What LBJ’s Great Society Can Do for You

In continued celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act — part of Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society reforms — it seems worthwhile to take a look at what the act actually does for you. Many seniors are aware of programs specifically targeting them, like Medicaid, but that’s not part of the OAA. In fact, the OAA remains the primary piece of legislation focused on providing services to adults, aged 60 and over. The OAA encompasses everything from Adult Protective Services to the National Eldercare Locator Service. There’s a great introduction as a guest column at the Wallowa County Chieftain.
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Who Needs Cheap When You Can Have Free?

Last week Wednesday’s blog post covered a Motley Fool article highlighting some discounts for seniors. This week, the Fool steps it up a notch, with 13 things you or your elderly relatives may be able to get for free. You may already know about some of these (like free credit reports), but others might be surprising — the list includes everything from cell phone service to tax counseling. Requirements and availability vary, but it’s probably worth taking a look at the list, just to get an idea of the surprising things that are available. From there, you can explore more on your own!

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Corralling Cupid for The Elderly

Just because you’re over a certain age — whether that be 55, 65, or 75 — doesn’t mean your dating life has to dry up. Of course, there are online dating sites, and you shouldn’t be afraid to try some of those (some of which are even specifically for senior citizens); but there are also plenty of more traditional ways to meet your fellow singles. Friday’s U.S. News & World Report provides a primer, with suggestions on where to meet people over the age of 50. Perhaps more importantly, they highlight some common mistakes that you should avoid on the senior dating scene.

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