These organizations offer assistance with the issues faced by many elders, their caregivers and their families:
AARP (formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons) is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to addressing the needs and interests of persons 50 years and older. Through information and education, advocacy and service, they seek to enhance the quality of life for all by promoting independence, dignity, and purpose.
Administration on Aging (AoA) “Elder Page” site contains many resources for the elderly that can be useful for attorneys as well. There is a large nationwide searchable directory of 230 national and local agencies, health associations, and organizations. There is a large compilation of general and statistical materials on-line.
The Alzheimer’s Association is the largest national voluntary health organization dedicated to funding research into the causes, treatments, prevention, and cure of Alzheimer’s disease and to providing support to the four million Americans with the disease, their families, and caregivers.
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. Their website contains valuable resources including prevention and risk factors, treatment methods, detection guidelines, and patient services that help cancer patients and their families.
The American Society on Aging’s (ASA) members comprise of the largest multidisciplinary national community of professionals working with and on behalf of older people. The membership includes representatives of the public and private sectors, service providers, researchers, educators, advocates, health, allied health, social service, managed care and long-term care and mental health professionals, students and the retired, policy makers and planners. For over 40 years, the American Society on Aging has been an active and effective resource for professional in aging and aging-related fields who want to enhance their ability to promote the well-being of aging people and their families.
Healthcare.gov is a federal government website managed by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and is the official website for the Health Insurance Marketplace. Visit Healthcare.gov to learn more about the new health care law, benefits, and how to choose the right health insurance plan.
Honoring Choices Massachusetts is a highly collaborative initiative of dedicated individuals, groups and organizations who generously contribute their expertise and support to strengthen our shared mission. We recognize the leadership and expertise of our Collaborating Members, listed below. We share a simple yet powerful acknowledgment that “we stand behind your mission and you stand behind ours”, and that together we can improve access to information and high quality person-centered care for all Massachusetts residents.
The federal government’s Medicare website includes specifics about Medicare, nursing home information and comparisons, and links to evaluate Medicare D prescription insurance options.
1.800.633.4227; TTY/TDD 1.877.486.2048.
Medicare Rights Center (MRC) is the largest independent source of health care information and assistance in the United States for people with Medicare. Founded in 1989, MRC helps older adults and people with disabilities get good, affordable health care. MRC’s website contains information about Medicare benefits, options and changes, examples of interesting cases we have dealt with, and resources for getting involved in our 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.
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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. Established in 1987, the Academy provides a resource of information, education, networking, and assistance to those who must deal with the many specialized issues involved with legal services to the elderly and disabled.
The mission of the National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform is to improve the quality of life of residents in the nation’s nursing homes.
The National Family Caregivers Association offers services in the areas of information and education, support and validation, and public awareness and advocacy, toward the goal of minimizing the disparity between a caregiver’s quality of life and that of mainstream Americans.
The mission of 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.
This website shares – in a fast and cost-effective way – consumer health information about many of the diseases or health problems on which NIH conducts or supports research. You can choose from this growing full-text collection of our most requested consumer health publications.
The National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC) advocates nationwide on behalf of low-income elderly individuals and persons with disabilities. It provides litigation assistance, research and consulting support, national policy representation, training and manuals, and periodicals. Substantive areas covered on the site include: age discrimination, Americans with Disabilities Act, Medicaid, Medicare, nursing homes, Older Americans Act, pension rights, and social security. The site includes articles and legal documents on many of these topics. The Center’s publications, including numerous manuals and a newsletter, are described, but are for sale in print form only.
The official website of the U.S. Social Security Administration.
Stand Up for Health Care is a project of Families USA, a national nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans. Working at the national, state, and community levels, they have earned a national reputation as an effective voice for health care consumers for 25 years.
This website offers information for Veterans and caregivers/support persons about long-term care services and settings, links to helpful websites, decision aids, and personal stories that illustrate how to be involved in shared decisions about long term care. The Shared Decision Making aid is a useful tool in helping veterans, their families, and their support persons to decide how much assistance they need. Readers may also download a Caregiver Assessment form.