Point: Healthy aging helpdesk

Point

the healthy aging helpdesk

Did you know older adults are happier?

But new stages call for new resources.

Find them via Point, Rhode Island’s free healthy aging helpdesk at (401) 462-4444. Available — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. You will speak with a trained specialist. And your call will be completely confidential.

Habla espanol. And we have interpreters for 100+ languages.

Are you age 55 or older, an adult living with a disability, or a caregiver?

Do you have a question about resources available to you? Call or visit the Point to talk with a specialist today and get connected to resources in your area – for free. Explore options for healthcare, employment, and more; get help with applying to public and private programs.

• Food and utility bill assistance
• Home care, long-term care, and hospice information
• Programs that pay friends or relatives to provide in-home care
• Medicare enrollment and evaluation
• Plus, all the resources of 211 (Learn more about 211 resources)

Call (401) 462-4444 or 211 anytime.

Senior woman reading morning newspaper, sitting in her favorite chair in her living room, looking happy

Prefer face-to-face?

You can also visit one of six Point offices during business hours. To find the office nearest you, use the Office of Healthy aging’s interactive map here.

Point is a program of Rhode Island’s Office of Healthy Aging.

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National 211 Day Celebration

Join United Way of Rhode Island for our National 211 Day Celebration on Friday, Feb. 11 from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Together, we're celebrating our 211 team who is always there, our donors who make it possible to answer each call, and our community partners who help callers get the services they need. This is a free, virtual event.

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Equity Challenge 2022

Ready to learn more about racial equity? Join our Equity Challenge 2022. You can start when we launch on Feb. 28, 2022 or anytime after that. After registering, you'll receive an email each weekday for three weeks with resources, reflection questions, and actions you can take to help create a more equitable Rhode Island.

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