Aging Resources

If you are a senior citizen, a family member, or a caregiver, you may be looking for reliable and helpful resources on the web that can support your needs and goals. Whether you need information on health, housing, transportation, legal, or other topics, many national and local resources can assist you. Some of the key resources include:

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Resources: Navigating the World of Caregiving

Driver Safety
http://www.aarp.org/drive/
Find information on driver safety, classes to take near you, and what warning signs to look out for when evaluating whether someone should stop driving.

Family Caregiving: Caring for Those You Care About.
http://www.aarp.org/learntech/family_care/
Take these free online seminars to learn more about caregiving. Then test yourself with interactive quizzes.

Ginzler, Elinor and Hugh Delehanty. Caring for Your Parents, The Complete AARP Guide
http://www.aarpmagazine.org/books/books_caring.html

How Employers Can Support Working Caregivers
http://www.aarp.org/money/careers/employerresourcecenter/retention/
how_employers_can_support_working_caregivers.html

Learn more about companies that are providing eldercare benefits to their employees and why it is smart business to do so.

National Preparedness Month
http://www.aarp.org/families/caregiving/caring_help/nat_prep_month.html
Find brochures to help older Americans prepare for emergencies.

Prepare to Care: A Planning Guide for Families
http://www.aarp.org/foundation/preparetocare
This five-step guide helps you set up a caregiving plan for your family and find resources before a crisis occurs.

Planning Ahead: Best of the Web

Children of Aging Parents
http://www.caps4caregivers.org/index.htm
Find information on caregiving, search for local support groups, or join an online support group (800-227-7294).

Eldercare Locator
http://www.eldercare.gov/Eldercare/Public/Home.asp
Locate services and resources for older adults in any U.S. community. This site links older adults and their caregivers with state, local, and community agencies on aging (800-677-1116).

Family Caregiver Alliance: National Center on Caregiving
http://www.caregiver.org
Find caregiving articles and a handbook for long-distance caregivers, search resources and programs available to caregivers in all 50 states, and learn about the group’s workshops, some available through teleconference (800-445-8106).

Family Caregiving 101
http://www.familycaregiving101.org/
This website, brought to you by the National Family Caregivers Association and the National Alliance for Caregiving, is a great place to find helpful advice.

International Longevity Center
http://www.ilcusa.org/pages/about-us.php
The center is a nonprofit and nonpartisan international research, policy, and education organization formed to educate individuals on how to live longer and better.The center also offers caregiving resources and information.

National Family Caregiver Support Program
http://www.aoa.gov/prof/aoaprog/caregiver/caregiver.asp
Find fact sheets and survival tips for caregivers on issues such as transportation, emergency readiness, and adult day care.

Providing Care At Home

Health Aid
http://www.aarp.org/about_aarp/health_aid.html
Find more information on this initiative designed to help guide you through the health care system.

Health Conditions
http://www.aarp.org/health/healthguide/
Search for information on Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis, and other health conditions.

Help Older Family Members Keep Reading in Their Lives
http://www.aarp.org/families/caregiving/caring_help/help_older_family_
members_keep_reading_in_their_li.html

Learn about Talking Books, a free program offered by the Library of Congress and the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

Medicines and You
http://www.aarp.org/medicinesandyou
This free online seminar can help you learn more about your prescription drugs, learn how to manage your medications, and gain some ways to make your doctor’s visits as successful as possible.

Online Consumer Guide to Effective and Safe Prescription Drugs
http://www.aarp.org/health/comparedrugs/
Look up information about specific prescription drugs either by medication name or health condition.

Pandya, Sheel.“Adult Day Services.” AARP Public Policy Institute, 2004.
http://research.aarp.org/il/fs98_service.html

Using Medications Wisely
http://www.aarp.org/usingmeds
Find links to online tutorials, consumer guides, and other tips about medications and their uses and side effects.

Research Your Health
http://www.aarp.org/researchhealth
Complete this free online seminar and learn how to research your own health.

Valuing the Invaluable: A New Look at the Economic Value of Family Caregiving
http://www.aarp.org/research/housing-mobility/caregiving/ib82_caregiving.html
Access this June 2007 report on the financial implications of caregiving on caregivers and the economic value of their contributions.

Providing Care At Home: Best of the Web

Alzheimer’s Association Carefinder
http://www.alz.org/carefinder/index.asp
Get information and resources on planning ahead, care options, and coordinating care.

Eldercare Locator
http://www.eldercare.gov/Eldercare/Public/Home.asp
Locate services and resources for older adults in any U.S. community. This site links older adults and their caregivers with state, local, and community agencies on aging (800-677-1116).

Home Health Care Compare
http://www.medicare.gov/HHCompare/Home.asp
This tool provides information on how well home health agencies in your area care for their patients.

Lotsa Helping Hands
http://www.lotsahelpinghands.com
Coordinate rides and other services for your loved one using a group calendar that only family, friends, and volunteers can access.

Meals on Wheels Association of America
http://www.mowaa.org
Find a center to provide home-delivered, nutritious meals to your loved one (703-548-5558).

Myers Research Institute of Menorah Park Center for Senior Living
http://www.menorahpark.org/research.htm
Learn more about this group’s gerontological research and the ways they are using Montessori-based activities to engage people with dementia.

National Adult Day Services Association, Inc.
http://www.nadsa.org
Get the facts on adult day services and find a location in your area (800-558-5301).

National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers
http://www.caremanager.org
Find a local care manager, and learn more about geriatric care.

National Association of Social Workers
www.helpstartshere.org
Find resources and tip sheets for caregivers, as well as a directory of social workers who specialize in working with older persons and their caregivers.

National Respite Locator Service
http://www.respitelocator.org
Search for local respite services, including programs specializing in conditions such as Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, and autism (919-490-5577).

Share the Care
http://www.sharethecare.org
Share caregiving advice and stories, and learn how to organize a group for a loved one.

Preparing Your Home

Home Design
http://www.aarp.org/families/home_design/
Learn about ways you can make your home safer as you age.

Home and Community Booklets
http://www.aarp.org/families/home_design/universaldesign/home_and_
community_booklets_online_order_form.html

Order free brochures on home modification and learn how to increase safety in different areas of your home.

Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists
http://www.aarp.org/caps
Find a certified aging-in-place specialist in your area with this tool developed by AARP and the National Association of Home Builders

The Center for Universal Design
http://www.design.ncsu.edu/cud/about_ud/udprinciples.htm
Learn more about Universal Design, its history, and current UD projects from this NC State University website.

Fall Prevention Center of Excellence
http://www.stopfalls.org/individuals_families/if_em.shtml
Find a list of tip sheets, websites, and articles on ways seniors can prevent falls.

Homemods
http://www.homemods.org/pages/products.shtml
Find a list of resources to help consumers choose products to improve the safety of their homes.

National Association of Home Builders
http://www.nahb.org/generic.aspx?genericContentID=8484
Find information on certified aging-in-place specialists and tips on universal design, remodeling, and maintaining your home (800-368-5242).

The National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification (NRCSHHM)
http://www.usc.edu/dept/gero/nrcshhm/
Find the latest research, guidebooks, and fact sheets on home modification, as well as workshops and Internet courses on supportive housing or modifications to help people age in place.

Universal Designers and Consultants
http://www.universaldesign.com
Sign up for a newsletter, participate in discussions with industry experts, and check out the Universal Design store (301-270-2470).

Housing Options: Best of the Web

The American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging
http://www.aahsa.org
Read consumer information, fact sheets on aging services, and updates on recent legislation.

Assisted Living Federation of America
http://www.alfa.org
Gather information on assisted living communities and search for facilities near you.

Care Pathways
http://www.carepathways.com/NHx.cfm
Read about nursing homes, find one locally, and order inspection records on specific facilities.

The National Center for Assisted Living
http://www.ncal.org
Find resources, consumer information, and publications on assisted living facilities.

Nursing Home Compare
http://www.medicare.gov/NHCompare/home.asp
Learn about the past performance of every country’s Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing homes.

Legal and Insurance

AARP Foundation Benefits QuickLINK
http://www.aarp.org/quickLINK
Use this online search tool to find out if your older relative qualifies for a wide range of public benefits and services, including help in paying for prescription drugs. Also access fact sheets, applications, and contact information for local agencies.

AARP Foundation Money Management Program
http://www.aarpmmp.org
This program offers daily money management services to low-income, older, or disabled adults with difficulty tracking financial matters.

Guardianship
http://www.aarp.org/families/caregiving/caring_parents/a2003-
11-07-Guardianship.html

Learn about what it takes to establish guardianship and what it means to serve as a guardian.

Health Coverage
http://www.aarp.org/healthcoverage
Find more information on Medicaid, HIPAA, and other healthcare coverage issues.

Homemade Money: A Consumer’s Guide to Reverse Mortgages
http://www.aarp.org/learntech/personal_finance/a2003-05-12-
homemademoney.html

Take this free online seminar to learn how reverse mortgages work.

Legal Issues
http://www.aarp.org/money/legalissues
Access a legal glossary, a step-by-step process to help prepare your will, and information on AARP’s legal services network.

Medicare Interactive Counselor
http://www.aarp.org/health/medicare/medicare_interactive_counselor.html
Use this tool to help guide you through Medicare’s benefits, including how the program can help with home health care, convalescent care, and long-term care.

Retirement Planning
http://www.aarp.org/money/financial_planning/sessionseven/retirement_
planning_overview.html

Take this online seminar to learn more about planning for retirement. The site includes information on individual retirement accounts (IRAs), Roth IRAs, 401(k)s, and Social Security benefits.

“Sites to See: Scam Prevention.” AARP Bulletin, 2002.
http://www.aarp.org/bulletin/consumer/Articles/a2003-06-30-scamsites.html

Administration on Aging: Elder Rights and Resources
http://www.aoa.gov/eldfam/Elder_Rights/Legal_Assistance
Access eldercare resources, including links to legal assistance and hotlines (202-619-0724).

American Bar Association: Consumers’ Guide to Legal Help
http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/findlegalhelp/probonodirectory.html
Use this searchable online directory to find lawyer referrals, court information, and free legal services in every state.

Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Consumer Protection
http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/about.shtm
Receive consumer information or learn how to file a complaint (1-877-382-4357).

Legal Services Corporation
http://www.lsc.gov
Find out more about this group, which provides civil legal assistance to low-income adults (202-295-1500).

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
http://www.naela.com
Learn about this organization, which assists lawyers and bar organizations in their work to provide specialized legal services to older adults and their caregivers.

National Consumer’s League
http://www.nclnet.org
Find information on many topics, including fraud, health, and workers’ rights (202-835-3323).

National Do Not Call Registry
http://www.donotcall.gov
Register online to stop telemarketing calls.

National Guardianship Association
http://www.guardianship.org
Find information and resources on the legal process of guardianship (520-881-6561).

National Fraud Information Center
http://www.fraud.org/info/repoform.htm
Use this service to report Internet or telephone fraud (800-876-7060).Financial Security & Planning

American Association of Daily Money Managers
http://www.aadmm.com
Locate a local money manager who can complete tasks for you, such as paying bills, balancing checkbooks, and preparing and delivering bank deposits (877-326-5991).

Financial Planning Association
http://www.fpanet.org/
Learn more about financial planning and locate a planner in your area (800-322-4237).

Fitch, Inc.
http://www.fitchibca.com
Get up-to-date information from this rating agency, which judges the creditworthiness of different investment options (800-893-4824).

Moody’s
http://www.moodys.com
Access credit ratings, find financial information about capital markets, and locate an investment analyst near you (212-553-0377).

National Association of Personal Financial Advisers
http://www.napfa.org
Find consumer information about financial planning and gain access to local financial advisors (800-366-2732).

Social Security Administration
http://www.ssa.gov
Find answers to your Social Security questions, plan for your retirement, and use the online benefits calculator (1-800-772-1213).

Standard & Poor’s
http://www.standardandpoors.com
Access investment research, risk evaluations, and independent credit ratings (212-438-7280).

Today’s Seniors
http://www.todaysseniors.com/
Find information on life after retirement, including advance directives, 401(k) retirement plans, and advice on how to improve your quality of life.

Internal Revenue Service Medical and Dental Expenses
http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p502.pdf
Access a complete list of what you can and cannot deduct as medical expenses. Medicare and Medicaid

The Center for Medicare Advocacy
http://www.medicareadvocacy.org/
This center provides education, advocacy, and legal assistance to help older people and people with disabilities obtain Medicare and their necessary health care.

Medicare
http://www.medicare.gov/
Learn more about Medicare coverage. Go to “Search Tools” to compare health plans in your area and to learn about Medicare eligibility (1-800-MEDICARE or 800-633-4227 or TTY 877-486-2048 for the hearing and speech impaired).

Medicare Rights Center
http://www.medicarerights.org
Learn more about Medicare from the largest independent source on the federal program.

Medicare Interactive
http://www.medicareinteractive.org/page2.php?topic=counselor
Learn more about you or your loved one’s rights and benefits with Medicare, including what you need to know about Medicare’s drug coverage (Part D), how to appeal if coverage or care is denied, and much more. You must set up an account to access the site’s information.

Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Finder
http://www.medicare.gov/MPDPF/Public/Include/DataSection/Questions
Compare Medicare prescription drug plans and find one to meet your needs.

Medicaid
http://www.cms.hhs.gov/home/medicaid.asp
Learn more about Medicaid. If your income is limited, contact your local office by looking in the government section or blue pages of the telephone book to find out if you qualify for help in paying for healthcare or prescription drugs.

Social Security Administration Prescription Help
http://www.socialsecurity.gov/prescriptionhelp/
Learn more about how to get help paying for your monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and prescription co-payments with Medicare Part D (1-800-772-1213).

State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)
http://www.shiptalk.org
This group provides counseling and assistance to people with Medicare. Locate your state SHIP and get help with health insurance questions. Medicare Supplemental (Medigap) and Long-Term Care Insurance

A. M. Best
http://www.ambest.com
Get ratings and analyses on insurance companies and banks.

National Association of Insurance Commissioners
https://external-apps.naic.org/ofrs/consumerLegal.do?appType=CONSUMER
Use the online fraud reporting system to expose suspected insurance scams.

Weiss Research
http://www.weissratings.com
Find ratings for long-term care insurance, Medicare supplemental insurance, and more (800-289-9222). Additional Public Benefits

Energy Assistance
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/liheap/
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally funded program that helps eligible low-income homeowners and renters meet their home heating and/or cooling needs.

Foods Stamps
http://www.fns.usda.gov/fsp/
Learn more about this Food and Nutrition Service program, which benefits those with low incomes to buy food and improve their diets.

End Of Life Resources

Grief and Loss
http://www.aarp.org/families/grief_loss/
Find information on making funeral arrangements, dealing with financial issues, and coping with loss.

Aging with Dignity
http://www.agingwithdignity.org
Access “Five Wishes,” a document that takes into account a loved one’s emotional, physical, and spiritual needs and allows you to express how you want to be treated if you are seriously ill or unable to speak for yourself. (888-594-7437).

Association for Death Education and Counseling
http://www.adec.org
Learn how to cope with death and the loss of a parent and other loved ones.

American Psychiatric Association
http://www.psych.org/dbs_state_soc/db_list/db_info_dyn.cfm
Find contact information for your district’s branch of the American Psychiatric Association. They can help you locate a psychiatrist near you from among the organization’s 36,000 physicians (202-682-6220).

American Psychological Association
http://www.apa.org
Locate a psychologist by zip code, city, or state (800-964-2000).

HospiceNet
http://www.hospicenet.org
Learn more about hospice care, arranging time away from work, and the best ways to handle grief.

National Association for Home Care and Hospice Agency Locator
http://www.nahc.org/AgencyLocator/
Find the right provider for you from a database of 20,000 home care and hospice agencies.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
http://www.nhpco.org
Get help locating the hospice programs closest to you, finding information on hospice Medicare benefits, and learning how to best communicate end-of-life wishes (800-658-8898).

National Resource Center on Diversity in End-of-Life Care
http://www.nrcd.com
Find out more about this program that works to improve end-of-life care for culturally diverse populations.

Rhode Island Office of Healthy Aging (OHA) is the chief advocate for the senior citizens of Rhode Island, older adults living with disabilities, and their caregivers. The division is committed to empowering the elderly by providing the resources the residents need to undergo strong and healthy aging1They offer a variety of services such as healthcare assistance, housing assistance, transportation assistance, food assistance, and help paying bills for seniors1.

The Agency on Aging in Rhode Island supports the state’s senior citizens and elderly. The centers administer a number of assistance programs.  Examples include consumer education on health care, medical counseling, case management, caregiver programs, and more2.

Resources

1. grantsforseniors.org

2. needhelppayingbills.com

3. oha.ri.gov

4. unitedwayri.org

Some examples of housing assistance for seniors in Rhode Island include:

Resources

1. hud.gov

2. cchcnewport.org

3. provhousing.org

4. bing.com

5. assisted-living-directory.com