Finding the right resources can make all the difference in life.
Are you or do you know a senior who had chosen to age-in-place? (For more info on aging in place, click here). Are you looking for ways to maintain or increase your independence while you live at home? As we enter the later stages of our lives, most of us would prefer to stay independent in our homes as long as possible, while staying healthy and happy at the same time.
We know that life can be challenging, especially during this time. There are some important resources for seniors that you may not even be aware of; we’ve started a partial list for you below:
Below you’ll find a list of 7 resources, some well-known and others not. Click on the links to be taken directly to the websites:
AARP is a widely known non-profit foundation that has many resources listed on their website. They’re turning 60 this year and have helped so many seniors along the way. There are free resources, from health and wellness articles to Covid-19 resources to online classes. It’s a website that is more than worth checking out.
Meals on Wheels
Another well-known site; this link is for the Meals on Wheels main website. Near the middle of the page, you’ll find a green banner that says “Find Meals”. In this area, you can enter your zip code to find the organization nearest you. For Meals on Wheels in South Florida, click this link.
National Council on Aging
The National Council on Aging website contains more resources than you could imagine. On the homepage, you can select Older Adults, Caregivers, Professional or Advocates, to be taken to the category of resources that fits who you are. There is extensive information on financial security and healthy aging.
State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)
According to the State Health Insurance Assistance Program website, they “provide local, in-depth, and objective insurance counseling and assistance to Medicare-eligible individuals, their families, and caregivers”. Medicare can be confusing for first-timers and this website provides information, counselling and support for assistance programs and understanding the guidelines.
Catholic Charities USA
The National Conference of Catholic Charities (NCCC) founded in 1910, officially became Catholic Charities USA in 1986. Regardless of religious affiliation, Catholic Charities USA serves and supports all people in need. They have resources that can assist with things like adult daycare, meal service and more. Click on this link to go to the National site, then type your location in the search bar.
According to Medicaid.gov Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE®) “provides comprehensive medical and social services to certain frail, community-dwelling elderly individuals, most of whom are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid benefits. An interdisciplinary team of health professionals provides PACE participants with coordinated care. For most participants, the comprehensive service package enables them to remain in the community rather than receive care in a nursing home.” Look for more information on PACE here.
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Since 1974, the NIA has offered a multitude of resources and information on healthy aging as well as disease specific information. According to their website “NIA is the primary Federal agency supporting and conducting Alzheimer’s disease research”. They are committed to extending the “healthy, active years of life”.
Do you have questions about how you can better support your loved one while they age in place in South Florida? Please contact CareGivers of America here: Contact or call us toll free: 800-342-4197
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