The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a nonprofit organization that which has the goal of improving the lives of seniors and the elderly across the nation by helping them find benefits, improve their quality of life and health, live independently, and stay active and involved in their communities. The NCOA works with organizations across the United States to help seniors maintain their quality of life in the local community and is headquarters in Washington, DC.
As a respected leader, the National Council on Aging helps people aged 60+ across all backgrounds and demographics, experience successful and rewarding lives as they grow older. The NCOA partners with other entities to deliver programs and services to the people who need them.
From the National Council on Aging Website:
Our Vision: A just and caring society in which each of us, as we age, lives with dignity, purpose, and security.
Our Mission: Improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are struggling.
Our Social Impact Goal: Improve the health and economic security of 10 million older adults by 2020.
Aging in America Conference
The National Council on Aging also works with the American Society on Aging to put on the yearly Aging in America conference. This conference is the largest gathering of aging professionals in the nation.
National Council on Aging Headquarters
1901 L Street, NW, 4th floor
Washington, DC 20036
NCOA’s regional offices operate the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), providing training and employment opportunities to low-income Americans over age 55.
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paulette benton says
I moved from florida to Rochester ny to be with my dad. he cannot live alone. however, the house is old and not within city code, not to mention it is short and small, but he has enough land to extend and or add-on. I have spent thousands of dollars to make it livable, but we continue to have problems, such as wet and moldy basement, electrical, and falling plaster. the windows and doors leak air and water during rain and snow. among other problems. I never had asthma or headaches. now we are suffering with both. we can afford a bank loan, but not enough for entire remodel. do you know where I can get help. I would appreciate it. paulette – Rochester ny.
Mark Hager says
Beyond a traditional bank loan, there are some other options. (I am not a financial counselor, so this not advice … just ideas to consider.)
The first place I would start is the Area Agency on Aging. (I think this is the link http://www2.monroecounty.gov/aging-index.php) They will have access to information that is verified for your area.
You may also want to enlist the assistance of a service that can help you navigate some of your current or future decisions. I know the co-founder of Aging With Grace (http://www.agingwithgrace.net/pages/individuals) and their service has helped many people in your situation. There are other services available nationwide, of course.
Here are some other ideas:
1.You could look into a reverse mortgage. These give the homeowner spendable cash to use for remodeling or daily living needs.
2.In many communities there are funds available for home modification; sometimes administered through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.
3. Rural Development offers low interest loans. http://www.rurdev.usda.gov
4. He also may be able to take advantage of Medicaid Waiver programs from the state. (Varies by state.)
5. If he is a Vet, there are grants that you can apply for to have the work done. Contact the Veterans Administration. (Services such as Aging With Grace can help you get through the process.)
6. Local charities often offer free or reduced services to help with such repairs. Rebuilding Together is one, though I don’t know if there is one in your area. You could also try local churches, synagogues or temples, or senior organizations.
I hope this helps in some way.