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Benefits for Older Adults

Living on a fixed income can be hard, as the cost of living goes up but your income does not. Discover benefits that can help pay for health care, prescriptions, food, housing, and more.

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Money-Saving Benefits for Seniors

Millions of older adults may be missing out on programs to help pay for food, housing, healthcare, and more. Get a snapshot of available programs and how to apply with this guide from NCOA.

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If trips to the grocery store are a challenge, many retailers and stores allow you to use your SNAP EBT card for grocery delivery and pickup. Find out which ones.

Apr 6, 2022

What Stores Accept EBT for Online Grocery Delivery and Pickup?

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The Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides food benefits to people who have been financially impacted by a disaster. Learn how it works and find out if you qualify.

Apr 1, 2022

What Is the SNAP Emergency Application?

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Age and disability status can limit employment and lead to income-related hardships, yet many veterans aren’t aware they qualify for food stamps.

Mar 22, 2022

SNAP Assistance: Are Veterans Entitled to Benefits?

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Mar 21, 2022

How Long Do SNAP Benefits Last?

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Mar 16, 2022

SSI vs. SSDI: the Differences, Benefits, and How to Apply

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If you’re an older adult that's hungry, the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) can help—whether you receive SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) or not.

Mar 15, 2022

The Emergency Food Assistance Program: A Guide for Older Adults

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Which stores accept EBT? They range from small convenience stores to major grocery chains and superstores like Walmart.

Mar 11, 2022

Where Can I Use SNAP Benefits?

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The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program helps older adults obtain fresh food from local farms, roadside stands, and CSAs at no cost.

Mar 10, 2022

The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program: Key Facts for Older Adults

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A farmers market stand loaded with fresh fruits and vegetables (Pike Place in downtown Seattle).

Mar 10, 2022

Do Farmers Markets Accept SNAP?

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Your EBT card can be used to purchase eligible food items at Walmart, grocery stores, and other retailers that accept SNAP.

Mar 9, 2022

How Does an EBT Card Work? A Guide for Older Adults

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If you receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, you’re subject to a periodic review of your eligibility status. This is called SSI redetermination.

Mar 7, 2022

SSI Redetermination: What It Is and How It Can Affect Your Benefits

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An empty grocery cart is in the middle of an aisle waiting to be filled. Use SNAP to reduce your net income through qualified deductions.

Mar 7, 2022

Eating Better on a Fixed Income: What You Can Buy for $20 in SNAP Benefits

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A corgi sits in front its food bowl, ready to eat. SNAP benefits only cover food for human household members and cannot be used to purchase pet food.

Mar 6, 2022

Can You Buy Pet Food with SNAP?

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A Black senior woman and her granddaughter are sitting outside at a picnic table enjoying a salad together and laughing.

Mar 4, 2022

How to Boost Your Budget: A Guide for Older Adults

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A senior Black woman is outside in her garden planting vegetables for food. If you have the time, space, and ability to start a small garden, you may be happy to learn that you can use your SNAP benefits to do it. Under program guidelines, you can purchase seeds and plant starts that, over time, can prove to be more economical than buying produce in the store.

Feb 28, 2022

What Can You Buy With SNAP?

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An elderly caucasian woman is sitting in a motorized wheelchair picking out produce at the grocery store. If you're wondering if you qualify for SNAP while on disability, the answer is yes. It’s possible to qualify for and receive SNAP benefits while you also collect Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments.

Feb 8, 2022

Can I Get SNAP if I’m on Disability?

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A beautiful artistic shot of a large group of multicolored fresh vegetables in a wooden crate. Fresh food can be purchased through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, the largest domestic hunger safety net program, helping low-income older adults achieve food security. 

Feb 2, 2022

What Is SNAP and How Do I Apply?

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A senior woman is talking to her daughter and granddaughter at the island in her kitchen, smiling. More than 25% of SNAP-eligible households include adults over 60. Income guidelines change each year—we’ll help you see if you qualify for this helpful benefit.

Jan 28, 2022

What Is the Income Limit for SNAP?

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Jan 24, 2022

7 Important Health Benefits of SNAP

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Jan 19, 2022

How to Get Help Paying for Food, Housing, and Healthcare

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Jan 3, 2022

Medicare Parts A and B Costs

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Dec 22, 2021

How to Avoid the Medicare Part D Donut Hole

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A senior Hispanic woman is getting her pneumonia vaccine.

Nov 23, 2021

Does Medicare Cover the Pneumonia Vaccine?

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A retired Veteran is looking intensely at his laptop computer at his kitchen table.

Nov 9, 2021

How Veterans Can Avoid the Benefits Buyout Scam

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Nov 1, 2021

What Medicare Part D Costs in 2022

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Oct 18, 2021

How to Move from Expansion Medicaid to Medicare

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Aug 20, 2021

Your SNAP Benefits Are Increasing

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A senior Caucasian woman is listening to her healthcare options from a Black female doctor.

Jul 16, 2021

Choice Error: How Choosing A Medicare Plan Could Impact Your Finances and Health

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Jun 17, 2021

What Is Medicaid Estate Recovery? And How Does It Work?

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A senior Hispanic woman wearing a mask is shopping at a farmer's market picking out fresh produce.

Jun 2, 2021

How to Maximize Your Food Benefits

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Apr 9, 2021

How Seniors Can Get Help Paying for Food with SNAP

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Mar 18, 2021

What Is a SHIP and How Can It Help Me?

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Mar 16, 2021

American Rescue Plan Improves Senior Health and Financial Security

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Mar 2, 2021

Energy Assistance Benefits

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Dec 1, 2020

Prescription Help from States and Drug Manufacturers

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Jul 16, 2020

You’ve Earned This: Benefits Can Boost Your Budget®

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A young pharmacist behind the counter is giving prescription instructions to her senior female client.

Apr 28, 2020

What Is a Part D Indication-Based Formulary?

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Nov 23, 2019

About the Medicare General Enrollment Period

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A senior man is looking up, where many question marks surround him - indicating that he's trying to make a decision.

Oct 31, 2019

How to Choose a Medicare Plan During Open Enrollment

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May 12, 2019

Medicare for Federal and State Employees and Retirees

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Nov 1, 2018

Understanding the Medicare Enrollment Periods

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Aug 30, 2018

Keeping the Lights On: Housing & Utility Benefits

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An older female caregiver has her arms around her senior female loved one as they both stare happily outside.

Jun 21, 2018

What Is a Representative Payee and Who Can Become One?

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Mar 30, 2018

Questions to Ask Before Joining a Medicare Advantage Plan

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Mar 30, 2018

Questions to Ask Before Purchasing a Medigap Policy

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Two elder Vietnam veterans are embracing each other by the shore.

Jul 13, 2017

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May 7, 2015

Food Assistance Benefits

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