With Special sections for Conditions & Disease, Long-Term Care, Healthy Living, Doctors & Hospitals and Insurance, the AARP websites offers all one finds in the magazine and more.
Administration on Aging Elders & Families
The Department of Health and Human Services/Administration on Aging website is designed to assist older people and their families or caregivers to quickly obtain information on a variety of aging-related topics and government-sponsored programs. There is excellent information on finding various elder care programs locations, elder rights & resources, promoting a health lifestyle, national and state benefits and services for seniors, long-term care insurance, and caregiver support programs.
AgingCare: An Online Community for Caregivers
Created for caregivers of parents, and other older adults. It not only provides information on the most common health related issues, but financial, making choices between the different housing options, and more. You can sign up for their newsletter and participate in forums and blogs on various caregiving topics. You can find information by either clicking on that subject or use the Search box at the top to find specific information on a topic.
The AGS Foundation for Health in Aging
The American Geriatrics Society Foundation website offers information on the health and care of older adults. There are four sub pages: Aging in the Know offers up-to-date information on how the aging process affects health; Eldercare at Home offers the complete text of the second edition of this resource for families and friends who are caring for older people at home; The FHA Physician Referral Guide offers to mail a list of physicians sensitive to the special healthcare needs of older adults and links to search for board certified geriatricians; and Health in Aging Stories where patients and health care providers can share their stories on the challenge of finding and providing health care for the elderly. The site also provides a directory of guide to federal government agencies and national not-for-profit organizations that address the special health care needs of older adults.
CDC’s Health Aging
This Centers for Disease Control website has statistics and research information, a copy of the latest State of Aging and Health in America report, information on the Healthy Brain Initiative, lists of organizations, information on end of life issues, lists of organizations, and links to other articles and reports. Information on joining the Public Health and Aging listserv is provided.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
This is the official U.S. government site for people with Medicare. It contains information on Medicare health plans, the Medicare drug benefit, Medigap insurance plans, links to state information, long term care information, full text of pamphlets, online forms to request a replacement Medicare card, to change an address or to determine eligibility.
The Family Caregiver Alliance
Information, services and support for caregivers and families of persons with chronic, disabling health conditions. It offers fact sheets in English, Spanish and Chinese on various conditions like dementia, Parkinson Disease and stroke. As an advocacy group it also offers statistics, public policy information, and reports. It includes caregiver advice and tips (also in Spanish and Chinese) and hosts online discussion groups.
FirstGov for Senior Citizens’ Resources
Extensive links to government agencies and other organizations that provide services and programs for seniors. There are links to consumer protection resources for seniors, money and taxes, end-of-life issues, health and housing for seniors. Information is gathered by need rather than the government agencies that provide the service. Hospice care, nursing home comparison, and even how to request a birthday greeting from the President for persons over 80 are covered.
Geriatric Mental Health Foundation
The Geriatric Mental Health Foundation was established by the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry to raise awareness of psychiatric and mental health disorders affecting the elderly, eliminate the stigma of mental illness and treatment, promote healthy aging strategies, and increase access to quality mental health care for the elderly. Their website has mental health information for older adults and their families, information on finding a geriatric psychiatrist, and some fact sheets in Spanish.
Mayo Clinic Senior Health Center
Reviewed by Mayo clinic medical editorial staff, this site has very readable articles on aging, conditions that often affect older adults, and healthy living. Articles are authoritative, short and cover topics like sex and intimacy and anti-aging therapies that often aren’t found on other sites. Registration allows personalization of the website and interactive health management tools but isn’t required for access.
MedlinePlus Seniors’ Health Issues
Created by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), this website contains links to trustworthy information throughout the web. It contains links to the latest news, overviews of senior health issues, research, statistics, aging organizations, clinical trials, and much more. Links guide you to pre-formatted searches on PubMed and to services and providers in your local area through the Go Local project. This page is also available in Spanish.
NIH Senior Health
NIH SeniorHealth makes aging-related health information easily accessible for family members and friends seeking reliable, easy to understand online health information. A unique feature is that the website has a spoken language feature and also allows increases in contrast as well as size of type for easier viewing. Well-illustrated and readable, it includes some short videos and links out to MedlinePlus for additional information.