This guide is designed for seniors and those invested in the needs of seniors such as caregivers, social workers, family members, students and professionals in the field of gerontology. The guide can be used to locate relevant topics on aging from local, federal and state resources and agencies.
Federal and State Agencies
The Administration on Aging (AOA) is the principal agency of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services designated to carry out the provisions of the Older Americans Act of 1965. The AOA promotes the well-being of older individuals by providing services and programs designed to help them live independently in their homes and communities. Some services include elder justice and adult protective services, health & wellness programs, and home and community-based long-term care.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, social welfare organization with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families — such as health care, employment and income security, and protection from financial abuse. Services offered by AARP span health products, travel and leisure products, and life event services. Specific products include Medicare supplemental insurance; member discounts on rental cars, cruises, vacation packages and lodging; special offers on technology and gifts; pharmacy services; legal services; and long-term care insurance.
This site provides information on the most popular medical insurance for senior adults. Use the site to apply for medicare, find out what conditions are covered, file claims and appeals and locate a local physician.
This agency is focused on improving the health and economic security of older adults by providing access to benefits, jobs, home equity, Medicare, and long-term services and supports, and working to preventing hunger, falls, and chronic disease.
Area Agencies on Aging are offices established through the Older Americans Act that facilitate and support programs addressing the needs of older adults in a defined geographic region and support investment in their talents and interests. In North Carolina AAAs are located within regional Councils of Government. A few of the services they provide include transportation, home-delivered meals, prescription drug programs, and healthy aging programs.
The Division of Aging and Adult Services works to promote the independence and enhance the dignity of North Carolina's older adults, persons with disabilities and their families through a community based system of opportunities, services, benefits and protections. This site provides a wealth of resources including information on adult day services, elder housing, family caregiver support, senior centers and much more.
Learn some of the basics about retirement and pension benefits. Find resources to help with retirement planning.
Senior Corps programs include RSVP, Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions. Senior Corps programs benefit the community, the organization, and the volunteer. RSVP is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people 55 and over. Seniors can use the skills and talents learned over the years, or develop new ones while serving in a variety of volunteer activities within thier communities. Services include organizing neighborhood watch programs, tutoring and mentoring youth, renovating homes, teaching English to immigrants with commitments ranging from a few hours to 40 hours per week.
Offered by the NC Department of Insurance, the Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) counsels Medicare beneficiaries and caregivers about Medicare, Medicare supplements, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D, and long-term care insurance.
Aging and Adult Services works to promote the independence and enhance the dignity of North Carolina's older adults, persons with disabilities and their families, through a community based system of opportunities, services, benefits and protections. Get information on nursing home inspections, senior nutrition programs and senior centers. Local county directory for the department of social services.
This site allow users to apply for social security, medicare, disability and other programs. Anyone can create a My Social Security Account to see their current or future benefits. Download forms, check the status of an applicaton, and learn more about retirement and how the Social Security Administration can help through services, webinars and publications.
Aging in Place
The majority of older adults want to stay in their home in the community for as long as possible. Aging in place is a complex multidimensional phenomena that has an impact on housing, the community and social policies. This recorded webinar looks at how communities and nursing homes can enable seniors to age at home as long as feasible through various supportive measures. https://vimeo.com/213104233