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“You Gave, Now Save” – A Campaign For Senior Benefits

February 21, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS - Older Hoosiers on fixed incomes may be eligible for programs they help fund through paying taxes. "You Gave, Now Save" is a new effort to make sure seniors don't miss out. Abigail Vivo, an options counselor with CICOA Aging and In-Home Solutions, explains what's available.

"There's certain assistance for housing. There's assistance for prescription drug costs, Medicare costs, assistance with food and also in-home services; you know, prevent somebody from having to go into a nursing home."

Vivo says you can find help to assess your options by contacting your Area Agency on Aging. To find the office near you, call 800-986-3505. There's also a helpful website called BenefitsCheckUp.org.

"It will assess your situation, ask you a bunch of questions and ask you what you are interested in pursuing. And then, based on the information you provide, it will pull out certain resources that might be available for you."

Jim Allbaugh with LifeStream Services in Yorktown says it's helpful for seniors to learn what's available by seeking out an options counselor at their Area Agency on Aging.

"The options counselors have to be knowledgeable and aware of a variety of human resource services in a community. They have to be aware of income eligibility that might exist for one program versus another. "

You can find your Area Agency on Aging by going to iaaaa.org.

Leigh DeNoon, Public News Service - IN