Be aware of elder care resources

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Numerous elder care resources are available for those who don’t know where to look. Valley News/Courtesy photo

TEMECULA – People want to grow old gracefully and maintain their independence as long as possible. There are many decisions to make as well as information to wade through to ensure needs are met and proper care is received through one’s golden years. Individuals, caregivers and families may find that a few helping hands along the way can be invaluable.

Numerous elder care resources are available for those who don’t know where to look. Start by researching the National Council on Aging at www.ncoa.org. The council is a national leader and trusted association that helps people age 60 and older. The council works with nonprofit organizations, governments and businesses to organize programs and services at the community level. It is a good place to find senior programs that can help with healthy aging – emotionally, physically and financially.

AARP, www.aarp.org, is yet another organization dedicated to helping seniors. The comprehensive AARP website offers a host of information on everything from senior discounts to products to health and other information specific to seniors. The AARP also has an affiliated charity that works to help low-income seniors procure life’s necessities.
At the local level in the United States, the federal government has mandated Area Agency on Aging facilities in every county and city. These agencies can provide information on service programs available to the seniors in the area, as well as financial resources. These facilities give seniors access to volunteers who can take seniors around by car, and some provide meals-on-wheels services. For more information, visit www.n4a.org.

The Administration for Community Living was established to help older adults and people of all ages with disabilities live where they choose. A network of community-based organizations helps millions of people age in place. Find more information at www.acl.org.

Military veterans or those who are or were married to a veteran may be eligible for various benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The VA offers health care services, disability compensation, burial benefits and much more. For more information, visit www.va.gov.

Seniors have many different resources at their disposal that can help answer questions or provide services when the need arises.