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This organization represents the interests of retired union workers, and other senior and community activists, to ensure social and economic justice and full civil rights for all citizens so that they may enjoy lives of dignity, personal and family fulfillment and security. Issues that they advocate for include health care, economic security and affordable housing. Interactive features lets you learn how your congressional representative votes on important issues.
Click on Patients to find Health Information, Atlas of the Body, Medical Library, and Reference Center.
American Society on Aging is a non-profit organization committed to enhancing the knowledge and skills of those working with older adults and their families. Included in their site is LGBT Aging Resources Clearinghouse with extensive educational and resource listings.
AARP is a non-profit, non-partisan organization for people 50 and over. AARP provides information and resources; advocates on legislative, consumer and legal issues; assists members to serve their communities and offers a wide range of unique benefits, special products and services to their members.
Every day, Benefits Check-Up helps thousands of seniors find programs to help pay for prescription drugs, health care, utilities and other costs. This free service from the National Council on Aging provides a free, confidential personalized report on benefits eligibility including a personalized report on prescription assistance programs the user may be eligible for. To complete the confidential online checkup, you will need to know your income for the previous year and your current monthly income. They do not ask for account information or other personal identification information.
The Grey Panthers organization is an intergenerational, multi-issue group working to create a society that puts the needs of people over profit, responsibility over power and democracy over institutions.
The Marketplace is a new way to find health coverage that fits your budget and meets your needs. With one application, you can see all of your options and enroll. When you use the Health Insurance Marketplace, you’ll fill out an application and find out if you can get lower costs on your monthly premiums for private insurance plans. You’ll find out if you qualify for lower out-of-pocket costs.
This is the umbrella organization of the network of Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) in Illinois. Senior Services Associates, Inc. is an Illinois AAA. From this site you can find AAA offices in counties throughout Illinois and see the services and benefits that are available to seniors.
This national organization is made up of not-for-profit nursing homes, continuing care retirement communities, senior housing, assisted living facilities, etc. committed to affordable, ethical long term care. Web site includes consumer information about choices.
The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) is the leading voice on aging issues representing over 600 Area Agencies on Aging (AAA’s) and more than 230 Native American aging programs throughout the U. S. Provides advocacy to ensure that services and resources are available to all older Americans.
Organization dedicated to improving quality of life for elderly African Americans and low-income minorities.
Organizations and professionals promoting the dignity, self-determination and well-being of older persons.
Advocacy and information for Hispanic elders.
OWL is a grassroots organization with a chapter network that focuses on issues unique to women as they age. Provides research, education, and advocacy.
Large private foundation devoted solely to serving the needs of aging persons in the U.S, improving and enhancing their quality of life.
U. S. Department of Education funds this site, which provides information about assistive devices and companies that sell them.
This site offers an interesting approach for advice on dealing with common situations caregivers face. You can select from a list of issues, and choose a specific situation to learn behavioral intervention techniques or ‘tips’. The tips were developed after interviewing a large number of caregivers and validated by experts in the field of elderly caregiving. Sage advice is presented in a recipe format. Issues include activities of daily living, emotional issues, communications, medications, sleep, mental acumen/concentration and interpersonal problems.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) provides research and information on preference for care at end of life that can help guide decision making for end of life care.
This site is filled with practical information for the day-to-day issues facing caregivers of the elderly. They tackle the tough issues that are often not discussed on other sites: communicating when the senior can not speak, parents living in dirty unsafe homes; culture clash in nursing homes, and how to care for a difficult elder just to name a few.
Free caregiving online classes for dementia caregivers. Although this site is a project of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) and the University of Florida, the information is useful for caregivers everywhere. Topics include Caregiving Basics, Caregiver’s Well-Being, Caregiving Challenges (difficult behavior, pain, sleeping), Safety and Injury Prevention, Skill Building for Daily Living Activities and much more. Site also features a message board forum for caregivers to share experiences, ideas and solutions.
Sells products such as respite videos, stovetop fire fighters, alarms to alert caregivers to wandering, Alzheimer’s activity aprons and much more.
This site, sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians, features an “A to Z” health conditions resource, drug information, medical dictionary and many free electronic versions of helpful publications for caregivers.
Inspiring stories, loads of medical information regarding heath problems in older adults, end-of-life issues, etc. The site also features a terrific interactive tool: “A Comprehensive Online Guide for Family Caregivers” which allows you to choose from over 28 chapters related to eldercare at home which provide detailed information on understanding the issue, advice for how to handle the issue, how to deal with medical professionals and many other ideas to ease the burden of caregiving in the home. Select “Eldercare at Home” for a free comprehensive online guide to solving caregiving problems. The simple format used for each problem includes advice on how to overcome obstacles such as the older person’s refusal to accept help from anyone but the primary caregiver and examples of what to say when describing problems to professionals.
Caring Connections, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization provides free, easy to find resources on a wide range of issues on caregiving and end of life issues. Informative brochures are available to download on topics including communicating end-of-life wishes, advanced directives, Medicare hospice benefits, and state specific forms and more.
Official information and services from the U.S. Government. Topics include Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Eldercare Locator, Home Care Services, Home Health Agency Comparison, Nursing Home Comparison, Long Distance Caregiving and much more.
Includes different types of online support groups including ones for beginning caregivers, male caregivers, alternative lifestyle caregivers, and young adults affected by caregiving. Offers support for professionals and “thinking about you” gifts to purchase online for delivery to caregivers.
The Hartford Financial Services Group sponsors this site that features helpful advise for having a family conversation about dementia or Alzheimer’s disease and driving. Helpful tips, facts and resources include a free downloadable brochure, At the Crossroads.
Web site sells assistive devices and other products for persons with arthritis, low vision, and other challenges. Click on “Caregiving” for products such as transfer boards and ramps. Gift ideas are provided by price category (notice hyphen).
This site offers emotional and spiritual support for caregivers with inspirational articles, a Healing Circle of Prayer, caregiver gift cards, forums and more.
This site, sponsored by Family Care America, Inc., is a substantial source of information and tools for caregivers and seniors. Free resources are available in the library, which consists of hundreds of useful articles, forms, checklists and links to topic-specific external resources. The library also includes an entire section for employers, providing tools to show the financial impact of caregiving on their people and on the organization itself, and ways to analyze, justify, develop and implement Caregiving and Eldercare programs to help employees.
This website, developed by the Family Caregiver Alliance and the National Alliance for Caregiving, provides information and resources for family caregivers.
Since 1977, the Family Caregiver Alliances have advocated for caregivers who have chosen to provide care for their family and friends at home. This site features a wealth of advice in addition to news about legislation that impacts caregivers; fact sheets on issues such hands-on caregiving skills and how to manage behaviors associated with dementia; and publications and programs at the local, state and national level.
This is the online site for ‘The Healthy Caregiver Magazine’. Target readers are contemporary adults caring for aging parents. Web site offers informational articles.
Established in 1996, The NAC is a non-profit coalition of national organizations focusing on issues of family caregiving by conducting research, policy analysis, program development and public awareness about caregiving. Site includes free downloadable information, surveys on the status of caregiving. Visit Caregiving 101.
This nonprofit organization educates, supports, empowers and advocates for more than 60 million Americans who care for loved ones with a chronic illness, disability or frailties of old age. Their extensive caregiving resources include a tips and tools section, a comprehensive list of caregiving websites, resources for insurance, training, respite, disease specific info and a feature to link and support family caregivers through their stories project and a caregiver bulletin board. Membership is free to all family caregivers and includes a subscription to their quarterly “Take Care!” newsletter.
The NIA has released a free booklet: ‘So Far Away: Twenty Questions for Long Distance Caregivers’ which focuses on some of the most important concerns caregivers have about providing long distance care. which may be ordered by calling (800) 222-2225 or by clicking here.
Founded in 1987, this organization establishes local, state and national partnerships committed to building quality long-term, home and community based services. Site features many free downloadable publications and a free telephone learning series that helps caregivers who listen to national experts from the comfort of their home and then are able to ask questions at the end of the session.
A free online tool to help caregivers keep pertinent information online which can be accessed anywhere the caregiver has access to the Internet. Caregivers can keep a journal, store photos, keep prescription and medical information, and to store important documents such as POAs.
This company’s magazine and website includes extensive topic specific newsletters, online discussion lists, back issue articles of Today’s Caregiver magazine, chat rooms and an online store. All of the products are developed for caregivers, about caregivers and by caregivers. You can sign up to receive their free newsletter by e-mail.
This non-profit, membership organization provides support to caregiving wives, husbands and partners of chronically ill and/or disabled people. You do not have to be a member to access valuable information, though part of their site you do have to be a member to access. Their mentorship program links new spousal caregivers with experienced caregivers.
CONSUMER PROTECTION, FRAUD & LEGAL ISSUES
Administer Justice is unique among legal service providers combining legal, educational, financial and conflict resolution services to those who are most in need in our local communities as part of their comprehensive community justice center. Most of their major programs – legal, financial, and conciliation – are free, except for very small and affordable administrative fees. This ensures that those who need services can obtain them regardless of their ability to pay. They are based in East Dundee, IL and can be reached at: (847) 844-1100.
The ABA provides resources for legal help in each state including legal services funded through the Older Americans Act. The site also provides a downloadable publication: “Consumer’s Tool Kit for Health Care Advance Planning” which provides information to help clarify decision-making before a health crisis occurs
According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), under federal law, the above website is the ONLY authorized source to get your free annual credit report. The Fair Credit Reporting Act guarantees you access to a free credit report from each of the three nationwide reporting agencies – Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion – every twelve months.
National site for consumer and business guidance, which encourages ethics and fairness in the marketplace. Check out businesses in your local area or on the national level.
Many charity names sound similar. Some of them use a high percent of donations for ‘administrative’ costs instead of helping the advertised recipients. It’s important to know where your donation dollars really go, because many Illinois residents rely on the services provided by legitimate charities. This site allows you to look up the charity to make sure it’s legitimate. You can search by charity name, charity number, FEIN number, city, state and/or zip code.
Federal consumer information resource for new products, food, money, health, transportation, home, community and more.
The Federal Trade Commission manages the National Do Not Call Registry and it gives you a choice about whether you want to receive telemarketing calls at home. Most telemarketers should not call your number once it has been on the registry for 31 days. If they do, you can file a complaint at the above website. You can register your home or mobile phone for free. Your registration will not expire, you will remain on it permanently if you choose. Online registration requires an email address. If you do not have an email address, call (888) 382-1222 or TTY: (866) 290-4236.
U. S. government’s central site for identity theft. Read publications, print Identity Theft Affidavit form, and file online complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. If your information is stolen or you think it might have been stolen, you should report it immediately to all 3 credit-reporting agencies and to the FTC:
P.O. Box 740241
Atlanta, GA 30374-0241
P.O. Box 2002
Allen, TX 75013
Toll free: (888) 397-3742
Fraud Victim Assistance Division
P.O. Box 6790
Fullerton, CA 92834-6790
Toll Free: (800) 680-7289
Federal Trade Commission
Toll Free: (877) 438-4338
Official information and services site from the U.S. government – topics include Age Discrimination in Employment, Employee Retirement Income Security, Older Americans Act, Social Security changes, U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, consumer guides for seniors and more.
Provides public policy, civil litigation, and related information for victims of crime and provides direct services and resources to victims of crime across the country. To get help for victims call their toll-free Helpline (800) 394-2255.
Provides information on pensions and links to pension counseling assistance programs. Founded in 1976 as an independent, non-profit, non-partisan watch-dog organization, their funding sources include U.S. Administration on Aging and the Retirement Research Foundation.
Prairie State Legal Services offers free legal services for low -income persons and those over 60 who have serious civil legal problems. They have offices thru out northern Illinois. In Kane and Kendall County call, (630) 232-9415 or (800) 942-4612; in McHenry County call (815) 206-5828 or (800) 942-3940
The SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) Program empowers consumers to prevent healthcare fraud. Program staff and volunteers help people with Medicare and Medicaid to:
- PROTECT themselves from Medicare & Medicaid fraud, waste, and abuse.
- DETECT Medicare & Medicaid fraud, waste, and abuse.
- REPORT Medicare & Medicaid fraud, waste, and abuse.
The Administration on Aging provides funding to SMP programs in all 50 states; Washington, D.C.; Puerto Rico; Guam; and the Virgin Islands. The Illinois SMP Program is located at AgeOptions, the Area Agency on Aging for Suburban Cook County. AgeOptions works with several other agencies to provide information about healthcare fraud in Illinois. These agencies are: Illinois Area Agencies on Aging, Catholic Charities, Senior Services Associates, the Coalition of Limited English Speaking Elderly, and the Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living.
Provides information about elder justice, domestic violence, victims of crime, and faith-based initiatives.
WISER is a non-profit organization devoted to providing women with information they need for a financially sound retirement. Site contains resources on such topics as Social Security, savings and investing, and widowhood.
The CHIP is a state health benefits program. It isn’t an insurance company or entitlement program. Participants must meet various criteria. The programs available are complex, so you may want to call the CHIP program in Illinois at: (800) 367-641
Participants in this program receive discounts on prescription drugs, both brand name and generic. Savings average 20% although individual discounts may vary. To qualify for the Illinois Rx Buying Club, you must be an Illinois resident and your household income is equal to or less than 300% of the Federal Poverty Level.
The NCOIE is a non-profit coalition with goals of educating consumers on how to make sound decisions regarding medicines, drug safety, etc.
NeedyMeds is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1997 and is dedicated to helping people who cannot afford medicine or healthcare. Their site has information on patient assistance programs that provide free or low-cost medicine to people who are uninsured or underinsured. This organization doesn’t directly supply medicine or financial assistance, but helps link people to programs that do provide those services. The site also provides information on assistance programs, such as discount drug cards, disease specific assistance, directory of free or low-cost clinics and downloadable coupons for nearly 300 drugs.
The Patient Advocate Foundation’s (PAF) Co-Pay Relief Program (CPR) assists insured patients who are financially and medically qualified and are being treated for breast, lung, lymphoma, prostate, kidney, colon, pancreatic, head/neck cancers, malignant brain tumor, sarcoma, diabetes, multiple myeloma, myelodysplastic syndrome (and other pre-leukemia diseases), osteoporosis, pain, hepatitis C, rheumatoid arthritis, selected autoimmune disorders and CIA/CIN. (866) 512-3861
This website has information, news, and a database that are all designed to help obtain affordable, or free, medications. The database includes information on the pharmaceutical companies’ patient assistance programs, or programs that provide free or low cost medication to low-income patients. RxAssist was created by Volunteers in Health Care, a national, nonprofit resource center for health care programs working with the uninsured.
This site provides a means to apply for free or affordable co-pays for medications that might otherwise be out of reach. They offer a streamlined application process that lets you know in a very short time if you are qualified for assistance. The site also provides links to an extensive list pharmaceutical companies’ assistance program websites.
Medicare beneficiaries are eligible for the extra help if they have limited income and resources. The extra help can increase their cost savings by paying for part of the monthly premiums, annual deductibles and prescription co-payments under the new prescription drug program. The extra help is estimated to be worth an average of $3,900 per year.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides this on-line resource for locating drug and alcohol abuse treatment programs around the nation. Their 24- Hour Hotline is: (800) 662-HELP (4357)
Site includes extensive disease and medication information plus diet and fitness tips.
Official information and services from the U.S. government including links to information on AARP work options, Senior Work Force Solutions, Foster Grandparents Program, History, arts, culture and much more.
Elderhostel is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing exceptional learning opportunities to adults at a remarkable value. As the nation’s first, and the world’s largest, educational travel organization primarily for adults, they feel learning is an integral part of a healthy and fulfilling life. Since their founding in 1975, more than 4 million adults have participated in their programs.
A national non-profit organization (formerly Green Thumb) that provides training and employment services for mature workers.
A great place for Illinois’ job seekers and businesses to connect to resources and services needed to be successful in the 21st century economy.
This site links employers with the over-50 talent pool of job seekers. Site features a searchable database of available jobs, online job applications, resume builder and sign-up for free e-newsletters.
This organization’s goal is educating older adults regarding use of computers and Internet. “Learn to Search the Web” and other online courses are free. Web site Includes Internet TraGlossary and listing of local Senior Net centers where persons fifty and over may take low-cost classes.
The SCSEP, also known as the Title V Program, is a federally funded program designed to help adults, age 55 and older, to enter or reenter the job market. The Program fosters and promotes part-time (20 hrs/week) and temporary community service opportunities that contribute to the general welfare of the community. Participants must have limited income (not more than 125%o of the poverty level. Call the Senior HelpLine to find an office near you: (800) 252-8966 or (888) 206-1327.
This special project is intended to help young people and other family members better understand older people by learning about and sharing their experiences.
This site contains information that helps guide family decisions regarding Elder Care (living arrangements, driving decisions, etc.) financial issues (organizing important documents, survivorship, etc.) and more. Free helpful publications can be easily ordered.
Workforce 50 serves workers age 50+ with job search tips, recommended books, resume writing and career marketing advice. Jobs posted by employers specifically looking for workers over 50.
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BENEFITS & RESOURCES
This Federal agency provides funding and direction for many programs for seniors and caregivers. The Administration on Aging web site describes federal programs in a number of languages, and there is help for caregivers.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) provides research on preferences for care at end of life that can help guide decision making for end of life care.
Federal government public health site includes disease information and older adult health topics.
CMS covers 100 million people through Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Hospital Insurance Program and soon, through the Health Insurance Marketplace. But coverage isn’t our only goal. To achieve a high quality health care system, we also aim for better care at lower costs and improved health.
The Eldercare Locator helps you locate various agencies, in every U.S. community, that can help older persons and their families access home and community-based services like transportation, meals, home care, and caregiver support services. The site also features resources including fact sheets and booklets and more.
FCIC distributes consumer-oriented publications from many federal agencies. (888) 8PUEBLO (878-3256)
The FTC deals with issues that touch the economic life of every American. As the nation’s consumer protection agency, the FTC works to prevent fraud, deception and unfair business practices in the marketplace. Their site provides advice on such topics as how to recognize and report phone fraud, how to select a credit counselor or debt management plan, advice on how to shop for energy-efficient appliances, how to avoid internet fraud and more. From this site you can enroll in the National Do Not Call List; file complaints about companies, business practices, identity theft, and episodes of violence in the media; learn about the FTC’s oversight of the petroleum industry and much more.
This official government benefits web site provides a free personalized benefits test and general search for benefits.
The U. S. Department of Health & Human Services sponsors this site. Features include information on disease prevention, health care providers, activity and menu planners, health calculators to estimate body mass index, target heart rate, etc. Includes online tests and medical dictionary.
Official information and services from the U.S. Government. This site is a gateway to information about diseases, conditions and injuries affecting seniors; comparing hospitals, and dialysis facilities; elder abuse and neglect; Medicare and Medicaid information.
Medicaid is a jointly funded Federal-State health insurance program for low-income and needy people. It covers approximately 36 million individuals including children, the aged, blind, and or disabled and people who are eligible to receive federally assisted income maintenance payments.
U. S. government site for persons with Medicare. Includes Prescription Assistance Program information, Medigap Compare, and Nursing Home Compare by state and region and interactive tool to compare and select a Plan D provider and much more.
Medicare Frequently Asked Questions:
2009 Medicare and You Booklet: Click here to download free booklet (3.3MB pdf)
Download Medicare publications in various languages:
Download Medicare publications in various languages:
This site is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. You’ll easily be able to find extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, the latest health news and much more.
This U.S. Department of Health and Human Services site provides information and resources to help you and your family plan for and cope with Long-Term Care issues.
Health information, scientific resources, grants information; links to various NIH Institutes, Library of Medicine, and Centers for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine, Minority Health, Research Resources and more.
Find up-to date mental health information, clinical trials, current research and downloadable educational publications and fact sheets on mental health conditions.
The NLM is the world’s largest medical library. The Library collects materials and provides information and research services in all areas of biomedicine and health care. Site includes extensive information on diseases and conditions, drug information, a special section on Senior health and MedlinePlus magazine is available to view online or you can order a free subscription.
Find the latest research news regarding aging, helpful information for caregivers and loads of downloadable publications and information on national and state resources, clearinghouses, clinical trials, and more.
This site features extensive information, services and resources for seniors from local, state, and federal government agencies. Topics specifically for seniors include caregivers’ resources; consumer protection; education, jobs, and volunteerism , end-of-life issues, grandparents raising grandchildren, health resources, housing info, financial issues, retirement benefits, travel, recreation and much more.
Information, available in many languages, about various Social Security benefits such as retirement and disability, tax changes relating to benefits, consumer alerts, and more.
The NWHIC is an information resource of current health issues covering more than 800 topics. Information is available on line or by phone (in English and Spanish). You can access by phone Monday-Friday, 9:00am to 6:00pm, at (800) 994-9662 or (888) 220-5446 (TDD). Thousands of free publications are available to download as well as current research news and a calendar of women’s health events. Because the federal government sponsors the NWHIC, they cannot represent any commercial interest and cannot try to sell you anything.
For over 55years, the Al-Anon organization has provided support to friends and families of alcoholics. Includes publications and contact information for local chapters with info in English, Spanish and French.
The ALSA is dedicated to helping those living with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also called Lou Gehrig’s disease. In addition to funding research, ALSA also provides advocacy and services to families affected by ALS. Site provides current news on research, info on local chapters, support groups, info to better understand and live with ALS and much more.
Wristband Resources is one of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of identification wristbands and accessories in the world. Wristband Resources supports the medical, entertainment, recreational and promotional markets, providing the widest selection of Tyvek®, plastic, vinyl, direct thermal, silicone and cloth wristbands and lanyards.
This site is packed with educational resources, caregiver assistance information, up- to-date medical information and much more.
Information, resources and support for cancer patients and their caregivers, family and friends, survivors, and volunteers. Information is also available 24-hours a day toll-free at (800) 227-2345.
American Diabetes Association is a non-profit health organization that provides diabetes research, information and advocacy. The Website provides tips for living with diabetes including Recipe of the day and Tip of the Day.
This is the website of the national organization for dieticians and other professionals that also provides information for consumers on healthy lifestyle, nutrition tips, and listing of dieticians by area.
The AFB helps older Americans and their family members cope with age-related eye diseases and to encourage aging adults with eye diseases to live independently and productively. The site connects seniors, family members, and caregivers to local services and showcases a wide range of assistive living products available to people with vision loss. It also contains information on the resources and tools needed to continue to read, shop, cook, manage finances, and go out with friends.
The American Heart Association provides a national directory of resources related to heart disease. Resources include medical information and contacts.
The ALF site provides information about liver health and diseases such as Hepatitis and includes contact information for local chapters and support groups.
The ALA’s goal is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. The site includes a comprehensive info on research for treating lung disease, smoking cessation support, asthma, allergies, COPD and more.
Click on Patients to find Health Information, Atlas of the Body, Medical Library, Caregiver information, Reference Center, Older Driver Safety Resources and more.
Information and advocacy for proper treatment of pain, including a Pain Information Library, clinical trial news, Pain Care Bill of Rights and a variety of publications.
Information about foot health and problems and the latest research and news about foot health issues. Site features a search tool to find APMA podiatrists in your area.
Strokes are the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability in the U.S. This site not only educates you on what a stroke is and how to recognize the warning signs, but what to expect in the recovery process. Completion of the online risk assessment will also provide a printable action plan to help lower your risk. A quarterly e-newsletter and a free subscription to Stroke Connection Magazine are available for stroke survivors and caregivers. The ASA is a division of the American Heart Association.
HealingWell is a social network and support community for patients, caregivers and families struggling with diseases, disorders and chronic illness. The site provides tips, information and helpful links for dealing with emotional aspects of a wide range of chronic illness, diseases or conditions including Allergies, Cancer, Crohn’s Disease, Lupus, Diabetes and Mental Health.
The HFA site provides education, information, publications and videos to help those coping with caregiving, terminal illness, death and the process of grieving.
Help for families affected by this genetic degenerative brain disorder. Site provides information about the stages of HD, caregiving, locating medical centers specializing in HD, large library of downloadable publications and DVDs (some free, some for small fee), and the latest news and research about HD.
Founded in 1905, the LI is committed to preserving vision and providing vision and rehab services to people of all ages cope with challenges of vision loss. Provides clinical information about various vision related issues and conditions, free e-newsletter, publications, research information, and a search tool to locate services and providers.
The LFA site provides extensive information and publications about the many forms of Lupus and includes resources and services available to Lupus patients and their caregivers, helpful ideas for living coping with the disease, and much more.
MOWAA is the oldest and largest organization in the U.S. representing those who provide meal services to people in need. MOWAA works toward the social, physical, nutritional, and economic betterment of vulnerable Americans. MOWAA provides training for programs that provide home-delivered or congregate meals.
This Locator provides you with comprehensive information about mental health services and resources by city, state or zip code. It is useful for professionals, consumers and their families and the public. Toll-free telephone: (800) 789-2647 Suicide Prevention Hotline at: (800) 273-TALK (8255). For TTY: (800) 799-4TTY (4889). Suicide prevention website: www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Extensive information about MS including symptoms and causes, treatments, alternative treatment options, symptom management, programs and activities, research, support group directory, and more. National Toll-Free Helpline: (888) MSFOCUS (673-6287)
Since 1979, NAMI has been dedicated to mental health awareness, education and advocacy. Site includes information about causes and treatment of depression and other mental illnesses in the elderly. Information and resources to lower medication and treatment costs, current research and legislation, support programs such as Family to Family (a free 12-week class for families of persons with severe mental health problems. (800) 950-NAMI
The Alzheimer’s Association is a national network of chapters and is the largest voluntary health organization committed to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s and helping those affected by the disease. Offers resources for Alzheimer’s caregivers including Safe Return program.
Information about this disease that 46 million men, women, and children suffer from can be found on this site or by ordering brochures for Arthritis and related conditions such as Fibromyalgia. Site includes local office directory and medication updates.
The NCI is an agency of the National Institutes of Health that not only coordinates cancer research, but also provides education, training. The site features up-to-date information on many types of cancer, clinical trials, and resources for people dealing with cancer.
This is an advocacy organization for health and retirement security. Includes interactive feature to find and contact your Congressional representative.
Established by Congress in 1968 the NIE conducts and supports research, training, health education, and other programs related to blinding eye diseases, visual disorders, and special health problems and requirements of the blind. This site provides extensive information on eye diseases and disorders, and comprehensive listings of eye care resources with information also in Spanish.
Since 1987, the National Marrow Donor Program has been helping patients receive life-saving transplants. This site provides a means for visitors to register as possible donors, learn about current research information, caregiver support and much more.
Whether you need info for a person recently diagnosed with MS or someone who has been struggling for sometime, this site offers detailed information on topics including relationships, employment, mobility, insurance and money matters, research news and more. Their multimedia library provides an e-newsletter, web and podcasts, videos, DVDs, books and brochures. Their Momentum magazine is free to individuals with MS.
The NOF promotes lifelong bone health and works to improve the lives of those affected by osteoporosis and to find a cure for this disease that affects 55% of people over 50 years old. Topics includes prevention tips, medication, fall prevention techniques, support programs, and fashion tips for dealing with clothing that no longer fits properly due to the physical changes resulting from the disease.
Founded in 1957, the NPF works to improve the quality of care in Parkinson Disease. The site provides helpful publications (some free, some for fee); clinical trial information, Caregiver Resources, research information, treatment options, and more.
Information includes a guide to legal services, local resources, research news caregiver section and free downloadable fact sheets on disabilities caused by spinal cord injuries. Articles range from wheelchair selection to reducing caregiver stress. By signing in as a member, you can download a free copy of their monthly magazine SCILife.
This organization helps stroke survivors and families learn about current research, risk factors, prevention, recovery tips and information about various assistive devices and other products for the home.
Beth Israel Medical Center site provides palliative care (relief of all types of pain) information for patients and suggestions for meeting physical and emotional needs of caregivers.
The American Red Cross is the nation’s premier emergency response organization. They provide relief to victims of disaster and work to help people prevent, prepare and respond to emergencies. This site explains the many programs that can help you, or you can become involved with including learning CPR, blood donations, pet first aid and much more.
The Illinois Department on Aging’s Benefit Access program benefits include a license plate discount and a seniors/people with disabilities ride free card. This is an income based program. A household of one individual must make less than $27, 610, household of two must make less than $36,635. Senior Services Associates staff will gladly answer you questions and help you apply for this valuable program.
The Illinois Aging Services database helps take the guesswork out of aging and getting help. Their database contains over 200 service categories and allows you to perform an online search for their most requested services. For services not listed in their database or for more in-depth information regarding any of the services please contact Senior Services Associates to speak to a trained Information and Assistance Specialist. Click here for contact information.
This organization provides information on where to obtain devices to assist people in maintaining independence. The devices are available to buy or rent and some items are available for free. Their extensive database is updated frequently. You can either search for any needed item, or list your item for sale.
This state agency works to protect consumers, advocate for older citizens, defend your rights, preserve our environment, help crime victims, and much more. Their site provides many resources to assist you with any of these issues and more.
Provides Illinois tax information for businesses, tax professionals and individuals. Features include eServices to file and pay taxes, downloadable brochures and fact sheets and information for flood victims and explains programs such as the federal CARS program known as Cash for Clunkers Program initiated in 2009.
The IDoA helps older people live independently in their own homes and communities. This agency works to enhance the quality of life for seniors and to education and serve their families and caregivers. From their landing page, you can link to the Illinois Care Rx drug assistance program, find info on elder abuse, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program, read about the latest legislation that will impact your life and much more. Senior Services Associates is an Illinois Area Agency on Aging.
The IHWAP is designed to help low income residents save fuel energy and money. Can provide assistance with weatherizing homes of eligible persons.
LIHEAP provides assistance with home energy bills to qualified, low-income residents. For more information contact Senior Services Associates at an office near you, which you can find by clicking here, or you can contact Community Contacts at (847) 697-8800.
Senior Services Associates has partnered with SavingsForSeniors.com to help members of the community save money on healthcare.
Senior advocates can answer your insurance questions or help with problems you encounter with your insurance company. Senior Services Associates will gladly provide this help also. Just click here to find an office near you.
NURSING HOMES & OTHER SENIOR HOUSING ISSUES
This AARP site provides information on reverse mortgages including a guide to compare reverse mortgage products.
CCI is a private, non-profit human service organization focused on helping the elderly, economically disadvantaged and disabled individuals and families. The agency provides help with payment of home energy costs, home repairs and rehabilitation, and home weatherization. (847) 697-8800
This area of the Federal government’s official Medicare site has a free searchable database that contains detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country. Once you have entered your search criteria, you can sort listings in a number of ways including using the Five-Star Quality Ratings and then compare the details of 3 for issues including health inspection results, nursing home staff data, fire safety inspection results and quality measures. Maps to all nursing homes are available as well as other helpful advice.
In addition to an extensive list of housing information this Administration on Aging sponsored site provides information on topics including transportation, meals, home care and caregiver support services with downloadable fact sheets and booklets for housing issues including Adult Day Care, Assisted Living, Government Assisted Housing, Home Modifications and more. Click here to download their booklet, ‘Housing Options for Older Adults’ which provides an over view of housing options – from home ownership to rental and housing with services – and the related benefits, challenges, and legal issues to consider with each option. You can also contact them by phone at: (800) 677-1116.
This Housing and Urban Development (HUD) website provides a wide range of information on modifications and accessibility including issues related to individuals in rental housing.
This organization is dedicated to promoting aging in place and independent living Their site features an extensive library of helpful links to information on home modification resources, supportive housing, videos and products to assist individuals with physical or visual disabilities.
Official information from the U.S. Government provides extensive information on senior housing issues including foreclosure resources, nursing home comparison, reverse mortgages, eldercare at home, homelessness and more.
The American Health Care Association and the National Center sponsor this site for Assisted Living. Information includes a glossary of long term care terms, downloadable brochures and articles on topics including assessing housing needs, financial options, insight into how to cope with the transition, how to discuss long term care choices with family, a cost calculator and consumer checklist to aid in making choices and more.
This U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services site provides LTC Information to define LTC, its risks and costs, the importance of planning, info on resources and paying for Long Term Care.
This site provides information about local and state resources related to housing modifications and financing for needed modifications.
This website provides a good explanation of the ombudsman’s role of being an advocate for older persons who live in LTC facilities and to assist families in learning about LTC facilities standards, medical coverage and much more. For information about Senior Services Associates’ Long Term Care Ombudsman services, click here.
The terminology used to describe various senior housing options can be confusing for those not working in the industry. This site features a brief explanation of the various types of housing appropriate for seniors.
HUD provides information on a wide range of housing issues including buying, owning, renting, home modifications, reverse mortgages, and legal issues.
Answers questions on public housing, locating Public Housing Authorities nationwide, and answers questions on housing for low-income seniors. Toll-Free (888) 245-8938.
Non-profit organization provides national and international educational travel programs to persons 55 and over.
This site provides information about the annual opportunity for seniors 50 and over to compete in a wide variety of sporting events.
This organization links seniors 55 or better with people and organizations in need via programs such as the Foster Grandparent Program, Friendly Visiting Program and RSVP. Senior Services Associates participates in the National Senior Corps. Click here for contact information on who to call to get involved!
This non-profit organization is a member of the US Olympic Committee dedicated to motivating seniors to live a healthy lifestyle thru education, fitness and sports thru competition in Senior Games and Senior Olympics. Their Summer National Senior Games are the largest multi-sport event in the world for seniors.
Official information and services from the U.S. government including senior discounts on Amtrak, Parks and Recreation passes, tips for traveling abroad.
The SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) Program empowers consumers to prevent healthcare fraud. Program staff and volunteers help people with Medicare and Medicaid to:
- PROTECT themselves from Medicare & Medicaid fraud, waste, and abuse.
- DETECT Medicare & Medicaid fraud, waste, and abuse.
- REPORT Medicare & Medicaid fraud, waste, and abuse.
The Administration on Aging provides funding to SMP programs in all 50 states; Washington, D.C.; Puerto Rico; Guam; and the Virgin Islands. The Illinois SMP Program is located at AgeOptions, the Area Agency on Aging for Suburban Cook County.
AgeOptions works with several other agencies to provide information about healthcare fraud in Illinois. These agencies are: Illinois Area Agencies on Aging, Catholic Charities, Senior Services Associates, the Coalition of Limited English Speaking Elderly, and the Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is the nation’s first and largest non-profit group dedicated to the troops and veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the civilian supporters of those troops and veterans. They work to improve the lives of veterans and their families. The site includes success stories, resources for vets including mental health, employment, education, financial assistance and housing issues and much more.
Korean War Memorial located in Washington D. C, is a haunting reminder of the sacrifices made veterans of this war. Site includes searchable database of KIA, MIA, WIA and POW; remembrances, poetry, letters to lost, information about Agent Orange, and much more.
The NARA is the nation’s record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are forever Those valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family’s history, need to prove a veteran’s military service, or are researching an historical topic that interests you.
The World War II Memorial honors the 16 million men and women who served in the U.S. Armed forces, the more than 400,000 who died, and everyone who support the war from home. The site provides information for visiting the memorial, a searchable Registry of Remembrances, a teachers’ guide: “Save Our History” developed by The History Channel.
Rebuilding Together’s Veterans Housing program fills the gaps in modifications and repair services that retired and active service people struggle to meet. They are able to offer this assistance with the help of their corporate sponsors: Sears, Booz/Allen/Hamilton and the International Code Council Foundation. Application is downloadable on their site.
The U.S. Veterans Administration site has benefits information including the following top requests from the site and much more:
- Burial and Memorial Benefits
- Fact Sheets
- Find a form
- Healthcare Benefits
- Post 9/11 GI Bill
- Replacing Military Records
This site honors the men and women who fought and served in the Vietnam War. The site includes information about the Vietnam Veterans Memorials: The Wall, the Three Servicemen Statue, and the Vietnam Women’s Memorial; an educational curriculum, ‘Echoes From The Wall’, a searchable virtual wall; and various programs including Project RENEW to reduce the threat of unexploded landmines and much more.
In a collaborative initiative with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and National Council on Aging, a new overview of the programs, services, and agencies helping veterans with a variety of behavioral health issues. Aging network professionals should use this resource when serving older veterans.
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