Locating and accessing resources for aging adults is a daunting task for caregivers and professionals. We have compiled a list of the top 8 vital resources for aging adults.
- The Administration on Aging. The AOA oversees community based organizations such as the Area Agencies on Aging and Aging & Disability Resource Centers, which provide programs and services to seniors and caregivers such as health insurance counseling, legal assistance, protection from elder abuse and help with long-term care.
- The Americans with Disabilities Act National Network. If your loved one has a disability, it may be helpful to know about the ADA National Network. This network was created by the Department of Health and Human Services as a resource for information, briefings and free publications on the regulations granting universal access to the disabled.
- Benefitscheckup.org. This is a non-profit site run by the National Council on Aging. There are over 2,500 beneﬁt programs available to seniors nationwide. This site helps seniors to navigate these programs and find what benefits may be available locally. It will give details and contact information for the programs identified.
- Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Military veterans may be entitled to many benefits through the VA such as health care, disability compensation, burial benefits, and other financial assistance programs. Navigating the VA and it’s programs can be quite strenuous, so we recommend contacting a regional benefits office for assistance. Locate one here https://www.va.gov/directory/guide/division.asp?dnum=3. It is a good idea to have your veteran’s discharge papers handy when you get started.
- The National Institutes of Health. NIH hosts the National Library of Medicine, which provides a comprehensive online database for all drugs approved by the DFA. This database can be utilized to search for information on medications including dosing recommendations, side effects and potential drug interactions. There is even information on herbal remedies and supplements.
- AARP. This organization’s local assistance directory can help seniors find food, housing, health and even employment. https://local.aarpfoundation.org/
- National Council on Aging. Approximately 80% of older adults have at least one chronic disease, and 77% have at least two. NCOA’s Center for Healthy Aging serves as a resource center for states and local communities offering Stanford University’s Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs with support from the U.S. Administration for Community Living’s Administration on Aging. Self-management programs, offered in communities throughout the U.S. as well as online, can give people with chronic diseases the tools they need to better manage their symptoms and put life back in their life. Access the Center for Healthy Aging here https://www.ncoa.org/center-for-healthy-aging/
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD provides nearly 1 million seniors with housing through its programs including: public housing, multifamily subsidized housing and housing vouchers. Housing vouchers (formerly known as Section 8) provide rental assistance in the private housing market. These vouchers are linked to specific properties run by local Public Housing Agencies (PHAs). The Section 202 program is provided specifically for the elderly and disabled to enable them to live as independently as possible. These communities typically include services such as housekeeping, transportation, and counseling. Visit https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/public_indian_housing/pha/contacts for more information.
About the Author: Pam Reynolds, CMC is the President and co-owner of Allegiance Aging Care Services. Pam has spent almost fifteen years working in senior care including long term care facilities and home health care. Her higher education is in Social Work, and she has been credentialed as both a certified Geriatric Care Manager and Licensed Assisted Living Administrator. Read more about Pam and her team of Aging Care Professionals here.