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Health for Seniors

Here are some web sites that have health information especially prepared for seniors.

AARP (formerly the American Association of Retired Persons)
http://www.aarp.org
This site contains information on health, finances, leisure and advocacy for people 50 years and older.

Administration on Aging Elders & Families
http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/Elders_Families/index.aspx
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.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
http://www.medicare.gov/
Official U.S. government site for people interested in Medicare. Information on Medicare health plans, the Medicare drug benefit, Medigap insurance plans, links to state information and long term care, as well as online forms to request a Medicare replacement card, to change an address, or to determine eligibility.

Eldercare Locator
http://www.eldercare.gov/Eldercare.NET/Public/Index.aspx
This site will help find local agencies, in every U.S. community, that can help older persons and their families access home care, caregiver support services, transportation and meal services.

Geriatric Mental Health Foundation
http://www.gmhfonline.org
Geriatric Mental Health Foundation provides mental health tips for seniors.

Mayo Clinic Senior Health Center
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/healthy-aging/MY00374
Very readable articles on aging, conditions that often affect older adults, and healthy living.  There is a section on drugs and supplements.

Mesothelioma Center
www.asbestos.com
Features information on asbestos, mesothelioma, and other cancers caused by asbestos exposure, some of which is suffered by seniors.
www.MesotheliomaSymptoms.com

Provides answers and resources to people diagnosed with mesothelioma.

NIH Senior Health
http://nihseniorhealth.gov/
NIH SeniorHealth makes aging-related health information easily accessible for seniors, family members and friends seeking reliable, easy to understand online health information.  This source provides a trainer's toolkit for teaching health information to older adults and health videos. Buttons at the top of each page can enlarge text or enable user to hear text read aloud.

Senior Brigade
http://www.seniorbrigade.com
This website is a clearinghouse for information on consumer protection, financial matters, health care issues and veterans' services.  It provides a link to state and federal programs to help seniors make informed decisions.

Senior Living Map
http://www.seniorlivingmap.org
Senior and assisted-living locations.

Social Security Online Services
http://www.socialsecurity.gov
This government site enables seniors to apply for retirement, spouse's or disability benefits.  Seniors can also request a Medicare replacement card. Other features include a retirement estimator and a guide to Medicare drug plans.

USA.gov for Senior Citizens’ Resources
http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Seniors.shtml
Extensive links to local, state and federal government agencies and other organizations that provide services and programs for seniors. Links to consumer protection resources for seniors, money and taxes, end-of-life issues, health and housing for seniors, as well as retirement, travel and recreation information.

Caregiver Web Resources for Seniors

American Alzheimer’s Association:  Michigan Chapter
http://www.alz.org/gmc/
The Greater Michigan Chapter is headquartered in Southfield, with regional offices statewide.  Services are available to more then 140,000 individuals and their families who have Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias.

American Society of Aging
http://www.asaging.org
The American Society on Aging is an association of diverse individuals with a common goal:  to support and enhance the knowledge and skills of those who seek to improve the quality of life of older adults and their families.

Helpguide.org - A Trusted Non-profit Resource
http://www.helpguide.org
This is a useful source for caregivers, as well as source for senior housing and medical issues.

Livingston County - Area Agency on Aging 1-B
http://www.aaa1b.org/caregiver-resources/
Our agency can help direct you to strategies, services and resources tailored to your specific caregiving situation .
Livingston/Washtenaw County Access Location, 394l Research Park Drive, Suite B, Ann Arbor, MI  48108  (800) 852-7795

Michigan Office of Services to the Aging
http://www.michigan.gov/osa
The Michigan Office of Services to the Aging (OSA) is proud to help provide a broad range of supports and services that assist caregivers in caring for their loved ones.

U.S. Government Site for Medicare
http://www.medicare.gov
Get support and resources for those with Medicare.

Financial, Health and Housing Assistance

Jobs Over 50
http://jobsover50.com/

JobsOver50 is your free web-based employment service dedicated to the 50+ job seeker.  You won't miss an opportunity with us - healthcare, business, engineering, education & more!

Michigan Helping Hand - United Way 2-1-1
http://michigan.gov/helpinghand/
This site helps Michigan citizens facing economic hardship find the services they need.

Michigan Legal Help
www.michiganlegalhelp.org
Free and accurate legal information. 
Help and referrals for Michigan residents.

Pet Partners
www.petpartners.org/

At the heart of all of Pet Partners' programs is a research foundation which demonstrates that when animals are around, people's blood pressure goes down, stress and anxiety levels are reduced, people feel less lonely and less depressed, and they tend to be more social and community oriented.

Senior Activity Kits - Bi-Focal Kits
(Available at Cromaine District Library)

Designed as a multi-media, multi-sensory kit for program leaders who work with groups of older adults to encourage them to share their memories.

 

News, Travel, Leisure and Entertainment For Informed Seniors

Boomer Cafe
http://www.boomercafe.com

Now in its 15th year, BoomerCafé is the original digital magazine for baby boomers with active lifestyles and youthful spirits.

Games Directory
www.dmoz.org/Games

Games covers sites about nearly any sort of game, including Computer and Video Games, Board Games, Roleplaying Games, and Gambling Games, and most other activities that are commonly referred to as games. Sites about sports, recreational activities, or sites whose primary purpose is to sell items have categories specifically for their type of content.

Generations United:  Because We're Stronger Together
http://www.gu.org

Improving the lives of children, youth and older adults through intergenerational collaboration,  public policies, and programs.

Next Avenue:  Where Grown-Ups Keep Growing
http://www.nextavenue.org/

We are a group of public television people and journalists who are all passionate about delivering good, solid, trustworthy information and compelling perspectives that can transform people's lives. Most of us are in our Adult Part 2 and on the journey with you.

Savvy Senior
http://www.savvysenior.org/
A national information service devoted to older Americans and their  families, Savvy Senior provides information and resources through its nationally syndicated newspaper column, senior newswire service, resource books, weekly radio program and television features on NBC and CNBC.

 

Print and Non-Print Resources for Caregivers

The Alzheimer’s Advisor:  A Caregiver’s Guide to Dealing with the Tough Legal and Practical Issues by Vaughn E. James

|The Caregiving Wife’s Handbook:  Caring for Your Seriously Ill Husband, Caring for Yourself by Diana B. Denholm

Eureka!  Memories and Motivations:  A Strategy for Creating a Healing Home for the Stroke, Injury Patient and Caregiver by Madonna Siles

It’s Because I Love You:  An Information Guide on Senior Caregiving
by Linda Joan Azanta

Leaning into Sharp Points:  Practical Guidance and Nurturing Support for Caregivers by Stan Goldberg

Life’s Little Emergencies:  A Handbook for Active Independent Seniors and Caregivers by Rod Brouhard

The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison [sound recording]

Family Caregiving American Red Cross [videorecording]

DOWNLOADABLE E-BOOKS FOR CAREGIVERS

(Click into link below to download e-books)
  http://tln.lib.overdrive.com/

The 36-Hour Day:  A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementias, and Memory Loss by Nancy L. Mace and Peter V. Rabins

New Hope for People with Alzheimer’s and Their Caregivers: Your Friendly, Authoritative Guide to the Latest in Traditional and Complementary Treatments
by Porter Shimer