Resources

In this area of aging-wisely.com we list key resources, grouped by topic. We've included as much detail as possible for each: mailing addresses, telephone numbers, email links, and website information. The web links are "live"-if you click on one you'll go right to that website.

As you'll see, some organizations provide email contact info, some don't, and a few require that email inquiries be submitted through a Contact Us link in the website. Where possible we've provided email contact information; if no email address is provided contact for that particular organization is limited to phone, postal mail, and (where noted) a web-based email link.

Agencies on Aging

Your local Agency on Aging should be listed in the Human Services section of the phone book, or contact the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging.

  • National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
  • 1730 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
  • Suite 1200
  • Washington, DC 20036
  • 202-872-0888
  • www.n4a.org

Aging in Place

The National Aging in Place Council (NAIPC) is a collaborative group of professional service providers who offer guidance and information regarding strategies for aging in place, along with contact information for aging in place professionals grouped by topic (for example, home modification specialists). The website also provides links to regional NAIPC chapters throughout the US.

  • National Aging in Place Council
  • 1400 16th Street, NW
  • Suite 420
  • Washington, DC 20036
  • 202-939-1770
  • Web-based email link
  • www.ageinplace.org

Assisted Living

The Assisted Living Foundation of America provides regional listings of accredited senior housing and assisted living facilities, and links to reputable organizations.

  • Assisted Living Federation of America
  • 1650 King Street
  • Suite 602
  • Alexandria, VA 22314
  • 793-894-1805
  • Multiple email contacts accessed through Contact Us link
  • www.alfa.org

Caregiver Resources/Support

The organizations listed below provide a variety of resources for caregivers and family members. Also check out the US Administration on Aging Federal Eldercare Locator at www.eldercare.gov and the National Clearinghouse for Long Term Care Information at www.longtermcare.gov.

  • Children of Aging Parents
  • PO Box 167
  • Richboro, PA 18954
  • 800-227-7294
  • Web-based email link
  • www.caps4caregivers.org
  • National Alliance for Caregiving
  • 4720 Montgomery Lane
  • Bethesda, MD 20814
  • 301-718-8444
  • Web-based email link
  • www.caregiving.org

Exercise and Fitness

The American Senior Fitness Association provides excellent, detailed advice in this area-or check out Sit and Be Fit with Mary Ann Wilson, a nonprofit organization devoted to fitness and healthy aging.

Finances

  • Financial Planning Association
  • 7535 East Hampton Avenue
  • Suite 600
  • Denver, CO 80231
  • 800-322-4237
  • Web-based email link
  • www.fpanet.org
  • National Reverse Mortgage Lender's Association
  • 1400 16th Street, NW
  • Suite 420
  • Washington, DC 20036
  • 202-939-1760
  • www.nrmlaonline.org

Funeral Planning

  • National Funeral Directors' Association
  • 13625 Bishop's Drive
  • Brookfield, WI 53005
  • 800-228-6332
  • 262-789-1880
  • nfda@nfda.org
  • www.nfda.org

Giving Back/Charitable Opportunities/Nonprofits

  • Action Without Borders
  • 302 Fifth Avenue
  • 11th Floor
  • New York, NY 10001
  • 646-786-6886
  • Web-based email link
  • www.idealist.org
  • Corporation for National and Community Service (Serve.gov)
  • 1201 New York Avenue, NW
  • Washington, DC 20525
  • 202-606-5000
  • info@cns.gov
  • www.serve.gov
  • TESOL International Association
  • 1925 Ballenger Avenue
  • Suite 550
  • Alexandria, VA 22314
  • 888-547-3369
  • 240-646-7048
  • info@tesol.org
  • www.tesol.org
  • The Mentoring Center (formerly The National Mentoring Partnership)
  • 672 13th Street
  • Suite 200
  • Oakland, CA 94612
  • 510-891-0427
  • www.mentor.org

Health

These associations provide information regarding various late-life health problems. The American Medical Association and National Health Information Center also serve as clearinghouses where you can obtain additional resources in these (or other) areas.

  • Alzheimer's Association
  • 225 North Michigan Avenue
  • Floor 17
  • Chicago, IL 60601
  • 800-272-3900 (24/7 helpline)
  • 312-335-8700
  • info@alz.org
  • www.alz.org
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • PO Box 7424
  • San Francisco, CA 94120
  • 415-561-8500
  • Multiple email contacts accessed through Contact Us link
  • www.aao.org
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly American Dietetic Association)
  • 120 South Riverside Plaza
  • Suite 2000
  • Chicago, IL 60606
  • 800-877-1600
  • 312-899-0040
  • Multiple email contacts accessed through Contact ADA link
  • www.webdietitians.org
  • American Heart Association
  • 7272 Greenville Avenue
  • Dallas, TX 75231
  • 800-242-8721
  • Web-based email link
  • www.heart.org
  • American Lung Association
  • 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
  • Suite 800
  • Washington, DC 20004
  • 202-785-3355
  • Web-based email link
  • www.lung.org
  • American Medical Association
  • 515 North State Street
  • Chicago, IL 60654
  • 800-621-8335
  • No email provided for the public (physicians only)
  • www.ama-assn.org
  • American Podiatric Medical Association
  • 9312 Old Georgetown Road
  • Bethesda, MD 20814
  • 315-581-9200
  • Web-based email link
  • www.apma.org
  • Arthritis Foundation
  • 1330 West Peachtree Street
  • Suite 100
  • Atlanta, GA 30309
  • 404-872-7100
  • Multiple email contacts, organized by region
  • www.arthritis.org
  • National Cancer Institute
  • 6116 Executive Boulevard
  • Suite 300
  • Bethesda, MD 20892
  • 800-422-6237
  • Web-based email link
  • www.nci.nih.gov
  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
  • NIH Neurological Institute
  • PO Box 5801
  • Bethesda, MD 20824
  • 800-352-9424
  • 301-496-5751
  • Web-based email link
  • www.ninds.nih.gov
  • National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
  • Office of Health Communication and Public Liaison
  • 31 Center Drive, MSC 2320
  • Bethesda, MD 20892
  • 301-496-7243
  • 301-341-1055 (TTY)
  • nidcdinfo@nidcd.nih.gov
  • www.nidcd.nih.gov
  • National Kidney Foundation
  • 30 East 33rd Street
  • New York, NY 10016
  • 800-622-9010
  • Web-based email link
  • www.kidney.org
  • National Osteoporosis Foundation
  • 1150 17th Street, NW
  • Suite 850
  • Washington, DC 20036
  • 800-231-4222
  • Web-based email link
  • www.nof.org
  • American Occupational Therapy Association
  • 4720 Montgomery Lane
  • Suite 200
  • Bethesda, MD 20814
  • 301-652-2682
  • Multiple email contacts accessed through Contact Us link
  • www.aota.org
  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • 1111 North Fairfax Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314
  • 703-684-2782
  • 800-999-2782
  • www.apta.org
  • National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers
  • 3275 West Ina Road
  • Suite 130
  • Tucson, AZ 85741
  • 520-881-8008
  • Web-based email link
  • www.caremanager.org
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants
  • 2318 Mill Road
  • Suite 1300
  • Alexandria, VA 22314
  • 703-836-2272
  • aapa@aapa.org
  • www.aapa.org

Healthy Eating

WebMD has a good section on eating for longevity. Also check the Healthy Eating for Older Adults section of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website.

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • 120 South Riverside Plaza
  • Suite 2000
  • Chicago, IL 60606
  • 800-877-1600
  • 312-899-0040
  • Multiple email addresses accessed through Contact Us link
  • www.eatright.org

Hospice

You can learn more about hospice philosophy and practice through these organizations, which also provide links for local hospice contact information.

  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • 4700 West Lake Drive
  • Glenview, IL 60025
  • 847-375-4712
  • info@aahpm.org
  • www.aahpm.org
  • Compassion & Choices
  • PO Box 101810
  • Denver, CO 80250
  • 800-247-7421
  • Multiple email contacts accessed through staff members list
  • www.compassionandchoices.org

Housing

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) provides information regarding housing laws, regulations, and ethics, as well as links to Certified Aging in Place Specialists. AbleData provides accessibility and home modification information, while SeniorNet provides technology resources (including user-friendly internet "how to" instructions). The National Shared Housing Resource Center provides links to websites of seven national regional centers and one international resource center, with name of director, phone, and email contact (through the About Us link); you can also click through PROGRAM DIRECTORY link to see a listing of shared housing programs by state.

  • National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
  • 1201 15th Street, NW
  • Washington, DC 20005
  • 202-266-8200
  • 800-368-5242
  • Web-based email link
  • www.nahb.org
  • SeniorNet
  • 12801 Worldgate Drive
  • Suite 500
  • Herndon, Virginia 20170
  • 571-203-7100
  • Multiple email contacts accessed through Contact Us link
  • www.seniornet.com

In-Home Care

These resources provide local contact information, as well as accreditation information for home care agencies and providers (including summaries of problems and deficiencies).

  • National Association for Home Care and Hospice
  • 228 7th Street, SE
  • Washington, DC 20003
  • 202-547-7424
  • Multiple email contacts accessed through Contact Us link
  • www.nahc.org
  • Visiting Nurse Associations of America
  • 900 19th Street, NW
  • Suite 200
  • Washington, DC 20006
  • 202-384-1420
  • vnaa@vnaa.org
  • www.vnaa.org

Insurance Information

The Health Insurance Association of America is a national advocacy and consumer protection organization; A. M. Best and Standard & Poor's provide useful, up-to-date ratings of private insurance companies.

  • A. M. Best Company
  • Ambest Road
  • Oldwick, NJ 08858
  • 908-439-2200
  • Email contact limited to members/subscribers
  • www.ambest.com
  • America's Health Insurance Plan (formerly Health Insurance Association of America)
  • 601 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
  • South Building, Suite 500
  • Washington, DC 20004
  • 202-778-3200
  • ahip@ahip.org
  • www.hiaa.org
  • Standard & Poor's Insurance Rating Services
  • 55 Water Street
  • New York, NY 10041
  • 877-772-5436
  • Web-based email link
  • www.standardandpoors.com

Legal Issues

The Pension Rights Center can provide information and guidance regarding pensioners' legal rights (particularly helpful if a dispute should arise).

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • 1604 North Country Club Road
  • Tucson, AZ, 85716
  • 520-881-4005
  • Multiple email contacts accessed through Contact Us link
  • www.naela.org
  • Pension Rights Center
  • 1350 Connecticut Avenue, NW
  • Suite 206
  • Washington, DC 20036
  • 888-420-6550
  • 202-296-3776
  • Web-based email link
  • www.pensionrights.org

Meals on Wheels

Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security

You can obtain contact information for your state Medicare office by looking in the Government Offices section of the phone book. Medicaid information is usually listed in the Human Services section of the phone book. If the information is not listed, try contacting CMS.gov directly; phone contact with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services should be initiated with one of their regional offices; contact information is on the website.

  • Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS.gov)
  • 7500 Security Boulevard
  • Baltimore, MD 21244
  • Multiple web-based email links
  • www.cms.gov
  • Medicare
  • 800-633-4227 (Main number)
  • 800-638-6833 (General Information Hotline)
  • Multiple web-based email links
  • www.medicare.gov
  • Social Security Administration
  • 800-772-1213
  • Web-based email link accessed through Online Feedback Form
  • www.ssa.gov

Medication

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) website not only has a tool to flag harmful drug interactions, but also provides a wealth of information regarding safe medication practices (up-to-date drug safety alerts, storage of different medications, etc.).

  • Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP)
  • 200 Lakeside Drive
  • Suite 200
  • Horsham, PA 19044
  • 215-947-7797
  • Web-based email link
  • www.ismp.org

Mental Health

These organizations provide information regarding mental health problems, and their membership lists include licensed providers in most every region of the country. The Geriatric Mental Health Foundation is a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting mental health and healthy aging in older adults, and providing support to family members.

  • American Psychological Association
  • 750 First Street, NE
  • Washington, DC 20002
  • 800-374-2721
  • 202-336-5500
  • Multiple email contacts accessed through Contact Us link
  • www.apa.org
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • 750 First Street, NE
  • Suite 700
  • Washington, DC 20002
  • 202-408-8600
  • Multiple email contacts accessed through Contact NASW link
  • www.naswdc.org

National Aging Advocacy Groups

There are several nationwide advocacy groups, as well as groups for people of different racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds.

  • B'nai B'rith
  • 2020 K Street, NW
  • 7th Floor
  • Washington, DC 20006
  • 202-857-6600
  • Multiple email contacts accessed through Contact Us link
  • www.bnaibrith.org
  • National Asian Pacific Center on Aging
  • Melbourne Tower, Suite 914
  • 1511 3rd Avenue
  • Seattle, WA 98101
  • 800-336-2722 (English)
  • 800-582-4218 (Chinese)
  • 800-582-4259 (Korean)
  • 800-582-4336 (Vietnamese)
  • www.napca.org
  • National Council on Aging
  • 1901 L Street, NW
  • 4th Floor
  • Washington, DC 20036
  • 202-479-1200
  • Web-based email link
  • www.ncoa.org
  • National Hispanic Council on Aging
  • The Walker Building
  • 734 15th Street, NW
  • Suite 1050
  • Washington, DC 20005
  • 202-347-9733
  • nhcoa@nhcoa.org
  • www.nhcoa.org
  • National Indian Council on Aging
  • 10501 Montgomery Boulevard, NE
  • Suite 210
  • Albuquerque, NM 87111
  • 505-292-2001
  • Web-based email link
  • www.nicoa.org
  • National Institute on Aging
  • 31 Center Drive, MSC 2292
  • Bethesda, MD 20892
  • 800-222-2225
  • Multiple email contacts accessed through Contact Us link
  • www.nih.gov/nia

Sexuality

The National Institute on Aging has an excellent section on sexuality and aging; check out the Sexuality in Later Life section of the website. Ditto for WebMD. The National Coalition for LGBT Health provides good resources in this area as well.

Social Networking

There are many social networking sites aimed specifically at retirement-age folks; it doesn't take long to build a profile and begin to connect with others. Among the best (most well-run, user-friendly) sites are:

  • My Boomer Place
  • Among the simplest sites to get started with if you're not a savvy web-user.
  • www.myboomerplace.com
  • Genkvetch Social Networking
  • Despite the name (which we love), it's open to people of all faiths….and also very easy to use.
  • www.genkvetch.com
  • AARP Online Community
  • A bit more limited than some of the others, but integrated with other AARP functions and services, and accessible through the AARP website.
  • www.aarp.org/onlinecommunity

Travel

Reputable organizations include Senior Tours and Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel).

Veteran's Benefits

Information regarding veteran's benefits can be obtained through the Veterans Affairs website (www.va.gov) or by calling 800-827-1000. Contact information for local veterans' services (including local VA contact information) is usually listed in the Human Services section of the phone book (look under "Veterans").

Walkability/Accessibility

Check out the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website for information regarding non-car driving options and regulations (go to www.nhtsa.gov and search using the terms NEV or LSV). The US Access Board provides information regarding accessibility laws and regulations in a wide variety of areas.

Wellness

  • Wellness.com
  • 6965 El Camino Real
  • Suite 542
  • Carlsbad, CA 92009
  • 800-686-0988
  • Web-based email link
  • www.wellness.com