This section contains information about resources which may be of use in planning for retirement living or dealing with other senior issues. Most have links to Web sites but some simply describe the resource. The latter will require a letter or phone call to get the details you seek.
Resources (with Web links)
The AARP Guide to Internet Resources Related to Aging
Provides information about resources on the Internet related to aging. It lists and describes Web sites concerned with aging-related issues, including researchers, policy makers, service providers, caregivers and students. It has an alphabetical index and a list of contents where sites are listed by topic.
AARP – Retirement Planning
A section of the AARP Web site which focuses on retirement planning options, financing retirement and other important issues.
This web site helps those caring for aging parents to find resources that will help them deal with the stress of aging parents and elder care (senior care). Whether mom or dad needs long-term elder care, help to recover after a hospital stay, or are living with you, this site is worth checking out to find the information caregivers need. It offers information on senior health conditions, answers to your elder care (senior care) questions and has an online community where you can “talk” with other caregivers who are facing similar problems as they care for elderly aging parents.
Aging Parents & Elder Care
This web site includes a wealth of information — articles, comprehensive checklists and links to key resources — designed to make it easier for people caring for an aging parent or elderly spouse. It enables them to quickly find the information they need and avoid missing things that are important in the care they provide for their loved one.
Assisted Living Federation of America
The Assisted Living Federation of America is a national nonprofit membership organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in assisted living residences and promoting the interests of the assisted living industry.
Assistive Technology News Portal
News, articles, product reviews, market trends, plus product and vendor information relating to vision, hearing, mobility, learning and communications is available on this site from a firm called Axistive. The company is the world’s leading news portal for assistive technology. In addition to providing free, accessible and objective information on assistive technology products, the company’s goal is to stimulate global innovation of easy access technologies.
BrightFocus Foundation is a nonprofit organization supporting research and providing public education to help eradicate brain and eye diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.
CarePathways.com was created by RNs to help families find the best care and living arrangements for their aging parents. It offers online access to Inspection Reports of all USA Medicare/Medicaid Nursing Homes and provides evaluations of Assisted Living and other retirement living facilities. The site includes a wealth of useful information to help people make decisions about future living arrangements.
CareScout is a company dedicated to empowering Americans with cost savings and quality of care information on nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and home health agencies nationwide. Its database of 77,000 eldercare providers nationwide includes quality-of-care information, ratings, comparative data, products, and private-pay discounts on the cost of care.
CARF – The Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission
CARF is an independent, nonprofit organization that reviews and grants accreditation services to senior housing institutions and related services providers. It acquired the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (CCAC) in 2003 — the nation’s only accrediting body for continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs). CARF’s Web site will provide you with lists (by state) of accredited CCRCs and assisted living facilities. (Click here)
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
This site has eight major locations for information related to Medicare and Medicaid services. Key topics include Medicare; Medicaid; the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP); information about the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS); information on CMS regulations & program guidance; information on CMS research, statistics, data & systems; information on CMS program outreach & education, and tools and resources.
People with Medicare, family members, and caregivers should visitMedicare.gov, the official U.S. Government site for people with Medicare, for the latest information on Medicare enrollment, benefits, and other helpful tools.
Choice Magazine Listening
Choice Magazine Listening is a free audio literary service for people who are blind, visually impaired, physically disabled or dyslexic. The recordings are packed with articles, stories, and poems by authors who have won literary prizes or received worldwide recognition. CML’s team of experienced editors read through dozens of magazines each month in search of fine writing. For information on how to obtain free a four-track cassette player or download to your computer, visit their web site at: www.choicemagazinelistening.org or call 516-883-8280.
Continuing Care Accreditation Commission
The Continuing Care Accreditation Commission is the only accrediting body in the United States for retirement communities offering a continuum of care. It was acquired by CARF in 2003. You can search for accredited continuing care retirement communities on the CARF site by clicking here. Search underAging Services (first box) then ASContinuing Care Retirement Communities(second box)
Directory of Services for Seniors
This comprehensive site, operated by the DHHS Administration on Aging, provides access to a wide range of services for seniors. It offers an overview of the range of supporting services available to older residents in their communities through the Older Americans Act (OAA) and other federal, state and local programs. Included are links to access services for the elderly, including local community organizations.
This is a U. S. government web site designed for people with disabilities. Called DisabilityInfo.Gov, it is part the President’s New Freedom initiative that provides one-stop access to information and programs that facilitate day-to-day living. It is a multi-agency initiative with information on civil rights, education, employment, housing and transportation.
This site features a comprehensive list of drugs and medications that are currently on the market, or were previously available worldwide. The site is focused on educating the public about the details of prescription and over-the-counter medications, as well as aiding in the protection of patients and consumers by informing them of any associated side effects. It also features updated information concerning drug recalls, medication approvals, and current developments in the medical field. The goal is to enable patients to fully understand the benefits, as well as the risks associated with the use of certain medications.
Elder Abuse and Neglect
This web site offers insight into how to identify elder abuse, the warning signs, risk factors, and getting help. It provides links to many resources that may be helpful to individuals involved in helping a senior who may be abused or neglected.
This site is operated by ElderCare Advocates, a private agency that works to help older Americans remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible. Its quarterly online newsletter offers advice and information about housing and caregiving.
The Eldercare Locator is a national toll-free referral number funded by the U. S. Administration on Aging to assist older people and their families find community services anywhere in the country. Administered by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging in cooperation with the National Association of State Units on Aging, the Eldercare Locator connects callers to the best state and community sources of information and assistance to address the issues, needs, or concerns of elder persons and their caregivers. To get help, call 800-677-1116 Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM (ET). From outside the U.S., dial Sperix at 1-301-419-3900.
Created by a nationwide network of attorneys, ElderLawAnswers.com provides consumers with clear information on legal issues facing seniors. Consumers may find qualified elder law attorneys by searching by telephone area code. The site offers primers on Medicaid, Medicare, estate planning and long-term care planning. Handy tools include calculators and checklists.
Extended Care Information Network
This site offers a database of 24,000 extended care providers and over 9,000 home health care agencies. It is designed to match patient needs with providers or agencies that can accommodate them.
Family Caregiver Alliance
This organization offers programs to support and sustain the important work of families and friends caring for love ones with chronic, disabling health conditions, and provides programs at the national and local level. Its web site provides a wealth of caregiving advice, resource listings, newsletters, fact sheets, research reports, policy updates and discussion groups.
A national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high quality, affordable health and long-term care for all Americans.
Site provides leading edge information about research on aging, and how society is adjusting or not adjusting to the explosion of an aging population.
This site is a gateway to consumer health and human services information from the U.S. government. It can lead you to publications, clearinghouses, databases, Web sites, and support and self-help groups, as well as government agencies and not-for-profit organizations that produce reliable information for the public.
An interactive electronic community for people with a passion for health care. It includes columns by health authorities, and information on strategies, databases, organizations and resources. In addition, there are discussion forums and a site search feature.
Helpguide.org is an online resource for seniors searching for information on mental/emotional health, aging well, and eldercare. It is a joint community project of the Rotary Club of Santa Monica and the Center for Healthy Aging. The latter has gained a national reputation for innovative and effective programs and services to assist aging adults and their families with physical, emotional and financial challenges that come with aging.
A Web site dedicated to assisting seniors and their caregivers with making informed choices regarding Medicare+Choice options. The site features annual out-of-pocket cost comparisons for over 100 Medicare HMOs in over 50 cities. It also includes a Medicare HMO search by zip code and provides a convenient online form to request detailed information from Medicare HMOs. The site is maintained by HealthMetrix Research, Inc., as a free service to the public and the media.
Housing Services for Seniors
This site focuses on providing older persons with a wide variety of assistance related to financing, building, maintaining and locating housing. It has information on independent living, housing with services, nursing facilities, assistive technology, and home remodeling. The site is run by the Administration on Aging, a unit of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
International Council on Active Aging
The International Council on Aging is dedicated to changing the way people age by uniting and working with professionals in the retirement, assisted living, fitness, rehabilitation, and wellness fields. Its primary focus is to changing society’s perceptions of aging and improving the quality of life for aging baby boomers and older adults with the six dimensions of wellness. It publishesThe Journal on Active Aging, a bimonthly magazine, a weekly newsletter,ICAA In the News, and operates a web site with helpful research, information and tools.
Formerly known as the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA), the LeadingAge community includes 5,400 not-for-profit organizations in the United States, 38 state partners, hundreds of businesses, research partners, consumer organizations, foundations and a broad global network of aging services organizations that reach over 30 countries. The work of LeadingAge is focused on advocacy, leadership development, and applied services, senior housing, assisted living residences, continuing care communities, nursing homes, as well as technology solutions, to seniors, children, and others with special needs.
Long Term Care Link
A comprehensive, non-commercial site about long term care insurance. It contains detailed links to hundreds of other informational sites and links to LTC news announcements.
Lotsa Helping Hands
Lotsa Helping Hands provides a free caregiving and volunteer service that allows for the creation of private web-based communities to organize help for people in need. The hallmark of their platform is an intuitive group calendar where members can schedule and sign up for tasks that provide respite for the family including meals, rides to medical appointments and visits. In every Lotsa Helping Hands community there are also standard community sections including Annoucements, Message Boards, and a vital information section giving the family the ability to securely store and retrieve vital health data, emergency contacts, medications, and legal and financial records for designated members of the community.
This site provides an unbiased information source for long-term care insurance. Its goal is to be a guide to consumers through the complex levels of information about LTC insurance. The site has articles about LTC insurance and those who request a quote will be contacted by an agent who will help them understand the options available.
MealCall is a non-profit organization that helps provide the necessary resources to local senior meal delivery organizations and congregate meal sites through direct financial support, helping to find volunteers, and providing online contact support between organizations and the people that need their services. The web site enables consumers to find a meal program, i.e. Meals on Wheels or other meal delivery services, in their local area.
The MedicAlert Foundation is a non-profit healthcare informatics organization dedicated to providing services to our members that protect and saves lives. MedicAlert® services are built around a repository of health information that enables members to manage their personal health records while maintaining security, privacy and confidentiality. As the trusted third party custodian of comprehensive personal health information, the MedicAlert® repository can connect to and provide critical medical information between patients, providers, payers, and first responders 24 hours a day anywhere in the world.
This is the official U.S. Government site for people with Medicare. It is loaded with links and search tools to help you find important information. Topics include the prescription drug plan, Medicare billing, Medicare appeals, Long-term care, plan choices, preventive services, enrollment information, and the ombudsman center. It also includes tools enabling you to compare Medicare prescription drug plans, hospitals in your area, health plans and Medigap polices, nursing homes, and much more. It also has the latest information on Medicare enrollment and benefits.
The Merck Manual of Geriatrics
The Merck Manual of Geriatrics focuses on the medical problems of the elderly, providing clinical information to physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other health professionals involved in the care of elderly patients.
Military Officers Association of America
The Military Officers Association of America, formerly TROA, is an independent, nonprofit organization that serves active duty and retired uniformed services members, their families and survivors. With nearly 400,000 members in 426 U.S. and overseas chapters, MOAA plays an active role in military personnel matters, especially proposed legislation affecting the career force. Its web site offers a wide range of information for active duty and retired officers, including how to join, membership benefits, a weekly update on Congressional lobbying activities, military news, information on health issues and finances, and much more.
This web site gives registered beneficiaries the ability to view eligibility and entitlement information, enrollment information including prescription drug plans, deductible and address of record information. Additionally, it provides beneficiaries with the ability to order replacement Medicare cards, access to online forms and publications, preventive service information and the option for web chat assistance for any technical questions. Users of the site can access and view the status of adjudicated claims as well as search for a specific claim.
The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
An organization that offers referrals of attorneys, judges, and other legal professionals dedicated to helping elders with housing, health and long-term care planning, estate planning, and other legal issues related to aging.
National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers
The National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers is a nonprofit association of care managers who help families caring for older relatives. It also assists older adults and persons with disabilities in attaining their maximum functional potential. Their member care managers are trained in any of several fields related to long-term care, including nursing, gerontology, social work or psychology, with a focus on issues related to aging and elder care. The organization’s web site has an online directory of professional geriatric care managers that is searchable by location.
National Council on the Aging
The National Council on the Aging, Inc., a private, non-profit association, is a center of leadership and nationwide expertise on the issue of aging.
National Family Caregivers Association
The National Family Caregivers Association educates, supports, empowers and speaks up for the more than 50 million Americans who care for loved ones with a chronic illness or disability or the frailties of old age. NFCA reaches across the boundaries of diagnoses, relationships and life stages to address the common needs and concerns of all family caregivers.
National Legal Resource Center
The National Legal Resource Center (NLRC), part of the U.S. Administration on Aging, aims to more effectively protect the rights, financial security, and independence of seniors most in need. Funded as a special project, the program involves five national non-profit organizations known for their work in legal and aging services support who have teamed up to better help people in need. The purpose of the NLRC is to empower legal and aging services advocates with the resources necessary to provide high quality, free legal help to seniors who are facing direct threats to their ability to live independently in their homes and communities.
Nursing Home Abuse Resource
Dealing with nursing home abuse is a challenge for anyone. This Web site includes information about the causes and types of abuse, and resources that can help a family. The site is primarily focused on helping you find a lawyer in the state where the abuse takes place.
Nursing Home Injury Laws
This website contains a wealth in information about nursing home laws in each state plus books, journals and articles about injuries and injury laws. Topics covered include bed sores, falls, medication errors, neglect, sexual abuse, wandering, wrongful death, physical abuse and frequently asked questions about nursing homes.
Pension Action Center
The Pension Action Center provides information and is an advocacy group for individuals experiencing problems with defined benefit or defined contribution pension plans. It is funded by the U. S. Administration on Aging and is based at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. Its two main services are the National Pension Lawyers Network and the New England Pension Assistance Project.
National Pension Lawyers Network
The National Pension Lawyers Network is a no-cost referral service that connects workers and retirees with professionals who can help them understand and enforce their pension rights. It has a panel made up of lawyers from around the country who are available to represent workers, retirees, and their families in pension matters on a regular-fee, reduced-fee, and/or pro bono basis. There are approximately 640 attorneys from all 50 states and the District of Columbia on the panel.
New England Pension Assistance Project
The New England Pension Assistance Project, just for residents of the six New England states, provides counseling and assistance, helps locate pension funds, explains rights and benefits under your pension plan, provides attorney referral, and has a listing of financial advisers.
With this site, consumers have free access to Medline, the medical database managed by the National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine. The database contains over 9 million summaries and abstracts from 3,800 medical journals. Its primary audience in physicians and researchers though consumers will find it helpful.
Prostate Cancer – Alterative Treatment
Prostate cancer is epidemic. Statistics show that the treatment most often performed on patients may be unnecessary and frequently leaves men with problems. Award winning film maker Peter Starr, faced with a prostate cancer diagnosis, chose to treat his disease naturally and holistically. Now, nearly a decade after the diagnosis, he has released a 3 DVD set called “Surviving Prostate Cancer Without Surgery, Drugs or Radiation.” Click for details.
As a leading career Web site for job-seekers aged 50+, RetirementJobs.com provides opportunities, inspiration, community and counsel to people over 50 seeking work to match their lifestyle. Their job board connects experienced workers with tens of thousands of job listings from “Age-Friendly certified employers. The company has partnered with Franchise Solutions and set up a Franchise Center that will have access to hundreds of the world’s leading franchises and business opportunities. The data base can be searched by industry, investment range, and various categories that are important to individuals seeking self-employment, such as opportunities to work from a home office.
An Internet drug index which allows visitors to look up a drug by either generic or brand name, find out about side effects, read about new drugs and learn the results of clinical studies.
Senior Dating Blog
Seniors today are not letting age get in the way of pursuing new dreams and taking on fresh challenges. This website is part of the Senior Dating Blog, published in February 2013 which lists the top 100 senior datig, relationship and lifestyle websites.
This Web site lists discounts on products and services for people age 55 and better. The database has about 130,000 discounts and is searchable by city/state or zip code, and over 20 categories, including airlines, car rentals, cruises, lodging, health clubs, online retailers, and restaurants. The company also publishes a printed version for people who do not have access to the Internet. A membership in SeniorDiscounts.com is required for the printed guide.
A national eldercare resource, referral and consultation web site for seniors, their families and providers. It provides access to eldercare professionals, programs, providers, facilities, and agencies that offer information on a variety of senior-related services.
A Web site for an international community of computer-using seniors which contains a variety of resources.
An encyclopedia of housing choices, finance and insurance pointers to help pay the rent, aging information and specific housing resources to act on what you learn.
This site is for women over age 50 and has content consisting of reviews, essays, articles, letters, links and sightings. Its focus is on keeping women informed about issues and includes news of concern and interest.
This not-for-profit organization seeks to inform and educate healthcare providers, corporations, communities, clergy, universities, and individuals about Share The Care™, a model that details how ordinary people can create and operate a unique extended family-type support system to care for a friend or loved one. It also provides links among caregivers and providers to evolve and continually develop a model through evidence-based evaluations and feedback from caregivers and providers.
Whether you are retired, preparing for retirement, or just thinking about it, Today’s Seniors offers advice, tips and articles about retirement, personal finances, Medicare benefits, health and fitness, and more — all aimed at helping people to simplify their lives and get the most out of their retirement.
U.S. DHHS Administration on Aging
A wide-ranging Web site with information designed for older Americans and their families as well as those concerned about providing opportunities and services to enrich the lives of older persons and support their independence. It includes many Web site links to government and non-government resources.
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
This is the primary site for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and provides access to a vast array of health and medical programs offered by its 12 agencies. It is organized as a consumer guide to the more than 300 programs it administers. Included is a special section for seniors as well as resource information on nursing homes, Medicare, health issues, long term care, Eldercare Locator, elder abuse, coping and caring, and a resource directory for older people.
If you need information from the U.S. government, you find a good part of it on USA.gov. It is loaded with online information, services, and resources. Included is a special section call Senior Citizens’ Resources which covers a wide range of Web links that can be very helpful. It includes such topics as: consumer Protection for Seniors; Education, Jobs, and Volunteerism for Seniors; End-of-Life Issues; Federal and State Agencies for Seniors; Health for Seniors; Housing for Seniors; Laws and Regulations Concerning Seniors; Mondey and Taxes for Seniors; Retirement; and Travel and Recreation for Seniors.
Other Non-Web Resources
A bimonthly newsletter published by the nonprofit organization, Children of Aging Parents. It provides advice for caregivers on everything from retrofitting old houses to gift ideas for seniors.
Children of Aging Parents
1609 Woodburne Road, Suite 302A
Levittown, PA 19057
The National Alliance for Caregiving
A national partnership that includes the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, the American Society on Aging, and other groups. It conducts research on aging and caregiving, promotes reliable resources, and increased public awareness of aging issues.
The National Alliance for Caregiving
4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 642
Bethesda, MD 20814
The Sandwich Generation
A quarterly magazine designed to help people deal with the dearth of information available on the challenges of juggling parent and child care. It offers legal, financial, medical and psychological advice.
The Sandwich Generation
P.O. Box 132
Wickatunk, NJ 07765