Librarian's Picks: Aging.

Living Longer and Living Well: Information Resources for Aging

Today, individuals with and without disabilities are living far longer than previous generations due to advances in medicine, rehabilitation, technology, and disability policy. With longer life comes more age-related disabilities. In addition, people with disabilities are living longer and are just as vulnerable to age-related conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, and more. 

The resources collected in this brochure are designed to help older Americans and their families identify benefit programs, technology, and community services so they can choose how to spend their senior years.

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Information and Support

Access America for Seniors
The National Center for Creative Aging is dedicated to fostering an understanding of the vital relationship between creative expression and healthy aging, and to developing programs that build upon this understanding. Visit their online directory of Creative Aging Programs in America here: Provides State by state listings.

Administration for Community Living (ACL)
Administration on Aging (AoA)

Toll Free: 800/677-1116

National Aging in Place Council (NAIPC)
The National Aging in Place Council is a senior support network working to solve issues related to aging by raising awareness of home and community-based services that make independent living possible.
Phone: 202/939-1770

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
Information, advocacy, and benefits for people over 50.
Toll Free: 888/OUR-AARP (687-2277)

National Institute on Aging (NIA)
NIA is at the forefront of the Nation's research activities dedicated to understanding the nature of aging, supporting the health and well-being of older adults, and extending healthy, active years of life for more people. 
Toll Free: 800/222-2225, 800/222-4225 (TTY)

Health and Wellness

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) -
Older Driver Rehabilitation for Consumers and Professionals:
Find a Driving Specialist:
All information pertaining to Medicare Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. For forms, help, and resources for yourself or taking care of someone with Medicare visit
Toll Free: 800/633-4227

Medicare Rights Center
Independent source of health care information and assistance in the U.S. for people with Medicare.
Phone: 800/333-4114

Aging in Place

National Assistive Technology Act Technical Assistance and Training (AT3) Center 
Provides information about the Assistive Technology Act, State Assistive Technology Programs, and general assistive technology. Find your state AT program here, including information about financing AT devices and device loans, demos, and reutilization. The Explore AT section of the website is a clearinghouse for information and resources on a variety of assistive technologies. It provides links to reputable information sources on AT devices and services in the areas of education, employment, and community living.

Aging Services Directory lists adult day services, home health, community services, senior housing, assisted living residences, retirement communities, nursing homes, and more. Search within a radius by zip code, city, or state.
Phone: 202/783-2242

Advocacy, Protection, and Legal

Eldercare Locator
Nationwide service that connects older Americans and their caregivers with information on sernior services. Search for providers and/or resources by zip code, city or state.
Toll Free: 800/677-1116

National Center on Elder Abuse
The NCEA serves as a national resource center dedicated to the prevention of elder mistreatment. First established by the AoA in the 1992 amendments made to Title II of the Older Americans Act.
Toll Free: 855/500-3537
State reporting numbers, government agencies, state laws, state-specific data and statistics, and other resources:

National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC)
Phone: 202/887-5280
NSCLC is a nationwide advocacy organization that provides education, counseling, and publications to legal services advocates nationwide who help low-income seniors.

Caregiving and Home Care

Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA)
Family Caregiver Alliance is a public voice for caregivers, illuminating the daily challenges they face, offering them the assistance they so desperately need and deserve, and championing their cause  through education, services, research, and advocacy.
Toll Free: 800/445-8106

Caregiver Action Network (CAN)
Non-profit organization providing education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers nationwide. CAN serves a broad spectrum of family caregivers ranging from the parents of children with special needs to the families and friends of wounded soldiers; from a young coupld dealing with a diagnosis of MS, to adult children caring for parents with Alzheimer's disease.
Phone: 202/772-5050

National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC)
NAHC is the nation's largest trade association representing the interests and concenrs of home care agencies, hospices, home care aide organizations, and medical equipment suppliers; and is dedicated to making home care and hospice providers' lives easier.
Phone: 202/547-7424

Resources for Staying Active and Healthy as You Age

National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD)
NCHPAD is a public health practice and resource center on health promotion for persons with disabilities. They provide disability specific information regarding physical activity, nutrition, and lifestyle weight management along with web-based health promotion programs inclusive to users of all abilities.
Phone: 800/900-8066

National Institute on Aging at NIH

The Million Hearts Initiative

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