List Of Federal Services For Seniors

This extensive list presents federal Web sites that offer valuable information on a range of critical eldercare issues. The following agencies offer financial help with housing, prescription drugs, food, caregiving services, etc.

Federal Websites

U.S. Administration on Aging 

Site contains a wide array of information on older persons and services for the elderly. Several resource rooms focusing on such topics as Alzheimer’s Disease and caregiving are available.

Phone: 202-619-0724

The official U.S. gateway to all government information.
Phone: 1-800-FED-INFO

ADEAR Center

ADEAR Center is a current, comprehensive, unbiased source of information about Alzheimer’s Disease. The ADEAR Center is operated as a service of the National Institute on Aging.

Phone: 1-800-438-4380

Cancer Information Service

The Cancer Information Service (CIS), a program of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), provides the latest and most accurate cancer information to patients, their families, the public, and health professionals.

Phone: 1-800-4-CANCER is a comprehensive Federal website of disability-related government resources.


FDA for Older People

FDA has numerous articles, brochures and other publications with information for older people on a wide range of health issues, including arthritis, cancer, health fraud, and nutrition.

Phone: 1-888-INFO-FDA (1-888-463-6332)


Go4Life, an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging at NIH, is designed to help adults 50+ fit exercise and physical activity into your daily life.


Site is the official government benefits website. It is a free, confidential tool that helps individuals find government benefits they may be eligible to receive.


Long Term Care for Veterans 

The Guide provides information about long term care options - home and community based, and residential care.



Provides links to selected online publications, clearinghouses, databases, websites and support and self-help groups, as well as government agencies and nonprofit organizations for seniors and others.



Site provides information related to housing options for seniors including information on HUD housing programs.



Site contains general information on the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).


The Official U.S. Government Site for People with Medicare.


National Center for Elder Abuse

Site provides resources on elder abuse prevention, including information on reporting a suspected case of elder abuse.



Site provides aging-related health information easily accessible for adults 60 and over.


Nursing Home Compare

The primary purpose of this tool is to provide detailed information about the past performance of every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the country.


A federal resource that provides easy access to all online federal government information on nutrition.


Prescription Drug Programs 

This section of the website provides information on public and private programs that offer discounted or free medication, programs that provide assistance with other health care costs, and Medicare health plans that include prescription coverage.


The Senior Corp

Senior Corps is a network of programs that tap the experience, skills, and talents of older citizens to meet community challenges. Through its three programs – Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions, and RSVP (the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program).

Phone: 1-800-424-8867

Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration toll-free number operates from 7AM to 7PM, Monday to Friday. Recorded information and services are available 24 hours a day. The website contains a wealth of information and resources including on-line databases and publications.

Phone: 1-800-772-1213

Supplemental Nutrition 

Assistance Program (SNAP)

Site provides information on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, including eligibility and application information.

Phone: 703-305-2286


The State Department offers travel tips and provides special tips for older Americans traveling abroad.

Emergency Phone: 1-888-407-4747

Veterans Administration

Information on VA benefits and services.

Phone: 1-800-827-1000