Taking advantage of available U.S. programs, services

As loved ones get older, their needs increase. And as much as family members would like to help, the necessary resources don’t always seem to be readily available. There are, in fact, several programs put in place by the U.S. government that aren’t taken advantage of enough by those who need them the most.
The Administration on Aging is one of those programs. It’s funded by the Older Americans Act and it was established to provide assistance to older persons and their caregivers. The program also includes critical support services to help older adults remain independent and involved in their communities.
A few of the program’s services include:

  • Elder Rights Services provide a range of programs that help to protect the rights of vulnerable and at-risk older individuals both the community and long-term care settings.
  • Health, Prevention, and Wellness Programs help older adults remain as healthy as possible. Efforts include evidence-based disease and disability prevention programs and the Alzheimer’s Disease Supportive Services Program.
  • Native Alaskans, Native Hawaiians, and Native Americans Program acknowledges the unique cultural and social traditions of Native and Tribal communities.
  • National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information provides information and resources to help individuals plan for future long-term care.
  • National Family Caregiver Support Program provides a range of supports that assist family and informal caregivers to care for their loved ones at home for as long as possible.
  • Nutrition Services provide balanced and nutritious meals at home or at a congregate setting such as a senior center, church, or another community facility.
  • Support Services assist older adults to maintain their independence in their communities. Services include assistance with transportation, in-home care, community-based services such as adult day care, and information and referral assistance.

In addition to these services, there are also programs that deliver opportunities to older persons to improve their health. There are even opportunities for seniors to volunteer in their communities. Learn more by visiting the Administration on Aging website.