March 29, 2024
resources for seniors

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Where To Get Started

If you need resources in order to live independently then you have come to the right place. 

There are many things to think about. Some of these services are free and others you will need to pay for unless you qualify for their programs. 

This being said, these programs may have so many guidelines that by the time you fill out 17 pages of information, the last line states, “If you are dead, then you qualify.” Just kidding, but you know how frustrating this can be. 

Here are 10 resources to consider

Ask yourself or your loved one these questions to help determine what kind of help is needed:

  • Medication Management: Do I always take my medication at the right dose, on time, every day? Do I need help sorting, organizing, and keeping track of my pills?
  • Personal Care: Am I able to go through my everyday activities by myself? Can I get up, get dressed, make a good meal, and perform other daily tasks without help?
  • Household chores: Do I have the resources and equipment to do my chores alone?
  • Home repairs: Am I able to make minor repairs around my home as needed, or do I have the resources to have those repairs completed for me?
  • Meals: Do I have the ability and resources to eat three healthy meals a day?
  • Money management: Did I save up enough for retirement? Am I confident in where I’m spending my money and why?
  • Healthcare: Do I have insurance coverage for when I need medical, dental, vision, and other types of coverage?
  • Transportation: Do I have the means to be able to get where I need to go?

This is just a starting point. See the Senior Freedom Club for how to know exactly what you’re own situation is going to need in order to remain independent. 

Here is a list of 10 companies, organizations, and products that aim to help aging adults successfully live independently.

1) Medication Dispenser

Medication management is a crucial part of life for many seniors. Of course, super-agers are trying to get OFF medications, not on them.  (See my story in the Senior Freedom Club about my practice in Kentucky versus my practice in Florida).

Without a family caregiver or care services, remembering to take medication on schedule can be what keeps you from independence.

There are memberships you can buy where they will call you and remind you to take your medication. They can get pricey so a dispenser, especially one with an alarm to remind you is a good alternative. 

Personally, I like the alarm because many blood thinners have to be taken every 24 hours and never skipped so this can remind us it’s time to open the hatch. 

2) National Council on Aging

The NCOA aims to improve the quality of life for older Americans. They focus on healthy living concerning physical and mental health, and being proactive versus reactive. They also offer financial security by offering money management, retirement planning, and job training services. Their platform does not just benefit older adults — they offer resources for caregivers, professionals, and aging policy advocates. This is important for all seniors to stand up and be heard. It is a non-profit and it’s nice to know that the CEO, Ms. Alwin doesn’t make millions in salary but has a respectable salary. 

3) AARP

The AARP's mission is to improve the quality of life for people 50 and older. They operate as a non-profit but also have another non-profit called the AARP Foundation. Many people have mixed feelings about AARP for many different reasons. They do offer information and educational posts geared towards all aspects of senior living. They are good at helpful resources, from healthy habits to news updates. They do make over a billion dollars a year, maybe closer to 2 billion by now.  According to the paddock post, most of this comes from royalties or from selling supplemental insurance to seniors.

3) Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)

This is a wonderful program and most seniors do not know about it and do not look into it. PACE is an all-inclusive program that offers services for aging adults 55 or older. They offer assistance for both assisted and independent living. If you are eligible, they cover all medical expenses under the program — any services you receive outside their program is, of course, covered by you. Enrollment is easy and opens at the start of every month.

Make sure to do a bit of research, as PACE operates by different names in certain states. For example, it is called LIFE, or Living Independence for the Elderly, in Pennsylvania. Get your elder law attorney to do your legwork for you so you get this right. They should all be familiar with the PACE program. 

4) Eldercare Locator

Located in the U.S., Eldercare Locator is an excellent resource and a free national service. Just put in your zip code and find help near you. A part of the U.S. Administration on Aging, this service helps locate local resources for elderly care in a variety of areas. From housing to insurance and transportation, you can get information.  However, many of these agencies are government, so if one person doesn’t seem helpful, keep trying until you find one who will proactively engage with you. 

I’ve had to do this many times for members of the Senior Freedom Club and it has paid off nicely. 

5) Area Agencies on Aging

With over 620 locations, Area Agencies on Aging support a geographical network that can span multiple counties. They offer services for seniors who are 60 and older. They offer resources for the following:

  • Meal programs
  • Caregivers
  • Insurance counseling
  • Medicaid/Medicare application assistance
  • Transportation
  • And many more benefits!

6) National Institute on Aging (NIA)

Not to be confused with the National Council on Aging (NCOA), the NIA is an institute under the National Institutes of Health, operating as a federal agency. They conduct research and have a scientific approach towards aging and extending life expectancy. Their website is a trove of educational resources to learn more about aging topics, such as Alzheimer’s, proper nutrition, beneficial exercise, and more.

If you want to be better prepared for your journey into your golden years, this is a great resource to leverage to understand your aging journey.

7) Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels is a national meal program that delivers meals to those in need. I only offer this as an alternative to having your meals or groceries delivered by a service company. Many seniors shop at Walmart through their pick-up or delivery service. The pick-up service means driving right up to the building and someone comes out with all your things—no waiting in line or being in crowds.  Even if it is for one item, most of us love this service!! But always check the bag before driving away! 

8) Health Finder

Health Finder is a service that helps compile a ton of resources, making it easier for you to find the assistance you need. It operates under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Their educational articles are easy to read and understand. They cover a variety of topics, including mental health, doctor visits, proper screening protocols, and health conditions. Each topic has multiple articles that are specific and in-depth to guide you to the info you need. But don't expect to find the best doctors here. 

9) Money for Veterans or their caregivers

Aid and Attendance is a wonderful program to see if you or your family qualifies for up to $2700 a month to use as you see fit. They will also help you fill out the forms and get it right so you get these benefits. All our members who qualify get this kind of assistance as it is money that keeps coming in month after month. Thank you for your service. You deserve to have this. 

10) Age Fearless Academy (https://agefearlessacademy.com/about/)

There are national programs out there for you to look into but they are basically all “do it yourself” programs. When we modify our homes, we tend to make huge costly mistakes and it’s always too late to correct them. 

Liz Kennedy specializes in home modifications. Basically, her promise is…Homes Fit for a Lifetime. Do it once and do it right. Contractors work with her and she knows what products are good and which will fall apart. Her background is as a physical therapist so Dr. Kennedy has worked with thousands of clients and patients who needed extra help in how their homes should be modified and increased in value as well. I highly recommend you talk with her before spending any money. 

So, use these resources, and don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you need to.  There is a wealth of information out there and it’s all for the taking. 

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  • About the Author

    Hi, I'm Suzanne. My passion is creating working knowledge to well-informed, well-prepared seniors and their families so they may enjoy the later years with health, wealth, and happiness, I've helped over 10,000 patients, seniors and their famlies like yourselves do just that through my courses, eBooks, the Senior Freedom Club™, and in my physician assistant medical practice.

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