ERIC Number: ED294077
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Where to Turn for Help for Older Persons: A Guide for Action on Behalf of An Older Person.
Administration on Aging (DHHS), Washington, DC.
This guide was written to help persons find help when they are faced with an urgent situation regarding an elderly family member, friend, or neighbor. It provides guidance as to where to find help in the community where the older person lives. The first section of the guide contains the most frequently asked questions in significant areas of life, giving each question a page and item number to help readers locate information in the guide. A financial section describes the Older Americans Act, Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, Medicare, Medicaid, other public supported programs, private resources, home equity conversion, property tax exemptions, tax benefits, and senior citizen benefits. A health section looks at medical, psychiatric, hospital, and emergency services; hospice programs; and nursing home care. The community services section discusses information and referral, emergencies, transportation, in-home care, chore services, home improvement, medical equipment, nutrition, respite care, adult day care, counseling, support groups, reassurance, and social activities. Legal issues addressed include power of attorney, durable power of attorney, guardianship, wills, living wills, and other issues. The section on shelter reviews several housing options for older adults. The final section of the guide lists names and telephone numbers for State Agencies on Aging for the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, and the Virgin Islands. (NB)
Descriptors: Advocacy, Community Services, Financial Problems, Health Services, Helping Relationship, Housing, Human Services, Legal Problems, Older Adults
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Administration on Aging (DHHS), Washington, DC.