Advocacy for Baby Boomers
We all need an advocate — people or organizations that give us support and
champion our cause.  
AARP (the Association for Retired People) is probably the main
group that springs to mind as an advocate for people 50 and older.  But it still
conjures up an “elderly” image for many. "Old" and "retired" are not how we think of
ourselves. Maybe you’ll find the
Boomer Initiative to be more in step with our
generation.

Gimme Shelter

Most people are aware of low-income housing assistance for people over 62, but
there also are moderate-income alternatives for seniors 55 and older that don't
require you to deplete all your assets.
Maple Pointe Apartments, in Chicago's trendy
River North, is one of these options for individuals earning less than $32,000.

Find
senior housing and affordable housing in your area.  If you need government
housing
assistance, here’s how to apply. For ideas on how to stretch your budget
with creative housing alternatives, see
Our House.

Government Sources

Consult these U.S. government sites for help for you and your aging parents: the
National Council on Aging, which focuses on lifestyle trends, and the U.S.
Administration on Aging, which includes information on obtaining services, assistance
and grants.

Health Care

Federally funded health centers provide medical care on a sliding scale based on your
income. If you can't afford your medications, check out the
Partnership for
Prescription Assistance.  The Patient Advocate Foundation mediates on behalf of
individuals with life-threatening diseases for access to care. And
SimpleCare is a
collaboration between patients and cash-only doctors that has a growing network of
providers.
The Over-50 Resource
"Like a bridge over
troubled water, I
will ease your mind."

- Paul Simon
Read Marcy’s
story to get an
idea of what it
takes to help an
elderly parent.