National Resources for Elder Care and Health Care Needs

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AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) - A nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50 and over improve the quality of their lives.

AARP Driver Safety Program – A program designed to help individuals keep their driving competencies as long as possible.

Agingcare – A premier community web site for caregivers to the elderly.

ALS Association - To lead the fight to cure and treat ALS through global, cutting-edge research, and to empower people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.

Alzheimer’s Association - The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research.

American Diabetes Association – Its mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center (ADEAR) – This web site offers current, comprehensive Alzheimer's disease information and resources.

Alzheimer’s Team Blog – One daughter’s journey as she copes with her father’s advancing Alzheimer’s.

American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging - Helps people through mission-driven, not-for-profit organizations dedicated to providing the services that people need, when they need them, in the place they call home.

American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging – Works to strengthen and secure the legal rights, dignity, autonomy, quality of life, and quality of care of elders.

American Cancer Society – A nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.

American Federation for Aging Research – Supports the science of healthier aging.

American Heart Association – Its mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

American Lung Association - The leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research.

American Pain Society - Serves people in pain by advancing research, education, treatment, and professional practice.

American Prostate Society – An organization that provides on-going, up to date information on all three prostate diseases.

Assisted Living Federation of America – This resource helps those searching for assisted living information. The site offers the nation's largest, free, online directory of senior living communities.

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Benefits Checkup - The nation's most comprehensive web-based service to screen benefits programs for seniors with limited income and resources.

Better Business Bureau – Its mission is to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust by creating a community of trustworthy businesses, setting standards for marketplace trust, encouraging and supporting best practices, celebrating marketplace role models, and denouncing substandard marketplace behavior.

Brain Injury Resource Foundation – An organization that works to provide education, advocacy and support for persons affected by brain injury.

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Cancer Information Service - A program of the National Cancer Institute which provides the latest and most accurate cancer information to patients, their families, the public, and health professionals.

Caring4Cancer - Caring4Cancer's mission is to provide a complete source of knowledge and support for people with cancer, empowering them with the expertise, strength and hope they need to live their lives to the fullest.

CareGuide - A customer-centric health solutions company that optimizes health through proactive assessments, tailored interventions and analytical excellence.

CaregiverSupport – A web site designed to help family caregivers find information and support that will aid them through their caregiving journey.

Case Management Society of America - The professional organization dedicated to the support and development of the profession of case management through educational forums, networking opportunities and legislative involvement.

Center for LTC Reform - a private institute dedicated to ensuring quality long-term care for all Americans by promoting public policy that targets scarce public resources to the neediest, while encouraging people who are young, healthy and affluent enough, to take responsibility for themselves.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – An online source of credible health information.

Children of Aging Parents - a nonprofit, charitable organization whose mission is to assist the nation's caregivers of the elderly or chronically ill with reliable information, referrals and support, and to heighten public awareness that the health of the family caregivers is essential to ensure quality care of the nation's growing elderly population.

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D - A comprehensive Federal web site of disability-related government resources.

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Eldercare Locator - The Eldercare Locator is your first step for finding local agencies, in every U.S. community, that can help older persons and their families access home and community-based services such as transportation, meals, home care and caregiver support services.

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Family Caregiver Alliance/National Center on Caregiving - A public voice for caregivers, illuminating the daily challenges they face, offering them the assistance they need and deserve, and championing their cause through education, services, research and advocacy.

Family Caregiver Support Network -

FDA for Older People - Numerous articles, brochures and other publications with information for older people on a wide range of health issues, including arthritis, cancer, health fraud, and nutrition.

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Government Benefits – The official U.S. government benefits web site is a free, confidential tool that helps individuals find government benefits they may be eligible to receive.

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HealthCompass – An organization dedicated to quality health care and medical and scientific research for older adults.

HealthFinder - Provides links to selected online publications, clearinghouses, databases, websites and support and self-help groups, as well as government agencies and nonprofit organizations for seniors and others.

HealthyWomen - The nation’s leading independent health information source for women.

HelpGuide - Helpguide’s mission is to help people understand, prevent, and resolve life’s challenges.

Hospice Foundation of America – End-of-life care resources for professionals, patients and families.

HUD for Seniors – This site provides information related to housing options for seniors including information on HUD housing programs.

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Law Services for Social Security Rights - Dedicated to protecting the social security and SSI rights of seriously disabled adults and children.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program - The program helps low income households, primarily in meeting their immediate home energy needs.

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Medicaid – The site for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Medicare - The official U.S. government site for people with Medicare.

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation – This foundation provides a comprehensive approach to helping people with MS maintain their health and well-being.

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National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys - Provides a resource of education, information, networking and assistance to those who deal with the many specialized issues involved with legal services for seniors and people with special needs.

National Adult Day Services Association – The leading voice of the rapidly growing adult day services industry.

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging – Its mission is to build the capacity of its members to help older persons and persons with disabilities live with dignity and choices in their homes and communities for as long as possible.

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging – Its mission is to build the capacity of its members to help older persons and persons with disabilities live with dignity and choices in their homes and communities for as long as possible.

National Association for Continence - The largest consumer education and advocacy organization dedicated to bladder and bowel health.

National Association for Home Care & Hospice - Dedicated to making home care and hospice providers lives easier.

National Center for Assisted Living - Serves the needs of the assisted living community through national advocacy, education, networking, professional development and quality initiatives.

National Center on Senior Transportation – Its mission is to increase transportation options for older adults and enhance their ability to live more independently within their communities throughout the United States.

National Council on Aging – A nonprofit service and advocacy organization whose mission is to improve the lives of older Americans.

National Council on Patient Information and Education – This organization works to advance the safe, appropriate use of medicines through enhanced communication.

National Emphysema Foundation - Aims to improve the quality of life of patients with emphysema, chronic obstructive lung disease, asthma and related lung diseases with information and education.

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.

National Institute of Mental Health - The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery and cure.

National Institute of Senior Centers – A network of senior center professionals from around the country that believes that senior centers create opportunities for successful aging in our communities.

National Kidney Foundation - Its vision is to enhance the lives of everyone with, at risk of or affected by kidney disease.

National Mental Health Association - The nation’s largest and oldest community-based network dedicated to helping all Americans live mentally healthier lives.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society - Helps people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.

National Osteoporosis Foundation - The nation’s leading voluntary health organization solely dedicated to osteoporosis and bone health.

National Parkinson Foundation – Its mission is to improve the quality of care for people with Parkinson’s disease through research, education and outreach. National Resource Center for Traumatic Brain Injury - The mission of the National Resource Center for Traumatic Brain Injury (NRCTBI) is to provide relevant, practical information for professionals, persons with brain injury, and family members.

National Stroke Association – The only national organization in the U.S. that focuses 100% of its efforts on stroke. Its mission is to lower the incidence and impact of stroke.

NCCNHR (formerly the National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform) – The NCCNHR is a nonprofit organization of consumers and advocates who define and achieve quality for people with long-term care needs.

NIH Senior Health - Provides aging-related health information easily assessable for adults 60 and over.

Nursing Home Compare - The primary purpose of this site is to provide detailed information about the past performance of every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the U.S. - A federal resource that provides easy access to all online federal government information on nutrition.

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Parkinson’s Disease Foundation - A leading national presence in Parkinson’s disease research, education and public advocacy.

Prescription Drug Program - This section of the web site provides information on public and private programs that offer discounted or free medication, programs that provide assistance with other health care costs, and Medicare health plans that include prescription coverage.

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SafeMedication – This site includes a tool that allows consumers to track all medications, vitamins and supplements.

Senior Corps - A network of programs that tap the experience, skills, and talents of older citizens to meet community challenges through three programs: Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions, and RSVP (the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.

Social Security - Information and resources including online databases and publications.

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U.S. Administration on Aging - Provides information on eldercare topics such as elder abuse, long term care insurance and more. for Seniors - This site helps users access all government sites that provide services for senior citizens.

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Veterans Administration – Information on VA benefits and services.

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WebMD - WebMD provides valuable health information, tools for managing health and support to those who seek information.

Well Spouse Association - The Well Spouse mission is to provide emotional peer-to-peer support to the wives, husbands, and partners of the chronically ill and/or disabled through various programs and events.

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