The AARP Foundation, which will administer the program, will match up to $500,000 in contributions to the fund.
Although everyone in a storm's path experiences some discomfort, the elderly often fare worse than most. For that reason, AARP also announced a few tips and resources designed to help the senior population in the days and weeks to come. Among other things, the organization is urging people to check on their elderly neighbors and family members and, if applicable, inquire about their prescription, food supplies, and overall health.
"When power goes out, the elevator goes out, and many elderly are unable to make it down a flight of stairs in the dark to go grocery shopping for needed items, and when they run out of a prescription, it can become life threatening," said Beth Finkel, manager of community outreach for AARP in New York. "The simple act of checking in on the elderly can go a long way to helping them stay safe in times of a disaster such as Sandy, and in some instances may even save a life."