5 Organizations That Help Senior Citizens in America
From organizations that offer information, training, counselling, advice, financial support, help with aging in place, help with food and meals, transportation assistance and much more – here is a list of important organizations that help senior citizens in a variety of different ways. Keep this information handy, because you never know when you’ll need some help!
Reaching out for help is one of the most important decisions that you can make when you’re going through a tough time or struggling with something.
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels is an organization that delivers cooked meals to senior citizens. It’s much more affordable than contemporary services like meal delivery apps, and it’s also about the companionship and the sense of routine, not just the food itself. They work with seniors who are on fixed budgets and with low-income, and have some incredibly kind people dropping off the meals.
The Red Hat Society
This is a social club for women over the age of 50. Their members identify themselves by wearing purple clothing with red hats, so if you see a group of ladies in purple tops and they are wearing red hats – there’s a good chance they belong to the Red Hat Society! They’re a fun group of friends who are very welcoming, they exist to have fun together, to meet new people, and to help support one another.
The National Council on Aging
The National Council on Aging, or the NCOA, is a group that exists to help people 60 years of age and older with the many different challenges and struggles that come with age. Of course, people who are younger can also benefit from a lot of their resources and information, too. Their goal is to help advocate for seniors in our society, in order to improve the lives of older people and to help them age with “dignity, purpose, and security.” They have a number of tools on their website, including services to help connect you with useful resources and tips on managing your money, checking what benefits you may qualify for, and more.
This is a group for people over the age of 50. They focus on advocacy work, education, and community service. They work together to make life better for people over the age of 50, and they have tens of millions of members across America. Older people, and seniors, can support one another and help one another access important information about aging and coping with life and it’s many unique challenges. The AARP website is filled with useful information for seniors.
They also have information about healthcare options for seniors, and articles about living a healthy lifestyle for seniors.
Justice in Aging
Justice in aging is a legal advocacy group of law experts that aim to make the world more fair for seniors, and to help with legislation to provide a greater level of security and quality of life for senior citizens. They work to reduce senior poverty by working to create policies and a more fair world for seniors who are lower income, along with seniors who belong to groups that have been marginalized historically and still to this day. Their slogan is “Fighting senior policy through law.” Advocacy and raising awareness is where many groups stop, not that that’s a bad thing, but most people are in favor of supporting senior citizens but it takes a group like Justice in Aging to really make the push for laws that enforce these ideas.
Whether you need information about health and aging, recreational ideas, or just a place to meet some friends – there are groups out there that are eager to help you and many of them are run by fellow senior citizens. Also, we have a useful resource filled with things that seniors can get for free. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of any and all benefits and services that exist for senior citizens. Some of the funding for these services is based on how many people they serve, so if nobody used them, they would go away – so you should never feel like a burden for taking advantage of something like this!