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Aging Related Links

Government Sites

  • Benefits.gov. A tool to help determine benefit eligibility for a variety of government programs.
  • Medicare.gov. An all-purpose site with interactive tools for planning and paying for long-term care and choosing among drug plans. Includes searchable inspection results, good and bad, for the all the nation's skilled nursing facilities.
  • NIHSeniorHealth.gov. A collaboration of the National Institutes of Health and the National Library of Medicine that provides authoritative information on all diseases and disorders of old age. Each section is available in both large-type and audio versions.
  • National Institute on Aging. Describes ongoing research on aging and lists clinical trials seeking participants.
  • Eldercare Locator. Links to state and local ombudsmen and agencies serving the elderly.
  • U.S. Administration on Aging. Brief fact sheets on aging and links to outside resources for an assortment of caregiving issues, including financial planning, residential options, in-home services, case management and the law.
  • Homemods.org. Advice on home renovation from the University of Southern California.
  • UCompareHealthCare. Free search by location for nursing homes, plus data on quality, staffing and outcomes from government sources.
  • National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM). A not-for-profit, professional association dedicated to assisting older adults with the physical and emotional demands of downsizing, relocating, or modifying their homes.

Caregiving

  • Family Caregiver Alliance. Offers tips on a wide range of topics, including how to hire help, hold a family meeting, balance work and caregiving, find important papers, and decide whether parents should move in with an adult child.
  • National Alliance for Caregiving. Reviews of more than 1,000 books, videos, Web sites and links.
  • National Family Caregivers Association. Provides statistics, research and policy reports, tip sheets, first-person accounts, a newsletter and an exhaustive resource list.
  • Family Caregiving 101. A separate "how-to" site by the NFCA with advice on time management, asking for help, navigating the health care maze and communicating with insurance companies and hospitals.
  • MetLife Mature Market Institute. Reports from a research arm of the insurance company on the price of assisted living, the strains of long-distance caregiving, and the cost to employers of baby boomer employees involved in eldercare.
  • Strength for Caring. A site for family caregivers from Johnson & Johnson with original articles written by experts and how-to materials.

Legal and Financial

  • BenefitsCheckUp. A search tool developed by the National Council on Aging to determine eligibility for 1,300 benefit programs that help pay for medications, health care, utilities and so forth.
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Search by location for members of the association. Provides questions to ask lawyers about qualifications and areas of expertise, and a wide-ranging resource list for the elderly.
  • National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Free fact sheets and shoppers' guides for long-term care insurance, annuities and Medigap policies.
  • Insurance Information Institute.
  • Reverse.org. A consumer's guide to reverse mortgages from a non-profit with no ties to the industry. Links to the AARP's calculator for choosing such policies.
  • ReverseMortgage.org. Similar calculator and search tool to find local lenders, with links to their Web sites.
  • Nolo. Do-it-yourself legal advice. Wills, powers of attorney and other documents.
  • Senior Law Home Page. Advice from a New York law firm on the legal and financial issues facing the elderly. state forms for powers of attorney, health care proxies and living wills.
  • U.S. Living Will Registry. Free state-by-state forms.
  • American Bar Association Aging Tool Kit. Offers a 10-step process for making end-of-life decisions with worksheets, suggestions and links.

End of Life

  • The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. An excellent search tool for finding a hospice, as well as guides on issues related to palliative care, including Medicare coverage and techniques for communicating end-of-life wishes.
  • Caring Connections. Contains of the consumer information from NHPCO and has state-by-state advance directive forms.
  • Hospice Foundation of America. Information on end-of-life issues, such as pain management. One section called "Caregivers Corner" has links, reading lists and a self-assessment tool for caregivers to analyze their own strengths and weaknesses.

Advocacy

  • AARP. Political position papers, member discounts, demographic research, online versions of its bulletin, and magazine and consumer advice.
  • Center for Medicare Advocacy. Detailed information about what Medicare covers, and how to enroll and, if necessary, appeal denial of claims.
  • Medicare Rights Center. A similar tutorial on how this government health care program for the elderly works. A link to the Kaiser Family Foundation's "Medicare 101" and a hotline for questions and complaints.
  • National Association of Area Agencies on Aging. Articles on caregiving, policy reports, and links to eldercare service agencies.
  • The National Committe to Preserve Social Security and Medicare Acts in the best interests of its members through advocacy, education, services, grassroots efforts, and the leadership of the Board of Directors and professional staff. Their efforts are directed toward developing better-informed citizens and voters.