Rebecca Fierle Encourages Seniors to Claim $20 Billion in Missing Benefits

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Reuters has reported that senior citizens are missing out on roughly $20 billion in financial aid. Rebecca Fierle, a geriatric management expert, is encouraging seniors to learn more about available help and take advantage of all accessible benefits.

In an article by Bernadette Baum, Reuters has reported that senior citizens are overlooking an estimated $20 billion in financial aid. The National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) have joined forces to increase the financial assistance that seniors receive. Their latest initiative, "You Gave, Now Save," allows these organizations to provide invaluable resources to senior citizens. Rebecca Fierle, a senior care professional, fully supports this initiative and encourages seniors to learn more about the benefits they could be receiving.

Elderly individuals are failing to take advantage of this $20 billion in missing benefits for several reasons. First and foremost, they do not always know that benefits are available. Baum reports that seniors either do not understand that they are eligible for aid or they are not aware that certain programs are available to them. Additionally, asserts Baum, seniors may fail to file for their benefits if the application process is too difficult or if they fear the social stigma that they believe accompanies the receipt of financial help.

To address these issues, the NCOA and n4a are running Eldercare Locator, which bridges the gap between senior citizens and the organizations that can help them. A hotline, Eldercare Locator can be found online at http://www.eldercare.gov. Additionally, the NCOA spearheads BenefitsCheckup at http://www.benefitscheckup.org, which provides elderly individuals with a list of organizations that may be able to provide assistance.

"The work that these organizations are doing is great," commented Rebecca Fierle. "The fact that seniors may have access to $20 billion in benefits that they aren't receiving is heartbreaking. Many elderly individuals can hardly afford healthy food or to keep the heat on during the winter.

With the help of these missing benefits, their quality of life could improve greatly."

As a senior care professional, Rebecca Fierle has seen firsthand the ways in which seniors could benefit from government and non-profit assistance. The NCOA and n4a are doing work that will enhance the lives of senior citizens, and hope that their newest initiative, "You Gave, Now Save," creates positive change in the senior community.

ABOUT:

Rebecca Fierle is a senior care professional whose company, Geriatric Management, provides priceless services to elderly individuals and their families. Rebecca Fierle and her colleagues take care of everything, providing legal and tax guidance, transportation, and professional assessments to determine the proper level of care for each individual. Through her work, Rebecca Fierle has improved the quality of life for seniors and their families by minimizing the stress that senior care may cause.

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