Senior Health and Support

Senior HealthYou are not alone and deserve to be treated right.

This is an exciting time and a wonderful opportunity to improve your health and do all the things you’ve always wanted to do.

Even if you don’t have a lot of family support, just know there are still many people who really care and would love to help you every step of the way.

 

Medical and Dental Care

  • Even if you feel well, be sure to visit your doctor or health care provider regularly for checkups, exams and care as needed. This includes getting regular vision and hearing care, cancer screenings as well as routine tests to check blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, bone health and heart health. Talk to your doctor about how often you should visit. If you don’t have a doctor or health insurance, you can get quality care at a nearby health center.
  • For help paying for health care costs or medications, you have many options.
    • See if you qualify for Medicare and/or Medicaid. If you or a caregiver are in need of help understanding the Medicare program (including benefits), call 2-1-1 for 24/7 help finding your State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs) for free counseling and help near you.
    • Call 2-1-1 for 24/7 help finding programs near you that can help with paying for medications.
    • See if there are programs offered by the companies that make your prescriptions to help lower medication costs.
  • Don’t forget about your dental health. See your dentist regularly (at least once or twice a year) for checkups, exams and professional cleanings. If you don’t have a dentist or insurance, check out your options at the US Department of Health and Human Services: “Where can I find low-cost dental care?

 

Food and Diet Help

  • Groceries: If you have a hard time being able to afford food, see if you qualify for SNAP benefits. You can also find your local food bank or call WhyHunger hotline at (800) – 5 – HUNGRY (548 – 6479) for more help finding food pantries, soup kitchens, summer meals sites, government nutrition programs, grassroots organizations and nutritional support services.
  • Pregnancy and parenting: If you’re pregnant, breastfeeding or have very young children, call (800) – 311 – BABY (2229) or find your local WIC office for free help with breastfeeding and food for you and your family (see if you qualify).

 

Physical Activity and Fitness Help

  • Group support: You can join a fitness support group in your area. It helps to be around other people who may have the same fitness goals and enjoy the same activities as you do.

 

Lifestyle and Relationship Help

Unhealthy relationships, sadness, worry, drugs and too much alcohol can really make life a lot harder to deal with, but there are people who really care and want to help you no matter what you’re going through. Don’t lose hope. Things can get better.

  • Senior activities: Call 2-1-1 for 24/7 help finding nearby community centers. You can also volunteer and help your community or join a senior meetup near you to meet new people, share stories and participate in group activities you enjoy.
  • Home and health assistance: Call 2-1-1 for 24/7 help or Eldercare Locator at (800) – 677 – 1116 for caring help finding nearby services, programs and resources for elderly and caregiver support.
  • Relationship violence and abuse: Call (800) – 799 – SAFE (7233) for 24/7 caring help near you.
  • Quitting smoking: Call (800) – QUIT – NOW (784 – 8669) for caring help in your state.
  • Mental health, alcohol or drugs: Call (800) – 662 – HELP (4357) for 24/7 caring support and information about treatment services near you.

 

Guides:

Senior Health Information

Health Information Guides (also available in Spanish)

Talking to Your Doctor (with videos)

Talking With Your Doctor: A Guide for Older People (also available in Spanish)

Your 1st Step to Finding Resources for Older Adults (see more senior health brochures)

Caring for Aging Parents

Go4Life Fitness Support

Travel Tips for Older Travelers

Mourning Death of a Spouse

Elder Abuse: Help for Victims and Vulnerable Persons

Elder Abuse Resources

Medication and Treatment Information

Veteran Long Term Care and Support

Senior Volunteer Opportunities

Menopause (also available in Spanish)

Caring for a Person with Alzheimer’s Disease

Programs and Services for Older Adults

Compare Nursing Home Options

Social Security Information and Help

Medicare Information and Help

A Guide for Families and Friends of People with Medicare

Disability Information and Help

 

Support groups:

Seniors Meetup Activities 

Elder Abuse Resources

 

Keep in mind that it’s OK to ask for help. You are not alone and there are people who really care and want to help you.

Talk to your doctor or health care provider for more information.

If you don’t have a doctor, find a health center near you.

cell phone

Call (800) – 273 – TALK (8255) for 24/7 caring support and help with difficult feelings and emotions.

Call 2-1-1 for 24/7 help finding information about health care services and in-home care near you.

Call (800) – 677 – 1116 for caring help finding nearby services, programs and resources for elderly and caregiver support.

Call your state elder abuse hotline if you feel like you’re being mistreated by a caregiver, family member or any other person. You’re not crazy.

Call (800) – 799 – SAFE (7233) for 24/7 caring help with relationship violence and abuse.

Call (800) – 662 – HELP (4357) for 24/7 caring support and help with mental health, alcohol or drugs and information about treatment services near you.

 

 

Sources:

Health screening — women– over age 65. US National Library of Medicine – MedlinePlus web site. http://1.usa.gov/1NvVXrx. Accessed May 25, 2016.

Health screening — men age 65 and older. US National Library of Medicine – MedlinePlus web site. http://1.usa.gov/1NvVXrx. Accessed May 25, 2016.

 

Page last reviewed: January 31, 2017
Page last updated: January 31, 2017

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