Navigating Your Later Years For Dummies
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Many adults in their later years are unaware that they may be eligible for a range of benefits, and it’s not easy to find them one by one. BenefitsCheckUp, a free tool from the National Council on Aging, is a good place to start. The website asks questions about you (or the person for whom you are seeking assistance) and then directs you to the agencies in your community that may be able to help. Some of the services include help paying for medications or food, legal advice, utilities, housing, in-home services, taxes, transportation, or employment training.

After you complete the survey, you’ll receive a written report and you can take the next steps by applying online or in person.

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Carol Levine directs the Families and Health Care Project at the United Hospital Fund in New York. She is an expert on aging, health, long-term care, and family caregiving, and writes on those topics for both professional and consumer audiences.

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