The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a non-profit service and advocacy organization dedicated to “Improving the Lives of Older Americans.” Formed originally in response to concerns over increasing health care costs and mandatory retirement, they have been helping to improve the lives of seniors for nearly 60 years.
As a “national voice for older Americans” the NCOA works with nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government all across the country to find ways to improve their lives by assisting older adults with finding jobs, benefits, health, independent living and staying active in the community.
The NCOA has a great web site which you can access at http://www.ncoa.org. It features news, publications and articles on health, economic security, promoting independence and dignity, and strengthening community organizations. There’s even a very informative section on public policy that covers federal funding for seniors, talks about health care reform, and many other interesting and important issues. There’s also an “Advocacy Toolkit” to help you if you want to make your voice heard about a particular issue.
The site is well organized and features easy access to key subject areas such as: Improving Health, Enhancing Economic Security, Promoting Independence and Dignity, and Strengthening Community Organizations. Each of these tabs includes a wealth of information. For example, if you click on the “Strengthening Community Organizations” tab you’ll find information on senior centers, funding and sustainability, community action and volunteering, learning opportunities, and public policy and action. And that’s just one of the four tabs. We highly recommend visiting and checking out all of the great information available on this site.
Over the years the NCOA has helped older adults who are economically disadvantaged find greater security, better access to public and private benefits and resources as well as “expanded job opportunities and support.” For those vulnerable older adults that are dealing with multiple health problems the NCOA has helped to improve the health, self-determination, and service and support for senior communities.
One service we found particularly interesting was “BenefitsCheckUp.” There are many public assistance programs that seniors can qualify for, but most people don’t know the programs exist. That’s why the NCOA created “BenefitsCheckUp,” a web based service that has helped millions of older adults find over $10.2 billion worth of benefits programs to help them pay for things such as prescriptions, nutrition, energy, health care, housing, and much more. You can visit the BenefitsCheckUp web site at http://www.benefitscheckup.org.