Assistance for seniors

There are times in everyone’s life when they need help from others. As we grow older, the likelihood of needing some kind of assistance increases. These resources are designed to help seniors and their families with such issues as housing, community, health care, crime, and more.

Elders in Action:
Elders in Action (a Portland-area nonprofit) provides personal advocate services that will help you or a loved one connect to community resources for assistance with housing, health care, crime, and elder abuse.  

Adult Placement Network:
When you reach the point where staying in your own home isn’t an option, finding a new setting can be a daunting task. The Adult Placement Network is a Portland-based organization that can help you find the most appropriate place to live.

Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services:
Services from this local government agency include, but are not limited to: a 24-hour helpline (503-988-3646), help identifying and enrolling in government programs such as Medicaid and Food Stamps, identification and investigation of possible abuse against seniors and people with disabilities, and licensing and monitoring of adult care homes.

The Oregon Money Management Program:
The Oregon Money Management Program, from Easter Seals Oregon, “offers support to people with limited incomes who need help with money management tasks. Services are provided by trained and supervised volunteers who work one-on-one with individuals through three core services: Money Coach, Bill Payer, and Representative Payee.”

Aging and Disability Resource Connection:
Provided by the Oregon Department of Human Services, this is a clearinghouse for information on long-term services and support. Included is everything from getting the right kind of home help, to community services, to caregiver resources, and more.

My Retirement Paycheck:
This website from the nonprofit National Endowment for Financial Education has information and advice about all of the aspects of your life that make up your retirement financial situation.
This site from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is the national clearinghouse for information about long-term care insurance: what it is, who might need it, how much care you might need, who can provide it, where to get it, and how to cover the costs. Also included are sections on special considerations for LGBT seniors and topics like preventing falls (and thus avoiding one of the most common triggers for losing independence.)

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