The United States has a rapidly increasing older population: As of 2009, there were nearly 40 million people in the United State age 65 and up, and by 2030, there will be more than 72 million people in this age group. To celebrate the contributions and achievements of these senior generations, May was designated as Older Americans Month in 1963. In its honor, we’d like to share some resources that older people may find useful.
The Web site BenefitsCheckUp is a free service of the National Council on Aging that, through a series of questions, helps people identify benefits that could help them save money on expenses relating to medicines, food, utilities, health care, transportation, and more.
The Administration for Community Living’s Web site includes links to a variety of resources for older adults, including the government’s official Alzheimer Web site, an “ElderCare Locator” that connects with state and local agencies that provide services to older people and caregivers, and the National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care.
This page of the Web site Publications.USA.gov, a clearinghouse for publications of the federal government, provides information about retirement planning. The materials can be viewed online or ordered via the regular mail.
On DiabetesSelfManagement.com, the article “Depression: Not a Normal Part of Aging” discusses the causes of depression, how to recognize the condition in someone else, and how to treat depression in older people.
This blog entry was written by Web Editor Diane Fennell.