Being a senior on a limited budget can be difficult. There are non-profit and government programs to help you with the costs of housing, food, utilities, and home maintenance and repairs. Read below to find out more about available programs in Tulsa to help you lead a more relaxed life.
Meals on Wheels provides home delivery of hot and nutritious meals to homebound seniors. All food is minimally processed and bought locally when possible. Breakfast options are also available. You can have healthy pet food delivered for your furry friend.
Low-income seniors can also get food assistance through Caring Community Friends through their Senior Servings program or local food pantries. Seniors can get food weekly at Hickory Crossing, Bethel Manor, and Sapulpa’s Senior Center.
Oklahoma Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program gives older adults the ability to purchase fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables. To learn more, contact the INCOG Area Agency on Aging at 918.584.7526. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) program also provides low-income families the means to purchase healthy foods with Electronic Benefits Transfer cards.
Don’t let your home repairs stress you out. There are organizations to help with housing including Community Action Resource & Development and Neighbor for Neighbor Inc., which you can reach them at 918.425.5578. Habitat for Humanity also offers home repairs to eligible families. You can also finance home repairs through Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency.
Utility bills can also add up and be hard to pay on a monthly basis. Oklahoma’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program can help you cover the cost of home energy. Oklahoma also offers a weatherization assistance program to make home improvements to conserve energy and lower utility bills.
If you need help with your housing costs, there are government programs and nonprofit organizations to help you. Life Senior Services provides affordable housing for adults 62 or older that also offer community-based services. HUD also has public housing for seniors in the Tulsa-area. Community Action Resource & Development provides housing services and low-cost rentals.
You can also search HUD’s database for subsidized housing including senior apartments.
Tulsa has several senior centers filled with activities such as exercise programs, games, crafts, local outings, dances, meetings, education opportunities, and more. LIFE also has two senior centers that have fitness, social, creative, and services such as computer lab and health screenings.
Homebound seniors can get homemaker services, transportation, and other programs through the Tulsa Area Agency on Aging. For more information, contact the Senior Info-Line at 1.800.211.2116.
There are several activities and social clubs and groups in Tulsa. LIFE Senior Services offers several clubs including a Laughter Yoga Club and Diabetes Education Program. There are other educational seminars geared toward older adults and health. Meetup is a great site for researching local events in clubs based on your interests. The YMCA of Tulsa also offers programs specific to seniors.
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