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Finances

Jobs For People Age 50 & Up (Consumer-SOS)

Daily Money Management

Getting Credit When You're Over 62

Preventing Fraud & Scams (Consumer-SOS)

How To Help Older Americans Avoid Loss Of Utility Services

When Your Social Security Benefits Are Taken to Pay Back Money to the Federal Government
What type of benefits can be taken and how much. Applies only to federal agencies and the IRS may be able to take more than other agencies can.

Government Benefits You're Entitled To
Benefits Check Up is a free, easy-to-use service that identifies over a 1000 federal and state assistance programs for older Americans. Requires you first fill out a confidential questionnaire.

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Home Matters

Making The Home Senior Friendly
Tips and links on how you can improve their safety and comfort and avoid household injuries.

Senior Homesharing Programs-Find A Roommate To Defray Costs (Many States)
Senior homeshare match-up programs bring together older home providers with individuals seeking a place to live. In exchange for providing a private room in their home, seniors receive household assistance or rent from their housemate, or a combination of the two.

Long-Term Care & Assisted Living (Consumer-SOS)

Alternative Living Arrangements
Offers general guidance on housing options for someone you love. Everything from independent living facilities to long term care.

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Transportation

The National Center on Senior Transportation (866) 528-NCST or  (202) 347-7385 (TDD).
Our mission is to increase transportation options for older adults and enhance their ability to live more independently within their communities throughout the United States. Staff from NCST helps members of the aging services and transportation communities address a diverse array of transportation issues, directs callers to additional resources and answers questions about ADA rights and responsibilities. We also encourage you to visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

License Renewal Procedures For Older Drivers (All 50 States & DC)

Fact Sheets For Seniors

The Government Administration On Aging has fact sheets on almost every topic.

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Other Topics

Dealing With Death 
Articles and brochures for the dying and those close to them.

Resource Directory For Older People 
An alphabetical list of links to every resource imaginable. 

Elder Care Topics (Nolo.com)
For information on Social Security, Retirement Plans, 
Medicare, Medicaid, Medigap and Managed Care, Long-Term Healthcare, Estate Planning, Healthcare Directives and Powers of Attorney and more.

The Death of A Spouse (Good For All States) 
Check list of who to contact and what arrangements to make after the death of your spouse.

ElderCare Locator (Finding Community Assistance For Seniors)
The Eldercare Locator can put you in touch with state and local information that enables older persons to find help
to remain independent in their own homes.

You will get information on how to locate a wide variety of services like meals, home care transportation, housing
alternative, home repair, recreation, social activities, legal and other community services. 

Community-Based Services
Finding services for older people through government, non-profit or for-profit organizations. 

Government Services For Older Adults (All 50 States & DC)
Just one or two links per state, often to the Department or Bureau of Aging.

National Institute On Aging
Has health information and research programs for older people.

Administration On Aging Quick Index Of Elderly Topics

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Health & Medical 
Medicine & Treatments
Medical Directives/Living Wills

Doctors & Health Care
Long Term Care

Insurance & Benefits (Medicaid/Medicare, etc...)

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Long-Term Care & Assisted Living 

Assisted Living Independent Living & Other Accommodations
Nursing Homes Complaints
Hospices Insurance & Benefits (Medicaid/Medicare...)


Assisted Living

Choosing An Assisted Living Facility (BBB)

Selecting A Geriatric Care Manager
A geriatric care manager  specializes in helping older people and their families with long-term care arrangements. GCMs often have training in gerontology, social work, nursing or counseling and know about the cost, quality and availability of services in an older person’s community. 

Assisted Living Facilities, Alzheimer's & More (50 States & DC)
Find the right retirement community, assisted living residence, Alzheimer's facility or traditional nursing homes. Learn about the different types of care and the strengths and weaknesses of each facility.

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Nursing Homes

Find And Compare Nursing Homes (All 50 States & DC)
This tool has detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country. Before you get started, you or your family member may have other long-term care choices like community-based services, home care, or assisted living depending on your needs and resources. For more information, see Alternatives to Nursing Homes. Otherwise, follow these steps when choosing a nursing home.

Assisted Living Facilities, Alzheimer's & More (50 States & DC)
Find the right retirement community, assisted living residence, Alzheimer's facility or traditional nursing homes. Learn about the different types of care and the strengths and weaknesses of each facility.

Choosing a Nursing Home And Preventing Abuse
NursingHomeAbuse.net was founded by the National Association to Stop Nursing Home Abuse (NASNHA).  exists to raise awareness of the growing nursing home abuse epidemic, to educate the public about its root causes, to help residents and their families prevent abuse, and to help victims cope with the consequences of nursing home abuse.

The Rights of Nursing Home Patients (Not State Specific)

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Hospices

Death And Dying  
Links dealing with death and dying issues such as hospice and palliative care, various terminal illnesses, grief and bereavement, and healthcare decisions.

All About Hospices
(Information Brochures & Links)

Dealing With Death 
Articles and brochures for the dying and those close to them.

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Independent Living And Other Accommodations

Alternative Living Arrangements
Offers general guidance on housing options for someone you love. Everything from independent living facilities to long term care.

Senior Homesharing Programs-Find A Roommate To Defray Costs (Many States)
Senior homeshare match-up programs bring together older home providers with individuals seeking a place to live. In exchange for providing a private room in their home, seniors receive household assistance or rent from their housemate, or a combination of the two.

Assisted Living Facilities, Alzheimer's & More (50 States & DC)
Find the right retirement community, assisted living residence, Alzheimer's facility or traditional nursing homes. Learn about the different types of care and the strengths and weaknesses of each facility.

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Complaints

The Medicare Rights Center (Advocacy Group With National Help Line)
Call their national helpline, to consult with knowledgeable counselors about a wide range of Medicare-related issues, including how to reduce premium and prescription drug costs and how to appeal a denial by an HMO or Part D plan.  Or use this national, nonprofit consumer service organization as an advocate to lobby your cause or get the ear of your law maker. 

Find The AARP In Your State
The AARP offers legal advocacy for seniors and may also have state specific consumer brochures which are available to everyone.

Phone #'s For Long Term Care Ombudsmen
(State By State & DC)

For More Help,
See Legal Hotlines & Help Groups

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Fraud

Consumer Fraud Against the Elderly

Find The AARP In Your State
The AARP offers legal advocacy for seniors and may also have state specific consumer brochures which are available to everyone.

For More Help, 

See Legal Hotlines & Help Groups

You can also file a complaint with Federal Trade Commission using their Online Complaint Form or by calling the Consumer Response Center: toll-free 1-877-FTC-HELP (382-4357); TDD: 202-326-2502. Although the Commission cannot resolve individual problems for consumers, it can act against a company if it sees a pattern of possible law violations.

For More On Preventing Scams,
See:
Consumer-SOS/Scams & Cons
Consumer-SOS/Mail & Postal Matters

Consumer-SOS/Phone Matters

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Legal Hotlines & Other Help Groups
Legal Hotlines
Where Else To Get Help


Legal Hotlines

Find The AARP In Your State
The AARP offers legal advocacy for seniors and may also have state specific consumer brochures which are available to everyone.

Legal Hotlines For Older Americans  
Free legal help for people in 
AZ, CA, DC, GA, HI, IA, IN, KS, KY, MD, ME, MI, MS, NH, NM, OH, PA, PR, TN, TX, WA, WV.

Other Senior Hotlines (Google)
Has South Carolina and other states not listed above.

The Medicare Rights Center (Advocacy Group With National Help Line)
Call their national helpline, to consult with knowledgeable counselors about a wide range of Medicare-related issues, including how to reduce premium and prescription drug costs and how to appeal a denial by an HMO or Part D plan.  Or use this national, nonprofit consumer service organization as an advocate to lobby your cause or get the ear of your law maker. 

Elderly Services In All 50 States & DC
At least one and sometimes a whole page of links relating to senior issues, advocacy groups and legal help for seniors.

Senior Legal Hotlines
There are 20 states that have them and most offer free legal telephone advice to persons over 60. The Pennsylvania and Florida Hotlines charge. Senior legal hotlines are in the following states: Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., Maine, Florida, West Virginia, Michigan, Texas, Ohio, New Mexico, Puerto Rico, California , Hawaii, Kansas, Mississippi, West Virginia, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Washington, New Hampshire and Tennessee.  

Legal Services For Older Adults (Links With Descriptions)
Lawyers, Legal Help Orgs. & Consumer Tips (National)

State Long Term Care Ombudsmen (DC & 50 States)
Names, Addresses And Phone #s. No links.
Every state has an Ombudsman Program that addresses complaints and advocates for improvements in the long term care system. 

For More Help, See Complaints

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Where Else To Get Help

Find The AARP Office Nearest You (All 50 States & DC)

Better Business Bureaus (Links Throughout The U.S.)

The Medicare Rights Center (Advocacy Group With National Help Line)
Call their national helpline, to consult with knowledgeable counselors about a wide range of Medicare-related issues, including how to reduce premium and prescription drug costs and how to appeal a denial by an HMO or Part D plan.  Or use this national, nonprofit consumer service organization as an advocate to lobby your cause or get the ear of your law maker. 

Reporting Fraud & Scams

Senior Law Homepage (Brochures & Lots of Links)

Low Cost Medicines
One-stop link to thousands of low cost medicines offered through hundreds of patient assistance programs sponsored by member companies, non-member companies and government and local organizations.

Benefits Checkup
Find programs for people ages 55 and over that may pay for some of their costs of prescription drugs, health care, utilities, and other essential items or services. Please fill out their simple questionnaire to find programs that can assist you or your loved ones.

Find Your Local Newspaper, Magazine, Radio & TV Stations
Give them a little bad press and you're bargaining power increases tremendously. Select your state, and then click on your county or city for the proper media to report to. (DC Not Included).

United Way Help Line 
(For All 50 States, DC & Puerto Rico)
Choose your state, select your city, and look up help agencies galore!!! Their stellar search engine can lead you to any social service topic you can think of.  Just type in the words "Senior and (the name of your topic)" or "Elderly and (the name your topic)."

National Help Orgs For A Variety Of Consumer Problems
The Elderly, Environment, Families, Fraud, Health & Safety, Insurance The Handicapped, Medical Problems, Telemarketing and more.

For More Help See, 

Complaints And
Lawyers/Courts & Self Help

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Medicine & Treatments

Health Care Report Cards-How Does Your Hospital Rate?
Rates Thousands of Hospitals, Health Care Plans, Dentists, Physicians, Hospices and more.

Healthlinkplus.org
Index of health topics grouped by subject.  Links are arranged under "Health Insurance", "General Health Information", "Alternative Medicine", "Medical Research", "Health Care Providers",  "Mental Health", and "Evaluating Health Information On the Internet".

Low Cost Medicines
One-stop link to thousands of low cost medicines offered through hundreds of patient assistance programs sponsored by member companies, non-member companies and government and local organizations.

Benefits Checkup
Find programs for people ages 55 and over that may pay for some of their costs of prescription drugs, health care, utilities, and other essential items or services. Please fill out their simple questionnaire to find programs that can assist you or your loved ones.

See Consumer-SOS/Medicine & Treatments

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Insurance & Benefits

Insurance Counseling & Assistance (State By State & DC)
Provides free help with questions on long-term care costs. If you are confused about Medicare coverage of nursing home services, Medicaid eligibility requirements, private Long-Term Care Insurance, or have health insurance questions, contact them for help.

Government Benefits You're Entitled To
BenefitsCheckUp is a free, easy-to-use service that identifies over a 1000 federal and state assistance programs for older Americans. Requires you first fill out a confidential questionnaire.

The Three Medi's: Medicare, Medigap, Medicaid:

Social Security Disability Secrets
Advice, FAQS and in depth answers from a former Social Security Claims Examiner. Learn how to apply, how to prepare your case and more.

Healthlinkplus.org
Index of health topics grouped by subject.  Links are arranged under "Health Insurance", "General Health Information", "Alternative Medicine", "Medical Research", "Health Care Providers",  "Mental Health", and "Evaluating Health Information On the Internet".

Long-Term Care Insurance

The Medicare Website (U.S. Gov)

Life Or Viatical Settlements
Explains what they are and what to look out for.

See Long-Term Care & Assisted Living 
See Consumer-SOS/Health & Medical
See Consumer-SOS/Insurance

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Children Of Aging Parents

Dangerous Senior Drivers
Is this driver a danger on the road? Excellent and subtle tips on what to do.  See also the License Renewal Procedures which examine a person's fitness to drive.

Respite Care Links In All 50 States
Family caregivers may qualify for free respite support where trained caretakers can watch your dependents while you have a few hours to yourself. Some states provide respite services to:

Family caregivers providing care for individuals age 60 or older;
Family caregivers providing care for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders, regardless of age; or
Grandparents and other relative caregivers (not parents) 55 years of age and older providing care to children under age 18; or age 18-59.

Alternatives To Guardianship
Explains your various legal options with your parent to help manage their assets. From power of attorneys to living  trusts and more.

Dealing With Death 
Articles and brochures for the dying and those close to them.

Caring For The Caregiver

Resources for children who take care of their elderly parents.

Making The Home Senior Friendly
Tips and links on how you can improve their safety and comfort and avoid household injuries.

ElderCare Locator (Finding Community Assistance For Seniors)
The Eldercare Locator can put you in touch with state and local information that enables older persons to find help
to remain independent in their own homes. You will get information on how to locate a wide variety of services like meals, home care transportation, housing alternative, home repair, recreation, social activities, legal and other community services. 

The Medicare Rights Center (Advocacy Group With National Help Line)
Call their national helpline, to consult with knowledgeable counselors about a wide range of Medicare-related issues, including how to reduce premium and prescription drug costs and how to appeal a denial by an HMO or Part D plan.  Or use this national, nonprofit consumer service organization as an advocate to lobby your cause or get the ear of your law maker. 

The National Center on Senior Transportation (866) 528-NCST or  (202) 347-7385 (TDD).
Our mission is to increase transportation options for older adults and enhance their ability to live more independently within their communities throughout the United States. Staff from NCST helps members of the aging services and transportation communities address a diverse array of transportation issues, directs callers to additional resources and answers questions about ADA rights and responsibilities. We also encourage you to visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Alternative Living Arrangements
Offers general guidance on housing options for someone you love. Everything from independent living facilities to long term care.

Other Helpful Articles & Brochures

See Long-Term Care & Assisted Living 
See Consumer-SOS/Health & Medical
See Consumer-SOS/Insurance

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Employment Opportunities

AARP National Employer Team (Formerly The Featured Employers Program)
AARP collaborates with compan
ies that appreciate the talent mature workers bring to a job. To be eligible, all companies completed a long application about their hiring practices, benefits, and opportunities so that we can give you this information to help you make an informed choice about your future employment.
 
Retiredbrains.com
About to retire and looking to find jobs after retirement. This site connects older workers with employers seeking to hire them. We also provide important senior-focused information and links to charitable organizations and non-profits looking for volunteers. You may search for a part-time job, a temporary or project assignment, or a full-time job by entering the appropriate information below and running a job search or by clicking on one of the featured companies to see the jobs they have posted.

Retirementjobs.com
Over 50 and looking for a job?

Workforce50.com
Dedicated to serving the 50+ workforce with a passion.
Job seekers can feel secure in knowing that all employers advertising on Workforce50.com
are truly interested in hiring those of us over 50.

United Way Helpline (Just dial 211)
Or enter Zip Code in one of the search boxes. Then search for seniors and employment.

See also The Work Place

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