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  • AARP: Your Home provides useful information on universal home design, aging in place, housing for adults over 50, and more.
  • Administration for Community Living (ACL) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (U.S. HHS). All Americans—including people with disabilities and older adults—should be able to live at home with the supports they need, participating in communities that value their contributions. To help meet these needs, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) created a new organization, the Administration for Community Living (ACL). ACL brings together the efforts and achievements of the Administration on Aging (AoA), the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD), and the Center for Disability and Aging Policy (CDAP) to serve as the Federal agency responsible for increasing access to community supports, while focusing attention and resources on the unique needs of older Americans and people with disabilities across the lifespan.
  • Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (U.S. HHS) site AIDD funded resource centers provide information primarily geared toward professionals; however, several of the resource centers have information for consumers as well.
  • Aging in Place: Growing Older at Home  New
  • A Guide To Caring For Elderly Parents – a guide for caring for aging parents and elder loved ones.
  • Area Agencies on Aging
    • Area Agency on Aging provides age supportive commerce and services. [Michigan]  New
    • USAging USAging is the national association representing and supporting the network of Area Agencies on Aging and advocating for the Title VI Native American Aging Programs.
    • Maryland Department of Aging [Maryland]  New
      • Maryland Area Agencies on Aging. In Maryland's twenty-three counties and Baltimore City, each local governing body designates an Area Agency on Aging (AAA). The agency may be a unit of local government or a private, nonprofit corporation. In some counties, it is the office on aging. In others, it may be named differently. In Baltimore City, it is called the Division on Aging and Care Services. Local agencies on aging provide a variety of adult services, incorporating assisted living, protective services, and temporary disability programs. Transportation services for seniors and people with disabilities are also provided at the county level through either a division of the aging department or by a separate transportation department. [Maryland]
    • Maryland Elder Abuse Prevention [Maryland]  New
  • Age UK is an international charity fighting to free disadvantaged older people from poverty, isolation, and neglect. [UK]
  • An opinion piece in the LA Times wonders Can we be too healthy and live too long? This ponders the meaning and implications of aging. Perhaps a bit too pessimistically?
  • helps you care for your aging parents and other loved ones. It provides information and resources to make better decisions, save time, and feel more supported.
  • CaringInfo is a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). The program provides free resources and information to help people make decisions about advance directives, and end-of-life care and services before a crisis.
  • Design for Aging (DFA), is a knowledge Community of the the American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • The Eldercare Locator is a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging. The Eldercare Locator is the first step to finding resources for older adults and their families in any U.S. community.
  • Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) Services by State. This tool helps family caregivers locate public, nonprofit, and private programs and services nearest their loved one—whether they are living at home or in a residential facility. Resources include government health and disability programs, legal resources, disease-specific organizations and more.
  • Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging serves as a critical hub of research, teaching and outreach, with a mission to improve all aspects of the lives of older adults, in the community and in long-term care, by linking research, education, practice and policy at McMaster with local, national and global initiatives. [Canada]
  • "Helping Grandpa Get His Tech On"
  • How do you design for senior citizens?
  • International Conference on Active Aging (ICAA) This bi-annual conference focuses on approaches to support people as they age in maintaining independence in daily living at home, at work, and in the community.
  • Justice in Aging: Fighting poverty through Law formerly the National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC). Justice in Aging advocates nationwide to promote the independence and well-being of low-income elderly individuals, as well as persons with disabilities, with particular emphasis on women and racial and ethnic minorities.
  • LeadingAge, formerly, American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA), a collection of not-for-profit organizations that provide aging services: adult day services, home health, community services, senior housing, assisted living residences, continuing care retirement communities, and nursing homes.
  • Maryland Access Point / Information and Assistance (MAP) is the gateway to long term services and supports in Maryland. MAP specialists work with caregivers, professionals, and all individuals with long term care needs to plan, identify, connect, and assist with accessing private and public resources for long term services and supports. Long term services and supports include information on health, transportation, income, and financial aid, senior and community centers and clubs, nutrition and meals, pharmacy assistance, housing, volunteer opportunities, and more! Call toll-free to 1-844-627-5465 or TTY #711 to find services near you.

    Maryland's No Wrong Door Aging And Disability Resource Center. Maryland Access Point (MAP) was established as the single entry point for individuals seeking long term support services and a range of community supports. Maryland's 20 local MAP sites aim to assist consumers to navigate the complex system of services through individual, person-centered counseling.

    MAP also offers Options Counseling, a service through which all individuals and their caregivers, plan and make informed decisions regarding their long term care.

    As of January 2021, when someone calls 1-844-MAP-LINK (1-844-627-5465), a 211 Maryland information and referral specialist will listen to their needs, identify local resources, and direct the caller with long-term and complex needs to their local MAP office for options counseling. The support from 211 Maryland adds an increased value to callers who can receive both a referral to the local MAP office and information about other resources, such as meals, assisted living, caregiver assistance and more from 211's professionally trained resource specialists who already connect Marylanders to a variety of community services and supports.

  • Maryland Department of Aging (MDoA) helps establish the State of Maryland as an attractive location for all older adults through vibrant communities and supportive services that offer the opportunity to live healthy and meaningful lives. The MDoA and the statewide network of 19 Area Agencies on Aging assist older Marylanders with a range of services and sources of information. MDoA administers state and federal programs, many of which are significantly lower in cost than nursing home placement. [Maryland]
  • National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) represents hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States.
  • National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA) NICOA strives to better the lives of the nation’s indigenous seniors through advocacy, employment training, dissemination of information, and data support.
  • National Institute on Aging (NIA), U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • "Older people, technology and community" the potential of technology to help older people renew or develop social contacts and to actively engage in their communities.
  • "On Our Own Terms – Moyers on Dying" – Bill Moyer's presentation for PBS Clip: Season 2001 Episode 5 | 4m 31s. Jeff Kahn from the University of Minnesota shares his expertise on end of life issues brought up on Bill Moyers’ latest series on dying.
  • Resource Center on Aging, University of California at Berkeley, School of Social Welfare.
  • Retirement Living. Search for Senior Living and Elder Care Options by State: Virginia (VA) | District of Columbia (DC) | Maryland (MD) | Delaware (DE) | Pennsylvania (PA) | New Jersey (NJ)
  • Second Wind Dreams "enhances the quality of life for those living in Eldercare Communities and changes the perception of aging."
  • Senior Care Directory find senior care resources by state
  • Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Created in September 2003 with funding from the U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL), Administration on Aging (AoA), the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) National Resource Center serves ACL's 53 Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) programs located throughout the country, including the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. The SMP programs recruit and teach senior volunteers and professionals to help Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries become better health care consumers, educating and empowering seniors and caregivers to avoid, detect, and report healthcare fraud and abuse.
  • SUS-IT Sustaining IT used by older people to promote autonomy and independence Helping older people to use information technologies for a better and more independent future. Sus-IT is a research project funded by the New Dynamics of Ageing (NDA) initiative, the largest research programme on ageing ever mounted in the UK.
  • "The Politics of Design", by Whitney Quesenbery (728 KB .pdf)
  • Village to Village Network (VtVN) helps communities establish and manage their own Villages. VtVN energizes Villages, hyper-local neighborhood groups, of vibrant members engaged in their communities. Village members experience reduced isolation, increased independence, and enhanced purpose of life. These feet on the street resources, focused on social determinants of health, positively improve population health. Today there are over 200 open Villages and more than 150 in development in 45 states and the District of Columbia.
  • Virginia Health Information (VHI's Long-Term Care: A Consumer’s Guide) find long term care
  • "What counts in brain aging? Design-based stereological analysis of cell number.", by Long JM, Mouton PR, Jucker M, Ingram DK. National Library of Medicine (NLM) October 1999.
  • "When Mom and Dad are Gone—How Best to Get Rid of a Lifetime of Possessions" by Wendy A. Jordan, freelance writer with the Washington Post, 23Mar2016.  New
  • You and Your Aging Parents (25 Kb .pdf), Canadian Mental Health Association. Becoming a caregiver to parents involves major changes for all concerned – physically, emotionally, socially and financially. Learning to cope with the changes in a healthy way is important to ensure you and your aging parents can live in a mutually loving and giving relationship. [Canada]