Community Services for People 60 and Older

Most communities have programs to meet the needs of older adults. Learning about these programs can help you get the services you need.

Many types of agencies and organizations provide services to older people. The government pays for some programs. Donations or private foundations fund others. Some organizations ask people to pay fees for their services. The source of funding may affect:

  • The types of services that are available
  • Who can receive them
  • How much you pay for the service

Eldercare Locator

The Eldercare Locator is a good first step to finding resources for older adults in any US community. It is a public service of the US Administration on Aging. You can call Eldercare Locator toll-free at 800-677-1116 weekdays, 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM (Eastern Time) or check the Web site at The Eldercare Locator can help you can find out about:

  • Help in the home, such as:
    • Meals brought to the home
    • Home healthcare
    • Home repair and remodeling
  • Programs and activities, including:
    • Adult daycare
    • Senior center programs
    • Recreation and social activities
  • Other kinds of help, such as:
    • Legal or financial help
    • Housing choices
    • Nursing facilities
    • Caregiver support groups
    • Help to stop elder abuse
    • Transportation

Other places to check

Other places to check for information about services for seniors are:

  • Your local Area Agency on Aging, which keeps track of the types of services available in your area, including care managers to help with your care.
  • Your county social services department.
  • Your local library. It may have a bulletin board of services. You can also look for books about the needs of older people.
  • The local senior center. Many senior centers offer a hot noon meal. Or they may bring meals to your home. They may also have information about health and social services near you.
  • Your place of worship. It may have services for older adults. It may also have volunteers who visit people in their homes. Ask about what help they offer.
  • Your family, friends, and neighbors. Word of mouth is still one of the best ways to find dependable, affordable services.
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Adult Advisor 2015.1 published by RelayHealth.
Last modified: 2014-08-01
Last reviewed: 2014-06-16
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