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Mississippi Area Agency on Aging senior programs.

Seniors in Mississippi can turn to the Mississippi Agency on Aging for assistance. The centers provide information, outreach, programs and aid that is focused on the elderly and senior citizens in Mississippi. The offices partner with a number of organizations including community action agencies, senior centers, and adult day care centers to help the needy.

Free or low cost legal assistance is provided to older adults and senior citizens when they need high quality yet affordable legal advice. Various paralegals or lawyers have agreed to provide legal services to the elderly in Mississippi. Receive representation, consultation and other affordable but high quality legal assistance.

While some of the aid is free, in certain cases private attorneys will provide reduced fees for referred low income elderly and senior citizens clients. People with a legal problem or concern should contact their local Area Agency on Aging for information and details.

Programs, such as case management, are offered at Agencies on Aging offices in order to help seniors remain in their homes and independent as long as possible. Social workers and case managers from your local Agency on Aging office help with the arrangement, planning, and coordination of appropriate community- based assistance programs and services.

Together you will receive access to and support from a network of public services. This also includes an informal support system of friends, family members, neighbors, churches, concerned citizens, and civic clubs. Case managers will work to identify the needs of senior citizens as well as frail elderly adults through a comprehensive assessment. The case manager also works closely with your family and the senior to arrange for and coordinate appropriate services, and ensure proper care is offered to help someone remain independent.

The Mississippi Older Adult Nutrition Program (OANP) provides seniors with a well-balanced meal. It ensure seniors receive a minimum of one-third (1/3) of the nutrient-based Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) for older adults. The OANP program is offered at senior center sites in Mississippi, and some food and meals may be delivered to homes as well. A congregate meal, which is also offered, is a nutritionally balanced meal served in a specific location such as a community action agency, aging office, or senior center.





Mississippi Medicare Assistance Patrol Project, or (MsMAPP), is an information and outreach program involved in educating seniors. It is paid for and coordinated by the federal government. The main goal is to increase public awareness of medical billing errors as well as the potential for health care abuse and error in the Medicare system. It also focuses on addressing fraud and preventing improper payments. The program is offered by volunteers who work with the state and local Agency on Aging centers.

The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) provides senior citizens with counseling, information, advice, and assistance relating to Medicare, prescription medications, Medicaid, long term care insurance and other public and private health insurance benefit information.

The Senior Community Service Employment Program can help people find a job, and it is offered for adults 55 and above. The federal government program identifies job training and employment opportunities for seniors and older persons who qualify based on federal government poverty levels. People also need to be underemployed or currently looking for a job. Adults who are qualified in the program can work about 20 hours per week in a part time job. They will gain skills and training, and ideally land a future full time job.

In-Home Services Program will help older adults get the help they need in order to stay in their own apartments and homes. The main service is known as the Homemaker program, and it gives seniors citizens and older citizens in Mississippi the option of having homemakers perform tasks for them.

Homemakers will help the seniors and will perform routine household tasks for them, such as laundry, cooking, cleaning, oral hygiene assistance, grocery shopping, consumer education, bathing, dressing, and safety education. Home-delivered meals are also part of the program, and they provide basic nutrition for the frail homebound elderly. This service is provided for free, although donations are appreciated in order to help expand the availability of the service across the state.

Transportation services are offered in some Mississippi communities. Hundreds of vehicles (from mini-buses to vans) may be able to take seniors and older adults to appointments or destinations. Receive transportation to shopping areas, dental and doctor appointments, recreational areas, food stamp offices, social security offices, educational facilities, or senior centers. Transportation is provided by local community groups, churches, civic groups, or Area Agencies on Aging offices. They also work closely with the Mississippi Department of Transportation.





Property tax assistance is offered from the Mississippi Homestead Exemption. This is offered for people in the state who are 65 or older. They will not need to pay property taxes on their land and homes if the assessed value is $7,500 or less. In addition, an older person with property valued on the market at $75,000 or less does not need to pay taxes. For people and seniors with homes and land market valued at more than $75,000, property taxes are required only on the amount above $75,000. You will need to file a homestead exemption with their local Mississippi county tax assessor's office, and Agency on Aging office can advise and help with this process.

Adult day care centers focus on health issues including prevention/intervention, rehabilitation needs of older adults, and health maintenance. Aid is only offered for functionally impaired elderly adults. The centers are located across Mississippi and care for seniors and adults four or more hours a day while their family members enjoy a respite from their role as caretaker or while they attend a job. Care is created with input from the family and senior.

Information and outreach is a key service. After all, knowing where to turn for financial help, advice, and support is the first step toward getting assistance. The Division of Aging and Adult Services or Area Agencies on Aging in Mississippi are the best places to turn to for help and free guidance.

Central MS Area Agency on Aging, Jackson, Mississippi 39296, call 1-800-315-3103. This office supports Copiah, Hinds, Madison, Rankin, Simpson, Warren, and Yazoo

East Central Area Agency on Aging, Newton, MS 39345, 1-800-264-2007. Seniors in Clarke, Jasper, Kemper, Lauderdale, Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Scott, or Smith should call this agency.

Golden Triangle Area Agency on Aging, Starkville, MS 39760-0828, phone (662) 332-2636.  Covers Choctaw, Clay, Lowndes, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Webster, and Winston Mississippi.

North Central Area Agency on Aging, 711-B South Applegate, Winona, MS 38967, 1-888-427-0714. If you live in Attala, Carroll, Grenada, Holmes, Leflore, Montgomery, or Yalobusha, call this center.

North Delta Area Agency on Aging, Batesville, MS 38601-1488, 1-800-844-2433. Coahoma, Desoto, Panola, Quitman, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tunica

Northeast MS Area Agency on Aging, Bonneville, Mississippi 38829, dial 1-800-745-6961. Counties are Alcorn, Benton, Marshall, Prentiss, Tippah, and Tishomingo.




South Delta Area Agency on Aging, Greenville, Mississippi 38702-1776, main phone number 1-800-898-3055. Bolivar, Humphreys, Issaquena, Sharkey, Sunflower, Washington County.

Southern MS Area Agency on Aging, 9229 Highway 49, Gulfport, MS 39503, phone 1-800-444-8014. Counties supported at Covington, Forrest, George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Lamar, Marion, Pearl River, Perry, Stone, and Wayne.

Southwest MS Area Agency on Aging, 100 South Wall Street, Natchez, Mississippi 39120, dial 1-800-338-2049. Adams, Amite, Claiborne, Franklin, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lincoln, Pike, Walthall, Wilkinson.

Three Rivers Area Agency on Aging, Pontotoc, MS 38663, main number is 1-877-489-6911. Calhoun, Chickasaw, Itawamba, Lafayette, Lee, Monroe, Pontotoc, Union County.


By Jon McNamara

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