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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/

Aging in Place Aging In Place is dedicated to helping seniors stay in their homes and in control of their lives aginginplace.org

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/

ConsumerSafetyGuide.com An all-in-one consumer health and safety guide that gives relevant information on drugs, medical devices, even automotive safety and recall information https://www.consumersafetyguide.com/about-us/

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

Elder Impact elderimpact.org The mission of Elder Impact is to give seniors the information they need to stay in control of their own lives

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

Family Living Today Family Living Today (FLT) is a free resource for families, providing everything from in-depth product reviews to expert advice. They have a very good guide for seniors on health and wellness at https://familylivingtoday.com/senior-health-and-wellness-guide/

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

Medicare Enrollment Guide From healthinsure.org, this is a comprehensive guide with information on enrollment, timing, and benefits for enrolling in Medicare https://www.medicareadvantage.com/medicare-enrollment

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/

Mesothelioma.net Patients and families can stay up-to-date on all things regarding mesothelioma, treatment, 24/7 online support, patient care advice, and much more on this medically-certified website. Symptoms can take anywhere from 20-50 years to show up, so staying alert about this disease is a must...https://mesothelioma.net

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 Council on Seniors Drug & Alcohol Rehab For seniors struggling with addiction https://rehabnet.com

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/

Nursing.org Nursing.org is dedicated to helping prospective nurses find, enroll, and finance their education, as well as providing a forum to support current nurses with their day-to-day activities and future aspirations. https://www.nursing.org

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/

Reviews.com Reviews.com offers a very good guide to medical-alert systems for seniors https://www.reviews.com/research/senior-friendly-guide-medical-alert-systems/

RNtoBSN.org RNtoBSN is an organization dedicated to nursing education. This is an excellent resource for anyone interested in nursing and/or furthering their nursing career (going from an RN to a BSN). https://www.rntobsn.org/

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

Safety Detectives Safety Detectives provides a very good guide for helping seniors to avoid computer and financial scams https://www.safetydetectives.com/blog/the-ultimate-internet-safety-guide-for-seniors/

Senior Guidance Senior Guidance is an organization dedicated to providing senior living assistance to the elderly. Senior Guidance provides a number of helpful resources and articles on aging, senior care, mental health, dementia, Alzheimer's, caregiving and more seniorguidance.org

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

Senior Resource Guide Senior Resource Guide covers over 70 topics on resources, services and referrels by region for seniors on many subjects https://www.seniorsresourceguide.com/index.html

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

The Recovery Village https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/resources/caregivers-substance-abuse/ This particular resource from The Recovery Village provides drug and alcohol treatment resources for caregivers who might find themselves seeking refuge in drugs or alcohol in order to cope with the tremendous stresses of caregiving.

The Sleep Help Institute The Sleep Help Institute is a valuable resource that addresses sleep issues of all kinds with reviews, guides and help with specific sleep disorders http://www.sleephelp.org