What Government Programs Help Senior Citizens?

Federal government programs that provide assistance to senior citizens include Social Security, Medicare and various forms of housing assistance. There are also several state government programs, such as the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Show Me Long Term Care, elder abuse information, falls prevention and senior employment aid.

Social Security provides benefits for eligible retired workers. The income comes from Social Security taxes paid by working Americans. Adults over the age of 65 are also eligible for Medicare, which is a health insurance program run by the U.S. government.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development runs a number of housing assistance programs for seniors, including Rural Housing Repair and Rehabilitation Grants, Direct Housing Natural Disaster Loans, Mortgage Insurance for Manufactured Home Parks and Guaranteed Rural Housing Loans. It also maintains special apartments for the elderly.

Show Me Long Term Care is a program of the Missouri government that reveals inspection results of the state's licensed long-term care facilities. The state's website also has elder abuse information for those over 60 who suffer from serious abuse and includes contact information, abuse reporting procedures and personal rights. Additional programs help the elderly to better avoid falling accidents and find jobs or (for those with lower incomes) paid job-training assignments.