We know how important senior care decisions are, that’s why we’ve compiled the following list of trusted online resources in senior care and health. Whether you’re a senior, loved one, caregiver, or service provider we hope you’ll find helpful information.
Memory Care Resources
- A Comprehensive Guide to Legal Planning for Dementia and Alzheimer’s Patients and Their Families
Have you or someone you love been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s? If so you face several serious considerations about care, doctors, medical treatments, and therapies. Many of those considerations need to be made quickly before the disease has a chance to progress. In addition to decisions about care, there are some legal decisions that will need to be made as well. In this guide you will find some tips and guidelines to help you through this process.
- Compassion Fatigue for Caregivers
Are you the primary caregiver for a loved one? If so, this is an extremely important guide for you. When caregivers focus on others without practicing self-care, destructive behaviors can surface. Learn more about compassion fatigue and why caring too much can hurt.
Visalia Senior Care Resources
- California Association of Area Agencies on Aging
C4A advocates on behalf of older persons, persons with disabilities, their caregivers and families, to provide leadership within the aging and disability communities, and to provide programs that enable seniors to live independently for as long as possible.
- Care.com California Senior Care Resources
Care.com has resources available for California residents in need of senior care. You can find everything from public transportation options, to part-time to 24-hour care, to home and healthcare organizations close to home.
- City of Visalia Senior Center
The Visalia Senior Center features a wide variety of activities, including dancing, arts, entertainment, exhibits, bingo, and more. The Visalia Senior Center is the perfect destination for adults 55 and better who want to enjoy their free time on their terms.
- Generations Online
This is the nonprofit program for Internet literacy and access for the elderly. With large-type, step-by-step instructions on every screen, they make learning to use the internet fun.
- National Association on Aging
The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) is a 501c(3) membership association representing America’s national network of 622 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and providing a voice in the nation’s capital for the 256 Title VI Native American aging programs. Their vision is to build a society that values and supports people as they age.
- National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD)
An organization with the mission to design, improve, and sustain state systems delivering home and community based senior care services and support for people who are older or have a disability, and their caregivers.
- National Senior Games Association
The NSGA is a 501(c)3, non-profit, corporation dedicated to promoting healthy and active lifestyles for athletes age 50 and over. Offering competition in a variety of sports such as pickleball, power walk, and shuffleboard, competitions are held every two years with the State Qualifying Games taking place the year before.
This organization’s goal is promoting healthy aging through a three-fold approach: lifelong learning, active lifestyles, and volunteer engagement.
- Senior Corps
Senior Corps helps communities in the form of senior volunteers over the age of 55 with three programs: The RSVP Program, the Foster Grandparent Program, and the Senior Companion Program.
- Senior Job Bank
org brings together employers with qualified older job seekers. They have built a large audience of seasoned or experienced workers on the web.
- Senior Service America, Inc
Senior Service America, Inc. (SSAI) makes it possible, through a few employment programs, for low-income and other disadvantaged older adults to participate fully in determining their own future and the future of their communities.
- Elderlife Financial Services
With an Elderlife Line of Credit or home loan, senior care and assisted living can be affordable. Whether selling a home, applying for VA benefits or waiting for other funds, Elderlife financing options give you financial flexibility. Funding may be provided in less than 24 hours.
Government Sites Related to Senior Care
- Health Finder– Senior Article Archives
Articles and resources about common health issues related to seniors.
- Medicare and Medicaid Services
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, CMS, is part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
- Medline Plus – Seniors’ Health
An excellent government-provided resource with a wealth of Senior Health Information.
- National Institute on Aging
NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads the federal government in conducting and supporting research on aging and the health and well-being of older people.
- National Institutes of Health – for Seniors
Health and wellness information for older adults from the National Institutes of Health.
- Social Security Online
The official website of The United States Social Security Administration.
- Veterans Affairs (formerly Veterans Administration)
The official website of The United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
- National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Mgrs
This group’s mission is to develop expertise; enhance the success of members; share a unique knowledge base; and promote the interests of the Aging Life Care™ profession.
Home Services for Seniors
- Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based senior nutrition programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior hunger and isolation.
- National Association for Home Care
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is the largest and most respected professional association representing the interests of chronically ill, disabled, and dying Americans of all ages and the caregivers who provide them with in-home senior care health and hospice services.
Legal Services for Seniors
- National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. (NAELA) was founded in 1987 as a professional association of attorneys who are dedicated to improving the quality of legal services provided to people as they age and people with special needs.
- National Senior Citizen’s Law Center
Justice in Aging is a national non-profit legal advocacy organization that fights senior poverty through law.
- National Citizen’s Coalition for Nursing Home Reform
The Consumer Voice is the leading national voice representing consumers in issues related to long-term care, helping to ensure that consumers are empowered to advocate for themselves.
- National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare
The National Committee is dedicated to protecting Social Security and Medicare benefits for all communities and generations.
Research on Aging
- Alliance for Aging Research
The Alliance for Aging Research is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the pace of scientific discoveries and their application to vastly improve the universal human experience of aging and health.
- American Federation for Aging Research
For 35 years, the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) has supported the science of healthier aging. AFAR has played a major role in advancing knowledge of aging and mechanisms of age-related disease by providing grants to nearly 3,200 talented scientists.
- Gerontological Society of America
GSA’s principal mission — and that of their 5,500 members — is to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among scientists, decision makers, and the general public.
- Alliance for Retired Americans
The mission of the Alliance for Retired Americans is 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.
- American Association of Retired Persons
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that helps people 50 and older improve the quality of their lives.
Specific Health Issues Resources for Seniors
- Alzheimer’s Association
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer’s Association advances research to end Alzheimer’s and dementia while enhancing senior care for those living with the disease.
- American Diabetes Association
The ADA leads the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fight for those affected by diabetes.
- American Heart Association
Our mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. That single purpose drives all the AHA does. The need for our work is beyond question.
- American Parkinson Disease Association
The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) was founded in 1961 with the dual purpose to Ease the Burden – Find the Cure for Parkinson’s disease.
- Arthritis Foundation
The Arthritis Foundation leads the fight for the arthritis community through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections. Their goal is to chart a winning course and make each day another stride towards a cure.
- Lighthouse International
Lighthouse Guild is the leading not-for-profit vision and healthcare organization, with a long-standing heritage of addressing the needs of people who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities or chronic medical conditions.
Additional Resources for Seniors
- Family Caregiver Alliance – National Center on Caregiving
Family Caregiver Alliance supports and sustains the important work of families and friends nationwide providing long-term care for loved ones with chronic, disabling health conditions.
- American Seniors Housing Association
The American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA) was formed in 1991. Members of ASHA are executives involved in the operation, development, and finance of the entire spectrum of seniors housing – independent living, assisted living, and continuing senior care retirement communities.
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