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19 Free and Discounted Services for Seniors and Their Caregivers


My 87 year old aunt wants to stay in her home, but has no one that can live with her. Her only daughter passed recently, her only grand daughter has a new born and a six yr old, she nor I can leave our homes long term to care for her. She would like to find someone to live in her home to assist her in exchange for rent, etc. How do I found people that are willing to do this?

Help. I'm a 74 year old widow living on Social Security alone. I have sought information from a local Roofer who gave me an estimate to replace my roof. The temporary calculation is $7,260 for a flat roof. However, the Insurance Company will only allow $2,951.42 because of the 20-30 year age of the roof and the fact that unknowingly, I signed up for a Less Non-recoverable Depreciation. So out of $8,543.74, the Insurance Co has deducted $4,517.32 and plus Less Deductible $1,075.00. The Contractor suggests that I not allow the Insurance Adjuster to know how much he is charging for his estimation. The Insurance Adjuster warns if the Roofer charges more than $2,951.42 to let him know so that he can review the itemized charges and exactly what will be done and give me financial advice. I am not to allow the Roofer this. I'm caught between two warnings and I don't know who to trust. The Insurance Co. is dogmatic with their advice. Please help me. YNajera

I have been taking care of my mother that had a stroke a year-and-a-half ago and I am yet to have any help. I am her son and the only person in the family left and it's very overwhelming to not have any help. She does have disability and Medicaid and we live in North Carolina but still can't seem to get help

I am a caregiver for my friend (Mark) who had a stroke. His family placed him in a nursing facility. Marks speech is limited and he needs to be changed. But he understands what you say. His alphabet and number recognition is perfect so i knew Mark was still there. So i quit my career cashed out 401which wasnt much, and i went and got him and i take care of him 24/7 hoping things would get better for him. Mark is hurt because his family got rid of him. He cant speak to voice his opinion and this is a corner we have to make to move forward. But like i told Mark and ill tell all of you, that when you had your stroke you became a problem. A life altering problem for everyone close to you. No one knew what to do or wanted to know. For most their lives are stressed enough. But to me Mark is worth it. He was there for me and my mom for years. Yes it has been stressing at times. The main problem with this situation is recovery. He is signed up for stem cell research but what about the meantime. There are no answers i have found to help in Marks recovery. I know of a few people that have done the same and they feel lost with no help trying to do this. My heart goes out to all of you. What i have found that puts it all into perspective is you doing this so your family member is comfortable in need of help. Ive told Mark many times if your going die your going to die happy. I get this huge smile from him because he's aware of everything and he isnt in a nursing home hes with me, a friend. Those of you who cant care for a loved one, dont feel guilty or like your doing something wrong. Your not you must continue your life or yours will fall apart. There are no easy answers to ageing, its just life. Dont worry trying to live happy it is as it will be, just make sure your happy when you die. No regrets ok...

Oh the lucky people who live near a large town - they would have these resources, but for most of us in a smaller town, only a couple of these.

Having tried to use many of the things you have suggested, I have not found the AAA to be as user friendly as you tout them to be.

Thank you for this guide. Sometimes it's so hard finding care for my elderly father. I call his insurances and supplemental health services or anywhere else and I get the run around or they point the finger at each other. I only look for guidance in where to look for services. They act like I'm asking for handouts. AAA sounds like a program that can give guidance as to where to go. I'll definitely be looking into that. Thanks again.

I am 62 years old and disabled. About 8 days ago while on the free wifi here at the retirement home, I ordered a free sample product just for the shipping. No where on the page did it mention or made reference to ordering anything else. Just the free sample, a facial product. I obtained a receipt for the shipping and gave my debit card number for payment for only that. I received the samples and upon checking my online banking account this morning was totally astonished that my account was charged a negative $168.00 for an order of these products which I never authorized or received. Since my account was negative $168 shows a large negative balance shows I would never order something I did not have the money for. I contacted the company and was told that free has many different definitions. I was also told that they could offer me a 25% refund only. I made them close the account. I went to the bank and filed a dispute. Don't understand what happened to the "stop payment" procedures that use to be in place to protect unauthorized charges to your account. We filed the dispute and now the bank is charging me $36 per day per overdraft. Since there was two items, That comes to $72.00 per day for something that was done through fraud. Where can I get help to battle this major concern that I have no money for since I am below the poverty level and on social security

Falling balance and showering not being able to afford medical alert system