Why spend money if you can get products and services for free? Whether through the federal, state, or local government or churches and non-profits in your area, there are many options. Do your research and start saving money and enjoying retirement.

Another way to find free services specifically is through the Eldercare Locator website. This program is funded by the U.S. Administration on Aging and can help you find transportation, legal assistance, elder abuse resources, and more. Some services may just be discounted, but many are free. You can also call them at 1-800-677-1116 for assistance.

Free Dental Care

If you are a lower-income senior, Donated Dental Services (DDS) provides free senior dental care. The program is entirely staffed by volunteer dentists and is available in every state. Their website has a listing of facilities by state and their application process. You may also get dentures for free by contacting your state’s dental association.

Free Medical Services

Low-income older adults can also receive medical services through local free clinics run by the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics. If you need help with medication, pharmaceutical companies operate Patience Assistance Programs that provide seniors with free medication. Some of these programs are run by states and can be found on the National Council on Aging website. The RXAssist website and the NCOA-sponsored BenefitsCheckUp site help you search for PAPs offered directly from drug companies.

Free Eye Care

Lions Clubs International provides free eyeglasses, exams, and glaucoma screenings. These services vary based on your local Lions Club.

Free Hearing Aids

If you need a hearing aid, some organizations help seniors obtain them for free.

  • The National Hearing Aid Project assists low-income seniors with finding hearing aids, although depending on your level of income, they may not be free but very low cost.
  • Other organizations that assist with getting new or refurbished hearing aids for seniors include the Lions Club and Kiwanis Club through their local branches.
  • You may also qualify for a free hearing aid through Medicaid and the Veterans Administration. If you need help understanding your government benefits through Medicare cover, the Senior Health Insurance Assistant Program helps seniors with free health insurance counseling. Note that programs may have different names in different states. In Oregon, there are counselors that have gone through Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) training and offer objective advice through the Council on Aging of Central Oregon.
  • Seniors who have hearing loss can also get a free phone from CaptionCall. The phones have a screen interface that provides captioning for incoming calls.

Free Food

Meals on Wheels provides over 2 million meals a year to homebound or disabled seniors. The Council on Aging of Central Oregon is your local food support resource for Meals on Wheels, community dining, and Grab-N-Go lunches.

The USDA Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) provides low-income seniors with food packages to supplement their regular meals. The packages include items like canned goods, peanut butter, cereal, milk, and juice. CFSP is available in most states, Puerto Rico, and some Native American reservations.

Free Education

Seniors who want to go to college can get fee waivers from several states. Some waivers may only cover part of the cost, but many programs get you tuition-free of charge. Oregon State University allows senior citizens at least 65 years old to audit classes for free. The University of Oregon also waives fees for seniors 65 and older auditing classes on a space-available basis. Online course options may be offered depending on availability.

Free Tax Preparation

Many agencies assist each tax season, depending on your status and need. A community center, library, or senior center would be the best place to look for information. Tax Counseling for the Elderly provides free preparation services for seniors. You can find a TCE office near you by calling 800-906-9887 or the AARP website.

Phone and Internet Service

The Lifeline program, funded by the Federal Communications Commission, provides low-cost and free cell phone or landline services for low-income seniors. The program is available through various phone service providers, such as QLink and AT&T, and options will vary. Some providers include a free phone while others do not, so it’s best to shop around.

Council on Aging of Central Oregon or other Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)

“AAAs” are available in most major cities and provide resources for older adults. Services at each office will vary, so you’ll need to contact your local office to see what they provide. Typically, AAAs offer free Medicare counseling, nutrition education, food support like Meals on Wheel, minor home repair, and help with applying for government assistance programs.

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