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Resources for Senior Citizens and Their Families

The resources listed in this reference guide are designed to assist adults over the age of 55 with disabilities, as well as their caregivers, in handling new physical, psychological, and financial challenges.

Many older adults have to adapt to a disability such as sight loss from macular degeneration, glaucoma, or cataracts. Decreased mobility and injury from falling are related impairments associated with low vision in senior citizens. Many seniors feel depressed and isolated because of changes in their lives that stem from their disabilities. Depression has been shown to correlate with the abuse of alcohol and prescription drugs in seniors. New disabilities lead to unanticipated out-of-pocket expenses, including assisted living care, home modifications, and increased medication costs at a time when income is often fixed. In addition, isolation and reduced cognitive ability leave older adults open to abuse and fraud. Such challenges can be overwhelming for seniors and those who care for them.

This guide surveys a spectrum of organizations, online tools, and articles from government, academic, non-profit, and commercial sources. While its primary focus is at-risk seniors, it also covers topics such as employment and federal and state benefits. A selective bibliography of current articles from academic journals and media sources highlights recent research. The guide concludes with a directory of contact information for all sources in Part One.

Except where noted, the information and organizations found in this guide are not part of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped or the Library of Congress and their inclusion does not imply endorsement.


Part One: Resources for Senior Citizens

Financial Resources

Federal, State, and County Benefits

National Council on Aging External

Quiz advises seniors on their eligibility for programs that may help pay for medications, food, utilities, health care, housing, in-home services, transportation, and employment training.

Contact Information for State Departments of Agriculture and Public Health
United States Department of Health and Human Services

Provides public health contact information for all states.

Find a Health Center
United States Department of Health and Human Services

Allows users to locate HRSA Health Centers, which provide medical care to individuals who have no health insurance. Includes checkups, treatment for illnesses, dental care, and help with prescription drug costs.

Justice in Aging
Justice in Aging External

Partners with state and federal agencies to ensure essential government programs are accessible to qualified seniors. Offers webinars, publications, and consultations related to the legal needs of older adults.

Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP)
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Summarizes the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program, which launched in 2014 with the goal of improving health care to Medicaid beneficiaries through state-run programs.

Medicare Benefits
Social Security Administration

Allows users to apply for Medicare online. Provides information on applying for help with prescription costs; examining the benefits of Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D; and replacing a lost, stolen, or damaged Medicare card.

Medicare Coverage and Appeals
Center for Medicare Advocacy External

A non-profit, non-partisan, public-interest law firm that advocates for Medicare and quality health care on behalf of older and disabled people. Provides forms and instructions for appeals. Of special interest to caretakers.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Directs older adults and their families to information on key Medicare-related topics, including where to sign up for Medicare, how to change plans, the benefits of Medicare drug coverage, and where to find Medicare forms for claims and appeals. Provides a searchable database of medical providers who take Medicare.

Medicare Rights Center
Medicare Rights Center External

Non-profit organization working to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities. Provides a free online reference tool designed to help older adults and people with disabilities navigate the complex world of health insurance. Offers a general introduction to Medicare using video-based e-learning.

Medicare Savings Programs
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Describes the four Medicare savings programs: Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB), Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB), Qualifying Individual (QI), and Qualified Disabled and Working Individuals (QDWI).

National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare External

Provides general information and recent news related to Social Security and Medicare.

Paying for Senior Care
American Elder Care Research Organization External

Provides resources for finding financial assistance for senior care and comparing the quality of different providers. Explains how to get the most from your health coverage by understanding Medicare, Medicaid, and veterans’ benefits.

Retirement Benefits
Social Security Administration

Allows users to apply for retirement benefits like Social Security and Medicare, return to a saved application, and check the application status. Provides a Social Security calculator that identifies spousal and retirement benefits.

State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIP)
SHIP National Technical Assistance Center External

Administered by Medicare and run by the states, SHIP helps seniors cover their out-of-pocket Medicare costs. Allows users to search by state for information on Medicare Savings Programs and Part D Low Income Subsidies.

Medication Costs

United Way
211 toll-free External

Offers information on prescription-assistance services and medical transportation options for seniors, either via a searchable online database or a 24-hour hotline that connects callers with service professionals in their area.

Extra Help Program
Medicare Rights Center
(800) 633-4227 External

Provides forms and eligibility requirements for a program that pays the cost of Medicare prescription drug coverage for lower income seniors. Seniors on Medicaid automatically qualify.

Pharmaceutical Assistance Program (PAPs)
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Provides an alphabetical list of prescription drugs linked to information about assistance programs sponsored by pharmaceutical companies.

Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs (PAPs)
RXAssist External

Provides a database of current application forms and information on PAPs, programs run by pharmaceutical companies for low-income individuals who need help paying for Medicare Part D premiums and other drug costs.

Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)
National PACE Association External

Program seeks to help low-income seniors living in PACE service areas stay independent by providing prescription drug and nursing home level care. Provides Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage as well as all other necessary medication without copayments or gaps in coverage.

State Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs (SPAP)
National Conference of State Legislatures External

Provides a state-by-state summary of programs that use state funds to pay a portion of medication costs for individuals. Includes links to PDF copies of relevant forms.


AARP Tax-Aide Program External

Identifies documents to bring to a session with a tax-aid volunteer, shares tax tips for older adults and their caregivers, and lists tax-aid volunteers by zip code or county. Accessibility
Internal Revenue Service External
Provides accessible forms and publications and explains accessibility features of the IRS website. Videos in American Sign Language (ASL) are available.

Hundreds of the latest accessible federal tax forms and publications can be downloaded from the IRS Accessibility web page External. You can choose from large-print, text, accessible PDFs, ebraille, or HTML formats that are compatible with screen readers and refreshable braille displays. The IRS also provides American Sign Language videos with the latest tax information External. To view them, go to, and enter the term “IRS ASL video” in the search box.

Tax assistance is also available for people with a physical disability or who are age 60 or older, through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) or Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs. You can find a nearby VITA or TCE location by using the online  IRS volunteer locator tools External at  or by calling 1-800-906-9887. Publication 907, Tax Highlights for Persons with Disabilities External, explains the tax implications of certain disability benefits and other issues and is available at External

Seniors and Retirees
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Provides free tax-filing tool and an Interactive Tax Assistant that answers questions and calculates standard deductions. Includes information on finding a local tax-aid volunteer, special rules for seniors when deducting medical expenses, and tax scams/consumer alerts. Allows users to download replacement forms for the SSA-1099 and SSA-1042S.

Top Seven Tax Deductions for Seniors and Retirees
NOLO: Law for ALL External

Lists the top seven senior tax breaks, including medical and dental deductions.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE)
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Helps locate local establishments providing free tax preparation assistant through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs. VITA serves individuals whose income is $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, and limited English speakers. TCE offers free tax help to individuals who are 60 or older. TCE specializes in questions regarding pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors.


Catholic Charities USA External

Provides searchable list of local Catholic Charities that may provide low-cost food, housing programs, and help with rent and utilities.

Help to Others (H20)
American Water External

Serves California, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Offers a free cash grant of up to $500 to help low-income individuals pay their water bill.

State Data Center
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) External

Lists local Low Income Home Energy Assistance Programs (LIHEAP) by state. Describes state eligibility requirements and provides links to applications.

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Provides information on water-saving fixtures and offers rebates on toilets, faucets, and showerheads with the WaterSense label.

Weatherization Assistance Program
United States Department of Energy (DOE)

Lists weatherization program grants by state and describes how weatherization can reduce heating bills. Also includes HUD Multifamily Property listings eligible for the problem.

Work Opportunities

AARP Career Center
American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) External

Articles focus on all aspects of career and work after the age of 55, including changing jobs, opening your own business, and staying competitive. Can be searched by job location and interests.

Current Openings
National Older Worker Career Center (NOWCC) External

Shares job openings available to experienced workers over the age of 55 through the Senior Environmental Employment (SEE) program and the Agriculture Conservation Experienced Services (ACES) program. Allows users to find field offices by state and submit applications online.

Experience Works External

Delivers job training to low-income people who are older. Provides a free career-match tool, a list of field offices searchable by state, and a community message board.

Jobs for People Age 50+, Inc. External

Free job search for job seekers 50 and older. Provides a database of “certified 50+ friendly” employers searchable by full or part-time; city, state, or zip code; and keywords, as well as free career-advice articles. Paid premium membership includes a work-at-home guide, resume critique services, and online workshops.

Our Programs
Senior Service America External

Collaborates with federal programs such as Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), the Senior Environmental Employment Program (SEE), and the Agricultural Conservation Experienced Services Program (ACES) at the state level.

Senior Community Service Employment Program
Department of Labor

Work-based job training program for Americans 55 or older who have a family income of no more than 125% of the federal poverty level and are unemployed. Focuses on community service activities at non-profit and public facilities in an employee’s local area. Enrollment priority is given to veterans.

Senior Job Bank
NHC Group, Inc. External

Provides a jobs database for older job seekers searchable by job title, keyword, company, city, state, or zip code.

Resources for Caregivers

Adult Children of Aging Parents (ACAP) External

Supports adult-child caregivers by providing a weekly, expert podcast on senior citizens and senior care. Curates books reviews, an RSS feed, and online resources on senior health, federal and state benefits, nursing and memory care.

Caregiver Action Network (CAN) External

Provides education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers free of charge.

Caregiving Resource Center
American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) External

Provides articles and expert advice for caregivers. Gives caregivers a platform to share their stories and a way to locate support groups.

Eldercare Locator External

Connects older adults and their families with local resources. Provides online chat and articles on federal and state benefits and long-term and advanced care.

Family Caregiver Alliance External

Provides free videos, classes, events, training, state-by-state resources, online caregiver support group, and information on in-home caregiving, caregiving and illness, long-distance caregiving, and death.

National Family Caregiver Support Program
Administration for Community Living External

Funds information services, assistance, counseling, support groups, caregiver training, respite care, and supplemental services in the states.


Aging in Place

Administration for Community Living: Help and Resources
Department of Health and Human Services

Links to community living resources for older adults, people with disabilities, caregivers, and families. Lists funded resource centers by state.

Age in Place
National Aging in Place Council External

Provides practical advice and service providers on a number of issues related to aging. Local chapters and events. Can search by zip code and topic.

Information for Senior Citizens
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Lists relevant information for seniors in an easy-to-find format. Topics include reverse mortgages, federal housing programs for seniors, rural housing loans, and housing discrimination. Provides resources for finding apartment units with affordable rents for people who are older and disabled.

Meals on Wheels America External

Supports 5,000 community-based senior nutrition programs. Delivers nutritious meals, safety checks, and friendly visits that enable seniors to live independently.

Program of All-Inclusive Care for Elderly (PACE)
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Assists seniors in meeting their health-care needs at home. Provides information on PACE service areas, PACE under Medicaid, and applying for PACE.

Village to Village Network External

Volunteer-run program that coordinates access to affordable transportation, health and wellness, home repairs, and social activities for seniors.

Visiting Angels
Living Assistance Services, Inc. External

Fee-for-service. Arranges licensed caregivers for hourly, multi-shift, respite care, live-in, and long-term care, including in-home care for seniors with memory disorders. Services include assistance in dressing and bathing, meal preparation, housework, doctor visits, and shopping.

Nursing Homes, Memory Care, and Palliative Care
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Provides information on treatment options, home health care and residential memory care, and using insurance and Medicare to pay for treatment.

Alzheimer’s: Long Term Care
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Summarizes key steps in planning for long-term care for Alzheimer’s and dementia. Provides legal information on medical power of attorney, guardianship, and advanced care directives. Links to assisted-living facilities specializing in memory care and information on Medicaid and state based programs. Inc. External

Fee-for-service. Provides database of local caregivers, including companion care, personal care, and dementia and Alzheimer’s care.

Dementia: Medline Plus
U.S. National Library of Medicine

Offers articles on the symptoms, prevention, treatment, diagnosis, and types of memory disorders. Links to non-profit and government resources.

Find a Nursing Home:
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Searchable database allows consumers to compare information on nursing homes.

Hospice Care
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization External

Illustrates end-of-life care in the home, hospice center, nursing home, and other long-term care facilities. Includes resources on the Medicare hospice benefit, choosing a quality hospice, finding a care provider, palliative care, dying, and bereavement.

Hospice Care: Medline Plus
U.S. National Library of Medicine

Curated links on hospice and end-of-life care. Includes specific information on terminal illness and dementia, as well as recent articles, statistics, research, and links to find palliative care by state.

How Hospice Works
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Explains Medicare Part A coverage of hospice and palliative services in plain language. Lists national and state hospice organizations and provides contact information for Medicare representatives by state. Provides searchable database of tests, items, and services covered by Medicare.

A Place for Mom
A Place for Mom, Inc. External

Lists senior housing, assistive living, and memory care, searchable by zip code, and offers the ability to speak with a senior living advisor in your local area.

Research Senior Care Options
Caregiverlist, Inc. External

Provides advice on topics such as assistive living, long-term care insurance, and elder law. Includes information on nursing home ratings and costs, Medicare and Medicaid eligibility and services, agencies on aging, and Long Term Care Ombudsman by state.

Resources for Consumers
National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) External

Provides articles on paying for assisted living, consumer protections, types of assisted living, and finding assisted living by state.

Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Provides seniors with financial help to pay rent. Lists HUD Multifamily Offices by state and includes information for applicants and tenants on eligibility requirements and how to apply.

Senior Care
(866) 333-8857 External

Provides general information on elder abuse, person-centered care, and senior lifestyles, searchable by types of care (assisted living, independent living, memory care, nursing homes, adult day care, hospice care, home care, and elder care) or senior-related illnesses such as cataracts, type-2 diabetes, and osteoporosis.


Guardianship and Conservatorship

Guardianship and Conservatorship
Elder Law Answers External

Summarizes the process of requesting guardianship. Proposes alternatives such as power of attorney, representative or protective payee, conservatorship, and revocable or living trust.

How to Get Guardianship of an Elderly Parent External

Provides information on how to gain guardianship of an elderly parent. Includes a discussion of alternatives such as power of attorney and advanced directives and the emotional toll the legal battle over guardianship can be on families. Article links to further resources for caregivers.

Making Sense of Guardianship External

Article on obtaining guardianship for parents with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

National Guardianship Association, Inc. External

Website features information on rights that may be affected by guardianship, alternatives to guardianship, education, and resources on how to find a guardian.

Power of Attorney and Guardianship External

Describes the difference between power of attorney and guardianship and provides an overview of durable power of attorney and the related legal costs.

Power of Attorney, Wills, and Advanced Directives

Download Your State’s Advance Directives
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization External

Links to PDF advance directives by state. Also includes glossary of terms and information on Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA).

Law for Seniors
Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education External

Focuses on federal and nationwide non-profit programs for seniors. Topics include health care, consumer scams, losing a spouse or parent, finding senior care, elder abuse, and assistance with utilities, water bills, food, and other resources. Provides a message board where seniors nationwide can ask questions of legal experts.

MedlinePlus: Advance Directives
U.S. National Library of Medicine

Summarizes advanced care directives for people with disabilities and seniors. Includes state-by-state download of forms to complete an advance care directive and a glossary of legal and medical terms.

Physical Health

Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Alzheimer’s Association External

Lists local resources by state. Describes diseases and injury that may cause dementia such as traumatic brain injury, Korsakoff Syndrome, and Frontotemporal Dementia. Allows users to ask questions of peers on the association’s message board and map out steps for caregiving with the Alzheimer’s Navigator tool. Screen can be modified for large print.

Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center
National Institute on Aging

Describes federal initiatives and research on Alzheimer’s, memory diseases, and aging. Lists clinical trials and provides caregiving tips and resources. Includes a phone number for referral services.

Alzheimer’s Disease Fact Sheet
National Institute on Aging

Summarizes how Alzheimer’s disease progresses and discusses diagnosis, treatment, clinical trials, and help for caregivers. Formats include HTML, PDF, Spanish language, and video with transcripts.

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) External

Offers the opportunity to chat or Skype with a social worker. Provides information on Alzheimer’s disease, AFA conferences and member organizations, and caregiving resources.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Identifies treatment options, describes ways to pay for in-home or memory care, and offers advice on caring for someone with Alzheimer’s. Videos with transcripts available.
A Place for Mom External

Surveys the most recent Alzheimer’s research. Lists dementia-care options by state. Lists open clinical trials and provides information on caring for someone with dementia.


Falls and Older Adults
National Library of Medicine

Provides general information on falling and seniors, including making personal changes, devices that help to prevent falls, and what to do if you fall. Shares videos on falling and older adults and discusses related issues such as balance problems and osteoporosis.

Falls Prevention
National Council on Aging (NCOA)

Provides videos on practical lifestyle adjustments to prevent falls, tips for older adults and their caregivers on reducing the risk of falling, National Falls Prevention Awareness Day (September 22) community events calendar, and falls prevention programs.

Falls Prevention Center of Excellence
Falls Prevention Center of Excellence External

Provides a series of large-print booklets on how to prevent falls for people who are older. Offers webpages for service providers, individuals, families, researchers, and educators.

Falls Prevention: Simple Tips to Prevent Falls
Mayo Clinic External

Shares in-depth tips on how to prevent falling for adults who are older.

Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries (STEADI)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Provides brochures on preventing falls and suggests simple exercises seniors can do to improve leg strength and reduce risk.

General Health Resources

Healthy Aging
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Offers interactive tools, including the Healthy Aging Data Portfolio. Search for statistics on aging by state and indicators such as overall health, physical health, nutrition and obesity, emotional health, dementia, and smoking and alcohol use.

National Institute on Aging (NIH) Senior Health

Provides information and videos on topics relating to senior health, including diseases and conditions, memory and mental health, vision and hearing, and exercise.


Hearing Impairment in Aged People
American Academy of Audiology External

Provides statistics on hearing loss in older people and recommendations for finding and seeing an audiologist for the first time.

Hearing Loss External

Presents articles on hearing loss, how to communicate with someone who has hearing loss, and selecting hearing aids. Allows caregivers to ask a question and get advice from an expert and includes a message board of recent questions and discussions.

Hearing Loss
U.S. National Library of Medicine

Demonstrates the causes and prevention of hearing loss. Contains hearing-loss videos with transcripts, a diagnostic quiz for hearing loss, and information on treatment. Provides options for resizing site text and altering contrast.

Hearing Loss and Older Adults
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Identifies treatments and devices that can help with hearing loss. Provides a diagnostic quiz and news on age-related hearing loss.

Hearing Loss in Older Adults: Screening
USPSTF Senior Project Coordinator loss External

Presents final summary on the benefits and harms of screening for hearing loss in adults aged 50 and older. Links to consumer guide for older adults with hearing loss. Website includes the ability to change the text size.

Hearing Loss of Older People (Presbyacusis) External

Provides comprehensive information on hearing loss in older people, including links to related articles such as Otosclerosis and Meniere’s Disease.


American Optometric Association External

Evaluates the treatment options for cataracts and discusses causes and diagnosis.

Vision Aware External

Introduces cataract treatment options. Includes a Frequently Asked Questions section, the “cataracts forum” message board, personal stories, and blog posts from cataract experts. Provides a state-by-state guide to finding eye and cataract services.

Cataracts FAQ
Wilmer Eye Institute External

Discusses the symptoms, prevention, causes, diagnosis, and treatment of cataracts.

Health Encyclopedia: Cataracts
American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) External

Basic information on types of cataracts, causes, symptoms, risk factors, and diagnosis.

The Lion’s Club Sight First Program: Cataracts
Lions Club International Foundation External

Highlights how The Lion’s Club Sight First Program supports cataract-related projects.

Mission Cataract USA External

Provides free cataract surgery to people of all ages who do not have the means to pay for cataract surgery. Includes a state-by-state search to find participating hospitals, clinics, and doctors.

NIHSeniorHealth: Vision and Hearing
National Library of Medicine

Discusses cataracts as they pertain to senior health. Includes videos on cataract surgery and diagnosis, a cataract topic list, and illustrations.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic Eye Disease
National Eye Institute

Offers an overview of diabetic eye disease. Includes the latest news on research, treatment options, and video animation. Available in HTML and digital audio formats.

Diabetic Retinopathy Defined
National Eye Institute

Provides statistics on the prevalence of diabetic retinopathy by age, race, ethnicity, and gender.

Facts about Diabetic Eye Disease
National Eye Institute

Assembles information on the causes and treatment of diabetic retinopathy as well as complications from cataracts and glaucoma. Audio version available.


Care and Treatment
Glaucoma Research Foundation External

Assembles commonly answered questions on laser peripheral iridotomy, gonioscopy, laser vision correction, and other treatments for glaucoma. Illustrates what happens the day of your surgery. Lists sources of financial assistance, low vision resources, and glaucoma support groups.

Facts about Glaucoma
National Eye Institute

Discusses forms of glaucoma, available treatments, and questions to ask your eye care professional. Also available as a streaming MP3 audio file.

Glaucoma: Silent Cause of Vision Loss
Veterans Health Administration

Highlights research conducted by the Center of Excellence for the Prevention and Treatment of Visual Loss to prevent and treat glaucoma and the VA’s programs to prevent and treat glaucoma for veterans.

Glaucoma Tests
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Lists tests for glaucoma covered by Medicare Part B.

Medline Plus: Glaucoma
National Library of Medicine

Discusses recent genetic research, medications in development, and new treatments and therapies. Provides videos and tutorials that demonstrate how to live with glaucoma, find an expert in glaucoma, and become part of a clinical trial.

Minority Women’s Health: Glaucoma and Cataracts
US Department of Health and Human Services

Gives advice to African-American women on glaucoma and cataracts.

NIHSeniorHealth: Glaucoma
National Library of Medicine

Provides a targeted glossary of glaucoma terms and includes a video and illustrations about glaucoma.

Macular Degeneration

Age-Related Macular Degeneration
American Optometric Association External

Provides information on the treatment of age-related macular degeneration, including laser and Photodynamic Therapy (PDT).

Amsler Grid Eye Test
Macular Degeneration Foundation External

Allows users to test for macular degeneration at home using the Amsler grid.

Dry macular degeneration
Mayo Clinic External

Provides an overview of dry macular degeneration. Includes symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment, self-management, and links to further research.

Facts about Age-Related Macular Degeneration
National Eye Institute (NEI)

Offers detailed articles on age-related macular degeneration, risk factors, and treatment for each stage of the disease. Includes information on vision rehabilitation, which teaches daily living skills so that a person with vision loss can continue to live independently.

Macular Degeneration Foundation External

Provides an eye test and information on disability benefits, treatment, and clinical trials.

Macular Degeneration Partnership External

Provides resources on wet and dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD), including a newsletter, support line, support groups, and information on low vision rehabilitation. Website includes adjustable font size, MP3 versions of articles, and high-contrast options.

Understanding Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD): A Complete Guide
Access Media Group LLC External

Consolidates information on wet and dry forms of macular degeneration in an easy-to-read format. Provides a list of ophthalmologists searchable by zip code and state.

What is Age-Related Macular Degeneration?
American Academy of Ophthalmology External

Discusses the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of age-related macular degeneration. Provides videos on macular degeneration, an online message board where individuals can ask an eye doctor questions, and a list of eye doctors searchable by zip code.

What is Macular Degeneration?
American Macular Degeneration Foundation (AMDF) External

Summarizes macular degeneration and illustrates what a person sees when he or she had macular degeneration. Allows users to adjust text size of website.

Resources for Eye Health

Aging and Vision
Lighthouse Guild External

Reviews information on the prevention of eye diseases, blurred vision, dry eye syndrome, glaucoma, macular degeneration, aging and vision care, learning braille in later life, UV protection, health, and lifestyle tips.

BrightFocus Foundation
BrightFocus Foundation External

Provides information on glaucoma, macular degeneration, and Alzheimer’s as well as resources for people who are newly blind or learning to live with a vision impairment. Includes databases on experts and clinical trials by state, as well as a community message board.

Clear Advice on Glaucoma, Cataracts, and Macular Degeneration
Consumer Reports External

Rates supplements, drugs, and tests for eye diseases.

Clinical Trials in Vision Research
National Eye Institute (NEI)

Describes clinical trials on a number of eye-related diseases performed by a clinic located in Bethesda, Maryland.
Department of Health and Human Services

Provides a database of publically and privately supported clinical studies around the world. The database is searchable by disease and location.

Cornea Research Foundation of America
Cornea Research Foundation of America External

Tracks statistics for preoperative, surgical, and postoperative transplants.

Eye Health Organizations Database
National Eye Institute (NEI)

Lists non-profit, federal and state government, and academic institutions, searchable by disease or topic.

Psychological Health

Depression, Anxiety, and Suicide

American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry External

Discusses all aspects of senior mental health and well-being, including Alzheimer’s and dementia, end-of-life care, depression and anxiety in older people, and the roles and functions of the geriatric psychiatrist.

Depression and Suicide in Older Adults Resource Guide
American Psychological Association External

Provides an introduction and bibliography on depression and suicide in older adults. Includes citations for journal articles, books, book chapters, and federal reports and links to additional resources such as consumer guides and brochures.

Depression: What You Need to Know
National Institute of Mental Health

Describes signs and types of depression in the elderly and provides tips on how to speak to a depressed or suicidal family member. Includes information on treatments for depression, including therapy and medication, and makes information available in PDF format.

Healthy IDEAS (Identifying Depression, Empowering Activities for Seniors)
Care for Elders External

Offers depression screening for seniors, educates older adults and their caregivers about depression, links older adults to service providers, and empowers older adults to manage depression through involvement in meaningful activities.

NIHSenior Health: Depression
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Contains articles on depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders among adults who are older. Discusses research, therapies, and treatment.

Suicide in the Elderly
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy External

Provides statistics on geriatric depression and suicide, as well as articles about warning signs, advice for community agencies, families, and caregivers. Offers a searchable list of therapists. External

Supports two toll-free, 24-hour crisis hotlines, and online and in-person survivor’s groups. Includes information on suicide warning signs, suicide statistics, how to help a suicidal person, and what to do if your loved one needs to be hospitalized.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol Use and Older Adults
U.S. National Library of Medicine

Discusses alcohol and aging, including the effects of alcohol on the body, interactions with prescription drugs, and getting help. Includes video content and quizzes.

Elderly Alcohol and Substance Abuse
New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services

Discusses alcohol and substance abuse in the elderly, including what caregivers should look for, how to test for abuse, and treatment options.

NIH Senior Health: Prescription and Illicit Drug Abuse
U.S. National Library of Medicine

Offers an introduction to treating substance abuse in older adults. Topics include the effects of medication abuse, illicit drugs, and preventing substance abuse in older adults.

Prescription Drug Abuse: Older Adults
National Institute of Drug Abuse

Provides general addiction information and discusses prescription drug abuse among persons aged 65 and older.

Seniors and Substance Abuse: The Invisible Epidemic External

Discusses seniors and substance abuse and provides information via a 24-hour helpline.

Specific Populations and Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Links to several SAMHSA publications on drug and alcohol use among adults age 50 and older.

Quality of Life

Abuse and Fraud

Better Business Bureau BBB Scam Stopper
Council of Better Business Bureaus External

Provides scam alerts and allows users to search for and report scams.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Describes the laws and regulations around scams and frauds and allows users to report a scam or seek assistance. Contact [email protected] if there are accessibility problems with this website.

The Elder Justice Coalition
The Elder Justice Coalition External

Works to provide an adequate public-private infrastructure and resources to prevent, detect, treat, understand, intervene in, and prosecute elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Internet Crime Complaint Center
FBI Headquarters

Provides information on current and ongoing internet schemes and allows users to file a complaint.

Federal Housing Finance Agency

Provides consumer tips on avoiding fraud, including how to avoid reverse mortgage schemes.

Federal Trade Commission
Federal Trade Commission

Allows users to file a consumer complaint, report identity theft, set up scam alerts, and register a phone number on the national “do not call list.” Provides printable bookmarks that summarize information in an easy-to-access format for seniors as well as articles on current issues, a list of other useful websites, and fact sheets on the Elder Justice Act of 2003.

Fraud against Older Adults
National Consumers League External

Includes “My Do Not Call Registration Information: A Guide to Track Telemarketing Calls” and the publication “They Can’t Hang Up,” a guide to caregivers and families on how to protect seniors from telemarketing fraud. Provides information on recent fraudulent activity, an online incident report form, and directions on how to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Fraud Target: Senior Citizens
Federal Bureau of Investigation

Lists common fraud schemes targeting older adults along with tips on how seniors can avoid them.

National Adult Protective Services Association
National Adult Protective Services Association External

Provides information on a non-profit committed to improving the quality of services for victims of elder and vulnerable adult mistreatment. Includes definitions of abuse and the history of adult protective services.

National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities
National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities External

Supports state and territorial agencies in designing, improving, and sustaining systems to deliver home and community-based services for people who are older or have a disability and their caregivers. Includes search for state and local resources and free publications.

National Center on Elder Abuse
Administration on Aging and USC Keck School of Medicine

Includes state-by-state elder abuse report phone numbers and local resources, compiled by a research-oriented organization directed by the United States Administration on Aging.

National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA)
National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse External

Details the different kinds of elder abuse, provides a library of free articles on elder abuse, and describes resources by state.

National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center
National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center External

Includes a state-by-state Ombudsman locator; a library of free material regarding the legal rights of nursing home residents, their families, and caregivers; and an “issues” link that allows you to browse the site using an alphabetical glossary.

United States Senate Special Committee on Aging

Includes information on current scams, financial fraud, deceptive marketing, and identity theft of adults who are older.

What is Elder Abuse?
Administration on Aging (AoA)

Summarizes the different kinds of elder abuse, describes warning signs, and suggests ways to get help.

Assistive Technology and Accessibility

American Foundation for the Blind External

Monthly online magazine for the blind and visually impaired that includes review of electronic assistive technology.

Accessible Mobile Reading Apps (2016)
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Contains information on mobile apps that allow reading e-braille and/or digital talking books on a smartphone or tablet.

Assistive Technology Products for Information Access (2016)
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Describes assistive software and hardware for the visually impaired and print disabled, such as screen readers, voice-recognition software, optical character-recognition scanning software, magnifiers, and scanners.

Digital Audiobook Players (2014)
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Lists digital talking-book players available from the National Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and commercial vendors.

EnableMart External

Lists products for people with mobility, hearing, or sight difficulty. Items include daily living aids, mobility products such as walkers and chairs, phones and other hearing devices, and technology that will scan and read aloud correspondence, menus, books, magazines and more. Printed catalog available.

Fred’s Head
American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. External

Blogs on electronic assistive technology, product reviews, and tutorials.

LS&S External

Specializes in low-vision aids, hearing aids, and daily living aids. Website offers three text sizes. Printed catalog available.

Magnifying Devices (2014)
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Describes the types of magnifying devices and where to get them.

MaxiAids, Inc. External

Includes low-vision tools, hearing products, mobility devices, medical devices, household products, and computer and technology devices that aid with everyday tasks. Printed catalog available.

National Federation of the Blind External

Offers 300 newspapers and 40 magazines read over the telephone. Serves people with visual and print impairments for free.

Vision Rehabilitation

Family Education Program: Independent Living
Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired External

Provides online courses on independent living for the newly visually impaired. Includes classes on home maintenance, clothing, cooking, housekeeping, mobility basics, personal care, and dining. Includes online self-help groups and articles on self-esteem and adjusting to blindness.

Low Vision Aids and Low Vision Rehabilitation
American Academy of Ophthalmology External

Advises on making the most out of low vision. Includes reviews of vision aids and a summary of life-management skills learned in vision rehabilitation.

Services for Older Persons Who are Blind or Visually Impaired
American Foundation for the Blind External

Summarizes services available to older adults in need of vision rehabilitation. Investigates legal aspects.

Vision Rehabilitation for Seniors
Perkins Scout External

Provides tools to maintain independence after vision loss. Includes comprehensive articles on seniors, vision loss, and vision rehabilitation and a message board where seniors and their caregivers can ask experts questions.

Vision Rehabilitation Services
VisionAware External

Provides information on communication skills, personal management skills, independent movement and travel, low-vision devices, and vocational rehabilitation for seniors with visual impairment. Lists vision rehabilitation services by state and highlights personal stories on a blog and message board.

Low Vision Rehabilitation
Macular Degeneration Partnership External

Explores technology and devices, resources for low vision, and telescopic glasses.

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Alpert, P.T. (2014). Alcohol abuse in older adults: An invisible population. Home Health Care Management & Practice, 26(4), 269–272.

Ambrose, A.F., et al. (2013, March). Risk factors for falls among older adults: A review of the literature. Maturitas, 75(1), 51–61.

Berger, J. (2012, February 23). A shift from nursing homes to managed care at home. New York Times. Retrieved from External.

Block, S.M. (2014, August 20). A place beyond words: The literature of Alzheimer’s. New Yorker. Retrieved from External.

Blow, F.C. & Barry, K.L. (2003, June). Use and misuse of alcohol among older women. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Retrieved from

Boot, W.R., et al. (2015). Computer proficiency questionnaire: Assessing low and high computer proficient seniors. Gerontologist, 55(3), 404–411.

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Conan, N., et al. (2006, August 23). Legal battles over parental guardianship. Talk of the Nation, NPR. Retrieved from External.

Cotton, S.R., et al. (2013, February). Impact of Internet use on loneliness and contact with others among older adults: Cross-sectional analysis. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 15(2). Retrieved from

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Dewane, C. (2010, July/August). Hearing loss in older adults—Its effect on mental health. Social Work Today, 10(4). Retrieved from External.

Gaggioli, A., et al. (2014). Intergenerational group reminiscence: A potentially effective intervention to enhance elderly psychosocial wellbeing and to improve children’s perception of aging. Educational Gerontology, 40(7), 486–498.

Gell, N.M., et al. (2015, June). Patterns of technology use among older adults with and without disabilities. Gerontologist, 55(3), 412–421.

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Hall, S.S. (2012, October 5). The dementia plague. MIT Technology Review. Retrieved from External.

Haroutunian, H. (2016). Not as Prescribed: Recognizing and Facing Alcohol and Drug Misuse in Older Adults. Center City, Minnesota: Hazelden Publishing.

Hasson, J. (2015, January). Six tax tips for family caregivers. AARP: Home & Family. Retrieved from External.

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Johns Hopkins Medicine. (2013, January 23). Hearing loss accelerates brain function decline in older adults [Press release]. Retrieved from External.

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Part Three: Contact Information

Access Media Group LLC
1010 Turquoise St., Ste. 275
San Diego, California 92109
(858) 454-2145 External

Administration on Aging
330 C St. SW
Washington, DC 20201
800-677-1116 toll-free Eldercare Locator

Administration for Community Living
330 C St. SW
Washington, DC 20201
800-677-1116 toll-free
(202) 401-4634
[email protected]

Adult Children of Aging Parents
PO Box 8278
Morganton, NC 28680
877-599-2227 toll-free
[email protected] External
9015 Strada Stell Ct., Ste. 203
Naples, FL 34109
(239) 594-3222 External

Alzheimer’s Association
225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17
Chicago, IL 60601-7633
(312) 335.8700
(312) 335.5886 TDD
800-272-3900 toll-free national help line
866-403-3073 TDD national help line External

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
322 Eighth Ave., 7th Fl.
New York, NY 10001
866-232-8484 toll-free helpline
[email protected]
“Alzheimers_Foundation” Skype External
A Place for Mom, Inc.
701 5th Ave., Suite 3200
Seattle, WA 98104
844-511-4841 toll-free External

American Academy of Audiology
11480 Commerce Park Dr., Ste. 220
Reston, VA 20191
800-222-2336 toll-free External

American Academy of Ophthalmology
PO Box 7424
San Francisco, CA 94120-7424
(415) 561-8500 External

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
112 South Alfred St.
Alexandria, VA 22314-3061
(703) 838-9808 External

American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry
6728 Old McLean Village Dr.
McLean, VA 22101
(703) 556-9222
[email protected] External

American Association of Retired Persons
601 E St. NW
Washington, DC 20049
888-687-2277 toll-free
877-434-7598 TTY
[email protected] External

American Elder Care Research Organization
50 West Liberty St., Ste. 880
Reno, NV 89501
(641) 715-3900 ext. 606151# External

American Foundation for the Blind
2 Penn Plaza, Ste. 1102
New York, NY 10121
[email protected] External

American Foundation for the Blind
1000 Fifth Ave., Suite 350
Huntington, WV 25701
[email protected] External External

American Macular Degeneration Foundation
PO Box 515
Northampton, MA 01061-0515
888-622-8527 toll-free
(413) 268-7660 External

American Optometric Association
1505 Prince St., Ste. 300
Alexandria, VA 22314-2874
800-365-2219 toll-free External

American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.
1839 Frankfort Ave.
PO Box 6085
Louisville, KY 40206-0085
800-223-1839 toll-free External

American Psychological Association
750 First St. NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
800-374-2721 toll-free
(202) 336-5500
(202) 336-6123 TTY External

American Water
1025 Laurel Oak Rd.
Voorhees, NJ 08043
(856) 346-8200 External

Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education
4201 North 24th St., Ste. 210
Phoenix, AZ 85016-6288
(602) 340-7366 External

Bright Focus Foundation
22512 Gateway Center Dr.
Clarksburg, MD 20871
800-437-2423 toll-free
[email protected] External

Care for Elders
50 Waugh Dr.
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 685-2437
[email protected] External

Caregiver Action Network
1130 Connecticut Ave. NW, Ste. 300
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 454-3970 External

Caregiverlist, Inc.
345 N. Canal St., Ste. 202
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 669-8821 External

Catholic Charities USA
2050 Ballenger Ave. Ste. 400
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1390 External

Center for Medicare Advocacy, Washington, DC Office
1025 Connecticut Ave. NW, Ste. 709
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 293-5760 External

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30329
800-232-4636 toll free
888-232-6348 TTY

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
7500 Security Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21244
800-633-4227 toll-free Medicare
877-267-2323 toll-free Medicaid

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
PO Box 4503
Iowa City, IA 52244
855-411-2372 toll-free
[email protected] External

Consumer Reports
PO Box 2109
Harlan, IA 51593-0298
800-333-0663 toll-free External

Cornea Research Foundation of America
9002 N. Meridian St., Ste. 212
Indianapolis, IN 46260
(317) 814-2993 External

Council of Better Business Bureaus
3033 Wilson Blvd., Ste. 600
Arlington, VA 22201 External

Department of Energy
James V. Forrestal Building
1000 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20585

Department of Health & Human Services
200 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20201
877-696-6775 toll-free
(202) 619-0724

Department of Housing and Urban Development
451 7th St. SW
Washington, DC 20410
(202) 708-1112
(202) 708-1455 TTY

Department of Labor
Employment and Training Administration
877-872-5627 toll-free
[email protected]

The Elder Justice Coalition
1612 K St. NW, Ste. 400
Washington, DC 20006
[email protected] External

Elder Law Answers
150 Chestnut St.
4th Floor, Box #15
Providence, RI 02903
866-267-0947 toll-free External

Eldercare Locator
800-677-1116 toll-free
[email protected]

865 Muirfield Dr.
Hanover Park, IL 60133
888-640-1999 toll-free External

Experience Works
4401 Wilson Blvd., Ste. 1100
Arlington, VA 22203
866-397-9757 toll-free External

Family Caregiver Alliance
785 Market St., Ste. 750
San Francisco, CA 94103 External

Federal Bureau of Investigations
935 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20535-0001
(202) 324-3000 External

Federal Housing Finance Agency
Office of the Inspector General
400 Seventh St. SW
Washington, DC 20219
(202) 730-0880

Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20580
(202) 326-2222

Glaucoma Research Foundation
251 Post St., Ste. 600
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 986-3162
[email protected] External

Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired
700 Elm St.
Winnetka, IL 60093
800-323-4238 toll-free
(847) 411-8111 TTY
[email protected] External

Health Resources and Services Administration
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
5600 Fishers Ln.
Rockville, MD 20857
877-464-4772 toll-free

Internal Revenue Service
1111 Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20224
800-829-1040 toll-free
800-829-4049 TTD

Justice in Aging
1444 Eye St. NW, Ste. 1100
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 289-6976 External

Lighthouse Guild
15 West 65th St.
New York, NY 10023
800-284-4422 toll-free External

Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
3715 McClintock Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90089
[email protected] External

Lions Club International Foundation
300 W. 22nd St.
Oak Brook, IL 60523 External

800-468-1482 fax
800-468-4789 toll-free
[email protected] External

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
1615 L St. NW Ste. 520
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 429-8855
866-674-6327 toll-free
[email protected]
[email protected] External

Macular Degeneration Foundation
PO Box 531313
Henderson, NV 89053
888-633-3937 toll-free
[email protected] External

Macular Degeneration Partnership
850 Health Sciences Rd.
Irvine, CA 92697
888-430-9898 toll-free warm line
[email protected] External

Maxi-Aids, Inc.
42 Executive Blvd.
Farmingdale, NY 11735
800-522-6294 toll-free
(631) 752-0521 for information
(631) 752-0521 TTY External

Meals on Wheels America
1550 Crystal Dr., Ste. 1004
Arlington, VA 22202
888-998-6325 toll-free External

Medicare Rights Center
1825 K St. NW, Ste. 400
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 637-0961
[email protected] External

National Adult Protective Services Association
PO Box 96503 PMB 74669
Washington, DC 20090
(217) 523-4431 External

National Aging in Place Council
1400 16th St. NW, Ste. 420
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 939-1770
[email protected] External

National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities
1201 15th St. NW, Ste. 350
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 898-2578
[email protected] External

National Center for Assisted Living
1201 L St. NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 842-4444 External

National Center on Elder Abuse
Administration on Aging
c/o University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine
Department of Family Medicine and Geriatrics
1000 South Fremont Ave., Unit 22, Bld. A-6
Alhambra, CA 91803
855-500-3537 toll-free External

National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
1730 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Ste. 1200
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 454-9481
855-500-3537 toll-free hotline to report elder abuse
[email protected] External

National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
10 G St. NE, Ste. 600
Washington, DC 20002
800-998-0180 toll-free External

National Conference of State Legislatures
444 North Capitol St. NW, Ste. 515
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 624-5400
800-659-2656 toll-free for accessibility support External

National Consumers League
1701 K St. NW, Ste. 1200
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 835-3323
[email protected] External

National Council on Aging
251 18th St. S, Ste. 500
Arlington, VA 22202
(571) 527-3900

National Eye Institute
Information Office
31 Center Dr., MSC 2510
Bethesda, MD 20892-2510
(301) 496-5248
[email protected]

National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
866-504-7300 toll-free for NFB Newsline
(410) 659-9314
(410) 685-5653 fax External

National Guardianship Association, Inc.
174 Crestview Dr.
Bellefonte, PA 16823
877-326-5992 toll-free
[email protected] External

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
1731 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 837-1500

National Institute of Drug Abuse
Office of Science Policy and Communications, Public Information and Liaison Branch
6001 Executive Blvd., Room 5213, MSC 9561
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
(301) 443-1124

National Institute of Mental Health
Science Writing, Press, and Dissemination Branch
6001 Executive Blvd., Room 6200, MSC 9663
Bethesda, MD 20892-9663
866-615-6464 toll-free
866-415-8051 toll-free TTY
[email protected]

National Institute on Aging
Building 31, Room 5C27
31 Center Dr., MSC 2292
Bethesda, MD 20892
800-222-2225 toll-free
800-222-4225 TTY
[email protected]

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
NIDCD Office of Health Communication and Public Liaison
31 Center Dr., MSC 2320
Bethesda, MD 20892-2320
800-241-1044 toll-free
800-241-1055 TTY
[email protected]

National Library of Medicine
8600 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20894
888-346-3656 toll-free
800-735-2258 TDD
[email protected]

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Library of Congress
Washington, DC 20542-4962
800-424-8567 toll-free
(202) 707-0744 TDD

National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center
1001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Ste. 632
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 332.2275
[email protected] External

National Older Worker Career Center
NOWCC National Headquarters
3811 North Fairfax Dr., Ste. 900
Arlington, VA 22203
(705) 558-4200
[email protected] External

National Organization for Rare Disorders
1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Ste. #500
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 588-5700 External

New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services
Albany Office
1450 Western Avenue
Albany, NY 12203-3526
[email protected]

NOLO: Law for ALL
950 Parker St.
Berkeley, CA 94710

Perkins Scout
Perkins School for the Blind
175 North Beacon St.
Watertown, MA 02472
[email protected] External

A Place for Mom, Inc.
701 5th Ave., Ste. 3200
Seattle, WA 98104
877-915-9392 toll-free senior living advisor
(202) 285-4666 External

Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly
National PACE Association
675 N. Washington St., Ste. 300
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 535-1565
[email protected] External

Recovery Brands
517 4th Ave.
San Diego, CA 921
888-421-6831 toll-free 24 hour helpline External, Inc.
204 2nd Ave.
Waltham, MA 02451 External

[email protected] External

Senior Employment Resources
PO Box 1324
Annandale, VA 22003
(703) 750-1936 External

Senior Job Bank
NHC Group, Inc.
PO Box 508
Marlborough, MA 01752
866-562-2627 toll-free
[email protected] External

Senior Service America
8403 Colesville Rd., Ste. 1200
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 578-8900
[email protected] External

Social Security Administration
Office of Public Inquiries
1100 West High Rise
6401 Security Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21235
800-772-1213 toll-free

State Health Insurance Assistance Programs
SHIP National Technical Assistance Center
Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging
2101 Kimball Ave., Ste. 320
PO Box 388
Waterloo, Iowa 50704-0388
877-839-2675 toll-free
[email protected] External

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
5600 Fishers Ln.
Rockville, MD 20857
877-726-4727 toll-free
800-784-2433 toll-free emergency line
800-273-8255 toll-free emergency line

United States Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Wastewater Management
1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20460

United States Senate Special Committee on Aging

Republican Office
G31 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Democrat Office
628 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-0185
855-303-9470 toll-free fraud hotline

United Way
2-1-1 toll-free External

USPSTF Senior Project Coordinator
5600 Fishers Ln.
Mail Stop 06E53A
Rockville, MD 20857 External

Veterans Health Administration
810 Vermont Ave., NW
Washington DC 20420
800-827-1000 toll-free benefits
877-222-8387 toll-free Health Care

Village to Village Network
4818 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108
(617) 299-9638
866-457-2582 toll-free External

Visiting Angels
Living Assistance Services, Inc.
937 Haverford Rd., Ste. 200
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
800-365-4189 toll-free External

Wilmer Eye Institute
Johns Hopkins Hospital
600 N. Wolfe St.
Baltimore, MD 21287
(410) 955-5080 External

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