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AARP (formerly the American Association for Retired Persons) AARP provides benefits, services and special products for people over age 50, from supplemental medical and long-term care insurance to discounts on prescription drugs, and a whole lot in between.  They are also one of the most powerful lobbying voices on behalf of elderly people in the United States and currently have almost 40,000,000 members: http://aarp.org/

 

Administration on Aging AoA has links to national organizations that provide help to the elderly.  Included are national sites on aging, Alzheimer’s, legal services, housing, long-term care, etc.  Use their search bar to find all kinds of information: http://1.usa.gov/13Cssaw

 

AgingCare.com AgingCare.com is a comprehensive site that has excellent information for adults and caregivers caring for seniors.  They provide online caregiver support and connect people caring for elderly parents, elder care experts, personalized information, and resources: http://www.agingcare.com/

 

Anita Creamer Anita Creamer writes for the Sacramento Bee about news, trends and social issues involving the elderly and aging population in both California and the United States.  Follow her on Twitter at @AnitaCreamer and at The Sacramento Bee newspaper at: www.sacbee.com

 

Association for Macular Diseases Referrals to low-vision specialists and clinics, as well other information about issues that face the visually impaired: http://www.macula.org

 

Audient An alliance for accessible hearing care that provides nationwide assistance for low-income people to get hearing aids: http://www.audientalliance.org/

 

Better Hearing Institute (including eGuides on financial assistance for hearing aids and other eGuides related to hearing loss): http://bit.ly/16nnJO3

 

California DMV Main site for elderly drivers: http://www.dmv.ca.gov/about/senior/senior_top.htm 

 

California DMV guidelines for elderly drivers Great info for both seniors and family members: http://bit.ly/17Z78PW

 

Caregiver Action Network CAN (formerly the National Family Caregiveivers Association) is a non-profit organization providing education, peer support and resources to family caregivers across the country, free of charge: http://caregiveraction.org/

 

Elder Care Locator This site helps you find an agency in your parent’s area or community: http://1.usa.gov/fWu5KQ

 

Elder Cottage Housing Opportunities: http://www.seniorresource.com/hecho.htm

 

Experience Works Experience Works is one of the nation’s leading nonprofit providers of training and job services for adults, aged 55 and over: http://www.experienceworks.org/site/PageServer

 

FATE (Foundation Aiding The Elderly) FATE is dedicated to protecting the elderly from abuse, as well as advocating for reform and regulation of the laws governing the nursing home industry.  They are a privately funded organization and do not charge for their services: http://www.4Fate.org

 

Francine Russo: A resource that addresses the issues of siblings caring for elder parents: http://www.yourparentstoo.com/

 

Hearing Loss Association of America (national organization): http://www.hearingloss.org/

 

Independent Living Aids For helpful electronic devices: http://www.independentliving.com/

 

Joppel Joppel provides an interactive on-line toolset that helps seniors and their caregivers determine the Medicare insurance plan that is right for them, one that is based on their individual needs and circumstances. They offer solutions for comparing and enrolling in Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement and Prescription Drug Plans: http://www.joppel.com/

 

LeadingAge (formerly the American Association of Homes and Services) LeadingAge is a broad global network of aging services that includes 6,000 not-for-profit organizations in the United States, 39 state partners, and hundreds of businesses.  Their easy-to-navigate website provides information and services to their members for housing, assisted living, nursing homes, home health, hospice care, senior housing and more: http://www.leadingage.org

 

LivHome.com LivHome is one of the largest providers of professionally led at-home care for seniors: http://livhome.com/

 

Meals on Wheels Association of America: http://mowaa.org

 

Medline Plus Medline Plus is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that gives information on end-of-life issues as well as other related topics such as Hospice and DNR: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/

 

MySeniorCare.com Transportation for the elderly, this is a national site that provides local information for everything from transportation to in-home care: http://myseniorcareguide.com

 

National Academy on an Aging Society The National Academy is a non-partisan public policy institute exploring the challenges and opportunities of an aging society.  The have lots of current information for seniors and links to even more: http://www.agingsociety.org

 

National Association of Insurance Commissioners Information for guidelines to buy medi-gap insurance policies: http://www.naic.org

 

National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers: http://www.caremanager.org

 

National Association of Social Workers With 145,000 members, NASW is the largest professional social worker organization in the world.  For the person who can remain in their home but still has various needs, the information on NASW provides references for local care managers, social workers, therapists, etc.  This website has a great deal of information of all types: http://www.naswdc.org

 

National Association for the Visually Handicapped: http://lighthouse.org/navh

 

National Caregivers Library One of the most extensive libraries for caregivers of all types.  It includes everything from finding Advance Directives in your state to discussing Power of Attorney and what it means to the parent and caregiver.  They have checklists and forms for almost every type of situation and issue facing the caregiver: http://www.caregiverslibrary.org/home.aspx

 

National Council on Aging NCOA is dedicated to improving the lives of older Americans and has excellent advice and lots of relevant information: http://www.ncoa.org/

 

National Institute of Mental Health Resources For mental health issues: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml

 

Natural News The dangers and side effects of medication This is information about drug interactions for the elderly and lists some common drug side effects: http://bit.ly/18Ql53E

 

NHTSA (Elderly driving) Physicians guide for assessing and counseling elder drivers, including legal issues and liability concerns: http://1.usa.gov/13zvzzR

 

Nolo Press  A good do-it-yourself website for legal documents, Nolo’s WillMaker program allows you to write your will, create a power of attorney, and make a customized estate plan: http://www.nolo.com/

 

ProjectKnow ProjectKnow is a comprehensive website providing addiction help for the elderly, such as analysis of the situation, treatment and aftercare: http://www.projectknow.com/research/elderly/

 

Recovery.org This is an organization that is dedicated to seniors who have addiction issues. The link provided will help the elderly find appropriate recovery centers: http://www.recovery.org/topics/find-the-best-inpatient-recovery-centers-for-seniors/

 

Rocket Lawyer A legal assistance website that can help you plan an Advance Directive and also has all kinds of legal forms, including wills: http://bit.ly/15hH4l0

 

SeniorsForLiving.com   Seniors for Living is a free service that helps research, evaluate, contact, and compare senior housing options: http://www.seniorsforliving.com/

 

Social Security office locator: https://secure.ssa.gov/ICON/main.jsp

 

The Consumer Voice (formerly National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform) Information about resident’s rights and laws governing nursing homes: http://www.theconsumervoice.org