National Resources

General Information

AARP

http://www.aarp.org/

A member organization, AARP provides a host of articles of interest to older adults. Topics range from preventing identity theft to attending graduate school to travel tips. AARP also conducts research and posts its findings online.

Administration on Aging (AOA)

http://www.aoa.gov/

The U.S. Administration on Aging is a federal agency. Its site provides information about housing, finances, nutrition and health. It also introduces elders to senior services and volunteer opportunities.

Good50

http://www.good50.com/

A Search Engine for seniors and those with low vision.  This site was made to help seniors and those with disabilities to have an easier time searching the web.

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

http://www.va.gov/

The official site of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides information about health, education, pension and burial benefits. It offers a process to appeal VA decisions. VA patients can refill prescriptions online and access their health records.

National Center on Elder Abuse

http://www.ncea.aoa.gov/

A national resource, this site offers information about the types of abuse, risk factors and what to do if you suspect abuse or neglect of an older adult. It also provides statistics, surveys and reports about the problem of abuse.

Civic Ventures

http://www.encore.org/

Civic Ventures is a non-profit think tank that promotes volunteerism, healthy aging and innovative approaches to retirement. The site links to related articles and research with particular emphasis on baby boomers.

Health-related Resources

Alzheimer’s Association

http://www.alz.org/

The Alzheimer’s Association supports families caring for a loved one with dementia and supports prevention and treatment research. Packed full of excellent information about dementia, this site offers everything from the basics to scientific papers.

American Cancer Society

http://www.cancer.org

This nonprofit organization presents information about cancer prevention, detection and treatment. It also offers ways to get involved, donate or volunteer or connect with other cancer survivors.

Arthritis Foundation

http://www.arthritis.org/

This nonprofit organization provides information about living with arthritis. Topics include nutrition, preventing injury, and tips for working and traveling. It also presents information about legislation of interest to people with the disease.

Geriatric Mental Health Foundation

http://www.gmhfonline.org/

Established by the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, this site offers information about depression, dementia and substance abuse for older adults and caregivers.

Medicare

http://www.medicare.gov/

The official federal government site for information about Medicare, this site offers information about benefits, appealing Medicare decisions, long-term care, enrollment and the new drug program.

Mesothelioma Center

http://www.asbestos.com/mesothelioma/

Provides the most up to date information on asbestos related illnesses.  They provide patients and their families with all the support and resources needed during and after diagnosis.

For Consumers

Benefits Checkup

http://www.benefitscheckup.org

Operated by the National Council on Aging, this short (20-30 minutes) questionnaire will help anyone find programs that can assist with rent, property taxes, heating bills, meals and many other needs. Information on Medicare prescription drug coverage is also available on this site.

National Fraud Information Center

http://www.fraud.org/

Operated by the National Consumers League, this site provides information about telemarketing and Internet fraud. It provides an online form and phone number to report fraud and tips for spotting a scam.

For Caregivers

Family Caregiver Alliance

http://www.caregiver.org/

A nonprofit organization, the Family Caregiver Alliance offers a wealth of information about topics of interest to people caring for a loved one. It provides advice about dealing with dementia, disturbing behaviors, hands-on skills, hiring outside help and other practical information.

National Alliance for Caregiving

http://www.caregiving.org/

A nonprofit coalition of organizations that help caregivers, the National Alliance for Caregiving offers tips and advice about providing care to a family member. You can download publications about caregiving, leaving the hospital, palliative care and aiding aging parents.

For Professionals

American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry

http://www.aagponline.org/

This association of medical professionals aims to remove the stigma associated with mental-health disorders. It links to a consumer site.

American Society on Aging (ASA)

http://www.asaging.org/

A professional organization, ASA produces publications about public policy, research and best practices in the field of aging services.

Gerontology Society of America

http://www.geron.org/

This professional organization has links to journals, press releases about research and information about grants, but very little for consumers.

Institute for Caregiver Education

http://www.caregivereducation.org

The Institute provides professional development and continuing education for professional caregivers and healthcare managers. The site does not contain information for consumers.

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A)

http://www.n4a.org/

This organization of Area Agencies on Aging provides links to agencies across the United States, but no other consumer content.

National Council on Aging (NCOA)

http://www.ncoa.org/

This national organization of aging services professionals promotes vital aging and educates public officials about issues important to elders. The site offers little consumer information.

 Accredited Online Colleges & Disabilities

http://www.accreditedonlinecolleges.org/resources/accredited-online-colleges-and-disability-education/

Thanks to special provisions under the law, anyone with the will and desire to attend college can achieve that goal.