The Administration for Community Living (ALC) is the principal agency of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services designated to carry out the provisions of the Older Americans Act of 1965 (OAA), as amended (42 U.S.C.A. § 3001 et seq.). The OAA promotes the well-being of older individuals by providing services and programs designed to help them live independently in their homes and communities. The Act also empowers the federal government to distribute funds to the states for supportive services for individuals over the age of 60.
The 28 area agencies on aging (AAA) in Texas provide services to help people age 60 and older, their family members and caregivers receive the information and assistance they need in locating and accessing community services. Services vary by community but may include:
- Information, referral, and assistance
- Benefits counseling and legal assistance
- Care coordination
- Caregiver support services
- In-home support services
- Legal awareness
- Nutrition services
- Ombudsman Program
Services are targeted to those with the greatest economic and social needs. Particular attention is paid to people with low-incomes, older people who belong to minority groups, and older people residing in rural areas. In addition, family members and other caregivers may receive information and services on behalf of the older person for whom they are providing care.
Use the Eldercare Locator to find an AAA near you.
Find out if a loved one or you qualifies for public benefits via Benefits Check Up, a service of the National Council on Aging.
The American Bar Association’s website offers a self-guided tutorial covering:
- Estate Planning Overview
- Revocable Trusts
- Power of Attorney
- Living wills, Health Care Proxies, and Advance Health Care Directives
- The Probate Process
- Planning with Retirement Benefits
- Guidelines for Individual Executors and Trustees
- Lawyer’s Role vs. “Do It Yourself” Estate Planning
- Asset Protection Planning
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