Help for Independent Living

Getting Help at Home

As we age, many activities of daily living can become more difficult. But many people prefer to stay in their homes rather than move to a residential setting with a full-time staff to help them. Older people may choose to live independently in their homes with the help of support services.

For low-income older people, Medicaid pays for some of the services. Individuals must pay for others.

Jobs for Seniors

Training and job placement services are available to low-income Missourians age 55 or older.

Nutrition

Older adults can receive nutritious meals at senior centers or buy the food they need with food stamps.

They can also improve their diets with U.S. Department of Agriculture commodity foods.

Housing, Assisted Living, Adult Day Care

Missouri’s housing guide describes housing options, affordable housing programs and services to help people stay in their homes.

Other programs like adult day care and assisted living, also help individuals remain in their homes or in homelike settings as long as possible.

Legal Services

The MO Seniors’ Legal HelpLine provides a phone line and website for seniors to access information and assistance on legal issues.  The toll-free number will route a caller to their local Area Agency on Aging where trained staff will provide assistance with information and referrals to legal services when appropriate.

Transportation

OATS helps people all over Missouri get to work, doctor appointments, or do essential shopping. Reduced bus fares also help seniors get around in Columbia, Kansas City, Springfield and St. Louis.

Keeping Active

Exercise helps people stay fit and active and prevent falls. strength training and Tai Chi are especially good for older adults.

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