Senior Citizen Age Qualifiers:

60 Years

Area Agency on Aging
  • Congregate and Home Delivered Meals
  • In Home services
  • Information and Referral Assistance
  • Legal Assistance
  • Services provided under the Older Americans Act
  • Transportation
Income Maintenance Programs
  • For widow(er) remarrying, retention of Social Security benefits
  • Partial Social Security / Railroad Retirement survivor benefits for widow(er).
.Ombudsman for the Institutionalized Elderly
  • Protection of rights for people in certain health facilities, and investigation of complaints of abuse.
Public Guardian for Elderly Adults
  • Guardian or conservator of last resort for elderly adults with no willing or responsible family members or friends who can serve in those capacities.
Recreation, Leisure, Entertainment
  • Through Area Agencies on Aging, participants of professional and nonprofessional artist and sculptors in New Jersey Senior Citizens Annual Juried Art Contest, and Exhibition.
Taxes / Tax Benefits
  • Assistance with preparation of federal and New Jersey income tax returns by trained tax volunteers at neighborhood locations
.Victims of Crime Compensation Board (ACT)
  • For victims of crimes, there is no out-of-pocket loss required before seeking compensation with the courts.
Volunteer Programs
  • Foster Grandparent Program: helping children with disabilities (small weekly stipend).^
  • Senior Companion Program: assisting frail elderly (small cash allowance).^
62 Years

  • Rutgers University: low-cost, tuition-free courses on space available basis.
Housing / Housing Services
  • Eligibility for low cost senior housing, and for Congregate Housing Services Program. ^
  • Residents of multiple dwellings, rent grace of 5 days; protection against condo conversion. ^
Income Maintenance Programs
  • 80% Social Security / Railroad Retirement benefits for retirees.
  • Social Security survivor benefits for parents of deceased workers. ^
Recreation, Leisure, Entertainment
  • Clam, Oyster digging licenses for $2 processing fee.
  • Free senior citizen pass to New Jersey historic sites, recreation areas.
  • Golden Age Passport to national parks, forests, historic sites, recreation areas for a lifetime fee of $10
.Taxes / Tax Benefits
  • Portion of pension exempted from New Jersey Gross Income Tax
  • Partial exemption of Realty Transfer Fee for homeowners selling home.
  • Reduced fare on all intrastate, and most interstate trains, buses.
65 Years

  • Public colleges, tuition free and reduced fee courses on space available basis.
State Health Insurance Program
  • Volunteer Counselors assist Medicare enrollees of all ages with questions problems and claim forms related to Medicare, supplemental policies, and long-term care insurance.
Health and Wellness Programs
  • CCPED ^
  • HAAAD ^
  • Medicare and Medicaid ^
  • Medicare Prescription Plan D
  • Medically Needy Program ^
  • New Jersey Care ^
  • PAAD ^
  • Personal needs allowance (monthly) for residents of long term care facilities, boarding homes, and residential health care facilities. ^
  • SLMB ^
Housing Assistance
  • Lifeline Credit Program ^
Income Maintenance Programs
  • 100% Social Security/Railroad Retirement Benefits for retirees Social Security benefits increase annually for each year benefits are not claimed.
  • Supplemental Security income to aid person with low incomes. ^
  • Veterans Pension.^
  • 5% reduction in charges for personal injury protection and liability insurance for automobiles.
  • Hunting and fishing licenses at reduced fees.
^ = Income or other eligibility requirement