What Types of Benefits Are Available for Senior Citizens?


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Some benefits available to senior citizens include discounted healthcare, employment programs and discounted housing programs. Some programs for senior citizens include the Senior Community Service Employment Program, or SCSEP, and healthcare through Medicare.

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The SCSEP program is a federal program to help seniors look for work. It helps seniors age 55 or older who are currently unemployed find part-time or full-time work in something they are experienced in. The program helps the seniors develop their skills, write their resume and find a suitable job based on their current health status.

Low-income seniors may also be eligible for different food programs. The exact programs offered vary by location. Some are provided by housing facilities and aging offices, while others are provided by local government organizations, senior centers or churches. Meals on Wheels is a common program available for seniors.

For low-income health insurance for seniors, the Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program, or SHIP, includes discounted and free policies for healthcare, dental, vision and low-cost prescriptions. It includes programs like Medicare and Medicaid. Medicare includes part A for hospital and nursing facility expenses, part B for outpatient services and part D for prescriptions. There are also legal services and housing assistance programs for seniors.

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