|There are many local organizations with services and programs that can help with personal activities. They can help you plan for long-term care by explaining their different services and programs. For example, most communities have adult day-care, senior centers, meal programs and help with shopping and transportation. Others offer tips on how to stay healthy as you age or where to go for support. Some of these services are free. Other community services are available for a cost.|
|"Finding out what my community had to offer has made it easier to plan for my future. It has helped me gather information on services and programs that are there for me � now and in the future!"|
Steps you can take now
� Learn about community services, programs, and whether they are available at no or low cost. Explore resources in your local community to find out what is available for you.
� Contact your faith community to find out if they can help with future long-term care needs, such as transportation or in-home services.
� Check with your doctor, local social service agency or hospital to help you locate different kinds of long-term care services available to meet your needs now and in the future.
Call your local Area Agency on Aging to get information on all the community services available for older people where you live. Look under �Aging� or �Human Services� in the local government blue pages of the phone book for the number. The Eldercare Locator (1-800-677-1116), a toll-free information line, can also give you this number.