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Government Programs to Assist Senior Citizens
Date: January 8, 2008
Author: David Smidt, SeniorDiscounts

National Council on Aging
The NCOA is a nonprofit organization with a national network of more than 14,000 organizations and leaders. They provide information on senior centers, area agencies on aging, adult day service centers, faith-based service organizations, senior housing facilities, employment services, consumer groups, and leaders from academia, business, and labor. Their programs help older people remain healthy and independent, find jobs, increase access to benefits programs, and discover meaningful ways to continue contributing to society.

Administration on Aging
AoA is the federal advocate agency for older persons. AoA works to heighten awareness among other federal agencies, organizations, groups, and the public about the valuable contributions that older Americans make to the nation and alerts them to the needs of vulnerable older people. Through information and referral and outreach efforts at the community level, AoA seeks to educate older people and their caregivers about the benefits and services available to help them. Their web site is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of a wide variety of topics, programs and services related to aging.

Social Security Administration
The SSA manages the United States’ social insurance program, consisting of retirement, disability, and survivors’ benefits. Learn what the SSA is doing to ensure your future benefits; including requirements to receive early retirement benefits and new age requirements to receive the standard social security benefits.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development can help you locate housing options for yourself, an aging parent, relative, or friend. It can help you determine what kind of assistance or living arrangement you may need; what your health insurance might cover; and what you can afford. It also provides resources for staying in your home, finding apartments specifically for the elderly and disabled, choosing the right housing options, protecting yourself from fraud, and local services in your area.

U.S. Government Senior Citizens’ Resources (
Located on its official web site, the U.S. Government Senior Citizens’ Resources provides links to resources important to the aging population. Information includes: Caregivers’ Resources; Consumer Protection; Education, Jobs, and Volunteerism; End-of-Life Issues; Federal and State Agencies for Seniors; Health for Seniors; Housing for Seniors; Laws and Regulations Concerning Seniors; Money and Taxes for Seniors; Retirement; Travel and Recreation.

Environmental Protection Agency
“Due to the normal aging process, even older persons in good health may experience increased health risks from exposures to environmental pollutants. As we age, our bodies are more susceptible to hazards from the environment which may worsen chronic or life threatening conditions.”

The Environmental Protection Agency has created its Aging Initiative which has lead to the development of a National Agenda for the Environment and the Aging. The National Agenda prioritizes environmental health hazards that affect older persons, examines the environmental impact of an aging population, and encourages civic involvement among older persons in their communities to reduce hazards. The National Agenda will help guide the Agency’s work to protect the health of older persons now and in the future.

Its web site provides a wealth of information about the Agency’s efforts to protect the environmental health of older persons.

Government Benefits is the official benefits web site of the U.S. government. The web site provides information on over 1,000 benefit and assistance programs and allows you to search for programs specifically for seniors.

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