Arizona Office on Aging assistance programs.
The Agency on Aging offices in Arizona administer assistance programs that are focused on seniors and the elderly. The local centers can either link seniors to programs, or in some cases they may be able to directly administer help to the needy.
The Arizona State Health Insurance Assistance Program is a free health care and medical benefits counseling service for Medicare beneficiaries, caregivers, and their families. The SHIP program was created by a partnership of the Division of Aging and Adult Services, Arizona’s Area Agencies on Aging, and also the Department of Economic Security.
The main mission is to advocate, educate, empower, and counsel people to make informed decisions on their benefits and medical needs. SHIP is an independent program funded by the state of Arizona agencies listed above as well as other federal agencies.
Your local Arizona Office of Aging office will direct you to a counselor for advice. They will help you with offering information and questions on Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage, Long term health care insurance information, Medicaid (AHCCCS) eligibility, benefits and claim filing, Medicare costs and deductibles and enrollment process, and medical billing fraud, scams and abuse.
Senior Telephone Discount Programs are offered by Century Link and other providers for elderly customers who are 60 years of age & older. They include the CenturyLink (Qwest) Telephone Assistance Program for the Medically Needy, Senior Telephone Discount Program, and Lifeline.
Job Programs and Mature Worker Services are available from Arizona office on aging locations and a program known as AZ Links. They can provide information to help seniors as well as mature workers (individuals 50+ years old) identify volunteer opportunities, connect to employment, find a job, and locate education and job training programs through a network of community resources and non-profits.
Arizona Workforce Connection can provide assistance to jobseekers who need help with resume development, finding a job, and who also need career counseling. Candidates can also get information regarding employee laws and rights, education opportunities and job training programs.
Part time jobs may be offered to individuals who are 55 years of age or older by the Arizona Senior Community Service Employment Program. People who are low income, unemployed, and 55+ years of age may be able to get a job from the federal government SCSEP program. The area office of aging can help people apply, and the program will provide candidates assistance in finding a part time job. This should lead to them upgrading their skills to compete in today’s job market. Ideally the part time position will lead to a full time job somewhere in your local Arizona community.
Any job training from this program occurs through a community service assignment at a local government agency or non-profit for approximately 20 hours per week. Participants will also receive the higher of the federal or state of Arizona minimum wage rates. At the conclusion of the training or part time job, the program participants will be assisted by a case manager in pursuing and securing full time, permanent job opportunities.
Energy Bill Assistance is offered by Community Action Agencies working in partnership with the office on Aging. Arizona low income senior and disabled residents have access to several assistance programs that can help them with by providing financial assistance and cash grants. The Division of Aging contracts with CAPS and non-profits to provide the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). It can help low-income households pay their cooling and heating bills, minimize crises, and make energy costs and bills more affordable for the low income.
Get financial help to pay current and past due energy bills, assistance with energy efficiency and conservation measures to reduce future energy costs, and funds for paying Utility Deposits. Higher priority is granted to Arizona families that have someone who is elderly, which means 60 years of age & older.
Food and nutrition program is offered for senior citizens and older adults. Having adequate nutrition is key to health and is vitally important. This can help reduce a senior’s increased vulnerability to chronic disease and other medical conditions which may impair their ability to live independently at home, function, and impact their access to adequate food and nutrition.
Arizona office on aging works with partner agencies, non-profits, the government, and churches to provide congregate meals and home delivered meals.
The home delivered meal that is offered by the office of aging provides seniors and the homebound with a free nutritious meal that will be brought to their home or apartment. Paid staff and volunteers deliver these meals and items to the elderly, seniors and homebound. In addition, they can spend time with the individuals, helping to decrease any feelings of loneliness and isolation. The delivery person will also check on the individual’s welfare and overall health.
A nutritious hot meal is offered at many sites cross Arizona. A meal is provided at least once a day to an eligible participant at a senior center, church, nutrition site, or some other local non-profit group setting. Congregate meal programs and the locations they are served at provide older adults with healthy meals as well as positive social contacts with other seniors at the meal sites. Congregate sites may also offer a variety of health related services such as volunteer opportunities, transportation, health care screening, social service referrals, free or low cost legal assistance, and physical and social activities. Call the Area Agency nearest you for details.
The Legal Assistance Program in Arizona was created under the federal Older Americans Act to offer advocacy, information, advice, and aid to persons 60 years of age and older. The main goals of the program are to preserve and promote the independence, autonomy, dignity, and financial security of senior citizens and older persons, provide affordable access to the system of justice, and advocate for the preservation of the rights and benefits of older persons.
Dial the Arizona Department on Aging and Elder Services at (602)-542-4446.
Locations of Aging offices and senior centers
Maricopa County is considered Area One
Location is 1366 E. Thomas Rd., Suite 108
Phoenix Arizona, 85014
Pima Council on Aging
8467 E. Broadway
Tucson, AZ 85710
Yavapai, Coconino, Navaho, Apache Counties are supported by an office at:
119 East Aspen Avenue
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Telephone (928) 774-1895
Yuma, Mohave, La Paz Counties
Main address is 208 N 4th St.
Kingman, Arizona 86401
Phone number - (928) 753-6247
La Paz County/WACOG
1713 Kofa, Suite D
Parker, Arizona 85344
Phone: (928) 669-9496
Yuma County aging office
221 S 3rd Ave
Yuma, AZ 85364
Call (928) 782-1886 for information
Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens
Main address is 8969 W. McCartney Road
Casa Grande, Arizona 85194-7432
Telephone - 520-836-2758
Cochise, Greenlee, Graham, Santa Cruz Counties
Navajo Nation – Area Agency on Aging
Window Rock, AZ 86515
(928) 729 - 4590
Inter Tribal Council of Arizona
2214 North Central Avenue, Suite 100
Phoenix, Arizona 85004