AARP: Formerly known as the American Association of Retired People, AARP is a nonprofit organization that advocates for healthy living, wellness, and fitness for those fifty and over. Join the organization and enjoy a variety of benefits and information on a long list of topics for those over fifty. They publish a magazine, newspaper, and have a large website.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS): This comprehensive site is part of the Department of Health and Human Services. It provides information and links to Medicare and Medicaid as well as other health-care related sites. It contains extensive information about Medicare and Medicaid systems for providers as well as consumers.
Eldercare Locator: This site has information about your local area agency on aging. Their phone number is 800-677-1116. There is a lot of information and links online as well.
HelpGuide.org: A nonprofit organization with a large amount of information and links to resources about all aspects of eldercare.
Hospice Foundation of America: An informative site all about hospice, death and dying, grief and loss, and end-of-life issues, how to locate a hospice, and links to hospice organizations and resources.
Housecalls-Online: This is a website from the author Kathy Quan. It contains information for home-health care professionals and consumers of home-health care. Also has a list of forms for consumers to assist caregivers in evaluating and caring for their aging parents. (See Consumers link.)
Housing for Seniors from Housing and Urban Development (HUD): This site has information about low-income housing.
Medicare: A site for Medicare beneficiaries and consumers with the most up-to-date information about premiums, coverage, Medicare plans, brochures, and a formulary for the prescription plan.
National Institutes of Health: The NIH has links to many other agencies. Medical information is available from Medline and numerous links for information about clinical trials and prescription-drug information.
National Institute of Aging (NIA) : Read up on research on aging at the NIA.
Nursing Home Solutions: Information from a commercial site about long-term planning, using the Medicaid system, and asset/estate protection. Request a free video. Review the information with your legal and financial advisors.
Social Security Administration: Informative site answers your questions about Social Security benefits, survivor's benefits, disability insurance, supplemental income, and retirement and death benefits.
USA.gov: A huge source for information. Select the “Seniors” tab to find a long list of resources about such subjects as aging, dying, legal issues, health care, housing, money, taxes, and travel.
Veteran's Administration (VA): Information for eligibility, benefits, contact information, and medical services for veterans. Veterans must register with the VA to be eligible.
Websites come and go. Most of those listed here are government websites. Unfortunately, government websites URLs do change from time to time. If you cannot find one of the websites by the URL given here, you may have to perform an Internet search to find the new URL. Go ahead and mark up this book to keep your copy up to date. Add an “Aging Parents” folder to your Bookmarks or Favorites on your browser and bookmark the sites you find most useful.