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Sunday, March 25, 2007


Money Saving/Food

3/14 AARP Assistance Site

Mature Adult Discounts Their word, not mine! It has a comprehensive search ability for any town/zip code. I was impressed.

Mature Adult Resource Site Many links to all senior organizations on the web

2/3 Starting a Community Garden For You and Your Community

2/2 Food Program Your Area Agency on Aging is listed in the government section of the phone directory usually under "aging" or "elderly" services. The AAA can provide information about the Elderly Nutrition Program in your area. If you are unable to locate your AAA or for information about AAA’s in other areas of the nation, please call the AoA’s Eldercare Locator at 1-800-677-1116. It is helpful if you can provide the address and zip code of the older person you are trying to assist.

Free Emergency Food The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a Federal program that helps supplement the diets of low-income needy people, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost. States provide the food to local agencies that they have selected, usually food banks, which in turn, distribute the food to soup kitchens and food pantries that directly serve the public. Contact Food and Nutrition Service – USDA, Food Distribution Division, 3101 Park Center Drive, Alexandria, VA 22302; 703-305-2888; Fax: 703-305-2420; www.fns.usda.gov/fdd/programs/tefap/.

Get $540 To Buy Fresh Fruit Seniors making up to $22,000/year can get as much as $540 to buy fresh fruit and vegetables from road side stands. Through the little-known Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, seniors in 40 states can have the government help buy their produce.

Angel Food Ministries Your cost - $25. Their cost - at least $75. Delivered monthly if in your area.

Second Harvest Find a food bank closest to you just select your state or zip code.

Free Items - Freebie Empire Just about everything has a free sample listed

Caregiver Information
3/5/07 Family CareGiving 101 - The site looks great.

2/2/07 Disaster Prep Guidelines for Elderly and Caregivers

Elderly friends/family assistance - Parents Wish

Long Distance Care Giving (sent by Marlene) Very well laid out website!

ElderCare Information You may find the information resources you need by following the directions or you may speak to an Eldercare Locator information specialist by calling toll-free at 1-800-677-1116 weekdays, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (ET). Spanish-speaking Information Specialists are on duty.

Medical Information
800-MEDICARE http://www.medicare.gov/ Request information about Medicare Savings Programs by getting the publication, “Guide to Health Insurance for People with Medicare.” Income Eligibility Requirements: up to $12,576/yr for a single and $16,872/yr for a couple

Medicade Waiver For Evacuees http://www.lacanadvocates.org/ Any recipients who have been told their services will end, for being out of state, may contact the Advocacy Center (1-800-960-7705) for possible assistance in making sure this misunderstanding does not affect their services. And from the Kaiser Commission: http://www.lsuhsc.edu/HCSD/GrantsInfo/files/medicaid_waiver_analysis.pdf It compares 10 different possible waivers available.

Medical Assistance For Uninsured, Underinsured Needing Help Search by state for what you need here: GREAT site that includes dental assistance - just click on the state you live in, then it lists the differenct categories of people (elderly, veterans, disabled, children, self-employed, etc)

MS - Specific Agencies Healthcare Financial Assistance Inc Gulfport, MS, 39501 (228) 868-4025 Health Care Program for TX, LA, AL Persons 60 years of age or older or their caregivers may learn more about Benefits CheckUp by calling the Advocacy Center at 237-7380 or (800) 822-0210 or online at Benefits CheckUp or Advocacy LA.

Free Orange Card for Seniors, (for prescriptions) FREE This card is for those who DO NOT have Any Prescription insurance. Discounts your prescription medications. This card is free. ORANGE CARD or call for application 1-888-672-6436

VISION ASSISTANCE EyeCare America, a public service foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), provides free and low-cost eye exams for qualified U.S. citizens 65 and over who have not had access to an ophthalmologist in the past three years. Telephone: 1-800-222-EYES (3937).

Cataract Assistance Mission Cataract USA, coordinated by the Volunteer Eye Surgeons' Association, is a program providing free cataract surgery to people of all ages who have no other means to pay. Surgeries are scheduled annually on one day, usually in May. Telephone: 1-800-343-7265

Free Electric Wheelchairs for Seniors Must meet qualifications - Wishes on Wheels provides power wheelchairs to non-ambulatory senior citizens 65 and older at NO cost if they qualify. The power chairs are provided to those who can't walk or propel a manual wheelchair in their home or independent living center who meet the qualifications of the program. Call 800-823-5220

Durable Medical Equipment

Hearing Aids From Sertoma
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Stephen Murphy 1912 E. Meyer Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64132 816-333-8300 E-MAIL: infosertoma@sertoma.org

Hearing Aids From Travelers Protective
EXECUTIVE SECRETARY: Brian K. Schulte 3755 Lindell Boulevard St. Louis, MO 63108 314-371-0533 E-MAIL: support@tpahq.org

Hearing Aids From So The World May Hear
E-MAIL: nonprofit@starkey.com

General Information
3/25 Emplyee Training and Job Search Assistance

2/2 New Gov't Website - Long Term Care Planning - looks like a very good site. Found through the Administration on Aging - More of a portal for other sites. The Tax Counseling for the Elderly program was designed to provide free taxpayer assistance to those ages 60 and above. The staff usually consists of retired individuals associated with nonprofit organizations that receive grants from the IRS to perform this service. Often they provide counseling in retirement homes, neighborhood sites or private houses of the homebound. These publications are free from your local IRS office, by calling 1-800-829-3676 or download from http://www.irs.gov/.

To locate your State Office on Aging

Gulf Coast Office For The Aging Area Agency on Aging 9229 Hwy 49 Gulfport MS 39503 Tel: 800-444-8014

Link to Article Regarding The Elderly

Shared Housing Program (from Marlene through Karen) Shared living has been known to enhance the health and well-being of all people and allows people to remain independent in their home.For the Gulf Region:Region 4: GA, TN, MS, AL, FL, TX, LARita Zadoff MJCC/Home But Not Alone (770) 395-2546 Fax (770) 698-2055 Email: rita.zadoff@atlantajcc.org

Other Resource Pages
Education Assistance Elderly
Emotional Resources
Family Resources
Furniture and More
Grandfamily/Single Parent ResourcesGrants for Individuals - does not include homeowner or repair grants
Home/Utility LA Family Resources
Medical ResourcesMortgage Resources

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