SSA maintains a comprehensive list of website links to nonprofit organizations and government programs that provide seniors and caregivers needed resources on a variety of topics including where to find information on: caregiver support, volunteer / employment opportunities, housing, education, technology, transportation, legal resources, and much more!
www.aarp.org – AARP is a nonprofit membership organization for persons 50 and older. It provides information and education, advocacy, legal services, tax counseling and service, caregiving, volunteer and travel opportunities “to enhance the quality of life for all by promoting independence, dignity, and purpose.”
Division on Aging and Adult Services
www.alexandria.gov/aging – The Division on Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) serves Alexandria’s seniors and adults with resources ranging from caregiving, delivered food through Meals on Wheels operated by Senior Services of Alexandria, employment and volunteer opportunities, financial assistance, housing, in-home services, recreation, and transportation to help citizens remain independent. DAAS also has a Directory of Resources which you can download by clicking here.
Alexandria Council of Human Services Organizations (ACHSO)
www.alexandriava.gov/ACHSO – The Alexandria Council of Human Services Organizations, or ACHSO, released a needs assessment report this week identifying 5 Key Issues affecting the quality of our human services network in the city. Those issues include Affordable Housing, Early Intervention Services for Youth, The Information Gap, The Eligibility Gap, and Nonprofit Advocacy. Meeting Needs Today provides a snapshot of the state of Alexandria’s human services system – including services, service gaps, and service improvements – since the last needs assessment in 2008. Senior Services of Alexandria is a member of ACHSO and participated in the development of the report, which is available online at the web address above.
www.alexandria.lib.va.us/client/home – This site gives information about library services as well as year round, 24-hour-a-day access to the catalog, library records, and several databases to which the library subscribes. Alexandria residents may borrow books from many libraries nationwide; the cost for seniors (65+) is $1.50 per title.
To search the catalog, reserve or renew books, or to search databases for newspaper and magazine articles:
- Click Online Information Services at the top of the home page
- Select Catalog Search/Renew Books (in English or Spanish) to search the catalog, renew or reserve books
- Select Click Here for Online Catalog
- To check your account, renew books or reserve books, enter the barcode on your library card and your home phone number, as instructed (You do not need to enter this information to search the catalog).
- Select Electronic Resources Homepage to search for newspaper and magazine articles and other information; note that you will need your library card number to use these resources.
Alexandria Senior Centers
Saint Martin de Porres Senior Center – 703-751-2766
The Senior Center at Charles Houston – 703-746-5456
Virginia Department for the Aging
www.vda.virginia.gov – The Virginia Department for the Aging (VDA) works with 25 local Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) as well as various other public and private organizations to help older Virginians and their families find the services and information they need. The Department operates the Center for Elder Rights, which is a central point of contact for older Virginians to access information and services.
Reading for Seniors
- Guide to Retirement Living Source Book, Spring/Summer 2016 Issue
- The Zebra – Good News in Alexandria, June 2016
- Help with Paying Bill – http://helpwithpayingbills.org/virginia-bills-assistance-programs/.
- Alexandria Neighborhood Health Clinics (www.neighborhoodhealthva.org) – For practice sites and services click here.
- Senior Navigator (www.seniornavigator.org) – Senior Navigator is a nonprofit organization that provides free information about resources related to health and aging. These resources include: financial and legal matters, health facilities, assisted living and housing, exercise programs, support groups, and more. The site is searchable by ZIP code to identify resources available by community.
7501 Boulders View Drive, Suite 201
Richmond, VA 23235
Toll Free phone number: (866) 393-0957
Local phone number: (804) 525-7728
- Healthy Aging | National Council on Aging – Fact Sheet
- Alzheimer’s – Early Warning Signs of Dementia & Alzheimer’s, Capturing Memories for Someone with Alzheimer’s or Dementia, Alzheimer’s Society: Exercise and Physical Activity
- Blind and Vision Impaired – Virginia Department
- Blind/Deaf Information – http://www.deafblindinfo.org/senior-citizen.html
- Depression Resources – Aging and Depression, Overcoming Holiday Depression, Depression is not a normal part of getting older, Therapy, Medication and Lifestyle Changes
- Depression Resources- National Institute of Health – Older Adults and Depression – depression.
- Drug Center
- Mesothelioma Group – www.mesotheliomagroup.com, www.mesotheliomahelp.org
- National Council on Aging offers drug savings – Drug savings card
- Nursing Home Abuse Center
- Rheumatoid Arthritis – Living with RA
- Smoking – Quit Today
- Substance Abuse and Misuse Among Older Adults – Fact Sheet, Addiction
- Guide to Retirement Living (www.retirement-living.com) – The Source Book magazine list senior housing options, including independent, assisted living, nursing facilities, home care agencies, and other care resources.
- SeniorHomes.com (www.seniorhomes.com) – Free directory of Senior Living communities in the United States. The directory has a rich listing of Senior Living Communities grouped by region and type (independent living, assisted living, care homes, Alzheimer’s care, and nursing homes). Additionally, the website also offers rich and detailed information about each type of Senior Living community – useful to families who are deciding what is best for their parents/grandparents.
- Senior Taxi – Reservations for Alexandria’s Senior Taxi service should be made directly with Yellow Cab. In order to obtain a discounted fare, Seniors must enroll for the new program directly with the City of Alexandria’s Division on Aging and Adult Services at (703) 746-5999 (then press 1) to obtain the new Senior Taxi Yellow Card. If you do not have a Senior Taxi Yellow Card you will pay full fare for taxi service.
- DOT Transportation for Disabled – SSA continues to manage reservations for the DOT Paratransit transportation program which may be reached at (703) 836-5222.
- Cheapflights.com – (http://www.cheapflights.com/news/how-to-find-senior-airfare-discounts/) Cheapflight.com’s latest guide to finding senior airfare discounts as a free resource. It covers policies of the airlines still offering them as well alternative strategies for finding lower fares. Sometimes these can yield better deals than the discounts.
- Virginia GrandDriver – http://granddriver.net/About-Us/
This initiative aimed at helping older Virginians on staying safe on the road.
Continuing Education Opportunities
- Art League of Alexandria – www.theartleague.org
- Lifetime Learning Institute – www.lli.nova.org
- Road Scholar Program – www.roadscholar.org
- Torpedo Factory – www.torpedofactory.org
- JCA Computer and Productive Aging Classes – www.accessjca.org
- Encore Learning – www.EncoreLearning.net
- Alexandria Electoral Board – www.alexandriavoter.org
- Alexandria’s Mentoring Partnership – www.alexandria.gov/mentoring
- Alexandria Tutoring Consortium – www.alexandriatutors.org
- At Home in Alexandria – www.athomeinalexandria.org
- Volunteer Alexandria – www.volunteeralexandria.org
- Caring Bridge – www.caringbridge.org
- Lotsa Helping Hands – www.lotsahelpinghands.com
- Meal Train – www.mealtrain.com
- Drop in Grief Support Group (Sponsored by Capital Caring) – (703) 333-6963
- Alexandria Department of Parks & Recreation – www.alexandriava.gov/recreation
- YMCA Monroe Avenue – www.ymcadc.org
- Common Fraud Schemes – www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/fraud
- Phone Scams | Consumer Information – www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0076-phone-scams
- Guide to Preventing Home Improvement Fraud – www.homeadvisor.com/article.show.Preventing-Home-Improvement-Fraud.17322.html
- General Online Safety Resources – www.staysafeonline.org/stay-safe-online
- How to Avoid Being a Victim of Credit Card Fraud – www.kanetix.ca/prevent-credit-card-fraud
- Guide to Shopping Online Safely – www.onguardonline.gov/articles/0020-shopping-online
- International Lottery Scams – www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0086-international-lottery-scams
- Avoid and Report Medicare Fraud – www.planprescriber.com/medicare-insurance-news/medicare-fraud
- Top 10 Scams Targeting Seniors – www.ncoa.org/enhance-economic-security/economic-security-Initiative/savvy-saving-seniors/top-10-scams-targeting.html
For more information on scams check out SSA’s senior scams webpage!