When we think of the government shutdown, what may not immediately come to mind are websites that serve seniors and thier families in getting help with their eldercare needs. In the recent weeks, if you went to visit a government eldercare website such as Medicare.gov, eldercarelocator.gov, or even the area agency on aging website www.AOA.gov, you may have seen a new message:
"Due to the absence of either a fiscal year 2014 appropriation, or a continuing resolution for HHS, the regular operations of the Administration on Aging have been suspended. As such, content on this website is not being regularly updated. If you need assistance in accessing services for older adults, please contact the Eldercare Locator at 1-800-677-1116."
"Due to the government shutdown, information on this website may not be up to date. For information about available government services visit USA.gov"
"Due to a lapse in funding, the U.S. Federal Government has shut down. Call 1-800-FED-INFO (1-800-333-4636) for answers to government questions."
Visit http://www.usa.gov/shutdown.shtml to see an overview of what is affected by the government shutdown and what will continue during the government shutdown.
Published on October 16, 2013.