HEALTH ISSUES:

» National Institute of Health
» Caring Connections from the National Hospice Foundation, information on end of life care and downloadable state-specific advance directives.
» Information and websites on health issues for older adults
» American Academy of Family Physicians’ patient information site, search for useful articles/topics related to seniors and family health
» American Parkinson’s Disease Association.
» Usefull Infomation Regarding a Variety of Diseases
» Dementia Society of America
» COPD Foundation
» American Diabetes Association
» U.S. National Library of Medicine

» American Geriatrics Society Provides information about the mission, programs, and activities of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS), a professional organization of health care providers dedicated to improving the health and well-being of older adults. Describes the history, goals, and organizational structure of the society; membership benefits and rates; national and regional public policy efforts; and consumer and professional education efforts.

» American Society on Aging The American Society on Aging (ASA) is a professional association of researchers, practitioners, educators, business people, and policymakers concerned with the physical, emotional, social, economic and spiritual aspects of aging.

» National Association of Area Agencies on AgingProvides information on the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A), which is the umbrella organization for the 650 area agencies on aging (AAAs) and more than 240 Title VI Native American aging programs in the United States. N4A works on behalf of the local aging agencies to ensure that needed resources and support services are funded.

» Alliance for Aging Research The Alliance for Aging Research is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and accelerating the pace of medical discoveries to improve the universal human experience of aging and health. Their web site presents an overview of current medical and genetic research, offers press kits and position papers, and presents articles, research reports, and fact sheets on more than 40 health topics.

» Aging with Dignity Provides information about and access to the 5 Wishes document, which helps individuals express how they want to be treated if they become seriously ill and unable to speak for themselves. According to the site, the document is accepted in most states and was created by a man who worked with Mother Teresa and lived in a hospice run by her. It guides individuals through the process of identifying who they want to make health care decisions for them, the types of health care they want and do not want, comfort measures (such as pain medication and personal care) they would like to receive, how they want to be treated, and what they want their loved ones to know. Five wishes is available in 21 languages: Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese traditional, Chinese simplified, Croatian, English, French, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Hmong, Ilocano, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

» Alzheimer's Association The Alzheimer's Association is the leading, global voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care and support, and the largest private, nonprofit funder of Alzheimer research. Provides information about Alzheimer's disease, resources, research advances, publications, and events.

» Alzheimer's Disease Education & Referral Center The Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center Web site will help you find current, comprehensive Alzheimer's disease (AD) information and resources from the National Institute on Aging (NIA).

» Huntington’s Disease Society of America

Drug Information:

» This website offers comprehensive information on patient assistance programs and prescription drug information.
» Allows you to make weekly medicine schedules, including pictures of medicines
» Online Physician Desk Reference (drug information)
» Institute for Safe Medication Practices, a nonprofit organization educating professionals and consumers on safe medication practices
» Consumer health and drug information
» Food and Drug Administration safety information and adverse event reporting program

Elder Care/Senior Issues:

» Helps find programs for seniors that may pay for some of their costs of prescription drugs, health care, utilities and other essential items or services
» Administration on Aging, created by the Older Americans Act

MEDICARE AND MEDICAID:

The official U.S. government site for Medicare information. Includes search tools for helpful contacts, Medicare personal plan finders, nursing home comparisons and frequently asked questions.
» Center for Medicare Advocacy
» Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services – information for consumers and professional regarding Medicare and Medicaid
» Medicare Under 65 – Overview of information and resources for people under age 65 who may qualify for Medicare coverage, such as those with disabilities.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & RESOURCES

» AARP Foundation

» U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

» VETERANS' AID The Veterans Administration offers Aid and Attendance as part of an "Improved Pension" Benefit that is largely unknown. This Improved Pension allows for Veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person to assist in eating, bathing, dressing, undressing, medication dosing, or taking care of the needs of nature to receive additional monetary benefits. It also includes individuals who are blind or a patient in a nursing home because of mental or physical incapacity. Assisted care in an Assisted Living facility also qualifies.

» Social Security Administration and Social Security Online

» National Center on Elder Abuse

Articles:

» Paying for Long-Term Care: What are your options?
» Moving Your Body May Help Keep Alzheimer’s Away
» The Difference Between Alzheimer’s and Dementia
» Parkinson’s Disease and Dementia
» Huntington’s Disease and Dementia
» Vascular Dementia
» Music as Medicine: Music Can Help Dementia Patients
» Diabetes Symptoms
» Parkinson’s Disease
» Understanding COPD