Find how to get help from Senior Centers.

The elderly can get assistance from senior centers. The locations near you (listed below by state) offer a number of services, ranging from free meals to financial aid for paying bills, workshops on retirement or Medicare, recreational activities and much more. A number of full time case managers as well as volunteers work at the centers to help those in need.

The centers near you provide retired and senior Americans, widows, and any older American a wealth of services. There is information on assistance programs, both for financial needs as well as everyday tips and advice.

Services available at local senior centers

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. Many senior centers give away free meals (including on the holidays) and recreations activities held, and a variety of other aid is provided. They arrange transportation for senior citizens, organize health and wellness activities, help with employment and much more. 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 exemptions or 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. Read more on state and federal government assistance programs.

 

 

 

 

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. Applications will also be given to Meals on Wheels programs near you.

Senior centers near you will also hold classes and educational workshops on avoiding scams. There are unfortunately too many people (or companies) who target the elderly or retirees. They push certain scams, financial fraud, tax scams, and more. A senior center will help educate people on how to avoid them. Also find more information on how to stop cams that target senior citizens.

Medical care organized at senior centers

You can also receive routine health care services and basic medical check ups by senior centers near you. 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.

 

 

 

 

Senior citizens and those on a fixed income often struggle to pay for the medications they need. Prescription drugs are costly, especially when living on a fixed income. A senior center can go over the options available. As there are even prescription drug plans for seniors.

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.

Locations of senior centers near you

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Ohio

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Pennsylvania

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Utah

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

There are other options and locations too. 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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