Aging With Economic Insecurity: Resources for Older Americans
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How to Help Older Adults Living in Poverty
- Pension Rights Center: nonprofit consumer organization that helps promote retirement security through counseling, legal services and government agencies.
- Justice in Aging: nonprofit legal organization that combats senior poverty, expands access to affordable health care and promotes economic security.
- Pension Help America: nonprofit funded by the U.S. Administration on Aging that connects seniors with retirement planning resources and protects their retirement security.
- Alliance for Retired Americans: grassroots organization made up of seniors, community activists and retired union members that advocates for issues such as blocking the privatization of Social Security and advancing economic justice.
- American Retirement Association: retirement industry nonprofit dedicated to educating all retirement plan and benefits professionals and providing Americans the ability to retire comfortably.
- Administration on Aging: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agency dedicated to providing seniors with supportive services that help them live independently in their communities.
- National Institute on Aging: NIH research center devoted to research on senior citizen health that provides information to the public and to the health care community about how to protect the well-being of seniors.
- American Geriatrics Society: nonprofit for geriatric doctors and health care professionals, including social workers, that advocates for research and education in the area of high-quality care for seniors.
- Medicare Rights Center: nonprofit that helps ensure access to affordable health care for seniors through counseling, education services and public policy initiatives, working with them to understand and navigate their rights.
ISOLATION AND MOBILITY
- Senior Corps: network of national service programs for seniors that enables them to volunteer and become involved in their communities in ways that aid education, disaster relief, mentoring and elder care.
- Red Hat Society: international women’s social organization for senior women to meet new friends and reconnect with old friends through the purpose of fun.
- AARP Foundation’s Connect2Affect: AARP organization dedicated to helping end loneliness and social isolation for vulnerable seniors.
- Generations United: intergenerational organization connecting seniors and younger people through mentorship and community engagement. Roughly 92% of Americans believe that intergenerational collaboration can help reduce loneliness.
- SAGE, Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders: organization advocating for LGBT seniors through human rights, housing, financial security and mental health.
- NCOA’s Benefits Check Up: free online tool from the National Council on Aging aimed at improving the health and economic security of 40 million older adults by 2030. This service educates seniors about what benefits they qualify for.
- Food Research & Action Center: organization that provides education on SNAP benefits for seniors, analyzes and interprets data on senior hunger and provides a free online course for health care providers to fight and understand senior food insecurity.
- Feeding America: organization that researches the prevalence of and risk factors for food insecurity among older adults while fighting back with nourishing foods, food safety and food recovery.
- Seniors Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program: food assistance program from the USDA that provides locally grown produce to low-income seniors, expands access to farmers’ markets and helps develop farmers’ markets and other community agriculture.
- National Foundation to End Senior Hunger: organization that combats food insecurity through senior nutrition programs based on need and makes nutritious food more accessible for low-income seniors.
- Legal Advocates for Seniors and People with Disabilities: network of legal advocates who help seniors navigate debt without harassment from debt collectors and creditors.
- NCOA’s Debt Hotline Toolkit: customized debt and money management counseling services for seniors.
- Certified Financial Planners: search engine that helps connect seniors with a certified financial planning professional.
- U.S. Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program: government program that helps reduce energy costs and increase energy efficiency for low-income households, with a priority preference for older Americans.
- NCOA’s Use Your Home to Stay at Home: federally approved consumer booklet for seniors that informs them on home equity, reverse mortgages and other options for seniors who want to stay in their homes.
- National Aging in Place Council: supportive network for seniors that provides resources aimed at helping them live independently in their homes for as long as they can — including a free aging planning handbook (PDF, 6.7 MB).
- National Hispanic Council on Aging: organization supporting Hispanic seniors with economic security, health care and housing.