Free Things For Seniors
One of the great benefits of becoming older is that you are now eligible for many free things for seniors that are offered through the government and other organizations.
The only problem is to take advantage of these “freebies”, you must first know about them.
Below Is A List Of Some Of The Free Stuff Available For Seniors:
Free Things When Traveling
- If you are 62 or older, you qualify for the Golden Age Passport,
which is a lifetime entrance pass to national parks, monuments, historic
sites, recreation areas, and national wildlife refuges that charge an
entrance fee. There is a one-time $10 processing charge.
- You can receive a free passport if you are a member of a family
visiting an overseas gravesite of a veteran. Eligibility includes
widows, parents, children, sisters, brothers, and guardians of the
deceased who are buried on foreign soil.
- Many County Cooperative Extension offices offer free courses,
workbooks and videos about cooking, sewing, and other hobbies. Check
with your local office.
- If you are into genealogy, then you may want to check with Ellis
Island. While not completely free, you can receive a copy of the ship passenger log of
immigrants arriving through Ellis Island for only $10. The organization has records dating back to the 1800's.
- Visit your local library for free books, free audio books, and much more.
- If you enjoy dancing, painting, or writing, you may be eligible to
receive a grant or fellowship to help you pursue your art form. Contact The National Endowment For The Arts for more information.
- There are many free outdoor concerts and theater productions that
are offered during the summer months. Check with your local park and
recreation department. Plus, many ballets, orchestras, museums and art
galleries offer discounted admission to senior citizens. Or consider
volunteering as an usher and receive free tickets in exchange for your
Contact the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Foster Grandparent Program, ...etc.
- Many colleges and universities offer special programs for senior
citizens who are interested in going back to school. This often includes
free or low-cost tuition and discounts on fees and books. Contact your local community college or university for more information.
- There is also financial assistance in the form of grants
for senior citizens that are awarded every year by the United States
Federal Government. These federal grants can be used for assistance in
education, employment training, medical, and housing.
Free Things for Seniors' Health
- Medical researchers get million of dollars each year to study the
causes, cures, and treatments of common conditions, such as Alzheimer's,
cataracts, and heart disease. If your condition is being studied, you
might qualify for a clinical trial.Call the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center for more information.
- National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse
provides free educational materials to help increase knowledge and
understanding about diabetes. They also offer a free cookbook for
- Check with your local social services agency to see if you qualify for assisted meals or food stamps.
- Contact you local County Cooperative Extension office for free
cooking classes, weight loss information, and free pamphlets on healthy
cooking. Some offices even offer free videos on the subject.
- The National Institute on Aging has an Exercise Packet online. There are also free videos to watch on health and exercising for senior citizens.
Free Legal Help
- Many states offer free legal advice through a hotline for older citizens. Contact your state Department of Aging.
- Eldercare Locator
can provide you with access to organizations serving older people at
state and local levels, including legal assistance and other advocates.
- If your insurance company has denied a recent medical claim, contact
your state Insurance Commissioner. They may be able to help reverse the
decision for free.
Free Things for Seniors' Housing
- The USDA Rural Housing Service can help you fix up your home in the
form of grants or low-interest loans. The average grant is $7,500, but
you could qualify for more. To learn more, contact your local Rural
Housing and Community Development Services.
- Get free firewood for your personal use from most National Forests.
- Get free fertilizer from your local US Department of Agriculture Extension Service.
- Receive 10 free trees by becoming a member of the Arbor Day Foundation. The membership cost is $10.
- Order free trees, shrubs, and other plants from Free Trees and Plants. You pay the shipping and handling charges.
Miscellaneous Free Things for Seniors
- Many local beauty and barber schools will offer free or low cost haircuts.
- If you need expensive dental work and can not afford it, local
dental clinics and dental colleges will often offer quality dental care
at little or no cost.
- You may be able to get free care for your pet at a local veterinary school.
- There are many programs that provide free job training and
opportunities to senior citizens. Check your local area for such
- Sign up for free coupons online. A couple of sites are Cool Savings and Coupon Mom.
As you can see there are many free things for seniors. By searching the internet, you will be able to find many more freebies.
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