Senior Services, Veteran Services


2017 Schedule of Social Security Benefit Payments

posted Mar 2, 2017, 9:53 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library


Older Hoosiers Can Benefit from SNAP Program

posted May 23, 2016, 8:35 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated May 24, 2017, 12:29 PM ]

Posted on May 21, 2016
Author Mary Perren, WKVI 

Older Hoosiers aren’t signing up for federal food assistance programs, but many are going to local food banks for help each month. Statistics indicate 13 percent of Indiana’s food-bank clients are more than 60 years old. The National Council on Aging has an effort under way to close the “SNAP Gap.” More than 40 percent of seniors eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program have not applied, and the numbers are even lower in the Hoosier State. Emily Weikert Bryant of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry says many seniors aren’t getting healthy food they need because they just can’t afford it. She says 77 percent purchase cheaper, unhealthy food because it’s what they can afford. Additionally half are getting help from family and friends, and about a quarter of Hoosiers 60 and older are gardening or growing food in a community garden to offset their needs.

Weikert Bryant add a quarter of Indiana households have one family member who’s over 60, and many of those homes also have small children. The average senior SNAP benefit is $110 per month, which comes out to just over a dollar to spend per meal.

“A large number of them are also doing things like watering down their food or drink and 29 percent of older adults selling or pawning personal property. 46 percent are receiving help from friends,” she said.d

Many seniors face barriers because they don’t have a computer or transportation to sign up for benefits, and many think they aren’t eligible. Weikert Bryant says we should pitch in and help them.

“They’ve worked hard their entire careers, they’re in a position where they might need help, they’re most decidedly in a position where they’ve earned that help. So we want to make sure that they have that nutrition that’s enabling them to live healthier and longer lives to stay in their homes and stay active in their communities.”

May is Older Americans Month Weikert Bryant says more than 7 million seniors across the country get some or all of their meals from food banks.

AARP Official Offers ID Theft Prevention Tips

posted May 2, 2016, 7:57 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated May 24, 2017, 12:28 PM ]

Posted on April 30, 2016
Author Mary Perren, WKVI 

Identity thieves are constantly scheming ways to steal personal and financial information from unsuspecting consumers. AARP-Indiana Community Outreach Director Mandla Moyo says someone is a victim of identity theft every two to three seconds. He urges people to protect not only their Social Security numbers but also their date of birth and address.

He says people can take that information and open credit cards in your name and purchase big-ticket items they would not otherwise be able to afford. If your checkbook or debit card is stolen, they are able to use it to clean out your account by making bogus purchases.

Moyo says identity thieves also steal information via telephone. One common ruse is claiming to be a Microsoft representative and advising they need to fix a problem with your computer. When they sign in they are able to access stored passwords, bank account login and other personal information, which they then then use to commit fraud

Moyo encourages consumers to take advantage of the free credit reports offered by the credit bureaus and check them carefully for fraudulent activity. He also recommends freezing or locking your credit to keep thieves from using your information to open accounts. He says a credit lock can be unlocked by providing a PIN or access code. If you do discover your identity has been stolen, Moyo says you should notify the police immediately and also contact your financial institution and the credit reporting agencies.

Schedule A Meeting With Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

posted Mar 19, 2015, 4:12 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Nov 13, 2015, 9:27 AM ]


To schedule a meeting with the congresswoman please contact:

Emily Daniels
emily.daniels@mail.house.gov
202-225-3915


General Counsel/Field Representative for the Congresswoman in our area is: 

Chris Lee
Chris.Lee@mail.house.gov
574-214-7988

World War II Vets Honor Flight Chicago

posted Jan 31, 2014, 1:50 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Apr 3, 2014, 12:27 PM ]



     

Need a Ride?

posted Sep 5, 2013, 10:56 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Sep 5, 2013, 10:56 AM ]

Gas prices too high?  Out of gas?  No longer driving your own car?  Ride with Community Services of Starke County, a county-wide service, for reasonable fares.  Wheelchair lift equipped.  

For more information call 574-772-7070.  

Online Resources For Seniors

posted Aug 22, 2013, 10:06 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Jul 26, 2017, 10:39 AM ]

GOVERNMENT WEBSITES:  

ADA Guide to Disabilities Rights - This guide provides an overview of Federal civil rights laws that ensure equal opportunity for people with disabilities. 

Administration for Community Living - The Administration for Community Living was created around the fundamental principle that older adults and people with disabilities of all ages should be able to live where they choose, with the people they choose, and with the ability to participate fully in their communities.

Disability Resources - The site connects people with disabilities, their families and caregivers to helpful resources on topics such as how to apply for disability benefits, find a job, get health care or pay for accessible housing. You can also find organizations in your community to help you get the support you need.

Eldercare Locator  - A public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging connecting you to services for older adults and their families.  You can also reach them at 1-800-677-1116.

Exercise & Physical Activity - Welcome to Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging! The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is part of the National Institutes of Health, and the goal of our research is to improve the health and well-being of older adults.

Medicaid - Medicaid provides health coverage to millions of Americans, including eligible low-income adults, children, pregnant women, elderly adults and people with disabilities. 

Medicare - A federal government website managed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244

MedlinePlus - People in the U.S. are living longer than ever before. Many seniors live active and healthy lives. But there's no getting around one thing: as we age, our bodies and minds change. There are things you can do to stay healthy and active as you age.

National Institute on Aging - NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. NIA is the primary Federal agency supporting and conducting Alzheimer's disease research.

National Institute of Mental Health - Transforming the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses.

Social Security Administration - See how Social Security is there for you throughout every stage of your life. Securing today and tomorrow.

USA.gov -  Your online guide to government information and services.

 

ORGANIZATIONS

AARP - A membership organization leading positive social change and delivering value to people age 50 and over through information, advocacy and service.

Assisted Living Facilities - Making the decision to leave your home can be difficult, but by taking time to find the right fit and being honest about your needs and concerns, you can you can make the choice that’s right for you and ensure your senior years are happy and fulfilling.  Tips for choosing a facility and making the transition.

Benefits Check Up - Answer some questions to find benefit programs that can help you pay for medications, health care, food, utilities and more. All from a reliable and trusted source.

Benefits of Cooking With Alzheimers - We’ve put together this comprehensive guide encompassing the cognitive, emotional, and other health-related benefits of cooking for people with Alzheimer’s disease, how to create a safe environment for cooking and baking, ways caregivers can assist to make the activity enjoyable, and addressing eating challenges that may arise among individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

45 Warning Signs of Prescription Drug Abuse - Millions of people go to the doctor every year and receive prescriptions for medications to alleviate symptoms that interfere with their daily lives. However, these life-saving medications are also incredibly dangerous if used incorrectly.

Family Caregiver Alliance  - Founded in 1977, Family Caregiver Alliance was the first community-based nonprofit organization in the country to address the needs of families and friends providing long-term care at home. Long recognized as a pioneer in health services, FCA now offers programs at national, state and local levels to support and sustain caregivers.

Meals on Wheels  - The Meals On Wheels Association of America is the oldest and largest national organization composed of and representing local, community-based Senior Nutrition Programs in all 50 U.S. states, as well as the U.S. Territories. 

National Council on Aging  - We are a national voice for older Americans and the community organizations that serve them. We bring together nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults. 

Nursing Home Abuse - Our mission is to provide the public with accurate and up to date information on the many aspects of nursing home injury and abuse. Our team strives to provide a comprehensive free resource for the public to learn more about nursing home abuse and the actions they can take to protect a loved one.

Preventing Falls At Home - Have you done a safety check in your own home recently? This brochure will help you understand what to do to help prevent falls around your home, empowering you to live independently as long as possible. 

Senior Living Map  - To view senior and assisted living facilities in a particular area, simply enter the city or zip and click search. The map will zoom into that area and provide an aerial view of facilities located there. Each senior living facility will be marked with a pin on the map. When you click on a pin, you will be provided with details of that community. In the left hand column, there will be five filters. By selecting any of the filters you'll narrow the options displayed to just senior care homes that meet that criteria.

Senior Veterans Service Alliance - First, we are dedicated to helping elderly seniors who served their country receive cash support or other services available from VA.  Second, we provide a national website listing of dedicated professionals to help senior veterans better prepare for their final years of life. 

SeniorNet - SeniorNet's mission is to provide older adults education for and access to computer technologies to enhance their lives and enable them to share their knowledge and wisdom.

TreatMesothelioma - The Mesothelioma Treatment Community is dedicated to assisting those suffering from mesothelioma cancer by providing information on their diagnosis, life expectancy, and treatment options.

 

COMMERCIAL:  

Boomers Roadmap for Aging in Place Aging in place is an attractive option for many baby boomers and retirees who value independence and living life on their own terms. This lifestyle choice is a commitment to remaining in the home that you know and love, rather than relocating to a retirement community or assisted living facility.

Canine Caregivers for Dementia and Alzheimer's Patients - There are approximately 5.3 million Americans suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, and millions more with some other form of dementia. New advancements are being made every year in the medical field to treat these conditions medically, but there are also studies behind a new form of treatment that supports the perks a “doctor” of the four-legged kind provides.

Consumer Dangers - This site is dedicated to help raise awareness to these products that we hope will decrease the amount of these tragedies.  Education is the key to consumer protection and we hope to be the best resource available.

Consumer Resources - The information on this Web site is general in nature and is not intended as a substitute for competent legal advice. ConsumerAffairs.com makes no representation as to the accuracy of the information herein provided and assumes no liability for any damages or loss arising from the use thereof.

CouponChief Savings Guide For Those With Disabilities - We've provided our research on special offers and discounts available to senior citizens, women, and veterans, in our series of guides to help you find ways to save money.

Drug Treatment Center Finder - Indiana has over 242 drug treatment centers that offer programs that will help you overcome everything from prescription medication addictions to addictions to illegal drugs and alcohol. There are a number of different types of facilities that offer drug treatment in Indiana.

DrugWatch - An awareness group that aims to educate the public about prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, and medical devices that have the potential to cause patients serious harm.

Helping Senior Citizens Stay At Home - Care about a senior citizen in your life? Then make sure his or her home doesn’t become a house of horrors. GoodCall® asked the experts about home hazards for senior citizens, and most – though not all – have to do with falling and the aftermath. 

Home Design for Fall Prevention for Seniors - Research has shown that the most successful fall prevention programs focus on the conditions of the individual, the conditions of the environment, and the interaction between the two. There are a lot of opportunities in the design of the home, spanning from simple safety measures to remodeling, so that seniors can enjoy their days without exerting a lot of mental energy on fall prevention.

Home Remodeling for Seniors From Expertise.com - For individuals and veterans living with disabilities or special needs, or seniors aging in place, the fact that much of the world outside is not built to accommodate their needs magnifies the value of a comfortable home. It’s vital they and their loved ones have access to the best resources about how to make their homes livable and enjoyable.

How to Help Seniors Avoid Social Isolation - Recent research has even shown that nearly 43 percent of seniors who live at home are socially isolated, meaning that these seniors are at risk for numerous health issues. Considering the fact that social isolation can be incredibly detrimental to your loved one’s health and wellness, it is an issue that should be addressed. 

Indiana Senior Living Communities - Browse pricing, ratings, reviews, photos, and reported prices for senior care providers and professional services in Indiana.

Medical Malpractice Center - Medical professionals are obligated to provide information to patients that facilitate the patient making and then giving informed consent to treatment. Ultimately, any medical professional providing treatment to patients must adhere to a litany of professional standards, which if not followed, violate the medical professional’s obligation to treat patients in an ethically responsible and professionally competent manner.

Mesothelioma - Mesothelioma treatments, research, and statistics are changing all the time.  With our free help guide and other online resources, you can feel confident that you’re getting the most reliable, up-to-date information.

Mesothelioma Trust Fund 

Mesothelioma.net - This site is intended as a place where people with mesothelioma can become informed about various aspects of the disease. The content of this site is not intended to be taken as legal advice, as it is purely for informational purposes.

Mesothelioma Guide - Mesothelioma Guide is your trusted ally in the fight against asbestos-related cancer. Our comprehensive guide includes up-to-date information about living with mesothelioma, top doctors and treatment options.

Nursing Home Abuse Center - Seniors have built a society of law, order and protection that we all enjoy today. They fought wars against tyranny, supported equality and built families and businesses that changed our world.  It’s time for us to protect them from abuse perpetrated in the “safest” of places. NHAC is a free online resource designed to inform and encourage improvements to the status quo.

Nursing Home Abuse Support - Our goal at nursinghomeabusesupport.com is to educate the American public with factual and scientific information pertaining to elder abuse and neglect within the United States. Each year tens of thousands of seniors are abused and neglected and out mission is to help spread awareness on this very sensitive issue.

Quiet Epidemic of Senior Drug Abuse - New data shows the number of seniors with drug problems are on the rise. But the causes are complex and the solutions aren’t easy. Get educated about the scale and nature of senior drug abuse and misuse, signs of dependence and addiction in older loved ones, and how to get help for an older loved one with a drug problem.

Senior Home Safety: 25 tips to make home safe - To maximize safety for seniors at home, we must ensure a long list of conditions are met in each room: you need to optimize lighting, minimize clutter, use safe furniture, ensure you have a reliable monitoring and alert system in place, and make it easy for them to get help fast, if needed.

Sleep Cupid - The purpose of this guide is to help make your sleeping and bedding arrangements more comfortable by introducing you to bedding products that can make being disabled a bit easier.

Stress Management Guide for Seniors - To avoid becoming stressed, try using our simple ways to reduce and manage it. Implementing even a few of these approaches can make a big impact on your overall health and well-being. 

Tuck Sleep Help for everyone from newborns to teenagers to college students to our aging population understand sleep disorders, sleep hygiene and an gain an increased understand of the often confusing science behind sleep.

Northwest Indiana Community Action

posted Jul 26, 2013, 11:53 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Jul 26, 2013, 12:01 PM ]

Help for Seniors, families, information and assistance Northwest Indiana Community Action.

Do you know where to find the help you need in northwest Indiana?

Are you facing difficult times and do not know where to turn?

Looking for help with everyday needs?

What is 2-1-1?
• Confidential telephone assistance provided by trained call specialists.
• Access for persons who have special needs. 
• Accurate information about community resources.
• Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
• Toll free telephone call from Lake, Porter, Newton, Jasper, Starke, and Pulaski counties

Dialing 2-1-1 is your your first step. 2-1-1 is a simple number to dial for information about health and human service organizations in your community. Dial 2-1-1 from your phone, to speak with a live Call Specialist. The Call Specialist will empower the caller by referring and educating them about government programs, community-based organizations, support groups, and other local resources The Call Specialist will advocate on the behalf of those unable to help themselves.

Starke County Veterans Service Officer

posted Jun 6, 2013, 12:26 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Mar 15, 2016, 2:00 PM ]

Contact your county Veterans Service Officer to help fill out claims, answer questions and serve as your advocate with the VA. 

In Starke County contact:  

Mark Gourley 
53 East Mound Street
Knox, IN 46534

574-772-9132 or 574-249-0415

Email address:  
mgourley@co.starke.in.us

Office Hours
Monday, 8:00am – 4:00pm (available by appointment during other times)
The Veterans Service Office is in the annex building, which is just north of the courthouse. Easy to find, you just walk straight in, the Veterans Service Office is to the right, just past the canteen.  

Agency Functions
Assist veterans and their dependents will all benefits available to them, such as compensation, pension, death pensions, burials, home loans, eligibility, hospitalization, education, tax abatement, admission to veterans home and many others.

If you're having issues with the VA, you can also call Sharon Christophel in Jackie Walorski's field office. Her telephone number is 574-204-2645.

Senior Center Meals

posted Dec 5, 2012, 1:06 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Dec 5, 2012, 1:06 PM ]

Hot nutritious meals served five days a week to seniors 60 and over, at two locations. A minimum donation of $2.00 would be appreciated.
 
311 E. Culver Rd. Knox. The meal is served at 12:00 PM.
To make reservations call 772-6411 the day prior
Site is open 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

North Judson Senior Center at 105 E Talmer Ave, North Judson. The meal is served at 12:00 PM.
To make reservations call 896-3665 the day prior
Site is open 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM for activities.

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