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    Coronavirus Related Resources 

    Services: Government & Private Resources - Benefits & Financial

    • Benefits & Discounts for Seniors (RetireGuide.com) - Senior benefits and discounts can help you make the most of your retirement dollars. Knowing what’s available to you can help you plan your retirement finances more effectively and efficiently. And it can ease some of the stress of transitioning to retirement. Includes: Health Care Benefits - Tax Relief - Financial Assistance - Travel Discounts - Dining Discounts - Shopping Discounts - Veterans - Resources

    • Common Online Scams Targeting Seniors – Tips To Protect You From Online Scams - Millions of the senior citizens fall for online swindles each year according to some reports, over thirty six billion dollars is lost every year to online con artists. Also, this article has been created in compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, which allows those with impairments to easily access the content through means that work for them.

    • The Ultimate Guide to Spending and Saving Wisely During Retirement - In This Guide: Creating a Post-Retirement Budget, Taking Simple Side Gigs and Senior-Friendly Jobs, Important Senior Memberships and Clubs, A Brief (Senior Discounts List), Being Wary of Scams Targeting Retired and Elderly People, Spending Money Wisely on Fun Things to Do After Retirement

    • Financial Assistance for Senior Citizens - "...you are never too old or wise for some frugal financial advice..."

    • Protecting the Elderly from Financial Abuse - "Senior financial abuse is estimated to have cost victims at least $2.9 billion last year alone."

    • Elder Freedom is an organization of advocates working for the older adults of our community. It is our mission to help locate resources, events, and engagement opportunities to help enrich the lives of seniors. Tips for downsizing, selling your home, Medicare Coverage, LTC, more.

    • Benefits.gov - As the official benefits website of the U.S. government, our mission is to increase citizen access to benefit information, while reducing the expense and difficulty of interacting with the government.

    • Benefits Checkup - National Council on Aging (NCOA) - There are over 2,500 benefits programs available nationwide. Find out what benefits may be available in your area.

    • Financial Tips for Seniors - Every adult has to attend to financial matters, but seniors have special considerations to keep in mind. When retirement is approaching, priorities tend to shift. This usually means a change in both spending and saving activities. To ensure that you have adequately planned for your future, assess your finances and money management as you approach your senior years. The better you plan, the more enjoyable your retirement and golden years can be.

    • 27 Tips for Saving Money After Retirement - Published by Senior Lifestyle. The piece organizes money savings tips into three categories: last-minute saving tips, how to cut lifestyle costs during retirement, and how to handle your money during retirement. Some topics covered include planning for taxes, investing, and guaranteed income. With increasing life expectancies and financial uncertainties leading up to retirement, here’s how to get on track once you’re retired.

    • 25 Financial Resources for Seniors in Debt - A comprehensive guide designed to help seniors in debt find financial assistance in many different forms, including: Direct cash grants for food, housing, and other necessities - Charitable low- or no-interest loans - Free financial counseling and education - Free employment counseling for seniors seeking work

    • The Young Adult’s Guide to Managing an Aging Parent’s Money - Discussion topics and warning signs they may need help, as well as how to become their power of attorney and keep track of their important financial documents. Understand the most effective ways to assist your parents to avoid setting back your own finances or going into debt. Use this guide to organize you and your parents’ financial journeys and get ahead of any potential issues before they arise.

    • Best Home Modifications for Senior Citizens - A comprehensive research/evidence based guide on Home Modifications for Senior Citizens. By following these suggestions, homeowners will create a safe and comfortable environment for senior citizens to thrive in.

    • Amazing Ways to Remodel Your Bathroom for Seniors - Using a bathroom may become fairly difficult for us at times for us to continue our elderly life. We all love a spacious bathroom which will fulfill our daily needs and will give us the best results of showcasing our bathroom. But to make this happen, we often miss out the space management and keeping the most important needs. As we grow old, we find it fairly difficult to use the same bathroom because of the absence of such needs. Thus, bathroom remodeling is very important and thus, it is one of the most important things that you need to concentrate upon. There are several factors like clearance, utensils, shelves which you need to consider.  

    • How to Care for a Loved One Without Breaking the Bank: The Complete Guide - This guide will provide you with the tips and information you need to help make a decision on what kind of care is best for your family, options to help you afford that care and how to take care of yourself throughout the process. Table of Contents: How to Begin the Conversation - Budgeting & Saving for End-of-Life Care - Long-Term Care Living Options - Long-Term Care Insurance - Other Things to Consider - Additional Resources

    • End-of-Life Planning for Families and Seniors: How to Start the Conversation by Bestow Team - A guide that aims to help seniors and parents discuss end-of-life issues by walking them through important topics, like preparing a living will, estate planning, and more. For aging seniors, it can be equally difficult to broach the topic to their children. For instance, they may have noticed a gradual decline in their health, but don’t want to burden their children with sorting out long-term care options. It’s also possible that they’re waiting on a physician to initiate the conversation for them. Wherever you are in life, end-of-life conversations aren’t easy — but they’re necessary. Like many things, successful end of life planning is all about communication. To make the topic less stressful, here’s a guide to help both parents and seniors when they finally decide to initiate the conversation.

    • How to Make Money in Retirement: A Guide to Turning a Hobby into a Side Business (Business.com) Retiring doesn’t mean losing your entrepreneurial spirit. The guide includes information on which hobbies can become profitable, how to determine if a hobby will make a successful business, ideas for financing, how a side business will affect your taxes and more. Many retirees have turned side interests into income. Learn how to make money in retirement, including getting started, getting funding and what it means for taxes.

    • Make Sure You Plan For Alzheimer's Care (Elmer George) The time to plan for your Alzheimer’s care is now. Whether you have a family history of the disease or a long line of relatives that remained spry and spunky to triple digits, failure to plan is a mistake that can lead to financial ruin for yourself and your adult children.

    • American Retirement Assistance Corporation The safety net of Social Security didn't do what it was supposed to do. In urban areas, there are all kinds of programs, but out in our rural area, no such animal." The experience prompted Plack and his brother Phil to form a charity to help and honor the nation's elderly. Today, their American Retirement Assistance Corporation gives nearly 100 percent of the funds it raises directly to senior citizens tax-free, with the goal of lifting them from mere Social Security existence to over the poverty line. (See WND article: Would you believe 1 million to attend Christian concert? Doubling the size of Woodstock, organizers say, 'can't be ignored' )

    • FirstGov for Seniors - Website for Seniors

    • Council for Government reform, Inc. (RetireSafe.org) a grassroots action network promoting dynamic, pro-growth solutions to America's retirement security challenges. Dedicated to preserving the options and benefits of older Americans through advocacy, education, and the power of free markets. We believe in a government that is limited in both size and scope, keeps the promises made to its citizens, lowers the tax and regulatory burden, and allows older Americans to obtain true retirement security.

    • The Wisdom of America's Elders - Links to Info for Seniors - The following is not intended to be a comprehensive list of links to websites for seniors. It is only offered to provide various resources that we think may be interesting or helpful. Additional links will be added from time to time, when we become aware of a website that we think may be useful for seniors.

    • Retail Savings Guide for Baby Boomers (CouponChief.com ) - Learn about all the special discounts, benefits, and programs freely available. Lists SeniorDiscounts.com, AARP, Association of Mature American Citizens , American Seniors Association (Note: Since the discounts available from AMAC are similar to those AARP members enjoy, we won’t list them again. For many people, the choice is political. AMAC is among several AARP competitors that positions itself as more conservative than AARP.)

    Staying Healthy

    • How to Talk to Your Doctor: A Guide for Caregivers and Elders - "The tips and guidelines listed below will help you team up with your loved one and their doctor to yield the best possible outcome for their health care."

    • A Haven of Healing: The Benefits of Church Membership for Seniors (Elmer George) Spiritual growth and fellowship are two of the most common reasons people give for attending church regularly. Church is a haven, a communal home where people find comfort,  emotional support and companionship among those they know well. That’s particularly important for seniors, who often suffer from isolation and depression. Older adults benefit emotionally and psychologically from the opportunity to worship with others and share common interests. The companionate aspect of the social interaction seniors get from attending church boosts seniors’ mental health and lowers serum cortisol levels, which is elevated in individuals who experience feelings of loneliness. 

    • Healthy Eating for Older Adults - "Eating a variety of foods from all food groups can help supply the nutrients a person needs as they age."

    • The aging mouth - and how to keep it younger - Today, three-quarters of people over 65 retain at least some of their natural teeth, but older people still suffer higher rates of gum disease, dental decay, oral cancer, mouth infections, and tooth loss. While these problems are nothing to smile about, you can still do a lot to keep your mouth looking and feeling younger than its years.

    • 11 Things Seniors Should Look for in a Health Provider - You're more than just a patient in a higher age bracket. As you reach your mid-60s and beyond, you need a primary health provider who's attuned to changes in your body, mind and life. If it's time to find a specialist focused on older patients, whether for yourself or a family member, here's what to check for in your next clinician.

    • The Health Tests Seniors Need - Blood pressure, Lipids, Colonoscopy, Vaccines, Eye, Periodontal, Hearing, Bone density, Vitamin D, TSH, Skin, Diabetes test, Mammogram, Pap smear, Prostrate cancer screening

    • Cancer Care Decisions for Older Adults - Cancer treatment can be more challenging and complicated for older adults. This is because older adults are more likely to have chronic health conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease. Even when you are healthy, your body will most likely respond differently to treatment than a younger person’s body. For example, older adults are more likely to have serious side effects from chemotherapy. But age should not be the only factor in your treatment decisions. Cancer treatment can help people of any age. This article helps you think about making treatment decisions.

    • 8 Things to Have the Doctor Check After an Aging Person Falls - In this post, eight key items that you can make sure the doctors check on, after a fall. This will help you make sure your loved one has had a thorough work-up, and can reduce the chance of future serious falls. This list is partly based on the American Geriatrics Society’s Clinical Practice Guidelines on Preventing Falls.

    • See Consumer Product & Safety for seniors & sleep disorders

    Staying Safe & Active

    Aging at home, Assisted Living, Long Term Care, or Nursing Homes

    • 26 Frequently Asked Questions About Long-term Care - Services provided, unexpected accidents, costs, coverage, more...

    • A Comprehensive Guide to Financial Assistance for Senior Care and Living Expenses - Senior Living Options - Facility Costs - Personal Finance Options - Bills & Records - Financial Plans - Insurance Plans - LTC Reform - Medicaid - Medicare - Pensions - Reverse Mortgages - Social Security - Taxes - VA Benefits - Government Services - Affordable Living Programs

    • How Much Does a Senior Home Cost? - Costs by Type of Care - 55 and older communities - Independent Living Communities - Assisted Living - Nursing Home - Continuing Care Retirement Communities

    • Signs a Senior Needs Help at Home - Sometimes it’s easy to know when your older parent needs home care services; after a stroke or surgery, it’s pretty obvious that assistance will be needed with daily activities and hygiene. It’s more difficult when the need isn’t so prominent. People are notorious for being independent and stubborn about asking for help well past the point of their own comfort and safety, so it may be up to their family and friends to bring up the subject.

    • List of Common Diagnoses of Elderly - This list briefly describes a myriad of common diagnoses that you may need to learn about for yourself or a loved one. StarLight CareGivers does not provide medical care, but we do focus on aiding the client and supporting third-party medical staff. We recommend that you get educated with more detail on these issues by reading from the renowned Mayo Clinic Website by clicking the link after each description.

    • A Senior Citizen's Guide To Aging At Home Safely And With Dignity - More and more seniors are choosing to age in place. The decision to do so is often about safety and comfort as it allows seniors to stay within the home and community they're familiar with. And in fact, there are many benefits to aging in place—keeping one's independence, staying in familiar surroundings, and avoiding the expense of a full-time care facility are just a few. But it's important for seniors aging in place to know what factors can affect them. With a large number of senior citizens choosing to age at home, it is imperative that they have the resources and information to do so safely and with dignity.

    • At Home Long Term Care - The Senior's Guide to Paying for At-Home Long-Term Care: How Your Home Can be a Great Asset

    • Aging in Place: What Every Senior Should Know - Until recently, senior citizens would typically go into an assisted living facility when they became too infirm to care for themselves or an aging partner. But there’s a growing trend for older Americans to stay in their homes throughout the aging process, known as “aging in place.” Included: * What Is Aging in Place? * How to Grow Older at Home * Home Renovations to Age in Place (free project cost guides) * Home Maintenance to Keep You and Your Home Safe * Choose the Right Home Security System * In-Home Services and Assistance * Home Insurance for Aging in Place * Is Aging in Place Right for You?

    • Aging in Place Design Checklist: How to Design Safe & Accessible Homes - We’ve prepared an aging in place design checklist to make sure you cover all the most important design rules when pitching your ideas to a potential client. You need to make your client feel at ease and that the layouts and designs you’re proposing are meant to help them live in their homes for as long as possible. Subscribe to 2020 Blog

    • The Checklist for Aging in Place Included: * Evaluate: Assessing a senior’s needs * Safety & tech: Modifying a home * Transportation: Ensure driving safety or alternatives

    • How to Make Your House Handicap Accessible - An infographic on how to make your house handicap accessible. Having a handicap accessible home is important because everyone can easily maneuver within it and appreciate its functionality.

    • Home Modifications Increase Senior Safety - Home modifications that will help you or your loved one stay safe fall under three categories: • Safety: Anything that presents a fall or other safety hazard should be taken care of immediately. • Accessibility: Those modifications that enhance accessibility should be done as soon as possible. • Convenience: Modifications that are primarily for convenience can be delayed if there are budgetary concerns.

    • A Guide to Smart Home Tech for the Disabled and Elderly - Smart home devices are made to be more accessible and simpler to use. These can work for those who have mobility issues as well, what with many things being automated. You can control some of these devices on a mobile device depending on what you find as well. The simple arrangement of these items should make for a useful way for you to keep your home comfortable while being fully accessible and functional for your regular use.

    • Long-Distance Caregiving: How to Ensure Your Loved Ones are Safe at Home - How to Ensure Your Loved Ones are Safe at Home

    • Moving an Aging or Disabled Parent Into Your Home: 4 Things You Should Know - Why you need to weigh options and considerations when an elderly parent moves in with you. Though there might be heavy emotions surrounding the decision, it could still be the right choice. This guide will help you make that decision by giving you some insight on: * Understanding how to give the right kind of care. * Estimating the costs associated with assisted living facilities versus in-home care. * Making your home elderly-friendly. * Adjusting the whole household to the lifestyle changes.

    • Tips to Declutter and Organize Your Home for Seniors - For seniors and disabled adults who want to remain in their homes, a decluttered and well-organized living space is essential to personal safety and wellbeing. This guide was designed for seniors, disabled adults, and their caregivers, to offer a room-by-room decluttering and organizing resource. Review the recommendations and best practices in this guide, and plan your own home organization project. By taking a proactive approach to maintaining a clean and tidy home, you and your loved one can live with confidence for as long as possible in home sweet home.

    • Peaceful Passing: How to Make a Loved One's Final Days at Home Comfortable - Bringing home a terminally ill loved one can be an emotionally charged time in both the caregiver’s life and the final days of the patient. Coming home can bring a great deal of peace and comfort to a person looking at the end of their life. Even though you may be working through a dizzying array of emotions, your focus will likely be on your loved one. One of the best ways to make these final weeks more serene — for both of you — is to try to keep the house more of a home than a hospital.

    Medical/Medicare Resources

    • What Is Medicare? (RetireGuide.com) - Medicare is the federal government’s health insurance program that primarily covers people 65 and older. Original Medicare plans do not cover all medical costs, but you can buy other plans that help offset those expenses, including Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap). The guide includes: Types of Plans - Who Is Eligible? - How to Apply - Costs and Fees - What Is Not Covered? - Medicare FAQs

    • Medicare Health Insurance for Senior Citizens - "Medicare is a government program that provides health insurance coverage for senior citizens age 65 years and older, the disabled of any age, and to anyone suffering from end-stage renal disease."

    • How and When to Enroll in Medicare - Learn the ins and outs of enrolling in a Medicare plan.

    • My Medicare Matters - Put together by the National Council on Aging, My Medicare Matters aims to teach people about the Medicare system, including when to enroll, how much you’ll pay, and what to expect when coverage begins.

    • Your Medicare Coverage Choices - Before you choose your coverage, learn about the different parts of Medicare and steps to get you started with Medicare.

    • Medicare.gov User Guide - Navigating the Federal Government Website for Medicare

    • Understanding Medicare - Medicare is a valuable source of health insurance for people 65 and older and for some younger adults with permanent disabilities. Understanding Medicare enables you to make well-informed health care decisions and to avoid getting lost in the maze of the plan’s options. 

    • What Medicare Doesn’t Cover - Medicare pays for many — but not all — of the health care services you need. When you review your quarterly Part A or Part B Medicare Summary Notice, you may see claims made by a provider, facility or supplier that Medicare did not pay. Learn what Medicare generally does not cover.

    • Original Medicare vs Medicare Advantage Guide - Pros & Cons of Medicare Advantage Plans Vs Original Medicare Insurance. Seniors today have more Medicare options than ever before. In addition to Original Medicare, there are many different Medicare Advantage plans to choose from.

    • MedicareAdvantage.com - This site provides a helpful breakdown of drug assistance programs by state for people who are and are not enrolled in Medicare.

    • Medicare Rights Center - Established in 1989, the Medicare Rights Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring people living with disabilities and older adults have access to affordable health care that they require.

    • What You Need To Know About Medicare Part C - Medicare Part C is often referred to as a Medicare Advantage Plan. Every Medicare Plan features different benefits and pays for different services, whether you live in an independent living senior apartment, retirement community, assisted living or memory care facility or receive other senior care services. Learn about Medicare Part C, the costs, what it covers and how you or your loved one enrolls to receive Medicare Part C benefits.

    • See also: Low-Cost Healthcare Resources for People on Limited Budgets

    Elder Care Resources  

    • The Eldercare Locator is a nationwide service that connects older Americans and their caregivers with trustworthy local support resources. Since 1991, the Eldercare Locator has been linking those who need assistance with state and local agencies on aging, as well as community-based organizations that serve older adults and their caregivers. Whether help is needed with services such as meals, home care or transportation, or a caregiver needs training and education or a well-deserved break from caregiving responsibilities, the Eldercare Locator is there to point that person in the right direction. The Eldercare Locator is a public service of the Administration on Aging (AoA), an agency of the U.S. Administration for Community Living.

    • How to Recognize Signs It’s Time for Assisted Living - "Many families consider moving their parent into an assisted living community during this period, but how do you recognize the signs that it’s time for assisted living?"

    • Making The Transition to Senior Living - "The transition from a home you’ve lived in for many years to a new environment can trigger difficult emotions for everyone involved."

    • The complete medication management guide for seniors - We created this guide to educate people on how to safely simplify this often complicated process. The guide offers practical advice on: How to accurately read medication labels · Ways that aging changes your responses to medications · Medication safety tips and dosage information · Tips on medication organization and storage · Downloadable medication management charts · And much more. A medication management guide will empower seniors, caregivers, and family members with helpful information about medication use, storage, organization, and more.

    • Christian Companion Senior Care began in 2002 as a intriguing idea in the mind of founder and president Gary A. Brown. He thought, since seniors frequently struggle with loneliness, family dysfunction, regrets and depression, doesn't it make sense to provide care through a caregiver capable of providing both practical care and spiritual encouragement?

    • Administration on Aging For over 35 years, the AoA has provided home and community-based services to millions of older persons through the programs funded under the Older Americans Act. You may have heard about our home-delivered meals programs or nutrition services in congregate settings, or transportation, adult day care, legal assistance or health promotion programs. If you have visited a nursing home, you may have talked to one of our Ombudsmen, who provide an on-going presence in long-term care facilities, monitoring care and conditions and providing a voice for those who are unable to speak for themselves.

    • Elderly Care: A Guide for Families New to Caring - Offering plenty of valuable information such as: Getting started on finding care, understanding different and varied care options available, as well as costs and legal considerations when planning for elderly care. Home modifications and assistive technologies that can improve the daily living of elderly family members. Support networks and charities that offer help and support for both people in need of elderly care and their families. Other helpful resources and tools to help family members begin to find the best possible care option for their elderly.

    • Emergency Preparedness Guide for the Elderly and Disabled

    • Assistive Technology Buying Guide for Seniors and their Caregivers 

    • Substance Abuse and Caregiving: When to Ask for Help for Your Own Health and Well-Being 

    • See also: Rehabilitation & Recovery resources on EarsToHear.net

    Elder Abuse Resources

    • 25 Common Nursing Home Problems and How to Resolve Them - "Knowing your rights and having the tools to force or push nursing home staff and management to follow the law can make all the difference."

    • Nursing Home Abuse Support - Our goal at nursinghomeabusesupport.com is to educate the American public with factual and current information relating to elder abuse and neglect within the United States. Each year tens of thousands of seniors are abused and neglected and our mission is to help spread awareness on this very sensitive issue. Nursing Home Abuse Support is not a referral service and we do not accept advertising offers. We work hard to provide free resources and support for seniors and family members who have been affected by senior abuse. NHAS has no affiliation with any legal team or law firm. Our Community Advocacy team is here to serve you!

    • The Nursing Home Abuse Center was founded in 2014 to shed light on a dark and horrifying happening in our culture — the abuse of our seniors. Many seniors move to elder care and nursing home facilities expecting to be treated with dignity and respect, only to find mistreatment in a variety of forms. Our team, made up of healthcare professionals and advocacy communicators, was disgusted by this growing trend. Our purpose is to create the top online resource for exposing senior abuse.

    • Elder Abuse in Nursing Homes: The Essential Guide to Legal Action - "Learn to spot signs of nursing home abuse and how to get fair compensation for your elderly loved one."

    • Guide to Taking Legal Action for Elder Abuse in Nursing Homes - (Injury Claim Coach) - Access to elder abuse resource page which provides legal guidance to victims. In addition to the general advice provided on the page, we also have a free Q&A feature which provides direct access to a retired judge who can provide specific guidance on issues. If you scroll to the end of the page there is the option to add a question and review other previous questions. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), each year in the United States there are more than a half a million reported cases of elder abuse. Because thousands of cases go undiscovered and unreported, the actual number is considerably higher. While elder abuse in nursing homes is pandemic, there are even more cases of abuse occurring in private settings.

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