Older Americans Deserve to Live with Dignity


Caregiver Support Line

VA’s Caregiver Support Line assistance is just a quick phone call away. Whether you’re in need of immediate assistance or have questions about what services you may be eligible for, the caring licensed social workers who answer the support line can:

  • Provide you with information about assistance available from VA.
  • Help you access services.
  • Connect you with the Caregiver Support Coordinator at a VA Medical Center near you.
  • Just listen, if that’s what you need right now.

If you’re just getting started with VA, calling the Caregiver Support Line at 1-855-260-3274 is a great first step to learn more about the support that is available to you.

4 important vaccines for seniors covered by Medicare

The immune system naturally weakens with age, which means winter can be even more dangerous. Staying health in winter is easier when older adults use preventative health care like vaccines. Encourage seniors to protect themselves from influenza, shingles, pneumococcal disease, and hepatitis B, all with vaccines covered by Medicare.  Read more


New Medicare Cards

Beginning on April 1, 2018, new Medicare cards with new numbers will be mailed to all people with Medicare. In January 2018, new Medicare card outreach to and education for people with Medicare will begin. The new cards will have a new number unique to each person with Medicare instead of the Social Security Number-based Health Insurance Claim Numbers currently used, to help protect the identities of people with Medicare. CMS has resources you can use when you talk to people with Medicare about the new Medicare cards. Click here to access the resources.

New Infographic Surrounding Dental Coverage in Medicare

A new infographic that summarizes the preferences of adults aged 50+ for adding dental coverage as a benefit in Medicare has been released by Oral Health America (OHA) and the ADA Health Policy Institute (HPI). Findings from a series of focus groups with adults aged 50+ show that an increasing number of older adults understand the link between oral health and overall health and virtually all agreed, despite cost concerns, that dental coverage, was the top priority over hearing, vision, or long-term care.  Click here to access the infographic.

From NCOA:

Dental, Vision and Hearing: Where to Go for Services Medicare Won’t Cover Read more

Does Medicare still work when you move or travel?

That’s a common question among people with Medicare. Discover 4 facts and share them with the older adults you know. Get tips

Hospital Readmissions:

How To Fight For Yourself At The Hospital — And Avoid Readmission

This new column explains what older adults and their families can do to avoid hospital readmission

A State of Decay

Are older Americans coming of age without oral healthcare? Read the report


LGBTQ Older Adults

See Me Age in Dignity

Safe and Visible:  Creating a Care Facility Welcoming to LGBT Seniors

How to Safely Dispose of Unused Medication

Don’t Rush to Flush.  Meds in the Bin.  We all WIN!

Find More Information and A Drop Off Bin Near You


Elder Abuse Prevention

Who Should Pay for Long-Term Care?

LTC poll

From National Institute on Aging:

Forgetfulness: Normal or Not?

The National Institute on Aging has an infographic which shows the difference between normal aging issues and Alzheimer’s. Even though forgetfulness can be a typical part of aging, it is important to know the difference between normal forgetfulness and more serious memory problems, such as Alzheimer’s disease.