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Disabilities Resources

Information, Services and Support for the Elderly

(Includes Mobility, Health, Caregivers, Living Conditions, Finances, Recreation, etc.)

New Section as of April, 2022 with some entries pulled from prior years.


5/27/2019
Kathryn Allen <kathryn@caring.com
Donna Murray, Community Outreach and Senior Advocate
Based on conversations with community leaders across the US, many aging adults are unaware of the available care options and programs that can help maintain their independence and quality of life. So we created a free resource that provides comprehensive information on topics like financial support and care options that are available.  You can read more about our work here:
https://www.caring.com/senior-living/assisted-living

Caring.com is a leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones. We have been featured by AARP, The Administration for Community Living, The National Legal Resource Center, and Forbes, as well as referenced by many governmental agencies and organizations across the Internet.

This resource could be of tremendous value to senior citizens and their families in your community.

Kathryn Allen, Community Outreach and Senior Advocate
(800) 204-7132

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9/8/2019
James Hall with seniorcarefitness.com [https://www.seniorcarefitness.com]
I would like to call to your attention a healthcare fact sheet that should be helpful to those having trouble affording healthcare (the costs of which are always on the rise). I hope you will share it with your viewers.
Low-Cost Healthcare Resources: Helping Those with Limited Finances
The cost of healthcare increases every year leaving many people struggling to pay for rising insurance premiums and medical bills. In just two years (between 2015 and 2017), the cost of healthcare rose 14 percent. The resources below provide assistance for families on fixed budgets and seniors on Medicare looking for the healthcare they need.

Medicare Rights Center - Established in 1989, the Medicare Rights Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring people living with disabilities and older adults have access to affordable health care.
NeedyMeds.org - This national nonprofit provides a wealth of information about drug assistance programs and affordable healthcare options.
MedicareAdvantage.com - This website offers a comprehensive overview of how and when to enroll in Medicare as well as a state-specific list of Medicare information and resources.
My Medicare Matters - Created by the National Council on Aging, My Medicare Matters teaches people about the Medicare system (when to enroll, how much you’ll pay, what to expect when coverage begins, and so on).
Find a Health Center - An online tool that allows people to find federally funded health centers in their area (data can be exported to PDF or XLSX). This interactive map is also available as an iPhone application.
FreeClinics.com - A state-by-state guide to finding free clinics. Offers additional information for no-cost medical clinics, affordable clinics, low-income clinics, and clinics that offer services to those who are uninsured. 
Medical Cost Advocate - A healthcare cost reductive service that helps patients renegotiate medical bills as well as check billing accuracy.
Low-Cost Dental Care (NIH) - The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research provides advice on how to find low-cost dental care.
Hill-Burton Free and Reduced Cost Health Care - Information about Hill-Burton free care, which is available to people below current HHS poverty levels.
PACER Center - Specializing in treating children with disabilities, PACER Center provides this resource for parents trying to locate medical treatment and assistance.

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1/31/20
Lora Blandon    lora.blandon@gmail.com>
Re:  Smart Home Devices Guide
My name is Lora, the Editor In Chief over at  The Reviews Insider.  I've published "A Guide To Smart  Home Tech For The Disabled And Elderly".
https://www.thereviewsinsider.com/guide-to-smart-home-tech-for-the-disabled-and-elderly/ 

1716 Lunetta Street Zip Code 33901, Fort Myers, FL, USA

 Editor note:  This is a user friendly site with nice graphics and explanations.

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 3/5/20
Hannah Hill   hannahhill.media@gmail.com

Re: Elderly Care: A Guide for Families

This guide is an in-depth actionable guide from Super Carers (a UK organization that helps families find the best possible elderly care option) for those new to caring for elderly loved ones.

Elderly Care: A Guide for Families New to Caring
https://supercarers.com/elderly-care/
The guide offers lots of helpful information such as:

  • Getting started on finding care, understanding different and varied care options available, as well as costs and legal considerations when planning for elderly care.
  • Home modifications and assistive technologies that can improve the daily living of elderly family members.
  • Support networks and charities that offer help and support for both people in need of elderly care and their families.

Other helpful resources and tools to help family members begin to find the best possible care option for their elderly.
Editor note:  While this guide is directed to services in the United Kingdom, the information is very relevant to other countries as well and some of the resources are in the U.S.

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3/26/21
Sarah Martell    < sarah@moreconnected.org>
Re:  Hearing loss for older people (seniors)

I found that you are providing some information for individuals with hearing disabilities - such as this site agbell.org -. I recommend two additions.
My current project to help fill some key informational gaps across the web for seniors with disabilities. One of these gaps that we've identified is a lack of consolidated, practical info for seniors with hearing disabilities.
Many seniors find themselves struggling with newly developed hearing loss but it is an issue that can be helped with the right support and information. In addition to the technology that is available, there are matters of lifestyle, financial support and health considerations to be addressed.  The following sites address such issues:
https://www.helpadvisor.com/conditions/hearing-loss-resource-guide
https://www.medicareadvantage.com/resources/hearing-loss-and-medicare-resource-guide

Sarah Martell  
sarah@moreconnected.org     Web Advocates
4136 Del Rey Ave      Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

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 5/20/21
Lee Curls, Communications Coordinator at DecisionData.org
Communications communications@o.decisiondata.org
Re: Alzheimer's Resources

Our team created a comprehensive guide to fully accessible tech for people living with Alzheimer’s. Nearly 50 million people across the globe are currently living with Alzheimer’s. Both patients and their caregivers can face daily challenges that affect their quality of life. We wanted to provide information to families on ways they can integrate technology that may both improve the health of caregivers while also giving access to education, skill development and psychological support for Alzheimer’s patients.
Our educational piece includes:

  • How Technology Can Help
  • Assistive Technology Options
  • Special Considerations for Patients

Alzheimer's Resource: https://decisiondata.org/news/tech-for-alzheimers/ 
DecisionData.org,       8201 Peters Road, Suite 3400,           Plantation, FL, 33324

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6/21/21
Jake Gerard   jgerard.outreach@gmail.com

Re: Accessible Bathroom Ideas for Seniors and People with Disabilities

Our comprehensive resource, titled "Helpful Bathroom Accessories and Remodel Ideas for Seniors and People with Disabilities" provides in-depth information about how to create a more accessible and safe bathroom in the area in which accessibility is most vital for these individuals, their homes. Readers will find information on how to determine what bathroom renovations or accessories are most needed as well as shower, toilet, door, floor, lighting, and shelving accessories that will help keep this part of their homes safe and easy to navigate. Furthermore, we've included a number of financial assistance and government grant opportunities that can help pay for these accommodations. 

You can find the link below.  
Helpful Bathroom Accessories and Remodel Ideas for Seniors and People With Disabilities

Jake Gerard, Outreach Consultant, Mr. Rooter LLC. 

Editor note:  Mr. Rooter has a network of independent franchisees throughout the U.S. and Canada. Quality and type of services may vary. (855) 591-0128

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9/1/21
Natalia Wilson       nataliawilson0406@gmail.com
Re: Grants for Seniors Resource

website  https://grantsforseniors.org/.

I am Natalia, one of the webmasters of https://grantsforseniors.org/. We are volunteers working on this website to guide seniors and retirees when they need help. Our help subjects may be categorized as:

    Financial Help                                 Health Care                 Help with Rent

    Housing Assistance                         Food Assistance           Clothing Assistance

    Transportation Assistance               Daily Life and so on

 We have covered many resources in all 50 states and are now working on the biggest 200 cities to help elderly citizens easily reach benefits where they live. We have big goals like building directories of programs and benefits in many categories.

Editor note: This site is rather busy and has ads periodically.  When I selected the Health Care button I was provided many other options.  I clicked on "Mental Well-Being for Seniors" and was taken to the following:   https://grantsforseniors.org/mental-well-being-for-seniors/

There was some helpful content but also more inserted ads which were annoying and not easily verifiable as to providing evidence of sound medical practice. 

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9/29/21
Stephen Mash          stephenjmash@gmail.com
Re: Dementia resource – Fun activities

I thought this collection of 16 activities for people with dementia would make a great addition to the other resources you have listed.
https://wordfinderx.com/blog/fun-activities-for-people-with-dementia/

I've noticed many resources for those with dementia and Alzheimers are geared towards recognizing symptoms or helping them or their caregivers cope with the situation, but I have not seen a ton out there that curated activities to help them enjoy their lives a little more. I think perhaps this resource will address this issue.

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10/27/21
Holly Brook     PR@levinperconti.com
Re:  Nursing home abuse
This is Holly Brooks and I came across the helpful information you shared about seniors on your page at iprsinc.org/IPRS_disabilResor.htm, and I wanted to see if you are still making additions to your database.  If so please consider the following:

Nursing Home Abuse Guide - levinperconti.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-nursing-home-abuse.html

We put a ton of work into it. Would you consider sharing a link to this somewhere on your page?

Holly Brooks, Outreach Coordinatorpr@levinperconti.com
Levin &Perconti, 325 N LaSalle Dr Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60654

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11/1/21
Mitchell Cruickshank       <cruickshankmitchell@gmail.com>
Re: Beneficial video games for seniors. 

In addition to a list of games that seniors might enjoy, the article also includes an infographic about the benefits of games for seniors as well as a collection of other external resources and research on the topic.
Here's the link: https://word.tips/beneficial-videogames-seniors/

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11/2/2021
Robby Mitchell, Communications Coordinator MYMOVE.com
From:
content@o.mymove.com
Re: Alzheimer”s and Dementia
Alzheimer’s disease and dementia affect millions of people each year. Caregivers often have to make decisions for their loved ones to live in a safer environment, which may require renovating the home or looking into assisted living and technology. We know these decisions can be tough, so we wanted to help families that are working through these difficult conversations.  We recently created a resource page specifically for caregivers and patients affected by Alzheimer's.  Our guide includes:

  • Alzheimer’s Home Modification Checklist and Financial Assistance Programs
  • Information on In-Home Care vs. Assisted Living
  • Self-Care and Wellness Resources for Caregivers 

Here is the link:
https://www.mymove.com/home-inspiration/decoration-design-ideas/alzheimers-home/ 
Robby Mitchel,
MYMOVE.com
1101 Red Ventures Drive,      Fort Mill, South Carolina, 29707

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2/1/2022
William Hales  william@infinitydish.org
Re:  How to set up a Smart Home using your phone, etc.

As a suggestion, you could add this particular resource on your topic of assistive devices.
https://www.infinitydish.com/blog/set-up-smart-home-gadgets/

I believe it’s something that your audience will find very useful. Thanks, William

Editor note: If you find smart phones daunting, consider the complexity of having a Smart Home.  The site recommended by William may answer some questions and raise some possibilities for integrating the technology with assistive devices.

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2/2/2022
Marisa Probst
    marisaprobst.outreach@gmail.com
Re: Disaster planning resource for seniors
My name is Marisa and I'm reaching out on behalf of Rainbow International Restoration. Your site has an excellent compilation of resources for the elderly and I’d like to share an additional free resource, in hopes of this being beneficial.  From accessibility questions to mobility issues, disaster planning for seniors looks different than disaster planning for someone under the age of 65. Within our guide, Disaster Planning and Recovery for Seniors, we've included how to make an emergency plan, building emergency kits, evacuation plans, pet safety, and more. I believe your audience could benefit from this guide as a crucial reminder to be ready for anything to keep yourself and your loved ones safe during the unexpected.
         https://rainbowintl.com/white-papers/disaster-planning-and-recovery-for-seniors  
Marisa Probst, Outreach Coordinator

Editor Note: Rainbow International Restoration has franchisees all over the United States.

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3/4/22
Tony Randall <anthony@resume.io>
Re:  Applying for a job when over 40 years old – Do’s and Don’ts

I'm with resume.io. We recently put together a resource on helping senior citizens avoid or combat against age discrimination when searching for a job. I think it would make a great addition to your website.
https://resume.io/blog/50-plus-ageism

Resume.io is based in Netherlands but the counsel is applicable most everywhere.

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3/4/22
Alvis Graham
Re:  Benefits and risks of electric powered bicycles
I thought you might be interested in this page that could help people like me who are interested in this topic. Here’s the link: https://flyridesusa.com/pages/ebike-tips-for-seniors  

Fly Rides USA, 12544 Kirkham Ct Suite 2, Poway, CA 92064, (619) 789-6634

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3/8/22
Chad West     chad@cablecomparisons.com
Re:  Data to help in selecting among cable TV providers in your area.
I came across your page and found it really interesting. I have complementary resources that I believe your readers may find useful. Here’s the link:
https://www.cablecompare.com/blog/things-to-do-instead-watching-tv
Best Regards, Chad

Editor note:  This is a good tool to compare prices and options for all major cable providers in any region of the U.S.  It also offers suggestions for activities besides watching TV.

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3/18/22
Emily Baker <emily@homeschoolingadventures.net>
Re: Sports, Games and Exercises for Seniors

I am a teaching volunteer with Homeschooling Adventures. Currently, we are teaching the students about moral & social responsibility to our seniors and how we can keep seniors healthy mentally & physically.  As a part of the assignment one of my students, Jason, did some research and found this senior resource page - www.medicalalertadvice.com/resources/sports-and-games-for-seniors-fun-and-exercise-in-one/
I think your visitors will find it useful for senior fun and fitness.

Emily Baker | Teaching Volunteer, Homeschooling Adventures

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5/14/22
Emily Baker <emily@homeschoolingadventures.net>
Re: Memory issues
I am a teaching volunteer with Homeschooling Adventures. Currently, we are teaching the students about  senior health care focused on dementia and other forms of memory loss.  As a part of the assignment one of our students, Josh, found this article:
https:// www.remindercall.com/resources/thanks-for-the-memories-brain/ 

It is about improving memory, distinguishing between forgetfulness and actual memory decline, et al.
Emily Baker | Teaching Volunteer, Homeschooling Adventures

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