October 15, 2019 | by Thomas Day
Every working day at the National Care Planning Council we receive numerous requests from the public for assistance for aging seniors. Most of these requests are submissions of online forms for our members which go directly to their emails. Some of these requests come directly to us. And somewhere between 3 to 10 email or phone requests a day come from individuals seeking where to find information on veterans benefits.
Virtually all of our requests for information on veterans benefits come from distraught family members who are seeking help for their elderly loved ones, who are either veterans or survivors of veterans. Close to 26% of the approximately 50 million individuals in this country, age 65 or older, are veterans or their survivors. These veterans and survivors come from all walks of life and are therefore a representative cross-section of the entire senior community. Typically, I field a number of requests every day on the phone. I end up directing people where to find information that will help them. If these individuals need specific assistance, I turn them over to others who specialize in helping veterans. Talking with these people gives me a good insight into the needs of a significant slice of our senior population.
So what have I learned about the challenges facing aging seniors over the years from talking with their children or sometimes with the seniors themselves? For the most part, the children and sometimes the seniors themselves are reaching out for help because they don't know where to turn for this help. Community senior services are highly fragmented.
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