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Medical Alert Systems > New York Medical Alert Systems and Senior Resources in New York


New York is home to just under 2.7 million seniors, making it the state with the fourth most residents aged 65 or older. The state has an Office for the Aging which has a mission ?to help older New Yorkers be as independent as possible for as long as possible through advocacy, development and delivery of person-centered, consumer-oriented, and cost-effective policies, programs and services.?


A heady goal indeed. New York is living up to its word by providing a multitude of services for its seniors. These services include: Care Coordination for In-Home Services, which helps bring needed services right to their doorsteps.
-- Caregiver Services, which assists spouses and family members who are primary caregivers for seniors.
-- Chronic Disease Self-Management Education Programs, helping seniors manage their health conditions.
-- Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, keeping seniors healthy by educating them about overall health.
-- Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance, providing accurate and objective information and counseling about health insurance.
-- Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, educating and empowering residents of long-term facilities.
-- Meal Service, providing meals for seniors either at senior or community centers, or delivered to the home.
-- Respite Services, offering a day off to caregivers.
-- Retired Senior Volunteer Program, matching willing seniors with volunteer opportunities.
-- Senior Community Service Employment Program, sharpening employment skills of seniors and helping them find work.
-- Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, giving low-income seniors coupons to buy locally-grown fruits and vegetables.
-- Senior Medicare Patrol, helping seniors detect and avoid Medicare and Medicaid fraud.
-- Social Model Adult Day Services, supervising daily programs for seniors.
-- Transportation, providing transportation services for seniors.
Despite the variety of services New York offers, nothing can keep a senior safe like a medical alert system. Most advocates for the elderly suggest that all seniors living alone or with a spouse should have such a system in their home. For active seniors, there are now GPS-enabled medical alert devices that they can take with them, giving them protection wherever they go.
Every medical alert provider operates in all 50 states, including New York. You can compare the services of more than a dozen medical alert companies by clicking on this link.

So many of New York’s seniors are veterans of the United States military, and the state has not forgotten those who have put their lives on the line for their country. Veterans can qualify for all sorts of services, including health care, housing, education and advocacy.

Of specific interest to seniors might be “end of life” planning. New York’s Division of Veterans’ Affairs can help seniors secure a burial flag, cemetery plot and financial assistance for burial.

Of specific interest to seniors might be “end of life” planning. New York’s Division of Veterans’ Affairs can help seniors secure a burial flag, cemetery plot and financial assistance for burial.

New York’s Bureau of Adult Services is dedicated to making sure seniors do not suffer abuse or neglect. But if they are, it can offer help to get them out of the devastating situation.

The Bureau coordinates with local officials to conduct investigations into abuse complaints. It also has training and education programs to inform seniors exactly what entails abuse.

Scammers often prey on the elderly with a variety of schemes to trick seniors out of their hard-earned money. New York’s Division of Consumer Protection can help seniors if they have become victims and educate them on how to avoid such scams.

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