Florida has long been an attractive location to retire because of the warm weather and no tax on Social Security payments. The tax benefit makes living somewhat easier on Orlando’s seniors, but many of them need a bit more financial help to remain living independently in their homes. Orlando seniors will appreciate the array of services to help with food, housing, transportation and other amenities that are available in their community.
Here’s a peek at some of the programs to check into further:
Many seniors would be willing to receive services if they just knew where to look for help. The Jewish Pavilion serves as a navigational hub of contacts and information for Orlando seniors with the Orlando Senior Help Desk. This program helps with nearly every senior service including the following:
help navigating health Medicare and health systems legal help companion care financial planning moving funeral planning durable medical equipment geriatric service planning
Seniors can enjoy recreation and socialization at one of two beautiful locations serviced by the Orange County Parks and Recreation department. Seniors can enjoy game rooms, fitness equipment and workout programs. The membership fee is only $10 for the entire year. The YMCA also offers exercise programs for active older adults, including private and group instruction, as well as discounted memberships for seniors.
The Florida Senior Resource Center makes it easy to find affordable transportation options. The search feature lets riders input the type of route, schedule, and service to quickly find affordable transportation that meets their needs. Safe and Mobile Seniors offers help for senior drivers so they can stay safe on the roads. The program offers driver assessments, senior driver safety courses, an Aging in Place Checklist, and a Guide for Aging Drivers. The Florida Grand Driver program is similar to Safe and Mobile Seniors. Seniors who need help finding services can get help from a transportation navigator at the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority.
The Senior Resource Alliance is the Area Agency on Aging provider for seniors living in Orlando. The program offers a resource for help with utility bills for seniors who are at risk of having services disconnected for non-payment. EHEAP is a federally funded program that pays up to $600 for seniors aged 60 or older who meet income requirements. Senior Alliance Resource will also help with finding housing. The agency helps seniors remain in their homes with programs that modify homes to make them safe from falls and accidents. This includes minor things like rearranging furniture, adding lighting or hand rails, and widening hallways. Other assistance includes safety features like emergency call systems, specially designed eating utensils, raised toilet seats, and assistance with eye-care needs. Seniors can also get canes, walkers, and motorized carts. The staff at Senior Resource Alliance also help connect seniors with food pantries, home-delivered meals, congregate meals, and state food programs.
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