Financially-challenged older adults can visit one of 12 Sixty & Better locations for assistance

Army veteran Anthony Suber is one of several Sixty & Better volunteers who work in Benefits Enrollment Centers, helping older adults in receiving the benefits they are entitled to. Anthony was especially proud to come to the aid of Billy, a 93-year old WWII veteran who was paying $500 for a 30-day supply of one of his many heart medications. Anthony discovered that Billy’s Purple Heart status was never recorded with the VA and was therefore able to lower the cost of medication to $22 for a 60-day supply.

We salute Billy for his brave service as a paratrooper and for persevering after the loss of his house in the 1949 flood, the worst in Fort Worth’s history. We also thank Anthony for his military service and for continuing to serve others by navigating the often difficult process of obtaining needed benefits.

According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), while those 65 and up may be eligible, many do not access benefits due to the complexity in applying. Sixty & Better has established 12 Benefits Enrollment Centers within its network of 25 neighborhood Activity Centers, with more to come.  Social work interns and trained volunteers work one-on-one to assist financially-challenged older adults in receiving benefits to help with prescription drug payments, medical care, food and utility assistance.

Sixty & Better (formerly Senior Citizen Services) is celebrating its fiftieth year of empowering older adults to live with purpose, independence, and dignity. Benefits Enrollment Centers are made possible by The Frank & Jean Buhler Charitable Fund in partnership with the NCOA. For more information, call Sixty & Better at 817-413-4949, ext. 225 or email bec@sixtyandbetter.org.