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Resources with a Wide Variety of Information

These Web sites and organizations offer a broader range of information and services than the more specialized ones described in other categories.
 
AARP AARP
AARP (formerly the American Association of Retired Persons) is the largest non-profit membership organization for adults age 50 and older. It offers its members a wide range of information about life transitions, independent living, caregiving and many other topics, including Alzheimers.
 
Administration on Aging Administration on Aging
An agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this Web site provides extensive information for and about older people and the services they need. It includes a comprehensive directory of State and Area Agencies on Aging with live direct links to their Web sites.
 
All Med Exchange AllMedExchange
Designed to help physicians find what they need ASAP, consumers can learn more about individual physicians via the Physician Websites section. AllMedExchange also includes links to a wide variety of Consumer Guides.
 
American Geriatrics Society American Geriatrics Society
This is a professional society of healthcare providers who specialize in the care of older adults. Their Web site is primarily for professionals, but it does include some consumer information in the Patient Education Forum of their Consumer Education section.
 
CareGuide -- Elder Care Home Page CareGuide | Elder Care Home Page
The elder care section of this Web site can help seniors and their caregivers manage all aspects of caregiving. It includes a comprehensive, nationwide database of more than 75,000 care providers, assisted living facilities, nursing homes and other caregiving services. It also includes a number of checklists that can be very helpful when evaluating adult day care facilities, assisted living facilities, home health care agencies, geriatric care managers, hospices and skilled nursing facilities.
 
Center for Aging Studies Care Pathways
Created and maintained by Registered Nurses (RNs) dedicated to providing seniors and their families access to quality information, products and services.
 
ElderCare Link ElderCarelink - Free Comprehensive ElderCare Referral Service
We have partnered with ElderCarelink to help you find the right local eldercare services for your loved one. ElderCarelink has established a nationwide network of carefully screened eldercare providers and facilities. We are pleased to bring this referral service to you free of charge. Last year, over 100,000 families used this service in their search for high-quality senior care. Let them assist you by filling out their brief survey.
 
ElderWeb Online ElderWeb
This is the Internet's oldest and perhaps largest elder care research site for healthcare professionals and family members, with thousands of on-site and off-site articles about legal, financial, medical and housing issues.
 
ExtendedCare.com ExtendedCare.com
This easy-to-use Web site helps you find extended care providers across the U.S. (Simply click on the extendedcare provider search link at the top of their home page.) Their database includes more than 70,000 providers in 17 categories, including Adaptive Devices, Adult Day Services, Assisted Living, Community and Senior Centers, Home Health Care, Hospice Care, Nursing Homes, Rehabilitation Facilities, Retirement Communities, Support Services, and Transportation Services. You can search by Zip Code or by City and State. Each provider's description also includes a map (click on Location); you can ask for more information directly from the provider (click on Get More Info).

Caution: If a Medicare patient is discharged from a hospital and needs home health care to recover, Medicare benefits will not pay unless the care is provided by a Medicare-certified agency. But, fewer than half of all home health agencies are certified. Recovery care at home can be very expensive if you have to pay for it out of your own pocket. Remember: If you are discharged from a hospital and need home health care while you recover, ask if the agency is Medicare-certified BEFORE you hire them.

Tip: Many excellent home health care agencies are not certified by Medicare. But, it's not because they aren't good enough. Instead, their nursing care plans only provide services that aren't paid for by Medicare, but which their clients need in order to remain in their own homes.
 
Family Caregiver Alliance Family Caregiver Alliance
Founded in San Francisco in 1977, this was the first non-profit community organization to address the needs of family and friends providing long-term care at home. While much of the Web site pertains to services located in California, the Clearinghouse section includes an excellent series of fact sheets for various diseases, disorders and caregiving issues (many fact sheets are also available in Spanish), and a list of recommended reading.
Fact Sheets Fact Sheets
 
Food and Drug Administration Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
The FDA has a wide range of publications with important health information for older adults. Subjects include arthritis, cancer, medications, nutrition, food safety, medical treatments, osteoporosis, and women's health. These publications are available online, as printed booklets, or both.
 
Friendly4Seniors Friendly4Seniors
This company has compiled a list of useful sites for seniors, their loved ones and elder care professionals. The result is a large online database of links to national, regional and local organizations and businesses that serve seniors.
 
HealthFinder (for Seniors) HealthFinder (for Seniors)
Developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, their "Just for You" Web page provides access to reliable online healthcare information for consumers of all ages. It includes a wide range of resources both inside and outside the U.S. government and is very user-friendly. After clicking on this link, click on their Seniors link to arrive at their section that has been designed especially for seniors in different living and working situations.
 
InteliHealth InteliHealth
A subsidiary of Aetna U.S. Healthcare, their goal is to provide consumers with credible information and useful tools from the most trusted sources. More than 150 top health care organizations, including the Harvard Medical School, the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, and the National Institutes of Health, contribute accurate, up-to-date information to the InteliHealth Web site.
 
Medicare Publications Medicare Publications
Medicare has more than 40 very informative publications that cover virtually all aspects of its health care programs for people age 65 and older. Many are also available in Spanish.

Note: Medicare's Web site page that lists its publications can download very slowly — it sometimes takes a minute or two.

 
WebMD Health for Consumers WebMD Health for Consumers
WebMD is a favorite site for doctors. Their consumer section offers a wide range of medical information, including a comprehensive database of more than 10,000 brand name and generic drugs, their side effects, interactions with foods and other drugs, and precautions for children and seniors.
 
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