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United Way of Central West Virginia
211 is a number you want to remember if you are looking for affordable housing, food pantries, utility assistance, or if you are dealing with a personal crisis, struggling with addiction, or seeking help with an aging parent. The United Way of Central WV's Information & Referral team maintains a database of community resources for Boone, Clay, Kanawha, Logan and Putnam counties. While the office does not provide direct assistance, the staff will assist you in finding the best services available to meet your needs. The service is free, fast, and confidential.
The Elder Justice Initiative
The USDOJ has put together a terrific resource called the Elder Justice Initiative.
"We hope that this website serves as a forum to share information and resources so that, as a nation working together, we can fight elder abuse and financial exploitation and get to a place where we are all proud of how this nation supports its older adults."
The Medicare Rights Center
The Medicare Rights Center is a national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs and public policy initiatives. Their website is full of valuable resources to help you understand Medicare benefits, find the right coverage, and understand how any existing coverage works with Medicare, in order to ensure seamless access to affordable health care.
The trained representatives at their national telephone helpline (800-333-4114) can provide direct assistance to older adults and people with disabilities as well as their friends, family and caregivers.
Exercise and Fitness Over 50
"As you grow older, an active lifestyle is more important than ever. Regular exercise can help boost energy, maintain your independence, and manage symptoms of illness or pain. Exercise can even reverse some of the symptoms of aging. And not only is exercise good for your body, it’s also good for your mind, mood, and memory. Whether you are generally healthy or are managing an illness, there are plenty of ways to get more active, improve confidence, and boost your fitness."
Tips for Talking with Your Doctor
How well you and your doctor talk to each other is one of the most important parts of getting good health care. But, talking to your doctor isn’t always easy. It takes time and effort on your part as well as your doctor’s. This terrific resource from the NIH offers tips, checklists, and ideas to help you get the most out of your doctor appointments.
What's on YOUR Plate? Smart Food Choices for Healthy Aging
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 present a general outline for a healthy diet. But, as you age, some foods may be better than others for staying healthy and reducing your chance of illness. This interactive online tool helps us understand a healthy nutrition plan, offers tips for overcoming common problems that can make it harder for older people to follow through on smart food choices, and more.