Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma Provides Funding Again to Oklahoma's Area Agencies on Aging

posted Jan 10, 2011, 9:24 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 10, 2011, 9:32 AM ]
The Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma has once again partnered with the South Western Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA) Area Agency on Aging (AAA), along with other Area Agencies on Aging across the state, to assist with funding direct services for people 55 years of age and older. There will be an application process for individuals 55 and over who are in need of some type assistance that is not otherwise provided by other agencies. These funds will be used on a first come first serve basis until they are all utilized. Some of the types of services that can be purchased by the SWODA AAA include dentures and/or dental work, minor home repairs, wheelchair ramps and heaters and/or heater repairs. Funding for each type of service will be limited. Those who have desperate or unique needs should file an application because those situations will be looked at on a case-by-case basis. Assistance will be available once per person every other year.

Counties covered by the SWODA AAA are Beckham, Custer, Greer, Harmon, Jackson, Kiowa, Roger Mills and Washita. The SWODA AAA has in-depth working knowledge of current government programs that are available to older Oklahomans, as well as knowledge of the existence of service gaps or non-covered needs of Oklahoma’s older citizens.

The SWODA Aging Services Information Assistant receives calls daily from older people and/or their caregivers with needs, and many are told nothing is available to help. This Masonic funding will enable AAA staff to assist many callers with resources that were not available previously. This funding “will not only help Oklahoma’s older population, but will also relieve some of the stress placed on caregivers whose older relatives are continually turned down because of the lack of resources needed to help,” said James Boyd, SWODA director of Aging Services.

To learn more about this and other available services, call the SWODA Aging Services Information Assistant, Ada Vanderford, at 1-800-627-4882, or call the statewide toll-free Senior Info Line at 1-800-211-2116.
Pictured below, left to right: David Ray, Masonic Charity Foundation President, James Boyd, SWODA Aging Services director, and Glen Almay, Masons Grandmaster.
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Jan 10, 2011, 9:28 AM