part of the National Institutes of Health. It is designed to be used by people with low vision, can be enlarged and has voice.
AARP Crammed with useful senior articles, videos and senior discounts.
AAA Members can access discounts, travel services, and more.
Retirement Life Matters Hundreds of articles for the retired on topics ranging from health to relationships to spirituality.
Love to Know Seniors Interviews with experts; fashion and beauty; arts and crafts for seniors.
Evergreen Club If you’re over 50 and like to travel, check out what the Evergreen Club offers: a network of low-priced B&Bs, guest rooms and other down-to-earth, personal accommodations.