Do you struggle to put fruits, meats and other fresh groceries on the table? Are you having trouble paying the rent on your apartment? Low-income seniors living in Scottsdale can take advantage of a number of local and state financial assistance programs in order to reduce their bills each month.
If you are a senior who is living on a limited income, you may be having a difficult time sticking to your monthly food budget. Luckily, the Arizona Nutrition Assistance (NA) Program can help you to cover the cost of groceries. Thousands of families in and around the Scottsdale area rely on the NA program to help their household maintain a healthy and well-balanced diet.
The Foothills Caring Corps Mobile Meals program, in collaboration with the Food and Nutrition Department at Thompson Peak Hospital, provides nutritionally balanced hot lunches straight to the doorstep of North Scottsdale seniors. Scottsdale’s Via Linda Senior Center also offers a volunteer-based meal delivery program along with daily on-site hot lunches.
As you age, you may find it becoming more difficult to get in and out of your home. The Arizona Ramp Project works to help make houses more accessible to handicapped individuals and the elderly. Volunteers build convenient wooden entry ramps at no cost to the homeowner, completing most projects in less than half a day.
The Arizona Weatherization Assistance Program also makes it affordable for Scottsdale seniors to improve their homes. The program helps renters and homeowners over the age of 60 to install energy efficient features in the house, which reduces monthly energy consumption and makes the home safer for its inhabitants. The Arizona Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) also helps Scottsdale seniors to lower their utility bills each month.
Visit Granite Reef or Via Linda Senior Center to get together with friends for a game of bridge, billiards, table tennis, or even Wii bowling. Both centers organize low-cost daily activities and entertainment designed to keep local seniors active, including movie nights, karaoke, dances, and other special events. The Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center also offers social and recreational programs for Scottsdale seniors.
Older adults who are unable to drive can get to and from their local senior center by booking affordable transportation with Valley Metro’s East Valley Dial-a-Ride or through Cab Connection taxi vouchers. Isolated seniors who are unable to leave the house can find companionship through friendly home visits and phone services provided by Duet and Foothills Caring Corps.
If you want to learn more about senior benefits that might be available to you and your loved ones, you can contact the Maricopa County Region 1 Area Agency on Aging. You can call the agency’s senior help line 24 hours a day at (602) 264-4357 to speak with an Information & Assistance Specialist who can connect you with invaluable resources in your area, or refer you to local and state benefits programs.
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