Aging Veterans

According to the 2012 U.S. Census brief, Veterans age 65 or older numbered in excess of 12.4 million. These Veterans served in conflicts around the world including World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and even in the Persian Gulf War. As Veterans age, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides benefits and services that address a variety of issues including the changing health risks they face, as well as financial challenges through VA benefits and health services.

VA Benefits

  • Disability Compensation
  • Pension
    • Aid and Attendance (A&A) is an increased monthly pension amount paid if you meet one of the conditions below:
      • You require help performing daily functions, which may include bathing, eating or dressing.
      • You are bedridden.
      • You are a patient in a nursing home.
      • Your eyesight is limited to a corrected 5/200 visual acuity or less in both eyes; or concentric contraction of the visual field to 5 degrees or less.
    • Housebound is an increased monthly pension amount paid if you are substantially confined to your immediate premises because of a permanent disability.
  • Education & Training
  • Health Care: Geriatrics is health care for elderly Veterans with complex needs. Extended care – also known as long term care – is a program for Veterans of all ages who need the daily support and assistance of another individual. Elderly Veterans can receive geriatric and long term care programs at home, at VA medical centers, or in the community.

Resources

Sacramento Valley Adult Protective Services By County: For all counties, CLICK HERE

AARP LGBT Pride Page: AARP’s online home for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The page is designed to spotlight articles on news, personal  finance, relationships, travel and other topics of concern to older gay Americans, and their family and friends.

Area 4 Agency on Aging: Advocates for seniors and funds local organizations that provide services to seniors and caregivers; Phone: (916) 486-1876

California Department of Business Oversight: Oversees and regulates financial institutions; an excellent resource for learning about and reporting financial fraud. Phone: (916) 327-7585 or (866) 275-2677

California Health Collaborative – Multipurpose Senior Services Program: Provides case management services to frail and low-income seniors; Phone: (916) 374-7739.

Caring Connections: Caregivers provide support to someone who needs help. It doesn’t matter how many hours per week are spent providing support. Caring for a family member or friend is not easy, nor is it something most of us are prepared to do. Learning about being a caregiver may help you provide the care your friend or loved one needs.

Del Oro Caregiver Resource: Improves the well-being of family caregivers and provides support throughout the caregiving process; Phone: (916) 728-9333

Family Caregiver Alliance LGBT Page: The first community-based nonprofit organization in the country to address the needs of families and friends providing long-term care at home

LeadingAge California: LeadingAge California is the state’s leading advocate for quality, not-for-profit senior living and care. The association’s advocacy, educational programs and public relations help its members best serve the needs of more than 100,000 of the state’s older adults. LeadingAge California represents more than 400 nonprofit providers of senior living and care – including affordable housing, continuing care retirement communities, assisted living, skilled-nursing, and home and community- based care; as well as our business partners and residents.

Legal Services of Northern California – Senior Legal Hotline: Provides legal aid to protect the dignity, independence, safety, and economic stability of seniors and dependent adults; Phone: (916) 551-2140

LGBT Aging Issues Network (LAIN): Works to raise awareness about the concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elders and about the unique barriers they encounter in gaining access to housing, healthcare, long-term care and other needed services. LAIN seeks to foster professional development, multidisciplinary research and wide-ranging dialogue on LGBT issues in the field of aging through publications, conferences, and cosponsored events. LAIN welcomes the participation of all concerned individuals regardless of age, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Meals on Wheels: Serves seniors by providing nutritious meals, safety net services, community resource information, and more; Phone: (916) 444-9533

National Resource Center for LGBT Aging: The country’s first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender older adults. Established in 2010 through a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging provides training, technical assistance and educational resources to aging providers, LGBT organizations and LGBT older adults. The center is led by SAGE, in collaboration with 18 leading organizations from around the country.

Ombudsman Services of Northern California: Promotes and protects the rights and quality of life for older and dependent adults living in long-term care facilities; Phone: (916) 376-8910

Sacramento County In-Home Supportive Services: Helps aged, blind, or disabled persons who are unable to perform activities of daily living so that they remain safely in their homes with assistance; Phone: (916) 874-9471

Sacramento County Senior Volunteer Services: Offers volunteer opportunities for adults over age 55 to stay active and make a difference in the lives of others; Phone: (916) 875-3631

Sacramento Rainbow Village: Working for an affordable and welcoming lifestyle especially for active LGBT seniors

Services & Advocacy for LGBT Elders (SAGE): The country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults

Sutter Health – SeniorCare PACE: Offers a broad range of comprehensive, coordinated services by an interdisciplinary team; Phone: (916) 446-3100

University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law – Elder & Health Law Clinic: Provides free legal assistance to low-income Sacramento County seniors; Phone: (916) 340-6080

Victims of Crime Resources Center: Offers resources and referrals to victims, their families, service providers, and advocates; Phone: (800) 842-8467

Yolo Hospice: A partner of We Honor Veterans, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Yolo Hospice has the longest regional track record as experts in caring for people who have a life-limiting illness. Serving more than 180 communities in the five counties of Yolo, Colusa, Sacramento, Solano, and Sutter. POC: Louise Joyce, Community Liaison, 1-800-491-7711