The original "Ask W1z111" site was initially created for local Senior Center Computer and Internet classes, and for students to ask some of their questions online rather than wait for the next class. This blog is designed to be a launchpad site to provide summaries and special topic highlights for some of the items to be found at the original site pages.
Welcome to the Ask W1z111 (say wizzeee") "General Resources For Seniors" page!
Here, you can find a variety of links and other content intended to provide seniors with some helpful information; the kind of information that aims to help make life just a little easier, and covering a broad spectrum of issues and circumstances.
It is an unfortunate fact of life that our senior citizen population seems to be "put out to pasture", in many cases far earlier than they should be! Families these days find it nearly impossible to sustain their own (usually growing) families; and when an aging parent, relative, or close friend is in need of assistance (whether that assistance is for physical, emotional, financial, or other) busy, working families often seek relief and support.
To make matters even more difficult, toomany seniors are frequently "exploited" by companies, institutions, and even individuals, who are only interested in 'making a quick buck' from unsuspecting, vulnerable senior citizens.
It is also becoming evident that some of the most trusted institutions and other 'commodities' are falling into what I'll just call the "Medicare Money Pit". Medicare costs (2008) to US Taxpayers was about $600 Billion dollars; and that number grows each and every day. The question is "How come?" Are Americans really getting that much sicker? Or, is it the "baby-boomer" generation's fault for being as large a group as it is? Or, has our government mis-managed or otherwise lost control of all the fraud, abuse, and other wastes so common with such hugely bureaucratic and hugely funded programs? Or, is it a combination of several factors at once?
On this page of the Ask W1z111 site, I hope to be able to provide some help to some of the issues and circumstances many seniors face daily. Obviously, this can only be a "starting point" for many things; and seniors will have to follow through with whatever further steps are needed to participate in or partake of any assistance measures being offered at linked-to websites. Ask W1z111, therefore, cannot assume responsibility for any outcomes of that follow up; thanks for understanding.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) provides $32 million for Home-Delivered Nutrition Services. Established in 1978 under the Older Americans Act (OAA), the program provides meals and related nutrition services to seniors who are homebound.