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Senior Apartments
Residential facilities, apartments and/or planned communities exclusively for older adults that are available at market rates and designed to enable older adults to have a form of independent living in a secure environment while sharing common interests and having access to supportive services and a range of activities designed to promote social contact among residents.
Senior Centers
Community or residential centers with activities and non-medical services designed for independent older adults to promote well-being, activity, social interaction and meals.
Senior Ride Program
A service that provides transportation for aging adults no longer capable of driving themselves.
Senior scams
Illegitimate offers or opportunities that take advantage of seniors and attempt to steal assets.
Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF)
State-licensed facilities that provide a safe, therapeutic environment for individuals who require rehabilitative care or can no longer live independently due to functional or cognitive impairment. Also known as nursing homes or convalescent homes.
Social Security
A federally-administered program that provides monthly benefits to eligible workers who are either disabled or age 62 and over, and certain family members.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
An extension of Medicare coverage that provides cash disability benefits for those who qualify.
Speech Therapy
Individual or group therapy sessions that help an individual overcome communication conditions such as aphasia, swallowing difficulties, and voice disorders.
Spend Down
A requirement that an individual use up most of his or her own income to meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.
A sudden loss of consciousness followed by paralysis which is caused by hemorrhage into the brain, formulation of a blood clot or mass of undissolved matter in the blood.
Subsidized Housing
A program that accepts federally or state funds to subsidize housing for older adults with low to moderate incomes.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
A federal government program that pays benefits to low-income individuals. In order to qualify, individuals must be age 65 or older, blind or disabled.
Support Group
Facilitated group of individuals affected by a certain disease or situation that meet regularly to discuss related issues and personal feelings.