Elder information hotline

Finding the answers to questions about elder issues can sometimes be confusing. The Attorney General's Office has a statewide, toll-free telephone hotline to assist individuals on a wide range of elder issues.

Resources and support programs for family caregivers

The Massachusetts Family Caregiver Support Program offers caregivers assistance and support to ease the strain and reduce the challenges of caregiving.

Elder services referral network and hotline

Find out what state-sponsored programs/services for elders and caregivers are available and what each program provides.

Age discrimination and elder abuse

Abuse of elders takes many different forms, some involving intimidation or threats against the elderly, some involving neglect, and others involving financial exploitation. Here you'll find Information on how to prevent, protect and eliminate the mistreatment of elders. Plus, if you've ever been a victim of age discrimination, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) can help. Find out when and how to file a complaint at MCAD and what to bring with you when you meet for the investigative conference.

Housing and independent living

There are many types of independent living facilities, from apartment complexes to separate houses. They come in a range of costs, including subsidized housing for low income older adults. Continuing care retirement facilities provide independent living as well as other housing with more services at the same facility.

Food and nutrition

Learn about the many federal and state-funded nutrition programs and services available for elders. Some Nutrition Program sites display online menus.

Health care

Health and financial needs change as you age, and figuring out what to do can be a challenge. These resources for Massachusetts residents aged 65 and older can help you address your health care issues. You will find information on long-term care facilities, health insurance, prescription drug programs, Medicare, chronic disease and rehabilitative hospitals and more.

Transportation information and planning

Get tips here on low-cost, convenient public transportation designed to get you where you need to go, when you need to go there. Do you drive a car to work? If not, it is vital that you check out these alternative means of transportation, including accessible transportation options for the elderly and people with disabilities.

Elder advocates and service organizations

Learn about Massachusetts service organizations and advocates dedicated not only to protecting the elderly -- especially those who are frail and disabled -- against neglect, abuse, exploitation and crimes of fraud, but also helping them remain independent and in their own homes..

Retirement

Ready to retire from your job with the Commonwealth? Learn about the new Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA); Treasurer's office telephone extension changes; new tax tables; changes in health insurance premiums; list of deceased retirees whose Option B benefits have been unclaimed, and more.

Social security survivor benefits

Learn about the importance of Social Security survivors' insurance and what you need to know about survivor benefits if you're working or a relative dies.

Working and volunteering in your community

Staying involved after retirement  keeps you young. Working full- or part-time can exercise your mind and boost your retirement income, while taking a new class is a great way to sharpen your brain and make new connections. Plus, helping others is a great way to give back to the community.

State tax information for elders and retirees

Information on a variety of state income and property tax benefits available for Massachusetts elders and retirees. This page also contains links to other state and federal agencies that you may find useful.