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Feel Good Stories Don’t Provide the Right Type of Care for Aging Veterans

Help for Aging Veterans in Dover, NH

People want to feel good. They want to start their day out with stories of positive influence, overcoming adversity, or of people who assisted others in a time of need. There’s a reason why so many movies and television programs today focus on ‘heroes.’ While it’s nice to have feel-good stories to share with one another, for aging veterans who may be living alone and struggling with their own basic care, stories alone don’t provide much assistance for them.

There could be a number of reasons why a particular elderly veteran isn’t reaching out for assistance Help for Aging Veterans in Dover, NHfrom others. He may not live close to any family who could stop over and help him out. His friends may have passed away a long time ago. With each passing year he may feel as though he is more and more isolated and lonely. That can lead to depression, anxiety, increased stress, and a number of other challenges.

This Memorial Day, people are going to be sharing stories about the heroism of veterans through the years. There will be tales about those who fell on a grenade to protect the rest of their troop. There will be stories of those who went into burning buildings, ran into the line of fire, and took on incredible odds in the name of helping their fellow brothers and sisters in battle.

There will be parades and iconic images to celebrate those men and women who gave their life, who paid the ultimate price for freedom, and while that is a great way to honor those who paid the ultimate price, it doesn’t provide the type of care that aging veterans still require. The Veterans Administration continues to be overwhelmed by scandals, a lack of funding, and other challenges in an effort to help more and more injured, disabled, and aging veterans.

They don’t have the resources to reach out to every single one of the estimated 23 million veterans living in the United States right now to inform them of various programs available that can help pay for home care services to those in need.

One of those programs is the Aid and Attendance Benefit. It is available to veterans who served at least 90 days active duty service in the United States military with at least one of those days falling during a time of active combat as defined by Congress. The veteran also needs to have been honorably discharged from their service and if they are 65 or over they may need a doctor’s recommendation that they require some type of care at home.

Learn as much as you can about the Aid and Attendance pension and share it with as many veterans as you know this Memorial Day.

If you or someone you know needs the help of caregiver services near Dover, NH, contact the staff at Atlantic Homelife Senior Care. We provide quality and affordable home care for many disabled and elderly loved ones in our community. Call us at (603) 609-0166 for more information.

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Martha Berk, RN

Owner and Administrator at Atlantic Homelife Senior Care, LLC
Martha Berk has been a registered nurse specializing in geriatrics for more than 20 years. Her goal was to create a company that would allow seniors to stay in their homes and enjoy the home life they always had. She believes seniors should not have to give up the lives they have always known just because they need a helping hand. She is committed to help seniors maintain quality of life and live every moment to the fullest!