Senior Health

I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you.

                                                                                                                      ~Joyce Meyer

Assisting You With Being Healthy

NECALG Area Agency on Aging in conjunction with the Older American’s Act supports and administers programs to assist older adults remain vital, health and as independent as possible in thir homes and communities. Medicare and Medicaid often do not pay for senior’s dental and vision needs. Thankfully, there are several options available for qualified individuals to receive assistance with these needs. Should you or a loved one are in need of health services, dental services, health screenings, eyeglasses and hearing aides the Area Agency on Aging is here with programs to assist.   

Healthy Aging Programs

Vision Program

Matherial aid funding is available for low-income adults age 60 and older for vision needs. Up to $150 is available to assist with eyeglasses and visions exams. 

Other resources are available for seniors 60 and over who have, or suspect, vision impairment, like blindness, glaucoma, low-vision, cataracts, etc. The Vision Impairment vouchers assist in accessing services such as regular eye examination, low-vision specialist appointment, assistive technology, adaptive aids, transportation, homemaker services, caregiver supports, home assessments, and skills training for newly diagnosed.

Dental Program

The purpose of the Colorado Dental Health Care Program for Low Income Seniors is to promote the health and welfare of Colorado’s low-income seniors by providing access to dental care to individuals age 60 and over who are not eligible for dental services under any other dental health care program, such as Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program). Material aid funding is available for adults 60 and older to help defray the cost of dental  needs. Up to $500 in funding is available. 

Also available is the Low Income Dental Program for individuals age 60 and over, CICP and Veterans. The program provides for up to complete set of dentures or bridges, and will cover up to $3500 depending on individual need. Recipients are responsible for small copayments  that range from $10 to $80 depending on amount of dental care needed. Qualifying household income is up to 250% of the federal poverty level, and the individual cannot be eligible for Medicaid, Medicaid dental and or have dental insurance.

Falls Prevention

Several evidence-based falls prevention classes are available within the region. Classes like  Matter of Balance  have been scientifically proven to build confidence and reduce falls. For more information, call the NECALG Area Agency on Aging.

Hearing Aid Program

Age-related hearing loss is the loss of hearing that gradually occurs in most adults as we grow older. It is one of the most common conditions affecting older and elderly adults.  The Area Agency on Aging works to assist older adults age 60 and older with accessing needed hearing aids. Working in conjunction with the Sterling Lions Club refurbished hearing aids are often available and other programs provide new hearing aids for individuals who qualify.

Nutrition Education & Counseling

Nutrition education programs are designed to promote better health by providing accurate and culturally sensitive nutrition, physical fitness, or health  information and instruction to participants and caregivers in a group setting’

Alternately, Nutrition Counseling  involves individualized advice and guidance for seniors who are at nutritional risk. These individuals are said to be at risk because of their health or nutritional history, dietary intake, medications use or chronic illnesses. Nutritional Counseling provides options and methods for improving  nutritional status and decreasing nutritional risk. These helpful counseling sessions are performed by a health professional in accordance with state law and policy.

If you have need for nutritional counseling or have interest in learning strategies for improving your nutritional health please contact The Area Agency on Aging to set up an appointment

State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) provides free, in-depth, one-on-one insurance counseling and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries, their families, friends, and caregivers. If you have questions or concerns about Medicare, would like to learn more about your Medicare benefits, or how  see if you’re eligible for the Medicare Savings Program, contact either the Area Agency on Aging at 970 867-9409, toll free at 1-888-696-7213, or one of our helpful Senior Coordinators.

Medicare Counseling

The program provides seniors with one-to-one counseling to help them take full advantage of their benefits. Appointments are available for face to face meetings as well as phone consultations.  For your appointment, Please contact The Area Agency on Aging at 970 867-9409

Medicare Rights

You Have Medicare Rights!

You have the right to:

  • File a quality of care complaint. You may contact KEPRO to file a complaint, and your medical record will be reviewed by one of KEPRO’s physicians. They will determine if you received the appropriate care for your condition.
  • File an appeal of your discharge from a hospital, skilled nursing facility, home health agency, or a hospice. During your discharge appeal, you will incur NO financial liability. You may file an appeal with KEPRO if you feel that you are not ready to be discharged from a hospital or from skilled services.
  • Request Immediate Advocacy for immediate concerns. KEPRO can contact your provider on your behalf and advocate regarding your concerns.

To file a quality of care complaint or appeal a discharge from a skilled nursing facility, home health agency, hospital, or a hospice, call KEPRO toll-free at 844-430-9504.

Visit www.keproqio.com to learn more

The Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program is the cornerstone of Medicare’s efforts to improve the quality of care and health outcomes for beneficiaries. KEPRO is the Beneficiary and Family Centered Care QIO (BFCC-QIO) for more than 30 states. KEPRO offers information and assistance to providers, patients,  and families regarding beneficiary complaints, discharge appeals, and Immediate Advocacy.

Insurance For Seniors Age 60 to 64
  • Connect for Health Colorado

Connect for Health Colorado is Colorado’s Health Insurance Marketplace (Affordable Care Act). You can get financial assistance if you qualify, view and compare all health plans in your area, buy a health insurance plan, and access free, expert, in-person help from Health Coverage Guides.

You are not eligible for the Affordable Care Act if you currently receive Medicare. Medicare isn’t part of the Health Insurance Marketplace established by ACA, so you don’t have to replace your Medicare coverage with Marketplace coverage.  No matter how you get Medicare, whether through Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage Plan, you’ll still have the same benefits and security you have now.

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