Web sites offer useful financial information for older Americans

Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2000

DENVER (AP) -- A wealth of useful financial information for seniors is available on the Internet, from retirement planning to tax information.

''Individuals have access to a vast variety of information with the touch of a key and all without leaving their home,'' says Lisa Start-Khalilian, a tax expert and an academic associate at the College for Financial Planning.

Even if you don't own a computer, she recommends the local library or senior center, many of which provide Internet connections.

To sort through that vast variety of information, Start-Khalilian has compiled the following list of Web sites that she thinks are particularly beneficial for seniors.

n Social Security Administration (www.ssa.gov): One of the newest features on this site is a series of retirement calculators that allow workers to estimate their Social Security benefits at age 62, at full retirement and at age 70. The site also provides useful information on Social Security, disability and survivor benefits; tax changes that affect Social Security beneficiaries; and Medicare, including how to apply for a replacement Medicare card. You also can subscribe to an e-mail newsletter that updates you on changes affecting Social Security beneficiaries. Check out the links to other government agencies and related sites.

n Administration on Aging (www.aoa.dhhs.gov): This federal government site provides information designed for older Americans and their families, including topics such as long term care, elder abuse and health care. The site is crammed with links to other sites.

n ElderNet (www.eldernet.com): This site is a senior's guide to health, housing, legal, financial, retirement, lifestyles, news and entertainment.

n Health Care Financing Administration (www.hcfa.gov): HCFA is the federal agency that administers Medicare and Medicaid.

Especially useful is the Medicare Intermediary-Carrier Directory.

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