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There are lots of resources available to help seniors and their loved ones get assistance in identifying and applying for programs that can save them money on health care, food, household utilities, and more.
Federal Resources on Aging
- Administration on Aging | The Administration on Aging (AOA) is the principal agency of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services designated to carry out the provisions of the Older Americans Act of 1965 (OAA), as amended (42 U.S.C.A. § 3001 et seq.). The OAA promotes the well-being of older individuals by providing services and programs designed to help them live independently in their homes and communities.
- National Institute on Aging – NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. In 1974, Congress granted authority to form NIA to provide leadership in aging research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs relevant to aging and older people. Subsequent amendments to this legislation designated the NIA as the primary Federal agency on Alzheimer’s disease research.
- National Institutes of Health – NIH’s mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. The NIH is comprised of the Office of the Director and 27 Institutes and Centers. The Office of the Director is the central office at NIH, and is responsible for setting policy for NIH and for planning, managing, and coordinating the programs and activities of all the NIH components.
- MoreOrganization chart (PDF – 182KB)—for the major components listed below.
Mission Statements—for many of the major components.
NIH Deputy Directors |Leadership at NIH
Medicare | Learn about how Medicare is funded through 2 trust accounts held by the U.S. Treasury: the Hospital Insurance Trust Fund (which pays for Medicare Part A, inpatient hospital care, skilled nursing facility care, home health care, hospice care, and combating fraud and abuse), and the Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Fund (which pays for Medicare Part B outpatient health care and Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage).
- Medicaid | Welcome to Medicaid.gov, your one-stop-shop for Federal policy and program information about Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Basic Health Program. These critical health coverage programs serve millions of families, children, pregnant women, adults without children and also seniors and people living with disabilities.
- Social Security | Social Security delivers a broad range of services online at socialsecurity.gov and through a nationwide network of over 1,400 offices that include regional offices, field offices, card centers, teleservice centers, processing centers, hearing offices, the Appeals Council, and our State and territorial partners, the Disability Determination Services.
- AMAC – The Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC) is here to protect your interests, and to offer an alternative perspective on how to best solve the problems seniors face today.
- AARP – Retirement Planning – Find the resources you need, read expert advice and more at AARP.
- Annuities Institute
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
- New EnglandPension Assistance Project
- Pension Action Center
- Fox Retirement Page
- JH Center on Aging and Health
- Life After 50 | Stay in touch with friends and make new ones. Find solutions for anything and everything related to life at 50+. Share ways to make this special time of life productive and downright fun
- Money – On Retirement |
- Ultimate guide to retirement –
- Yahoo Retirement –
- AgingCare.com | Connecting people caring for their elderly parents.
- Aging Parents & Elder Care | Caring for aging parents and other elderly seniors.
- National Institute of Aging
- Administration on Aging | For over 35 years, the AOA has provided home and community-based services to millions of older persons through the programs funded under the Older Americans Act.
- Gerontological Society
- Huffington Center on Aging
- Helpguide helps you help yourself and others | Helpguide.org International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, based in Santa Monica, California. Our websites are entirely funded by charitable contributions.
- A Guide to Caring for a Loved One With Alzheimer’s Disease | We have put together one of the most comprehensive guides on what you should know when a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. ..
- Alzheimers Association | The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
- Alzheimers.net | is an online community dedicated to education, advocacy and supporting those whose lives have been impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
- Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center –
- Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral
- Guide to Taking Legal Action for Elder Abuse in Nursing Homes – According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), each year in the United States there are more than a half a million reported cases of elder abuse. Because thousands of cases go undiscovered and unreported, the actual number is considerably higher. While elder abuse in nursing homes is pandemic, there are even more cases of abuse occurring in private settings.
- Elder Abuse – Every month, one in 10 older adults worldwide experience some form of abuse. But with only 1 in 24 cases of elder abuse reported, the true figures are likely to be much greater.
- Mattress and Bedding Guide for People with Disabilities – According to the most recent findings from the U.S. Census Bureau, 56.7 million disabled adults and children reside in the United States.
- Autoimmunemom – AutoimmuneMom.com was born out of a frustration with a lack of online information about autoimmune conditions beyond the surface-level articles and blog posts, even on the top health websites.
- Disability Information – Disability.gov is the federal government website for comprehensive information on disability programs and services in communities nationwide.
- SeniorLink – Seniorlink offers expertise in managing care for high-risk, high-cost elders with complex medical conditions and people with disabilities, and an innovative service model for individuals who need care coordination and significant help with activities of daily living.
Disability Accommodation Cost Guide – http://www.homeadvisor.com/
Home Safety for People with Disabilities – http://www.redcross.org/
Fire Safety & Disabilities Guide – http://www.improvenet.com/a/
Disability.gov’s Guide to Transportation – https://www.disability.gov/
Rights for Those With Hearing Loss – http://www.ovationhearing.com/
Increasing Physical Activity among Adults with Disabilities – http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/
Chronic Pain Relief with Swimming Exercises – http://blog.intheswim.com/
Stay Active with a Disability: Quick Tips – http://healthfinder.gov/
HealthTopics/Category/health- conditions-and-diseases/ obesity/stay-active-with-a- disability-quick-tips
Personal Finance Guide for People with Disabilities – The 2004 study, “Disabled People’s Costs of Living,” found that disabled people have higher expenses in almost every aspect of life—from food to medical care to utilities—and have additional costs due to their disabilities. This website provides a guide to managing money for people with disabilities.
- Drug Watch Resource Guide – Drug interactions usually occur when taking more than one drug at the same time, and the risk changes based on age, underlying diseases and lifestyle. Some drug interactions can be deadly.
- Antibiotic Prescription Information – Fluoroquinolones are the most widely used type of antibiotic in the U.S., with about 33 million Americans taking them in some form each year. Find out how the side effects, black box warning, and life threatening problems can affect seniors.
- MedicareNewsWatch.com – (formerly HMOs4seniors.com) is a proprietary internet website launched in January 2000 featuring cost comparisons for over 200 Medicare health plans in 100 cities; a quick search feature for consumers to locate Medicare health plans; a convenient on-line form for requesting Medicare health plan information. The site is recognized in the list of “100 Most Useful Web Sites” by the AARP Bulletin.
- PubMed Central – PubMed Central® (PMC) is a free archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).
- RecallReport.org – Reporting on the latest dangerous drugs and products to keep you and your family safe.
- MarketWatch retirement page – Links, advbice and mentoring on what it means to retire in the USA.
- Elder Rights Protection
- Elder Justice Coordinating Council
- Prevention of Elder Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation
- National Center on Elder Abuse
- National Adult Maltreatment Reporting System (NAMRS)
- Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
- Legal Assistance
- Pension Counseling and Information Program
- Senior Medicare Patrol Program
- National Minority Aging Organizations Technical Assistance Program
- Women and Retirement Planning Program
- World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
- Mesothelioma is a genetic disease caused by asbestos exposure. Genetic not in the heredity sense, but meaning a gene mutation to cells within the body, which is caused by the presence of asbestos fibers.
- American Health Assistance Foundation
- Healthfinder | Welcome to healthfinder.gov, a government website where you will find information and tools to help you and those you care about stay healthy.
- Medic Alert
- American Childhood Cancer Society | Helps children battle and overcome cancer. Today, ACCO is one of the largest grassroots, national organizations dedicated to improving the lives of children and adolescents with cancer and their families.
- Mesothelioma Support Group | A small team of healthcare professionals, patient advocates, and communication specialists who have one goal: to lead the way in supporting and encouraging mesothelioma patients and their families.
- Treat Mesothelioma | Mesothelioma Treatment Community is dedicated to the assistance and guidance of asbestos and mesothelioma victims around the community; by community, we mean the world.
- Mesothelioma.net | We are here to help you in whatever way we can, so if you’re looking for answers to questions, support, legal information or the best way to find the specialist you need, turn to us. For over 10 years, we’ve provided the best Free resources to mesothelioma patients and loved ones.
- Two out of 10 U.S. citizens will be seniors in a little more than two decades. Seniors already account for 14 percent of the population. Aging brings physical, mental and financial concerns. The attached Senior Wellness Guide will help.
(Doses and Interaction Resource) www.drugwatch.com/drug-interac
- Assisted Living Federation of America
- Housing Services for Seniors
- Senior Resource(SR) | Provides a comprehensive source of housing information and services for seniors and their caregivers. The mission of SR is to provide education services to the senior population. SR will serve as a resource and advocate in areas of importance to the well-being of the senior community, with primary attention given to housing, health, recreational, cultural, and counseling.
- 65 Unbelievably Simple Home Improvement Tips | Everyone wants a healthy, solid and safe home, and buyers will carefully look for signs of routine upkeep. Here we list 65 of the most unbelievably simple home improvement tips that will keep your house in tiptop shape.Read on to find out how to add the most value to your home with little effort.
- Long Term Care Link
- Lotsa Helping Hands – At Lotsa Helping Hands, Help is our middle name. We connect people through the power of community — whether you need help or you want to provide help. You may be caring for an ill loved one, an aging parent, a child with special needs or a veteran.
- Medical Malpractice Center | Medical malpractice exists in cases where a patient sustains some level of damages from a medical professional during his or her official medical duties.
- The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
- National Legal Resource Center
- National Pension Lawyers Network
- Nursing Home Injury Laws
- TravelWire.com – All Inclusive Vacations, Discount Travel Deals, Resorts and Vacation Packages.
- KAYAK – Cheap Flights, Hotels, Airline Tickets, Cheap Tickets, Cheap Travel Deals – Compare Hundreds of Travel Sites At Once.
- Priceline.com – The Best Deals on Hotels, Flights and Rental Cars.
- Expedia Travel: Vacations, Cheap Flights, Airline Tickets & Airfares.
- Baby Boomers Traveling – Put the experience and knowledge of two Baby Boomers to work for you.
- Women’s Institute For A Secure Retirement – WISER | Improving the long-term financial security of all women through education and advocacy.
- Workforce50.com arms the older workforce with employment resources and career information to achieve their goals. Help them make the most of their talents. Hire them.
- LinkedIn – You can search LinkedIn like a job search engine by city, region, job, company or for people that you know. — You can open more doors by subscription but it is about $20/mo for the cheapest level. — You can also use LinkedIn by reaching out to the people who you know , who can introduce you to the person you want to network with by using their connections (It is based on the 6 degrees of separation).
Johns Hopkins’ Aging Resources
- Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology – Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM), headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, is a $7.7 billion integrated global health enterprise and one of the leading health care systems in the United States.
- Center for Innovative Care and Aging
- Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research
- AK Department on Aging | The Alaska Commission on Aging (ACoA) advocates for state policy, public and private partnerships, state/federal projects and citizen involvement that assists each of us to age successfully in our homes, in our communities or as near as possible to our communities and families.
- AZ Department on Aging | The Division supports at-risk Arizonans to meet their basic needs and to live safely, with dignity and independence. We accomplish this mission through a number of programs and initiatives.
- CT Department on Aging | The Department ensures that Connecticut’s elders have access to the supportive services necessary to live with dignity, security, and independence. The Department is responsible for planning, developing, and administering a comprehensive and integrated service delivery system for older persons in Connecticut.
- DC Office on Aging | The DC Office on Aging develops and carries out a comprehensive and coordinated system of health, education, employment, and social services for the District’s elderly population, who are 60 years of age and older.
- Illinois Department on Aging –
- RI Division of Elderly Affairs – Mission Statement: “To preserve the independence, dignity, and capacity for choice for seniors, adults with disabilities, families and caregivers. ”
Mass Department on Aging
- NH Department on Aging | The Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services (BEAS) provides a variety of social and long-term supports to adults age 60 and older and to adults between the ages of 18 and 60 who have a chronic illness or disability.
- NJ Department on Aging
- NY Department on Aging
- Ohio Department on Aging – The Ohio Department of Aging is the designated State Unit on Aging, as required by the Federal Older Americans Act.
- PA Department on Aging
- VA Department on Aging – The Virginia Division for the Aging fosters the independence and well-being of older Virginians and supports their caregivers.
- WV Department on Aging
- WA Department on Aging
Other Aging Resources
- American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR)
- American Geriatrics Society
- Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE)
- British Society of Gerontology
- Gerontological Society of America
- National Academy on an Aging Society
- The Brookdale Foundation
- University of Southern California AgeWorks
Related Studies on Aging
- The Ginkgo Evaluation of Memory Study
- The Cardio Vascular Health Study
- National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS)