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5 Little-Known Organizations That Are Changing The Lives Of Seniors

By KellyRose McAleer - December 1, 2014

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There are plenty of organizations, such as AARP, whose purpose it is to help American senior citizens with various resources for growing older. However, there are so many groups who want to help senior citizens that you may not even have heard of some of them! Whether they are defending your rights legally, or helping to ensure your healthy future, you deserve to know that these organizations are looking out for you.

The Institute of Medicine

Odds are, you probably have never heard of the Institute of Medicine. The IOM is a nonprofit branch of the National Academy of Sciences, and its job is to advise the government and the private sector, providing information in areas like medicine, health, and biomedicine so that the nation can make informed policy decisions. Since 1970 they have published reports on Medicare, Medicaid, nursing home quality, veterans’ health issues, obesity, post-traumatic stress, and more. Although the average person may not be familiar with the IOM, when they release reports people listen because they know that these findings can sway the decisions of health organizations and even Congress. The research is taken on by volunteers scientists who are experts serving with no compensation, just to make sure our country makes the most informed decisions for its citizens.

The Administration on Aging (AOA)

The Administration of Aging is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services that provides the necessary services to aid older adults to live independently, such as transportation, adult day care, and health promotion programs. The AOA works with the Office of Nutrition and Health Promotion Programs educate seniors on everything from HIV/AIDS to nutrition information and also home delivers meals. They also work with the Office for American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiian Programs to provide caregiver support and nutrition services. Through different communities the AOA make sure that seniors and whoever is taking care of them have the care they need.

Setting Priorities for Retirement Years Foundation (SPRY)

The SPRY (Setting Priorities for Retirement Years) Foundation is a nonprofit that develops education programs to provide meaningful engagement in people’s lives as they grow older. This includes a communications training project to train care workers on how to communicate with older adults, and helping to sponsor a national conference that creates a discussion between seniors and science centers to discuss how longevity is shaping the future. SPRY is here to help adults plan for their futures financially, mentally, and physically so that you can make informed and satisfying decisions.

National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC)

The NSCLC protects the rights of low-income adults with private lawyers that are ready to tackle their legal problems. They aim to give poor senior citizens across the country one voice as a whole, so they don’t typically work on individual cases. Instead they advocate on the behalf of Social Security, Medicaid, nursing homes, and against age discrimination. The NSCLC also works to promote themselves as an ally to women, people with disabilities, people of color, and other minorities so that they can live with dignity as they contribute to society without the worries of poverty hanging over them.

National Aging in Place Council (NAIPC)

The NAIPC specifically fights for older Americans to be able to grow old independently in their houses for as long as they can, as opposed to being forced into a nursing home. The NAIPC brings together different voices from aging, healthcare, business, and legal backgrounds to form an Aging in Place Council, which discusses the best ways to keep our seniors in the home they choose. Their network of professionals are there to use their expertise to help you plan for your future care needs. The NAIPC also promotes National Aging in Place Week, which brings attention to the policies and regulations that advocate to help retired seniors keep their independent lifestyles. You can find your local chapter on their website, along with advice on health, finance, etc.