Elder Care Internet Resources

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Caregiving
Aging Network Services (http://www.agingnets.com) - ANS' innovative programs have been described in numerous publications, including Newsweek, The Washington Post and McCalls as well as television's "Wall Street Journal Report," "Issues and Answers," "Real Life with Jane Pauley" and National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." ANS appeared recently on NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw.

Aging Parents and Elder Care (http://www.Aging-Parents-and-Elder-Care.com) contains a variety of articles, comprehensive checklists and links to key resources helpful to caregivers.

Caregiver Survival Resources (http://www.caregiver911.com) - lists of quality caregiving links.

Caregiving Online (http://www.caregiving.com) - Wellness for Caregivers of an Aging Relative, Friend, or Neighbor - information in "Online Support" section.

Caregiving Supplies (http://www.coast-resources.com) - information on disability and medical products. Offers resources and services in 90 categories with more than 2,500 links, including more than 3000 companies for one-stop shopping convenience.

Caregiving Supplies (http://www.dynamic-living.com) - offers hundreds of products for kitchen, bathroom and daily living - everything from card shufflers to products that talk (such as a bathroom scale, thermometer or liquid-level indicator that tell you how much is in your cup).

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CarePlanner (http://www.careplanner.org) a decision-based support tool that can help seniors and others who may need supportive services learn more about their living and care options.

ElderCare Online (http://www.ec-online.net) - the Internet community for people who are caring for aged loved ones.

Eldercare.com http://www.eldercare.com -This website is a wonderful guide on all aspects of eldercare.

Center for Eldercare http://www.elderweb.com-This website includes Index to Eldercare on the worldwide web.

Family Care America (http://www.familycareamerica.com) - allows a user to quickly profile his or her caregiving situation, and instantly receive the relevant information needed to make decisions and solve problems.

Home Health (http://www.e-homehealth.com) - carries a large inventory of items for home care, diabetic care and bathroom safety. Provides expert advise, health tips and information about which products are covered by insurance or Medicare.

National Council on the Aging, Inc. (http://www.ncoa.org) - agencies and individuals committed to the well-being of the older population. There is a special section on caregiving

National Family Caregiver Alliance (http://www.caregiver.org) - national organization for caregivers. This website gives information on caregiving resources, fact sheets, resources, online support group and care planning consultation and policy alerts.

National Family Caregivers Association (http://www.nfcacares.org) - national not-for-profit membership organization.

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Elder Care Locators
Administration on Aging (http://www.aoa.gov/eldfam/eldfam.asp) - The Resource Directory for Older People is intended to serve a wide audience including older people and their families, health and legal professionals, social service providers, librarians, researchers, and others with an interest in the field of aging. The directory contains names, addresses, phone numbers, and fax numbers of organizations which provide information and other resources on matters relevant to the needs of older persons. Inclusion in the directory does not imply an endorsement or recommendation by NIA or AoA.

Benefits Checkup (http://www.benefitscheckup.com) - a free, easy-to-use service that identifies federal and state assistance programs for older Americans. You may be surprised to learn what benefits are available to you, regardless of your income. Created by the National Council on the Aging.

Case Management Resource Guide (http://www.cmrg.com/index.htm) - free, searchable database of over 110,000 specialty healthcare services, facilities, businesses and organizations.

Healthfinder (http://www.healthfinder.gov) - gateway designed to help consumers find health and human services information.

Home Care Page (http://www.ptct.com) - links to general home care resources on the Internet and home care agencies with web sites.

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National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (http://www.n4a.org) - Whether you are an older adult yourself, or a caregiver concerned about the well-being and independence of an older adult, Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) are ready to help. AAAs in communities across the country plan, coordinate and offer services that help older adults remain in their home - if that is their preference.

National Association for HomeCare Online (http://www.nahc.org) - committed in representing the interests of the home care and hospice community.

National Long-Term Care Resource Center (http://www.hsr.umn.edu) - The mission of the University of Minnesota Division of Health Services Research and Policy is to stimulate, coordinate, and conduct high quality research focused on the organization, financing, and effectiveness of health services, and to provide a broad range of training programs for those interested in this field. Our purpose is to provide research-based information and education programs that will enhance the provision of cost-effective health services to improve the quality of life.

Guide to Retirement Living (http://www.retirement-living.com/) - helping you navigate the senior and caregiver service network.

SeniorLink (http://www.seniorlink.com) - provides access to elder care professionals, programs, and activities.

Care.com's Senior Care Directory http://www.care.com/senior-care-directory-p1071-find.html

Provides a comprehensive listing of resources by state in seven categories: housing resources, transportation resources, home care, end-of-life care, legal
resources, financial planning and management, and health care as well as articles that include how-to guides and a blog on senior care issues. Care.com also provides access to caregiver listings as well as articles and advice for seniors, their families, and their caregivers.

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Elder Law
American Bar Association Commission on the Legal Programs of the Elderly (http://www.abanet.org) - Click on the search option located at the top of the page and type in what you are looking for.

Gray Panthers (http://www.graypanters.org) - Gray Panthers is an intergenerational advocacy organization. From ages 9 to 93, we are Age and Youth in Action, activists working together for social and economic justice. Issues include universal health care, jobs with a living wage and the right to organize, preservation of Social Security, affordable housing, access to quality education, economic justice, environment, peace and challenging ageism, sexism, racism.

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. (http://www.naela.org) - This site provides information on health care decision-making; medicare; medicaid; living trusts; long-term care insurance; guardianship and conservatorship; age discrimination; estate planning and probate; local referrals, and more.

National Senior Citizens Law Center (http://www.nsclc.org) - covers legal issues affecting the security and welfare of older persons with limited resources.

SeniorLaw Home Page (http://www.seniorlaw.com) - helps older persons, families, attorneys and financial planners to access information about elder law issues, Medicare, Medicaid, estate planning, trusts, and the rights of the elderly and disabled.

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End-of-Life Issues
Funeral and Memorial Societies of America (http://www.funerals.org) - non-profit consumer information societies that answer common questions about funeral practices and help to guide consumers to local memorial societies.

Funeral Ethics Association (http://www.fea.org) - provides information to consumers about the practice of a funeral service. Also, a variety of information about funeral planning.

GriefNet (http://www.griefnet.org/) - an Internet community of persons dealing with grief, death, and major loss. Thirty-seven email support groups and two web sites. On line grief support provides help to people working through loss and grief issues of all kinds. Our companion site, KIDSAID,(http://kidsaid.com/) provides a safe environment for kids and their parents to find information and ask questions.

Hospice Foundation of America (http://www.hospicefoundation.org) - considered to be the model for quality, compassionate care at the end-of-life, hospice care involves a team-oriented approach to expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient's needs and wishes. Support is extended to the patient' s loved ones, as well.

National Hospice Organization (http://www.nho.org) - The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is the largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. The organization is committed to improving end of life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones.

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Health Issues
Administration on Aging (http://www.aoa.dhhs.gov) - information designed for Older Americans and their families as well as those concerned about providing the opportunities and services to enrich the lives of older persons and support their independence. This site provides useful information for caregivers, including list of State Agencies on Aging, Eldercare Locator, State resource directories for information and referral services.

Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (http://www.ahrq.gov/) - subdirectory lists various electronic resources and documents that are available. This includes the National Guideline Clearinghouse™ (http://www.guideline.gov) a comprehensive database of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and related documents with syntheses and comparisons.

Alzheimer's Association (http://www.alz.org) - The Alzheimer‘s Association, a national network of chapters, is the largest national voluntary health organization committed to finding a cure for Alzheimer‘s and helping those affected by the disease.

Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center at the National Institute on Aging (http://www.alzheimers.org) - information about Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. This site provides information. Research, and caregiving suggestions.

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The Alzheimer Page (http://alzheimer.wustl.edu/) - the Internet Gateway for the Alzheimer List, a free e-mail based support group for family caregivers and professionals.

American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (http://www.aagpgpa.org) - dedicated to promoting the mental health and well being of older people and improving the care of those with late-life mental disorders.

American Cancer Society (http://www.cancer.org) - here you'll find answers to questions about the nature of cancer, its causes, and risk factors. The latest strategies for prevention and early detection, new diagnostic techniques, and the latest treatment options. You can also find information about alternative and complementary methods. There is important information for living with cancer and a bookstore where you can order such books as Informed Decisions. In addition, you can find statistical information, links to other websites, and answers to questions such as: What is cancer? Am I at risk for cancer? How can I tell if I have cancer? What should I ask my doctor? What happens after treatment?

American Geriatrics Society (http://www.americangeriatrics.org) - the coming years will bring the health care concerns of our rapidly aging population to the forefront of the national consciousness. Working to address the needs of this special population.

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Arthritis Foundation http://www.arthritis.org -This web site provides information, Q&As, message board, and products. Local resource referrals, programs, and services.

Cancer Center (http://www.cancercenter.com)

Clinical Trials (http://www.clinicaltrials.gov) - the U.S. National Institutes of Health, through its National Library of Medicine, has developed ClinicalTrials.gov to provide patients, family members and members of the public current information about clinical research studies.

Geriatric Education Center (http://www.hcoa.org/nagec) - an association promoting better health care for older people through a public more informed on aging-related issues.

Health A to Z (http://www.healthatoz.com)

Healthy Aging (http://www.healthandage.com) - the Novartis Foundation for Gerontology supports education and innovation in healthy ageing, geriatrics and in the care of elderly people.

HealthAnswers (http://www.healthanswers.com) - providing Information for Nutrition, Aging Network, and Long Term Care Professionals

Medicine Program http://themedicineprogram.info-This website helps financially challenged seniors receive free prescription medications...

Mayo Clinic (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/drug-information/DrugHerbIndex) - clinical information on medications used by older adults.

MedBank of Maryland, Inc. (http://www.medbankmd.org) - funded by a grant from the Maryland Health Care Foundation to provide access to free medications for low-income, underinsured, chronically ill patients. Identifies access to health care programs and benefits in the Central Maryland area.

MEDLINEplus (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus) - provides a rich array of evaluated health and disease-related web resources for the consumer.

MedSite (http://www.medsite.com) - an online source for medical information.

National Cancer Institute (http://cancernet.nci.nih.gov)

National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information Prevention Online (http://www.health.org/index.htm) - research and statistics, resources and referrals, publications that can be downloaded on-line or ordered.

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National Institute on Aging (http://www.nih.gov/nia) - information for older adults and their caregivers, including downloadable information sheets on a variety of topics.

National Library of Medicine (PubMed) (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/PubMed) - database of medical information.

National Policy and Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging (http://www.fiu.edu/~nutreldr) - providing information for nutrition, aging network, and long term care professionals

National Senior Sports Association (http://www.amgolftour.com)

Nutrition Analysis Tool (http://www.ag.uiuc.edu/~food-lab/nat) - this site helps older adults and families analyze the nutritional value of the foods they eat.

Oncology (http://www.oncology.com) - the most complete, up-to-date source of online cancer news and information for patients, health-care professionals and the entire cancer community. By providing complex information in a direct, clear style, we offer a wide range of resources with the same ease of access for all users.

Women's Health (http://www.womenshealth.org)

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Housing and Home Safety
American Association of Homes & Services for the Aging (http://www.aahsa.org) - represents not-for-profit organizations dedicated to providing high-quality health care, housing and services to the nation's elderly.

Assisted Living Federation of America (http://www.alfa.org) - serving the Assisted Living and Senior Housing Industry.

Consumer Consortium on Assisted Living (http://ccal.org) - a national consumer focused non-profit organization that works collaboratively with a broad spectrum of people and organizations supporting quality care, residents rights, and affordability in long term care.

Home remodeling for disability and Special Needs (http://www.expertise.com/home-and-garden/home-remodeling-for-disability-and-special-needs)

Nursing Home Information (http://www.nursinghomeinfo.com) - geographical database/search engine for over 17,500 long-term care facilities throughout the United States.

Safety for Seniors at Home (https://www.budgetdirect.com.au/blog/safety-for-seniors-at-home.html)

Senior Housing Net (http://ccal.org) - search Senior Housing Net's comprehensive guide to retirement communities, assisted living residences, Alzheimer's facilities, and nursing homes nationwide.

Senior Sites (http://www.seniorsites.com)

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Research and Education
American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) (http://www.aarp.org) - a non-profit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to helping older Americans achieve lives of independence, dignity and purpose.

American Society on Aging (http://www.asaging.org) a national multi-disciplinary coalition of people who work on behalf of the elderly.

Andrus Foundation (http://www.andrus.org) - The AARP Andrus Foundation provides knowledge and education through research which helps the growing population concerned with older adults find solutions to the challenges of aging, and approaches to maintaining independence and dignity throughout life.

Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (http://www.aghe.org) - fosters research, instructional, and service programs to enhance the capacities of higher education institutions in the field of aging.

Brookdale Center on Aging (http://www.brookdale.org) - the largest educational, non-profit gerontological center in the Northwest.

California Department of Aging http://www.aging.ca.gov/ -This website provides a packet of materials, telephone counselling, and face-to-face counseling throughout the state.

Centerwatch (http://www.centerwatch.com) - over 41,000 industry and government sponsored clinical trials and new drug therapies.

The Gerontological Society of America (http://www.geron.org) - promotes multi- and interdisciplinary research in aging and disseminates gerontological research knowledge to researchers, practitioners, and to decision and opinion makers.

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Social Security
Citizens for a Sound Economy (http://www.cse.org)

National Academy of Social Insurance (http://www.nasi.org) - members include the most distinguished economic policy experts across the political spectrum. They publish a substantive newsletter, "Social Insurance Update."

National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (http://www.ncpssm.org)

Social Security Administration (http://www.ssa.gov) - the official website of the Social Security Administration.

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Technology and Leisure
Elderhostel (http://www.elderhostel.org) - a not-for-profit organization with 25 years of experience providing high quality, affordable, educational adventures for adults who are 55 and older. These short-term educational programs are a fun and exciting way for you to share new ideas, explore new places and make new friends.

Enjoying Retirement, MetLife (http://www.metlife.com) - an information resource to help you manage life's events through expert advice and interactive tools. A wonderful site!

SeniorCom (http://www.senior.com) - senior "chat rooms" and the "Senior News Network" as well as services such as travel packages, wellness programs and online shopping.

SeniorNet (http://www.seniornet.org) - provides elder adults education for and access to computer technology to enhance their lives and enable them to share their knowledge and wisdom.

Thirdage.com http://www.thirdage.com/ This web site for active seniors includes aging news and information, national and local resources, a caregiver chat line.

TheHelpWeb (http://www.imaginarylandscape.com/helpweb/www/www.html) - navigating the world wide web.

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Miscellaneous
Accessible Home Page (http://www.homemods.org) - offers a variety of information about home modification and allows professionals and consumers to share resources and tips about home accessibility for elders.

Age of Reason (http://www.wiredseniors.com/ageofreason/) - Over 5,000 links to sites of interest to the over 50 age group.

Elder Abuse Prevention (http://www.oaktrees.org/elder)

The Geezer Brigade (http://www.thegeezerbrigade.com) - the Geezer Brigade is an international organization for and by "Seniors with an Attitude" -- those over 55 who have not yet given up the ghost nor lost their sense of humor.

Long Term Care Insurance Buyer's Advocate (http://www.ltcibuyersadvocate.com)

Long Term Care Insurance Decision Assistance Center
http://www.longtermcareinsurance.org)

National Academy Press (http://www.nap.edu) - more than 1,000 books online.

National Association of Geriatric Care Managers (http://www.caremanager.org) - a non-profit, professional organization of practitioners whose goal is the advancement of dignified care for the elderly and their families. This website provides information and local referrals on geriatric care managers.

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