SENIOR LAW HOME PAGE

 

 

 

 

________GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS_______

____________and reform___________

 

This page is by the Administration on Aging. There are some links to more information and also to government programs and benefits .

Elders & Families

Welcome to the “Elders and Families” section of the Administration on Aging website. Elders and Families is designed to assist older persons and their caregivers quickly obtain information and resources on a variety of aging-related topics. The information will help you become more familiar with issues affecting older adults, and the services and opportunities available to assist them.

 

 

  This is a search page for benefits. Here you will find help with :

 

Medicare Rx Extra Help... 
Extra Help through Medicare’s Prescription Drug Coverage. You can also find out if you qualify for other valuable benefits programs.

Find More Benefits Programs...
Find and enroll in federal, state, local and private programs that help pay for prescription drugs, utility bills, meals, health care and other needs.

Apply for Benefits...
Get applications and fact sheets for over 250 programs that will help pay for prescription drugs, and health care costs.

 

GOVERNMENT BENEFITS CHECKUP

 

 

 

This is from the site for the National Association to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.

It is an important topic for all people in the U.S. to be concerned about.

 

National Committee Mission Statement


"T
he mission of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, a membership organization, is to protect, preserve, promote, and ensure the financial security, health, and the wellbeing of current and future generations of maturing Americans.
The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare acts in the best interests of its members through advocacy, education, services, grassroots efforts, and the leadership of the Board of Directors and professional staff.

The efforts of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare are directed toward developing better-informed citizens and voters."

NCPSSM

 

 

 

"Senior Citizens Resources from the U.S. Government" A

Housing , finances , food , health , medicine ,policies , etc.

RESOURCES FROM THE GOVERNMENT.

 

 

 

 

____ASSOCIATIONS and NETWORKING________

 

 

This is an organization that addresses something sadly lacking in the U.S. -generations of people helping each other .

It seems that in our country , many seniors  are 'put away' in nursing homes .  

 I used to be an ombudsman  for nursing homes , covering a section of a large metropolitan area , and I can say ,

 SHAME ON US FOR THE WAY WE TREAT SENIORS IN OUR COUNTRY !!!

There is a gold mine of wisdom , learning experiences and history  , plus much more , to be mined by getting to know an older person . On top of that , you can be someone that an older person has been looking for to help their loneliness .

We need to get start caring for each other and nurturing each other through intergenerational relationships.

Check out the local chapters of this organization . Seniors , we need wisdom in this country badly . Please consider being a mentor for the younger generations.

GENERATIONS UNITED.

 

 

 

 

The AARP is a great organization to belong to.

Here is a state by state search page for finding the local AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) :

 

AARP STATE SEARCH

 

This is AARP's mission statement :


"AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people age 50 and over.

AARP is dedicated to enhancing quality of life for all as we age. We lead positive social change and deliver value to members through information, advocacy and service.

AARP also provides a wide range of unique benefits, special products, and services for our members.

These benefits include AARP Web site at www.aarp.org, "AARP The Magazine," the monthly "AARP Bulletin," and a Spanish-language newspaper, "Segunda Juventud."

Active in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP celebrates the attitude that age is just a number and life is what you make it. "

 

 

 

Many seniors are wary of networking by the internet. If you follow precautions and don't give out information such as phone , address , last name etc. , the net is as safe as meeting people in person. 

In addition , for many seniors who are home bound , the net could be their lifeline and a great way to combat bordom and depression as well as loneliness.

 

SENIORS SITE MESSAGE BOARD.

 

 

 

 

 

________ HEALTH AND MEDICAL RESOURCES________

 

From the FDA , here are some topics that they have free information and free brochures for. One topic in particular is important for all of us who are concerned with our health. That is health fraud.  There is information for finding out about health fraud on this site.

FDA has numerous articles, brochures and other publications with information for older people on a wide range of health issues, including arthritis, cancer, health fraud, and nutrition. 
 

FDA INFORMATION FOR SENIORS

 

 

 

This is a site explaining the Farmers Market Nutrition program for seniors . This is a great service.

What is the purpose of the SFMNP?


The purposes of the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program are to:

(1) Provide resources in the form of fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs from farmers' markets, roadside stands and community supported agriculture programs to low-income seniors,

 

(2) Increase the domestic consumption of agricultural commodities by expanding or aiding in the expansion of domestic farmers' markets, roadside stands, and community support agriculture programs, and

 

(3) Develop or aid in the development of new and additional farmers' markets, roadside stands, and community support agriculture programs.

 

Who is eligible for SFMNP benefits?


Low-income seniors, generally defined as individuals who are at least 60 years old and who have household incomes of not more than 185% of the federal poverty income guidelines (published each year by the Department of Health and Human Services), are the targeted recipients of SFMNP benefits.

 Some State agencies accept proof of participation or enrollment in another means-tested program, such as the Commodity Supplemental Food Program or the Food Stamp Program, for SFMNP eligibility

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CONTACTS TO FIND OUT ABOUT THE FARMERS MARKET PROGRAM IN YOUR STATE

 

 

 

 

Here is a list of  topics relevant to Alzheimer's disease, caregivers and others interested in the disease. This list is kept fairly current. New discovery's about Alzheimer's and it's cause are linked , as well as other pertinent information that will assist you and your loved ones.

 

ALZHEIMERS RESOURCE LIST

 

 

Here is another site for those who have loved ones with Alzheimers Disease . Included on this page is a source for getting financial assistance.

As soon as a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, it is important to do some research to find out what local resources are available to you.

With the exception of Alzheimer's Disease Research (ADR) and the Alzheimer's Family Relief Program (AFRP), the following organizations are not affiliated with the American Health Assistance Foundation (AHAF). In addition, AHAF does not endorse any particular programs offered by these organizations.

COMMUNITY SERVICES

 

 

 


___ASSISTANCE WITH PAYING FOR MEDICATIONS___________

 

Some of these programs also help fill out all paperwork. Some also will check up on elders (usually a small fee)

NEEDYMEDS

 

RX ASSIST.

 

PARTNERSHIP FOR PRESCRIPTION ASSISTANCE.

 

 

 

FOR ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE WITH PAYING FOR HEALTH CARE NEEDS , TRY HERE :

HELP PAYING FOR HEALTH CARE AND RELATED NEEDS

 

 

 

 

 _____NURSING HOME ABUSE AND NEGLECT / ELDER ABUSE______________

 

One of the very sad truths about our country and it's lack of respect for our elders is abuse and neglect. When I worked as an ombudsman for nursing homes , I saw cases of neglect  , not neccessarily abuse , but that is because when I walked into the front door of the nursing home , they had a code on the intercom to tell the workers that I had arrived. Abuse and neglect are things you need to watch out for . For yourself ,and for your elder family member if you are a caregiver. Let the people at the home know that you are aware . Call often . Talk to your elder and the staff . If you live out of town , enlist a friend to check up often in person. If you have an elder who lives alone and is vulnerable , or if you are that elder, stay informed . Get a keyhole to see who comes to your door ,and don't answer for ANYBODY you don't know. Contact an ombudsman or other advocate if you suspect anything , or if you want a recommendation to a nursing home. DON'T ASK THE NURSING HOME TO CONTACT THE ADVOCATE. You do it outside of the nursing home's reach.

 

NURSING HOME ALERT.

 

ELDER ABUSE FOUNDATION

 

 


The Consumer Consortium on Assisted Living (CCAL) i

s the only nonprofit consumer-based organization nationwide focused on the needs, rights and protection of assisted living consumers, their caregivers & loved ones. CCAL:

believes that advocacy action is necessary today to ensure quality care tomorrow;
advocates for the safety, quality care and protection of assisted living residents;
educates consumers to help them navigate the confusing array of assisted living choices and make appropriate, informed decisions
 
 

C. C. A. L.

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