15 Resources to Help You Age Well
25 de November de 2020
Aging can feel like a fulltime job, especially if you live alone. You navigate your finances, household and daily tasks like cooking and cleaning on top of maintaining your health and wellness. When you’re homebound, it can feel even more isolating due to a lack of social connection. Sometimes you need more support, and that’s okay. There’s no shame in asking for help when you need it.
There are plenty of organizations across the nation whose sole purpose is to help people like you age well. These social organizations provide a vital service to seniors and the community at large by connecting them with resources and support they need. Depending on your specific situation, there could be an organization devoted to your specific needs. Below, we’ve rounded up 15 resources to help with healthy aging. Let’s dive in.
General aging organizations
1. Administration on Aging
As a key agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Administration on Aging (AoA) works to promote and support senior health and nutrition, caregivers, elder justice and adult protective services. It promotes the well-being of older individuals through programs and services that help them maintain their independence in their homes and communities. Discover more about AoA’s programs here.
2. Area Agencies on Aging
The mission of Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) is to better help older adults and people with disabilities live with dignity and choices in their homes and communities for as long as possible. AAA offers a wide range of services and programs including assistance with health insurance and transportation, a caregiver support program, home- and community based services, elder justice, support for care transitions and community resource centers.
AAA names can vary across the nation. They can be either a government agency or a designated nonprofit that addresses the needs of all older people at the local and/or regional level. You can find your local AAA by entering your ZIP code here. Select “Area Agency on Aging” in the dropdown menu of the results page.
3. Eldercare Locator
A program of the AoA, Eldercare Locator helps older Americans and their caregivers find trustworthy support resources in their community. It provides information and links to other government programs, tools and services on a range of issues from support services to housing, elder rights to transportation. Use the ZIP code search to find reputable aging resources in your area here.
4. National Council on Aging
Since 1950 the National Council on Aging (NCOA) has worked with public and private organizations to provide programs, services, education and advocacy for people aged 60 and older. Currently, NCOA focuses on economic security, health living and public policy as it relates to seniors. They work to help older adults like you manage your money and protect older workers’ rights. Regarding health, they have great information about falls prevention, chronic disease management, food security and more. Learn more about NCOA here.
5. Volunteers of America
Volunteers of America provides services and programs to promote the health and independence of older adults across the nation through senior centers and day programs; home repair and maintenance, transportation, companionship, case management and safety protection services and a collaboration with Meals on Wheels for group meal programs. Learn more about Volunteers of America’s work with older adults here.