Informational resources that support seniors or senior related issues.
Center for Successful Aging
Helps Seniors and their families with the Challenges & Opportunities of Aging
Free Individual Senior Peer Counseling
Free Senior Peer Support Groups
Free Educational Programming
Senior Peer Counseling Training
Additional Support Services for the 'Sandwich Generation'
Administration on Aging
The Administration on Aging (AoA) is the Federal agency responsible for advancing the concerns and interests of older people and their caregivers. AoA works with and through the Aging
Together, we have the power to prevent elder abuse.
Services Network to promote the development of a comprehensive and coordinated system of home and community-based long-term care that is responsive to the needs and preferences of older people and their family caregivers. AoA is part of the Department of Health and Human Services and is headed by the Assistant Secretary for Aging, who reports directly to the Secretary.
HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program) provides free and objective information and counseling about Medicare. Volunteer counselors can help you understand your specific rights and health care options. HICAP also offers free educational presentations to groups of Medicare beneficiaries, their families and/or providers on a variety of Medicare and other health insurance related topics.
SeniorNet's mission is to provide older adults education for and access to computer technologies to enhance their lives and enable them to share their knowledge and wisdom.
Who "Owns" USA.gov?
Many people and organizations have had a hand in creating our comprehensive, award-winning portal to government. And the government worked fast—Internet time—to launch it and to keep it responsive to the American people and the world.
USA.gov is an interagency initiative administered by the U.S. General Services Administration's Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies. It got its start when Internet entrepreneur Eric Brewer, whose early research was funded by the Department of Defense, offered to donate a powerful search engine to government. That gift helped accelerate the government's earlier work to create a government-wide portal.
In June 2000, President Clinton announced the gift from the Federal Search Foundation, a nonprofit organization established by Brewer, and instructed that an official U.S. web portal be launched within 90 days. USA.gov went online on September 22, 2000 under the name FirstGov.gov. The GSA and 22 federal agencies funded the initiative in 2001 and 2002. Since 2002, USA.gov has received an annual appropriation from the U.S. Congress. In January 2007, FirstGov.gov officially changed its name to USA.gov.
So, who "owns" USA.gov? The American people.
Information about the Social Security Administration
We deliver services through a nationwide network of over 1,400 offices that include regional offices, field offices, card centers, teleservice centers, processing centers, hearing offices, the Appeals Council, and our State and territorial partners, the Disability Determination Services. We also have a presence in U.S. embassies around the globe. For the public, we are the “face of the government.” The rich diversity of our employees mirrors the public we serve.
CAC is an established non-profit social service agency serving Santa Barbara County since its incorporation in 1967. With a staff reaching nearly 400 people we provide services to approximately 10,000 low-income individuals and families through the following areas:
Children's Services serves the needs of all children under five, parents of enrolled children, and pregnant women and expectant fathers at little or no cost to eligible low-income families
Energy Services helps to reduce energy costs to the consumer and provides utility payment assistance to qualified low-income households
Family and Youth Services specializes in reaching at-risk youth and families in achieving their goals for self-sufficiency through a diverse group of programs and community partnerships
Nutrition Services provides nutritious, high-quality meals to various community and Community Action Commission programs throughout Santa Barbara County
With a staff reaching nearly 400 people we provide services to approximately 10,000 low-income individuals and families.
California Department of Aging (CDA)
The California Department of Aging (CDA) administers programs that serve older adults, adults with disabilities, family caregivers, and residents in long-term care facilities throughout the State. The Department administers funds allocated under the federal Older Americans Act, the Older Californians Act, and through the Medi-Cal program.
We are a non-profit corporation established by the California Department of Aging as the Area Agency on Aging for San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties.
We offer services which:
• Maintain seniors' independence and dignity as people
• Encourage seniors to be socially and economically successful
• Care for the frail elderly
“The arts are about the senses and perception. The practice and cultivation of one’s perception is an essential aspect of what it means to be fully human. To have a diminished perceptual capacity…not expanded…not challenged…not stimulated…is to be moving through the world in a kind of anesthetic way…dulled to the sensory world….
When dulled to the sensory world we are radically inhibited to learn because so much of what we learn is through our senses.”
Steve Seidel, Ed.D. Arts and Education, Harvard School of Education
Home Instead Senior Care
Home Instead Senior Care is the world’s largest provider of comprehensive, non-medical companionship and home care services for aging adults. These services are provided through a network of franchise offices located throughout the United States.
Orcutt Area Seniors In Services, Inc. P.O. Box 2637, Santa Maria, California 93457
The National Center on Elder Abuse is the major source of available statistics on elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation in the United States. It collects and analyzes national data on cases referred to and investigated by adult protective services, and serves as a resource to investigators worldwide.
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, a program of Senior Volunteer Services, matches the interests of persons age 55 and older with rewarding part time volunteer opportunities for community service at hospitals and local non-profit organizations or government agencies. San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara Counties RSVP volunteers perform high impact service with County/City Police, Senior Centers, Harvest Bag/Food Banks, Museums/Parks, Libraries, Senior Nutrition Program, Amtrak/Airport, Caring Callers, and health care facilities.