Accessible Home Virginia Tax Credit: There's a state tax credit of up to $5,000 for new construction or for retrofitting your home to make it handicapped accessible. To qualify for the tax credit, you must have at least three of the following features:
- Accessible route to a zero-step entrance into the residence
- Zero-step entrance into the residence
- Doors with at least 32 inches of clear width hallways with at least 36 inches of clear width to the accessible bathroom and eating area
- Accessible light switches, electrical outlets and environmental controls
- Accessible bathroom on the same floor as the zero-step entrance
- Accessible and useable kitchen facilities
The application form is available on line at this hyper link
American Association of Retired People home page. www.aarp.org
Elder Abuse, Recognition Abuse is a growing risk to seniors across the nation and understanding it is the first step to preventing it, so we created this guide for family members and caregivers looking for information to help recognize and prevent abuse. See THIS LINK.
Elder Care Connections has creative solutions to aging; works to improve the quality of life for elders, and to minimize stress for those who care for them.www.ElderCareConnections.net
Great Lives Lecture Series These are very popular biographical lectures given by nationally-known experts on their subjects. Each year, from January to April, there are nineteen or so one-hour lectures on certain Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in the University of Mary Washington's Dodd Auditorium. The season schedule is usually announced in late December. www.umw.edu/greatlives/default.php
National Chains Offering Senior Discounts [click here to download]
New York Times Caring for Elders resource links
Refinance and Mortgage Guide for older members of society and senior family members in navigating the sometimes cumbersome process of purchasing and maintaining real estate at this hyperlink.
Road Scholar Extraordinary travel and learning adventures for people 55 and over. http://www.roadscholar.org/
Senior Navigator brings over 21,000 health and aging resources to seniors, caregivers, adults with disabilities and their families. www.seniornavigator.com
Sharp Brains Their mission is to provide the best science-based information and guidance for Brain Health and Fitness. www.sharpbrains.com/
Stage Alive Community Concert Association (SACCA) is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that sponsors at least six concerts each "concert year" between September and May in nearby Culpeper, Virginia. www.StageAlive.org
University of Mary Washington public events calendar The University has a single Web page with many of its calendars, including Public Events, Athletic Events, Theater, Fredericksburg Forum, James Monroe Museum, Campus Art Galleries, and Belmont. http://www.umw.edu/events/
Tips for Aging in Place:
- Retirement Calculator: Is your retirement funded?
- Can I Get a Mortgage if I’m Retired?
- Should You Own or Rent a Home in Retirement?
- How to Save for a Down Payment on a House
- Assisted Living Facilities: Tips for Choosing a Facility and Making the Transition
- Early Warning Signs of Dementia & Alzheimer's
- Fall Prevention & Management
- Older Adults’ Health and Age-Related Changes
- A Sobering Diagnosis: Coping with a Terminal Illness Diagnosis as a Recovering Addict
- Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers
- Home Improvement
- Preparing Your Home for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Guide
- A Guide to Downsizing for Seniors and Their Loved Ones
- Home Modifications Increase Senior Safety
- 7 Home Improvement & Remodeling Ideas That Increase Home Value (And What To Avoid)
- Home Construction & Design Techniques for Child Safety
- How to Deter Burglars: Keeping Potential Robbers Away From Your Home
- Senior-Friendly Remodeling
- 10 Pieces of Technology Seniors Should Embrace