GovBenefits.gov Features Programs for Seniors
Among its more than 1,000 government benefit programs, Govbenefits.gov includes programs designed for the more than 35 million senior citizens in the United States. Seniors can search for programs by keyword, life event or questionnaire to find programs that meet their specific needs. Below are some programs geared primarily for seniors.

Medicare Prescription Drug Plans
Starting January 1, 2006, new Medicare prescription drug coverage will be available to everyone with Medicare. Medicare recipient can get this coverage that may help lower prescription drug costs and help protect against higher costs in the future. Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage is insurance. You choose the drug plan and pay a monthly premium. The amount of the monthly premium is not affected by your health status or how many prescriptions you need. You will also pay a share of the cost of your prescriptions. All drug plans will have to provide coverage at least as good as the standard coverage, which Medicare has set. However, some plans might also offer more coverage and additional drugs for a higher monthly premium. For more information, visit the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Program.

Independent Living Services for Older, Blind Individuals
Independent living services for older blind persons aims to support individuals aged 55 or older, whose recent visual impairment make getting a job difficult in this competitive marketplace, but for whom independent living goals are feasible. The goal of this program is to help people to correct blindness or visual impairment, or help them adjust to their blindness by increasing their ability to care for their individual needs. Services offered include visual screening, therapeutic treatment, outreach, eyeglasses, other vision aids, guide services, transportation, orientation and mobility services, reader services, Braille instruction, information and referral peer counseling, adaptive skills training, and other appropriate services designed to assist an older individual who is blind in coping with daily living activities. For more information, visit the Independent Living Services for Older, Blind Individuals Program.

Senior Companion Program
The Senior Companion Program provides grants to qualified agencies and organizations for the dual purpose of engaging persons 60 and older, particularly those with limited incomes, in volunteer service to meet critical community needs and to provide a high quality experience that will enrich the lives of the volunteers and the seniors. Program funds are used to support Senior Companions in providing supportive, individualized services to help adults with special needs in order to maintain their independence. For more information, visit the Senior Companion Program.

To see a completed list of senior related programs, visit our Categorypage, then select ?Senior Citizens?, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click "Search".