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Government Sites and General Aging

American Association for Retired Persons (AARP) –a nonprofit, nonpartisan association dedicated to shaping and enriching the experience of aging for its members and for all Americans.

Alliance of Retired Americans– a new and unique national organization that works to create an America that protects the health and economic security of seniors, rewards work, strengthens families and builds thriving communities.

American Society on Aging–ASA’s members comprise the largest multidisciplinary national community of professionals working with and on behalf of older people.

Minnesota Department of Human Services–the results of licensing surveys for Assisted Living Home Care Provider (ALHCP) licensees are available for viewing by the public.  If you are unable to access this information with this format please call 651-201-4301 and an alternative format will be made available.

Eldercare Rights Alliance.  ElderCare Rights Alliance offers guidance, advocacy, and education to families, community members, elders, and professionals. We offer solutions, awareness, and prevention strategies regarding elder care and safety issues. We provide confidential services for victims of elder abuse.

Minnesota Board on Aging. We promote policies to the State Legislature, the Governor and State Agencies that fairly reflect the needs and interests of the older Minnesotans.  We provide objective information and promote public education on ways to meet the changing needs of Minnesota’s older population to age well and live well.

National Council on Aging (NCOA– an association of organizations and individuals dedicated to promoting the dignity, self-determination, well-being, and continuing contributions of older persons through leadership and service, education, and advocacy.

National Institute on Aging–leading the federal effort on aging research.

Office of the Ombudsman for Older Minnesotans–an Ombudsman is an official who is designated to assist you to overcome  delay, injustice or impersonal delivery of services.

Social Security Administration–official website.

Senior Linkage Line– 1-800-333-2433

Disease-Related Resources

Ageless Design is a resource for caregivers and professionals dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

The Alzheimer’s Association offers information, support, and assistance on issues related to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Alzheimer’s Brain. This learning resource contains information for caregivers and professionals for persons with dementia and individuals who worry about memory problems.

The Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center website will help you find current, comprehensive Alzheimer’s disease information and resources from the National Institute on Aging (NIA). is a tool of the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation to educate people about this devastating disease. The mission of the website is to educate, engage, and create an online community with 24 hours a day, seven days a week access to information and support via online chats, message boards, and the most comprehensive resource databases available.

Alzheimer’s Speaks. As with the progression of many diseases, voice can be lost. Communication as we know it evaporates. This is the very essence for which Alzheimer’s Speaks was created. To bring voice back to the disease in many formats and fashions, while encouraging, assisting and engaging those in need of tools, services, concepts and products.

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.

The American Diabetes Association is the nation’s leading nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy.

American Health Assistance Foundation is one of America’s leading supporters of scientific and medical investigations into Alzheimer’s disease, glaucoma, macular degeneration, heart disease, and stroke.

The American Heart Association an organization who served to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

The American Lung Association® aims to prevent lung disease and promote lung health.

American Parkinson’s Disease Association.  The APDA’s goal of promoting a better quality of life for the Parkinson’s community is actualized through an expanding network of information and referral

The Arthritis Foundation. Throughout its 50-year history, the Arthritis Foundation has experienced steady growth and has made great strides in the treatment of the many forms of arthritis.

The Brain Injury Association works to create a better future through brain injury prevention, research, education, and advocacy.

Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) is the nation’s leading nonprofit voluntary health organization dedicated to finding the causes and cure for lupus.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is a voluntary health agency dedicated to partnership between scientists and concerned citizens aimed at conquering neuromuscular diseases that affect more than a million

Mayo Clinic

National Association for Continence (NAFC) is the world’s largest and most prolific consumer advocacy organization dedicated to public education and awareness about the causes, prevention, diagnosis, treatments, and management alternatives for incontinence.

National Cancer Institute (NCI) leads a national effort to reduce the burden of cancer morbidity and mortality and ultimately to prevent the disease.

The National Chronic Care Consortium is a strategic alliance of individuals and organizations across industry segments and professions committed to chronic illness care reform, working to improve care under current market conditions.

The mission of the National Emphysema Foundation is to improve the quality of life of patients with emphysema, asthma or related lung diseases with information and education for families. The National Emphysema Foundation supports research and works with many advisors who are involved in direct patient care.

The National Headache Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the education of headache sufferers and healthcare professionals about headache causes and treatments.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) provides leadership in the national effort to reduce alcohol-related problems.

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) conducts and supports research to study the causes of allergic, immunologic, and infectious diseases, and to develop better means of preventing, diagnosing, and treating these illnesses.

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) is one of the Institutes that comprise the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Simply described, the goal of NIH research is to acquire new knowledge to help prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat disease and disability.

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) conducts and supports basic and clinical research.

The National Institute of Health website shares consumer health information about many of the diseases or health problems on which NIH conducts or supports research.

National Jewish Center is the only medical and research center in the U.S. devoted entirely to respiratory, allergic, and immune system diseases, including asthma, tuberculosis, emphysema, severe allergies, AIDS, cancer and autoimmune diseases such as lupus.

The National Stroke Association site is a resource and support system with details on risk factors, prevention, and different treatments of stroke.

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) is the leading source of information on cerebral palsy and is a pivotal advocate for the rights of persons with any disability. As one of the largest health charities in America, the UCP mission is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities through an affiliate network.

Caregiver Tools

The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) is an organization of physicians and other medical professionals dedicated to excellence in and advancement of palliative medicine through prevention and relief of patient and family suffering by providing education and clinical practice standards, fostering research, facilitating personal and professional development, and by public policy advocacy.

American Red Cross care-giving programs help people develop the skills and knowledge to care for themselves and others.

Big Tree Murphy is a wonderful site for caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients. This site has good advice for caregivers on difficult issues and on how to develop a supportive living environment and lots of good words of emotional support.

Children of Aging Parents (CAPS) is a nonprofit, charitable organization whose mission is to assist the nation’s nearly 54 million caregivers of the elderly or chronically ill with reliable information, referrals and support, and to heighten public awareness that the health of the family caregivers is essential to ensure quality care for the nation’s growing elderly population.

ElderCare Online provides information, education, and support to families caring for aging loved ones, especially those coping with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias.

Ethnic Elders Care Network is designed specifically for people who are currently or will be caregivers to ethnic elders with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.

Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA).  A public voice for caregivers. searches the internet to find useful sites for seniors and their loved ones.

Full Circle Care focuses on helping family caregivers complete the cycle of care.

Healthfinder is a free gateway to reliable consumer health and human services information developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

H.E.L.P. is a community-funded, nonprofit information resource that assists older adults and their caring family and friends by providing information, planning and problem-solving services, on government programs and legal healthcare-related issues that especially impact older adults.

Home Care Companions develops innovative programs and products designed to support and educate family caregivers in the U.S. and abroad.

How to Care‘s goal is to provide practical, current information on a wide range of topics written by caregivers that offer insights and advice unavailable anywhere else.

The National Alliance of Caregivers is dedicated to providing support to family caregivers of older persons and the professionals who help them and to increase public awareness of issues facing family care-giving. This site is linked with AXA Foundation Family Care Source Connection.

National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) is the nation’s largest trade association representing the interests and concerns of home care agencies, hospices, home care aide organizations, and medical equipment suppliers.

The National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) supports, empowers, educates, and speaks up for the more than 50 million Americans who care for a chronically ill, aged, or disabled loved one. NFCA reaches across the boundaries of different diagnoses, different relationships and different life stages to address the common needs and concerns of all family caregivers.

National Private Duty Association (NPDA) is the nation’s first association for providers of private duty home care, which includes non-medical home care services.

Today’s Caregiver” Magazine, for, about and by caregivers.

Well Spouse Association. Support for spousal caregivers.

Resources on Funding Care The official U.S. Government site for people with Medicare.

Medicare Rights Center (MRC) is the largest independent source of health care information and assistance in the U.S. for people with Medicare. MRC’s website contains information about Medicare benefits, options and changes, and resources for getting involved in their consumer advocacy work. The site also contains updated information for consumers about the upcoming changes in Medicare and how those will affect their health coverage.

Care Management Tools

The American Academy of Home Care Physicians serves the needs of thousands of physicians and related professionals and agencies interested in improving care of patients in the home.

The American Society of Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) promotes the exchange of ideas and fosters scholarship, research, teaching, policy development, professional development, and collegiality among people engaged in all the endeavors related to clinical and academic bioethics and the health related humanities.

Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) is the largest national association exclusively dedicated to professionally operated assisted living communities for seniors.

CareScout is a good resource for information on nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and news on care-giving. CareScout has quality ratings as well.

The Last Acts website is an online community dedicated to improving end-of-life care through the sharing of ideas and solutions by professional caregivers, educators, and consumers. This site includes a resource center, updates on the campaign task force groups, news updates, reports on palliative care, family needs, service providers, education, and training.

The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. is a nonprofit association which assists lawyers, bar organizations, and others who work with older clients and their families.

The National Guardianship Association is to provide educational, training, and networking opportunities for guardians to promote the highest levels of values, standards and ethics; and to ensure a nationally recognized standard of excellence.

SeniorScape offers a site where care managers, elder law attorneys, guardians, and other elder care professionals, facilities, and providers can meet the public in the most comprehensive of elder care resources.


Arthur’s Residential Care. Provides high quality care for the elderly in a distinctive and peaceful home for just six people.  Located in Roseville, Minnesota, on a beautiful 1 1/2 acre wooded lot surrounded by white pine and birch trees, Arthur’s is an executive home, custom-designed by a student of  Frank Lloyd Wright.

Eldercare Locator.  A public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging. The Eldercare Locator is your first step for finding local agencies, in every U.S. community, that can help older persons and their families access home and community-based services like transportation, meals, home care, and caregiver support services.

Minnesota Health & Housing Alliance. Aging Services members are diverse but share a common focus on person-directed living, missions of service to their communities and choice in older adult services.