Older Americans stretch their budgets as far as they can. More than 13 million older adults live in or on the edge of poverty, and need help. Many are not aware of the total of federal, state, and even local government programs available for them. Access to assistance is as close as your computer. You can apply online for assistance in most cases. The site to start with is benefits check up. It is a free service of the National Council on Aging (NCOA) - http://Benefitscheckup.org.
Many adults over 55 need help paying for prescription drugs, health care, utilities, and other basic needs. There are over 2,000 federal, state, and private benefits programs available to help older Americans, but most individuals do not know these programs exist or how they can apply. Benefits check up ask a series of questions to help identify benefits that could save you money and cover the costs of everyday expenses. The type of expenses that older Americans can get help with are medications, food, utilities, legal and health care. In addition the older Americans can get help with housing, in-home services, taxes, transportation, and employment training for older Americans still able to work.
You can check out for programs for the older Americans other sites. The Administration on Aging (AoA) has many national programs and services for elders, including health insurance counseling, legal assistance, protection from elder abuse and long-term care. The website has a link to elders and families to start with. In today’s economy, it is important to have answers, and know where to find the answers. The website for AoA is www.aoa.gov. The government has many sites for older Americans 55 or older. Medicare information is www.medicare.gov. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is www.va.gov. There are many more websites of government programs to help the older American, so start with benefits check up, or the government benefit site at www.Govebenefits.gov. Older Americans stay informed and get the help you need.