LIFE STORIES

Reference and Resources 

Organizations Specializing in Aging:

National Institute on Aging - Government site with information on research and practical resources for the aging population.


Aging in Place - A resource hub for seniors and their families to learn more about the specific aspects of aging in place.


National Council on Aging - The National Council on Aging was founded in 1950 as the first charitable organization in the U.S. that would provide a national voice for older Americans and act as their advocates in dealing with service providers and policymakers.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Provides easy access to CDC data on key indicators of health and well-being, screenings and vaccinations and mental health among older adults. Includes data from the newly-released, 'The State of Aging and Health in America 2013'.


Medicare & Medicaid Services - Federal agency that oversees Medicare and Medicaid. 


Administration for Community Living - advocates for people to make choices and control the decisions in and about their lives. This right to self-determination includes decisions about their homes and work, as well as all the other daily choices most adults make without a second thought.


The Gerontological Society of America - This expansive list of organizations includes governmental agencies, non-profits, policy institutes, and research centers dedicated to aging. 


AARP - The American Association of Retired Persons is the nation's leading organization for people age 50 and older. 


Assisted Living Foundation (ALA) - The Assisted Living Federation of America is committed to ensuring excellence in senior living. Search assisted living facilities, communities, and nursing homes, and learn more about assisted living regulations and legislation affecting the senior living community and assisted living professionals. Search for assisted living communities by location. See published guide from ALA for choosing a facility. See 2013 Survey of Assisted Living Residents published by ALA with Methodology report. 


Able Data - AbleData provides objective information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources to consumers, organizations, professionals, and caregivers within the United States. We serve the nation's disability, rehabilitation, and senior communities.


Senior Driving - Helping seniors drive safer and longer - from  Automobile Association of America.


Meals on Wheels - The Meals On Wheels Association of America is the oldest and largest membership organization supporting the national network of more than 5,000 Senior Nutrition Programs that operate in all 50 states and U.S. territories. 


Your Health:

Calcium for Strong Teeth and Bones - A calcium and vitamin D resource directory provided by Dental One Associates. Good to know information on these body requirements.  


Mesothelioma - Information on Mesothelioma, medical and legal resources.


Sleep and Aging - Information on sleep health and disorders.


Nursing Home Abuse - information and resources on abuse within nursing homes. 


Your Finances:

Social Security Administration - Retirement Planner.


Social Security CalculatorRecently, a Social Security resource was created, that visually breaks down the steps within the application process. Within the resource, viewers can use an estimate of the benefit they may receive, as well as learn about budgeting tips while they are waiting for a decision.


All Age Retirement Guide - Articles and financial planning tools leading up to retirement and beyond.


Credit Critics - a finance planning guide. 


Your Wishes:

ElderCare Locator - a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging connecting you to services for older adults and their families.

Patients Rights Council - Information on Protective Medical Decisions Document, Advanced Directive, Health Care Reform. 


National Healthcare Decisions Day - An initiative to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be. List of resources on advanced directives documents.


Other:

The Older Population: 2010 - 2010 Census Briefs - Census data and reports.


Seniors and Driving - Safety tips for senior drivers. Considerations are listed with information resources.


Callersmart - Senior citizens resources on money, housing, health and more.


Drugwatch - Reports on the latest information regarding dangerous drugs and defective medical devices. Patient advocate services. 


Create the Good - Volunteering opportunities. 


Consumer Justice Foundation (CJF) - provides educational resources for consumers that were injured, wronged or feel big business is pushing them around. CJF provides information on commonly prescribed drugs and their side effects. The Consumer Justice Foundation is not a law firm and it is not run by lawyers or attorneys nor is it a website funded by a large corporation.