Congregate meal sites are places like senior centers where lunch is served on weekdays to individuals age 60 or older. At senior centers people come together to enjoy a meal, meet and talk with friends, participate in health programs and find out about services. Some senior centers have transportation available from your home to the center.
- Idahoans 60 years or older and their spouses, regardless of spouses' ages; and
- Disabled people living in the home of person 60 years or older
Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Disease Prevention and Health Promotion provides information, services and activities for individuals over 60, their spouses and families that include:
- Health screenings and assessments
- Organized physical fitness activities
- Health promotion programs
- Medication management
- Home injury control services
Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA)
Navigating the Medicare System
Many Medicare recipients are not aware that programs exist to reduce expenses such as Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program, Low-Income Subsidy and Medicare Savings Program.
The MIPPA program relies on volunteers who are active in their local communities to conduct outreach and provide education about these programs that may help reduce Medicare costs. MIPPA staff and volunteers work to:
- Engage host agencies who distribute eligibility information to the community
- Increase awareness of Medicare Part D and Medicare Disease Prevention and Wellness benefits through local outreach efforts
- Refer eligible people to the State Health Insurance Benefits Advisers (SHIBA) to assist with signing up for benefits
Respite for Caregivers
Caregiving places demands on people. There is no single profile of a caregiver, a caregiver's situation, or the duration of the caregiving experience. Caregiving can range from periodic phone calls and visits from distant caregivers, buying groceries or managing money, to the daily duties of personal care. Caregiving responsibilities may also be spread over several households and beyond family to friends and acquaintances.
Information, training, decision support, respite, problem solving alternatives, and social support are among the things offered as services to caregivers. In Idaho there are several programs to aid caregivers with their responsibilities and challenges.
- Family Caregivers (18+) of older Adults (60+)
- Family Caregivers (18+) of individuals with Alzheimer's or related dementia (any age)
- Grandparents and relative caregivers (55+) of children (under age 18) and
- Grandparents/relative caregivers (55+) of adult children (18-59) with a disability