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[Reference Dept]In New Jersey Aging & Community Services oversees senior services. For Morris County, contact Aging Services
AARP The American Association of Retired Persons: pensions, housing, advance directives, transportation options, etc.
Morris County: Bar Association Lawyers Referral Service (973) 267-5882. Nationally, use Martindale-Hubbell or FindLaw Lawyers Directory to locate specialists in elder law.
Values in NADA Official Used Car Guide Kelley's Blue Book or Edmund's Car Prices.
Bank accounts/stocks
Federal Reserve's National Information Center of Banking Information (use Advanced Search, bottom of screen) to find merged/failed banks) for old bank acounts/stocks.
Bonds (US Savings Bonds)
To value bonds at time of death use the calculator from the US Department of the Treasury.
Doctors NJ licensed physicians, certifications and legal actions, if any. See also members of Medical Society of NJ and the American Medical Assn.
In the library use Castle Connelly Top Docs in the Metro NY area.
Drop in or day care US Health/Human Services Eldercare Locator
Financial Assistance
NJ support services include pharmaceutical and hearing aid costs.
NJ hospital performance review and America's Best Hospitals (US News & World Report). The AHA web site links to state hospital association sites.
State of New Jersey identifies 17 different types of housing for seniors. See especially the state's List of Affordable Housing, by county and NJ income guidelines. For congreage living siutations, see state list of support services.
Home help
Small projects, meal prep, light housekeeping/laundry or basic home maintenance will be done for seniors by the Jewish Vocational Service of Metrowest's At Home Services. Call 973-674-2415 to inquire about help from this non-sectarian service.
Insurance For status of an insucance company contact us for a check in AM Best.
Legal aid Legal Services of Northwest Jersey provides free civil legal services for seniors.
Medicare... has been especially designed for seniors.
Nursing homes
Search the NJ licensed facilites and services, including nursing homes and hospices. New Jersey has an Ombudsman for the elderly, who can accept anonymous complaints or concerns.
Check to see if someone had/has a pension: US Dept of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration or the Pension Rights Center
NJ offers pharmaceutical and hearing aid assistance for low income seniors. See generally Support Services for the Aged and Disabled, from NJ Dept of Health and Senior Services. The NJ Senior Gold Prescription Plan covers prescriptions and diabetics' supplies, for residents in certain income levels. For similar programs in other states, see the listing from National Conference of State Legislatures. (Scroll down page for table of state plans.)
Call the police department where your senior lives. See if they have a senior call program, in which they call seniors living alone or the seniors call into the Department each day.
Probate/wills & estates, Morris
The County Surrogates, in NJ, are responsible for probate of wills, designation of executor(s), etc. If you need another NJ county, check this NJ judiciary list. For the other 49 states, call (973-285-6969/6968) or drop us a note if you need contact information for county offices.
Retirement living
There are a number of titles you may wish to look at: Retirement Places Rated, Retire in Style and 50 Fabulous Place to Retire in America are among those books in our relocation collection.
Savings bonds (US government) Calculator for determing bond values.
Social Security benefits The Morris County office is on Rte 10 in Parsippany; call (800) 772-1213.
Stock values
For historic stock prices see MarketWatch or Yahoo Finance (some stocks as far back as 1969). We have the Standard & Poor's Daily Stock Price Record, Obsolete Securities, Fisher Manuals and Capital Changes Reporter here, if you need an historic quote.
Support groups For the fatigued caretaker/family. contact the NJ Self-Help Group Clearinghouse, 1-800-367-6274
Valuing art, antiques, etc
The library has standard price guides to antiques (Kovels, Warmans, etc.) To find a professional appraiser check with the American Appraisers Association or the American Society of Appraisers.
Veterans' Admnistration web includes benefits information and/or call the County veterans officer, (973) 285-6866.

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Morris County Library (NJ)
14 July 2012

Senior assistance

Drop-in/Day care
Financial Assistance
Funeral Rule (US FTC)
Hearing aids
Home help
Legal aid
Nursing Homes
Probate/wills & estates
Retirement Living
Social Security
Stock Values
Support Groups
Valuing art & antiques
Veterans benefits

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