We compiled some links here that point to helpful organizations and resources centered on seniors, their families and caregivers.
The American Association of Retired Persons.
A Place for Mom
A free resource to find and research assisted living facilities and nursing homes.
The Alzheimer's Association
The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.
Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center
The ADEAR Center is a service of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) strives to be a current, comprehensive, unbiased source of information about Alzheimer's disease. All information and materials about the search for causes, treatment, cures, and better diagnostic tools are carefully researched and thoroughly reviewed by NIA scientists and health communicators for accuracy and integrity.
The Alzheimer's Foundation of America
The Alzheimer's Foundation of America mission is to provide optimal care and services to individuals confronting dementia, and to their caregivers and families—through member organizations dedicated to improving quality of life.
If you know someone with Alzheimer's disease or have been diagnosed yourself, this is your community. alzheimers.net grew out of the need to have a social network that will be a respite, a resource and a way to connect with others who share a common bond.
American Cancer Society
For nearly 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Together with millions of our supporters worldwide, they are helping people stay well, helping people get well, finding cures, and fighting back against cancer.
American Heart Association
Our mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. That single purpose drives all we do. The need for our work is beyond question.
Art Therapy for Seniors
Painting, Dance, Music, Sewing and other creative ways of therapy can help those with dementia.
California Association of Area Agencies on Aging
A nonprofit organization representing California's 33 area agencies on aging. The association is an advocate for meeting the needs of seniors and adults with disabilities, with the purpose to implement the provisions and intent of the Older Americans Act and the Older Californians Act.
Caregiver Action Network
The Caregiver Action Network is the nation's leading family caregiver organization working to improve the quality of life for the more than 65 million Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age. CAN serves a broad spectrum of family caregivers ranging from the parents of children with special needs, to the families and friends of wounded soldiers; from a young couple dealing with a diagnosis of MS, to adult children caring for parents with Alzheimer's disease. CAN (formerly the National Family Caregivers Association) is a non-profit organization providing education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers across the country free of charge.
Caregiving Support & Help, from HelpGuide.org
Despite caregiving challenges, it can also be rewarding. And there are a lot of things you can do to make the caregiving process easier for both you and your loved one. These tips can help you get the support you need while caring for someone you love.
Caring Connections, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), is a national consumer engagement initiative to improve care at the end of life, supported by a grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Elder Abuse Law
Source for elder abuse law information.
Family Caregiver Alliance
Family Caregiver Alliance was the first community-based nonprofit organization in the country to address the needs of families and friends providing long-term care at home. Long recognized as a pioneer in health services, FCA now offers programs at national, state and local levels to support and sustain caregivers.
FDA for Seniors
The U.S. Food and Drug Administrations (FDA's) information for older people covers a wide range of health issues, including arthritis, cancer, health fraud, and nutrition..
The Geriatric Mental Health Foundation
The Geriatric Mental Health Foundation was established by the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry to raise awareness of psychiatric and mental health disorders affecting the elderly, eliminate the stigma of mental illness and treatment, promote healthy aging strategies, and increase access to quality mental health care for the elderly.
Guide to Addiction Prevention for Seniors
When discussing substance abuse and addiction, most people think about teenagers and young adults. Much public education is devoted to addiction prevention beginning in the elementary years, as evidence has shown that early education and intervention reduces the likelihood that children will experiment with drugs. Most people would be surprised to learn that substance abuse and addiction is actually a growing problem among senior citizens.
Healthy Aging, Health Issues in an Aging Population
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Helping people to live long and productive lives and enjoy a good quality of life.
How to Avoid and Report Medicare Billing Fraud and Medicare Abuse
There are individuals, both patients and doctors, who do abuse the Medicare system. Medicare abuse and Medicare billing fraud are illegal. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which administers Medicare, is cracking down. Here's how you can help.
Long Term Care (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
Many people think the phrase "long-term care" refers to an insurance policy. While insurance may be part of your strategy, long-term care encompasses everything from your future medical care and finances, to where you will live and how you will navigate the myriad of legal, family, and social dynamics along the way.
Website links for Seniors from the Official U.S. Government Site for People with Medicare.
National Cancer Institute
The National Cancer Institute is the Federal Government's principal agency for cancer research and training.
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
NIA has been at the forefront of the Nation's research activities dedicated to understanding the nature of aging, supporting the health and well-being of older adults, and extending healthy, active years of life for more people.
NIH Senior Health
NIH Senior Health makes aging-related health information easily accessible for family members and friends seeking reliable, easy to understand online health information. This site was developed by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) both part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. (NAELA) was founded in 1987 as a professional association of attorneys who are dedicated to improving the quality of legal services provided to people as they age and people with special needs. The NAELA membership is comprised of attorneys in the private and public sectors who deal with legal issues affecting people as they age and people with disabilities.
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
The NHPCO 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.
National Care Planning Council
The NCPC is a comprehensive resource for Eldercare (Senior Care) and Long Term Care Planning. The articles and books here will help you learn about long term care planning and the providers and services listed in the under "Eldercare Services" are here to help you with your eldercare needs.
New Old Age (New York Times)
This comprehensive blog offers a variety of wonderful stories and analysis on aging. Thanks to the marvels of medical science, our parents are living longer than ever before. Adults over age 80 are the fastest growing segment of the population; most will spend years dependent on others for the most basic needs. That burden falls to their baby boomer children. In The New Old Age, Paula Span and other contributors explore this unprecedented intergenerational challenge.
Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Resource Center
The nursing home abuse and neglect resource center for the elderly and their families.
Parentgiving is a comprehensive website serving adults, seniors and their caregivers, both near and far. You'll find thousands of products and hundreds of informative articles that allow people to age well at home. We're dedicated to offering medical and healthcare supplies for the elderly, bed and bath safety products and practical tools for all the activities of daily living for those who want to stay independent as well as those with limited mobility.
Private Duty Homecare Association
The Private Duty Homecare Association (PDHCA) was established by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC). It is a trade association of home care providers dedicated to helping the ill and disabled remain in their own homes.