Senior Centers provide help with bills and housing assistance.

The elderly can get assistance from senior centers. A number of full time case managers as well as volunteers work at the centers to help those in need. The centers provide retired and senior Americans a wealth of services and information on assistance programs, both for financial needs as well as everyday tips and advice.

As an example of what is offered, workshops were created to show the elderly how they can save money on health care expenses and other bills while living on a fixed income, there are free meals and recreations activities held, and a variety of other aid is provided. There are also special seasonal activities, such as Christmas parties or holiday events organized.

The senior centers are located throughout the country, in all states. In addition to above, most senior centers provide help and guidance for signing up for federal, local, and state entitlement programs. Applications are given out to resources such as energy bill assistance, low income housing, local and state property tax abatements, renters rebates, Meals-on-Wheels and Medicare Part D to name but a few.

These variety of assistance programs allow the retired and elderly who qualify based on income guidelines to receive financial assistance. Or they can be directed to a benefit in their state or county. The government aid for the elderly will help to pay for bills such as rent, utility bills, heating, prescriptions, food assistance, and health care.

In addition, senior centers provide savings in other somewhat unexpected ways. For example, every year volunteers are trained to offer free tax preparation for the elderly. The services are offered by appointment or on certain scheduled days leading up to April 15. Many centers will also schedule defensive driving classes or low cost safe driving classes to seniors who have successfully passed the program. Another benefit to this service, it will also allow retirees and seniors to receive discounts on their automobile insurance.

Many centers will even provide food assistance. They often offer low cost congregate meals that not only capitalize on socialization opportunities for seniors but also provide a balanced, nutritious meal to them the process. The meals are usually served during the week for breakfast as well as lunch.





Medical care organized at senior centers

You can also receive routine health care services and basic medical check ups by senior centers. Both volunteer doctors and nurses may stop by to offer this service including free blood pressure checks, health care, hearing skin cancer, depression and memory screenings that can help you save on medical bills. Another benefit of the check up is to set a baseline for preventative care that will lower your long term health care costs.

The health care savings can also benefit seniors that are on Medicare. It can often be difficult to keep up with the medical bills while living on a fixed income or pension. These free check ups from doctors can help reduce the need to visit an expensive doctor.

Some centers even offer something as simple as a medical equipment loan program. This may not only give out items such as crutches, wheelchairs, or steppers, but it can also help you finance and pay low interest rates on needed medical equipment. This is yet another way to help you save money while still meeting a critical need.

For those that are given equipment, the centers also provide additional cost savings by offering both wellness and exercise  programs at little cost, or sometimes for free, on a weekly or monthly basis. Physical therapists will often help organize this for the community for those that are loaned equipment.

If you are interested in learning more or finding a Senior Center in your county, contact your local community action agency.



By Jon McNamara

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