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Medicare beneficiaries, their families and caregivers can get help in understanding heath care options and information about enrolling in the new Medicare Prescription Drug Benefits Program from the overseeing agency. Here is a link to the official government handbook Medicare & You (pdf).
The toll free number for Medicare is 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227)
The Ohio Department of Insurance provides helpful links about Medicare prescription drug programs including:
The toll-free number for the Ohio Department of Insurance is 1-800-686-1578
Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) Coordinator and Site Search
Find an OSHIIP volunteer coordinator and OSHIIP counseling site near you. An OSHIIP site can be a facility such as a senior center, hospital, retirement community, local library, etc. that agrees to support and facilitate OSHIIP’s outreach effort in its community. Staff at the site are knowledgeable about OSHIIP, can provide OSHIIP publications and may have a resident OSHIIP volunteer who can counsel a person with Medicare.
Seniors – General
The web site of the American Association for Retired Persons, which “seeks to improve every aspect of living for older people. Has targeted four areas of immediate concern: health care, women’s initiative, worker equity, and minority affairs.”
Administration for Community Living
“The Administration for Community Living was created around the fundamental principle that older adults and people of all ages with disabilities should be able to live where they choose, with the people they choose, and with the ability to participate fully in their communities.”
This online site makes it easier for older Americans to find out if they qualify for 15 public benefit programs that may help save money on prescription drugs, telephone bills, groceries, children’s health care and more
Direction Home – formerly Area Agency on Aging 11
They provide choices for people to live independently in the place they want to call home.
Eldercare Locator is a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging. The Eldercare Locator is the first step to finding resources for older adults in any U.S. community.
Information about programs and resources for older adults in the state of Ohio.
Mahoning County and Its 60+ Population
This is the unique profile of the older population (60+) in Mahoning County. Trends and projections are provided for ages 60 and above. Specific topics explored include disability, poverty, marital status, living alone, and educational attainment among the older population.
Ohio Benefit Bank
Help with tax credits and public benefits including Ohio’s Best RX, Golden Buckeye and Senior Community Service Employment Programs.
Safe at Home
Information about programs and resources for older adults in the state of Ohio.
Presents current information of interest to seniors in an online newspaper format.
“The site, whose name refers to the stage of life following the youth and career/family stages, provides links to information about health, investments, styles of living, family issues and more. ”
Care Giving & Home Environment
This site is designed to be your information source: a national assistive technology information exchange. We’re here to serve the nation’s disability, rehabilitation, and senior communities.
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research.
“Caring for elderly loved ones at home or in a nursing facility is commonplace, but figuring out how to do it well is a challenge faced by many families. Care.com’s Caregiver Guide to Senior Health Issues offers expert advice to help you handle the everyday challenges caused by common senior illnesses and conditions.”
Connects older Americans and their caregivers with sources of information on senior services.
Family Caregiver Alliance
Founded in 1977, Family Caregiver Alliance was the first community-based nonprofit organization in the country to address the needs of families and friends providing long-term care at home. FCA now offers programs at national, state and local levels to support and sustain caregivers.
National Alliance for Caregiving
The National Alliance for Caregiving is dedicated to providing support to family caregivers and the professionals who help them and to increasing public awareness of issues facing family caregivers.
National Caregivers Library
“This web site offers assistance for families providing home care for the elderly or chronicly ill by providing suggestions of how to deal with the inevitable problems that may crop up. There are fact sheets on topics such as legal issues, emotional issues and long-distance care as well as health and physical issues designed to make the caregiving relationship less stressful.”
National Family Caregivers
The National Family Caregivers Association educates, supports, empowers and speaks up for the more than 50 million Americans who care for loved ones with a chronic illness or disability or the frailties of old age.
Health and Medicine
A comprehensive resource for caregivers, health professionals and interested individuals provided by the “largest national voluntary health organization committed to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s and helping those affected by the disease.”
American Geriatrics Society
Web site of “the premier professional organization of health care providers dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all older adults.”
Healthfinder’s Links for Older Adults
“healthfinder® is a free guide to reliable consumer health and human services information.”
Hearing Loss and Older Adults
Health information from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.
Lifelong Fitness Alliance
Formerly Fifty Plus Fitness, Lifelong Fitness Alliance (LFA) changed its name three years ago to encompass a wider range of people because we believe it is never too early or late to be healthy and fit.
Medicare: Official US Government Site for Medicare Information
“The Health Care Financing Administration of the US Department of Health and Human Services provides this site–a consumer gateway to information about Medicare, a national health insurance program that covers 37 million Americans, mostly over age 65.”
Safety for Older Consumers
A checklist to help spot potential danger areas before they cause problems.
10 Legal Myths About Health Care Advance Directives
“Living wills, powers of attorney explained by a member of the American Bar Association’s Commission of Legal Problems of the Elderly. Includes links to sources for legal forms.”
Justice in Aging
“This organization advocates nationwide to promote the independence and well-being of low-income elderly individuals, as well as persons with disabilities, with particular emphasis on women and racial and ethnic minorities.”
Pro Seniors is a non-profit organization that provides free legal and long-term care help to older adults. Pro Seniors offers Ohio residents age 60 and older the advice and information they need to solve their legal and nursing home, adult care facility, and home health care problems.
“This is a Web site where senior citizens, their families, attorneys, social workers, and financial planners, can access information about Elder Law, Medicare, Medicaid, estate planning, trusts and the rights of the elderly and disabled.”
Wills and Estate Planning
Links from NOLO about “Wills and estate planning information for wills, trusts, living wills, power of attorney and more.”
Retirement and Leisure Activities
“LeadingAge is an association of 6,000 not-for-profit organizations dedicated to making America a better place to grow old.”
“This site offers “‘access to an array of resource materials, including books and online publications, tax information, a guide to state aging agencies, retirement news, shopping for special assistive products and services, and links to online stores.'”
“Online information about active retirement senior communities, rv/resort homes, vacation homes, and assisted living facilities.”
This non-profit organization, formerly Elderhostel, offers residential educational programs for those over 55 in the United States and around the world.