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The Area Agency of Aging (AAA), a division of the Garfield County Department of Human Services, has funds available for seniors and those caring for them.

The Caregiver Support Program has funds available for a caregiver of a functionally-impaired 60-year-old or older; a caregiver who is 60 years of age or older caring for a disabled person under the age of 60; a caregiver who is 60 years of age or older caring for a person with Alzheimer’s Disease; a grandparent who is 60 years of age or older who is the primary caregiver for grandchildren under 18.

Funds are available for respite for the caregiver, education for the caregiver, case management services, or money towards the purchase of equipment to help the caregiver in his or her duties.



The second program is senior equipment and service program, related to the safety and or independence of the applicant in his or her home. Funds are available for a wide range of services, including dental work, eye glasses, smoke detectors, home repairs and maintenance.

To enquire about either of these programs, please call Nacy McStay toll-free at 877-963-8731 or e-mail nmcstay@dishmail.net. Applications will be sent to interested persons. The programs’ fiscal year is from July 2007 to June 2008, and anyone can apply at anytime throughout the year. Eligible applicants for the Caregiver Support Program have the whole year to use the funds, but the approved applicants for the Senior equipment and Services have only 90 days to obtain services, unless special arrangements are made to extend the time frame.



Individuals must reside in Garfield County and apply prior to services.

RSVP will again be offering assistance to seniors in navigating the Medicare D Prescription Drug Benefit system. The only time to join a plan or easily make a change in coverage is this open enrollment period between Nov. 15 and Dec. 31.

Most seniors need to have a Medicare D plan, and should check each year to be sure that the plan they are on is the best one for them, because drug needs can change and because the providers can change costs and what drugs are covered.

There are 54 plans available in Colorado. Anyone needing help with Medicare D can call 384-8744 and leave a message. A trained volunteer will return their call and assist the senior in obtaining this benefit.


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