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Resources for Older Americans

Older Americans Month (OAM) is observed each May.

 “The 2023 theme is Aging Unbound, which offers an opportunity to explore diverse aging experiences and discuss how communities can combat stereotypes. Join us in promoting flexible thinking about aging – and how we all benefit when older adults remain engaged, independent, and included,” according to information provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living.

Information and resources are provided below.

Eldercare Locator connects individuals to services for older adults and their families, from housing to elder rights. Call 1-800-677-1116 to speak with an information specialist Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. or visit  https://eldercare.acl.gov/Public/Index.aspx.  Find local assistance in your community by entering information online.

NIH National Institute on Aging provides information on health topics via https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/topics.

The Senate Special Committee on Aging provides information about issues, oversight of programs and important causes that are of concern to older Americans are advanced through it. Visit https://www.aging.senate.gov/.

Locate local AARP events by connecting with the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people to choose how they live as they age. See https://local.aarp.org/

Learn about GPS tracking to keep elderly people safer. Read “Elderly Safety – 12 Best Trackers for the Elderly In 2023” via https://family1st.io/best-trackers-for-the-elderly

Discover VA benefits, including VA healthcare for elderly veterans by visiting https://benefits.va.gov/PERSONA/veteran-elderly.asp.

Baltimore City Health Department provides information about the National Family Caregiver Support Program via https://health.baltimorecity.gov/family-caregivers-program. Services include assistance in gaining access to counseling services, support groups, caregiver training, respite care, legal assistance, grant information and more.

Victims of elder fraud can report crimes that were committed against them. They can call the National Elder Fraud Hotline at 1-833-372-8311 from Monday–Friday, 10:00 a.m.– 6:00 p.m. The free resource for people who are ages 60 or older was created by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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