Senior Resources – Local and National

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Senior Resources – Local And National

We have compiled a great set of resources to help seniors of any knowledge level to learn more about the services and programs available to them, with reverse mortgage resources as well as a variety of other services ranging from health advocacy programs, estate management, retirement finance assistance, and much more. See our resource list below:

National Council on Aging (NCOA) –, (202) 470-1200

NCOA is an association of organizations and professionals dedicated to promoting the dignity, self-determination, well-being, and contributions of older persons.


National Institute on Aging (NIA) –, (301) 496-1752

NIA is one of the institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Its Web site provides extensive consumer information, such as The Resource Directory for Older People, a database of information that includes federal and state agencies, resource centers, professional societies, private groups and volunteer programs.


National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) –, (202) 223-2226

NOF is a nonprofit, voluntary health organization focusing on osteoporosis research, education and advocacy.  The Web site provides information on prevention, patient information, and locating a doctor.


The Rose Resnick LightHouse –, (415) 431-1481, TTY (415) 431-4572

The Rose Resnick LightHouse offers comprehensive services and serves as an advocacy agency for the blind and visually impaired. –, (855) 389-0311

Comprehensive information on how to unlock your money from a structured settlement or an annuity.


Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) –


Grief Recovery –


Hospice Foundation of America –


National Alliance for the Mentally III (NAMI) –


Children of Aging Parents –, 1 (800) 227-7294


National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers –, (520) 881-8008


Co-Dependents Anonymous, Inc –, P.O. Box 33577, Phoenix, AZ 85067-3577


Family Caregiver Alliance – Online Support Groups –, (415) 434-3388, 1 (800) 445-8106


American Cancer Society –, 1 (800) 227-2345


American Diabetes Association –, 1 (800) 342-2383


National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) –, 1 (800) 896-3650

NFCA supports family caregivers and publicly represents this constituency.  NFCA promotes self-advocacy and self-care.


National Hospice Organization –, 1 (800) 658-8898

This Web site contains information about the national hospice program and includes links to many other sites on this subject.


American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA) –


Assisted Living Federation of America –


Consumer Consortium on Assisted Living –


Elderweb –


National Center for Assisted Living –


BenefitCheckUp –

This is an online tool that screens for federal, state, and some local private and public benefits for adults ages 55 and over.


Campaign for Home Energy Assistance –, (202) 429-8855, fax (202) 429-8857

This clearinghouse provides free telephone and email referrals for people who want to know where to apply for low-income energy assistance.


Directory of Crime Victim Services –

This is a Web-enabled, online resource sponsored by the United States Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC).  Use the directory to locate victim services in the United States and other countries.


National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) –, (520) 881-4005, fax (520) 325-7925

The NAELA searchable directory of elder law attorneys can be found online.


American Heath Association (AHA) –, 1 (800) 242-8721

AHA’s mission is to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by providing education, advocacy, and publications.


American Public Health Association (APHA) –, (202) 777-2742

APHA is the largest health organization for public health professionals.  It provides programs, publications, education, and advocacy.  The Web site contains journals and articles on many chronic illnesses.


Arthritis Foundation (AF) –, 1 (800) 283-7800

The AF is the only national not-for-profit organization that supports people afflicted with more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions with advocacy, programs, services, and research.


Body Health Resources Corporation –

This Web site is for educational purposes and offers an opportunity to ask experts questions on a variety of topics relating to HIV/AIDS.


Centers for Disease Control (CDC) –, (404) 639-3286.

CDC is the federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people.


Conill Institute for Chronic Illness (CICI) –, (215) 746-7267

CICI sponsors educational programs for patients and their families, employers, physicians, and other health care providers, and selected industries whose customers may have special needs. –

An information source for patients, caregivers, and families coping with chronic diseases with library of articles and video webcasts or chronic illnesses.


Improving Chronic Illness Care (ICIC) –, (206) 287-2704, fax (206) 287-2138

ICIC’s mission is to support providers caring for chronically ill patients with guidelines, specialty expertise, and information systems.


Mended Hearts, Inc –, email:, 1 (888) 432-7899 – information line, (214) 706-1442 national office

Affiliated with the American Heart Association, Mended Hearts partners with 460 hospitals and rehabilitation clinics to offer services to heart patients through visiting programs, support group meetings, and educational forums.


National Academy on an Aging Society –, (202) 408-3375, fax (202) 842-1150

The Academy is a nonpartisan public policy institute providing information to the public.


National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute –, (301) 592-8573

A division of the National Institutes of Health, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute provides information for patients and the pubic, health professionals, and researchers.


PBS –, (703) 739-5000

“Who cares: Chronic Illness in America,” a PBS broadcast, appears on the Web site.


Fifty-Plus Fitness Association (FPFA) —, (650) 323-6160

FPFA promotes active lifestyles for older people.  FPFA publishes a newsletter, distributes books and videos, and sponsors activities such as “fun run” for seniors.


President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (PCPFS) –, (202) 690-9000

PCPFS conducts programs, projects, and campaigns that emphasize the importance of regular physical activity, fitness, and sports participation for children, adults (including seniors),and persons with disabilities. –

From the Web site, click on “Diseases and Conditions,” then choose “Alzheimer’s disease”.


Aging America –

The Web site contains three self-help pamphlets on aging and spirituality. –, (972-2) 628-5666 – Israel (international call)

One pf the world’s largest programs that explores the question of why be Jewish, this sponsored site contains articles on spirituality.


The Catholic Health Association –, (314) 427-2500

The Catholic Health Association sponsors senior spirituality groups in many of its parishes across the country.  This site offers slide shows and video presentations of workshops on spirituality and the senior.


Science and Religion Bookstore –

An online bookstore.  This site contains publications on spirituality and health.


Caring Connections –, 1 (800) 658-8898

Caring Connections is a national program to improve care at the end of life offered by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.  Caring Connections provides information and resources related to Caregiving and end-of-life issues, as well as a link to and the ability to print state-specific forms for advance directives.


End-of-Life Choices –, 1 (800) 247-7421

End-of-Life Choices is a nonprofit organization that advocates for choice, dignity, and control at the end of life through written materials, speakers, and workshops.


Respecting Choices:  An Advance Care Planning Program Different Than the Rest –

Respecting Choices is a grass-roots campaign to complete advance directives.


U.S. Living Will Registry –

This Web site provides a guide to preparing advance directives with state-specific forms and a national online registry for these documents.  Seniors can complete an advance directive and file their documents on the registry, where health care providers can access them.  The service is free to registrants.


Estate Planning Links –

A helpful consumer site regarding general estate planning information.


Findlaw –

This site provides general information on estate planning and the opportunity to locate an attorney who specializes in estate planning.


SmartMoney, Estate Planning Section –

This site includes consumer information, articles, and calculators for net worth and estate taxes.


Administration on Aging –

This site is the Administration on Aging’s center for assistance on pension issues.


Benefits Calculator –

This calculator is provided by the Social Security Administration


Financial Engines –

Financial Engines offers a Web-based calculator that analyzes relative portfolio risk and the probability of reaching retirement financial goals with a given portfolio.


The Financial Planning Association –, 1 (800) 282-7526

This is the financial planning industry association’s Web site.


Internal Revenue Service –, 1 (800) 829-1040

This government site contains information about taxation and forms that can be downloaded. –

This is NOT the IRS government site.


The Motley Fool –

A great site for articles regarding a variety of financial, investment, and tax topics.


mPower Advisors, L.L.C –

this site is sponsored by mPower Advisors, a registered investment advisor founded in 1995, which provides information on retirement planning.


National Association of Securities Dealers –

NASD Public Disclosure Hotline  1 (800) 289-9999


TaxNewsletters –, 1 (800) 599-7108

Access the site map for an easy search of topics regarding taxes and tax planning.


Center for Long-Term Care Financing –

The Center for Long-Term Care Financing is a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring quality long-term care for all Americans.


The Kiplinger Retirement Report –

This site has an overview of long-term care and some advice on purchasing long-term care insurance policies.


United Seniors Health Cooperative – (202) 479-6973


Department of Veterans Affairs –

This federal agency supporting American veterans operates its National Cemetery Administration, a network of national cemeteries that offer plots to military veterans.


Funeral Consumer Alliance (FCA) –, 1 (800) 765-0107

FCA is a consumer organization dedicated to seeking meaningful, dignified, and affordable funerals.  This site provides a wealth of information about funeral planning and directs consumers to local memorial societies for local information.


Federal Trade Commission (FTC) –

This federal regulatory agency protects consumers against unfair and deceptive practices and provides consumer information.


National Anatomical Service – 1 (800) 727-0700

This service provides information about body donations and can refer consumers to different medical and dental schools.


Family Kaiser Foundation –, (650) 854-9400

The Kaiser Family Foundation has an outstanding Web site with hundred of fact sheets, issue papers and program summaries related to Medicate and Medicaid.


Recommended Reading:

Aging and the Life Course, by J. Quadagno.  McGraw-Hill, 2002.

Social Forces and Aging:  An Introduction to Social Gerontology, 10th ed., by R. C. Atchley & A. S. Barusch.  Wadsworth Publishing, 2003.


Feeling Good Handbook, David Burns, Plume Books, 1999.

Burns adapts cognitive therapy to deal with a wide range of problems.  Feeling Good Handbook teaches its readers how to remove the mental obstacles that bar them from success.


Full Catastrophe Living:  Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Delta Trade Paperbacks, 1990.

Kabat-Zinn is the founder of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.


Grief Recovery Handbook, John W. James & Russell Friedman, Perennial Press, 1998.

The authors illustrate what grief is and how it is possible to recover and regain energy and spontaneity.  The handbook offers grievers specific activities that help them complete the grieving process and accept loss.


Window to Window:  Thoughtful, Practical Ideas for Rebuilding Your Life, Genevieve Davis Ginsburg, Fisher Books, 1997.

Window to Window answers the number-one question asked:  “Why didn’t anyone ever tell me it would be like this?”


Eldercare 911:  The Caregiver’s Complete Handbook for Making Decisions, by Susan Beerman and Judith Rappaport-Musson (2002, Amherst, NY: Prometheus).


The Gifts of Caregiving:  Stories of Hardship, Hope and Healing, by Connie Goldman (2002, Minneapolis, MN:  Fairview Press).


Love, Honor & Value:  A Family Caregiver Speaks Out about the Choices & Challenges of Caregiving, by Suzanne Geffen Mintz (2002, Kensington, MD:  National Family Caregivers Association).


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The Forgetting.  Alzheimer’s:  Portrait of an Epidemic, by David Shenk.  New York: Anchor Publishing, 2003

This is a biography of Alzheimer’s disease written by journalist and NPR commentator David Shenk.


Just the Facts and More Kit.

The Alzheimer’s Association produces these fact sheets that provide practical strategies for handling common behavior problems in Alzheimer’s disease sufferers.


Long Distance Caregiving:  A Survival Guide for Far Away Caregivers, by Angela Heath, Denver, CO:  American Source Books, 1996.

This handbook covers everything from support groups to care plans to financial issues involved in caring for a loved one across state and national lines.


Losing My mind-An Intimate Look at Life with Alzheimer’s, by Thomas De Baggio, New York:  The Free Press.

This is a first-person account of the daily struggle of living with AD.


The 36-Hour Day:  A Family Guide to Caring for Persons with Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementing Illnesses, and Memory Loss in Later Life, by Nancy Mace and Peter Rabins.

Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 2001.

This is the third edition of an invaluable resource that provides the reader with an in-depth understanding of the process of AD and tips on coping with the disease, as well as financial, legal, and housing information.


Suggested Viewing


The Forgetting:  A Portrait of Alzheimer’s, 2003 video and DVD documentary, narrated by David Hyde Pierce.  Available from Warner Home Video.

This film originally aired on PBS.


Caring Conversation Workbook is a workbook to help shift the focus of end-of-life planning to include discussions with family and friends and to help families advocate o a patient’s behalf.  An advance directive form is also included.  These publications are available from the Center for Practical Bioethics,, 1 (816) 221-1100


Consumer’s Tool Kit for Health Care Advance Planning is a helpful guide published by the American Bar Association’s Commission on Law and Aging.  It contains information needed and questions to ask about completing an advance directive.  It can be downloaded at no cost from


Handbook for Mortals:  Guidance for People Facing Serious Illness by Joanne Lynn, MD and Joan Harrold, MD 1999.  New York:  Oxford University Press

This book addresses various end-of-life issues.  It provides information on different chronic illnesses, how to plan ahead, how to live with illness, forgoing medical treatments, and other topics.


Hard Choices for Loving People:  CPR, Artificial Feeding, Comfort Measures Only and the Elderly Patient by Hank Dunn.  A readable and helpful 48-page guide to end-of-life decision-making.  A&A Publishers, Inc.  Available on the Web at


The Tax Adviser. This magazine published by the American Institute of CPAs offers in-depth discussions of tax strategies and rules.  Although written for tax practitioners, even a novice can learn from the information and analysis.


The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Long-Term Care Planning, by Marilee Driscoll, foreword by Kimberly Lankford.  Alpha Publishing, 2002.


Financing Long-Term Care Needs:  Exploring Options and Reaching Solutions.

The Health Insurance Association of America, 2002.


How to Protect Your Family’s Life Savings from Catastrophic Illness, (5th Edition), by Harley Gordon.  Financial Strategies Press, 2001.


Long-Term Care:  Your Financial Planning Guide, by Phyllis R. Shelton.  Kensington Publishing, 2003


When Caring Isn’t Enough:  Meeting the Need for Long-term Care with Long-term Care Insurance, by Samuel Larry Feldman.  The National LTC Network Staff, 2000.


Carlson, Lisa. Caring for Your Own Dad.  Hinesburg, VT: Upper Access Publishers, 1987.

Carlson offers advice for people who want to take charge of funeral and body disposition arrangements for family members.


Mitford, Jessica. The American Way of Death, New York:  Macmillian, 1982,  The American Way of Death Revisited, New York:  Knopf, 1998.  Muckraker and longtime critic of excess in the funeral industry, Jessica Mitford discusses the technical, financial, and social customs surrounding the American funeral.

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