QC agencies offer help for the elderly

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Millions of older adults don’t realize financial assistance is available for health care and living expenses, so “tens of billions of dollars in benefits go unused every year,” says Josh Hodges , director of clientele at the National Council on Aging. .

According to recent government and American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) estimates, nearly 14 million adults age 60 or older are eligible for food stamps but have not signed up.

Three million adults age 65 or older are eligible but not enrolled in Medicare savings programs that pay Medicare premiums and cost sharing.

Thirty to forty-five percent of seniors may not qualify for assistance from the Medicare Part D Low-Income Subsidy program, which covers plan premiums, cost sharing and reduces the cost of prescription drugs.

Each community in Iowa and Illinois has a regional agency on aging. These organizations focus on helping seniors. They can help navigate Medicare and Medicaid options and applications. They coordinate and deliver services that help seniors stay in their homes, aided by services such as Meals on Wheels, Homemaker Support, and whatever it takes to make independent living a viable option. Check and share the following link to see which agencies serve your area or call 800-677-1116. https://eldercare.acl.gov/Public/About/Aging_Network/AAA.aspx

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