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SENIOR
CHECKS

A free money management program for older adults in Bergen County

Guidance & assurance.

Senior Checks is a program that aims to strengthen older adults' ability to remain independent by offering assistance with day-to-day financial management needs, including paying bills, budgeting, keeping up with mail, and more.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 percent of Bergen County residents over the age of 65 have a disability of some type. This means that an estimated 6,000 have vision difficulty, which can make simple tasks like writing checks a significant challenge.

We're here to help.

"My hands are shaky and writing out checks has become difficult."

"I have piles of unopened mail since my stay at the hospital and feel overwhelmed"

"My partner passed away and I have never paid a bill  on my own before."

"Sometimes I have a hard time reading the fine print and I need some help."

Eligibility.

Participants must be Bergen County residents, age 60 or older, who cannot afford commercial bill paying services.

How it works.

Trained and vetted volunteers are paired with program participants, who work one-on-one with clients as their Bill Paying Assistant (BPA). Volunteers are required to dedicate at least two hours per month for at least one year in order to build trust, maintain consistency, and ensure reliability.

Get in touch.

To learn more about Senior Checks or to get in touch about enrolling yourself or a loved one, please contact:

Partnership.

We provide services in partnership with Bergen County Division of Senior Services at no cost to eligible clients.

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Volunteer Requirements.

All Senior Checks volunteers (Bill Paying Assistants) must be at least 18 years old, complete a background check and screening interview, and attend training sessions with Senior Checks staff.

Volunteer Responsibilities.

Senior Checks BPAs can:

  • Organize bills

  • Sort through mail

  • Set up budgets

  • Write out checks

  • Set up online payments

Senior Checks BPAs cannot:

  • Sign checks

  • Make financial decisions

  • Control client finances

  • Work without supervision

  • Complete household chores or provide transportation

Fostering financial independence.

Secure Futures for Senior Women (SFSW) is our free financial literacy workshop series for older adult women in Bergen County. Where Senior Checks helps you manage day-to-day needs through one-on-one consultations, SFSW equips senior women with all the knowledge they need to foster financial independence, maintain economic security, and broaden their understanding of finance overall. 

Secure Futures hosts local expert speakers to discuss everything from elder law and estate planning to avoiding Medicare fraud and dealing with paper clutter. Check out our announcements page for upcoming workshops!

All previous workshops are available on our YouTube channel.

Secure Futures for Senior Women is generously funded by Women United in Philanthropy.