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Administration on Aging

The Administration on Aging (AoA) is the Federal agency responsible for advancing the concerns and interests of older people and their caregivers. AoA works with and through the Aging Services Network to promote the development of a comprehensive and coordinated system of home and community-based long-term care that is responsive to the needs and preferences of older people and their family caregivers. AoA is part of the Department of Health and Human Services and is headed by the Assistant Secretary for Aging, who reports directly to the Secretary.

Review Date: July 28, 2011

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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) mission is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. Information from AHRQ's research helps people make more informed decisions and improve the quality of health care services. AHRQ was formerly known as the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research.

Review Date: June 21, 2011

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AgingStats.Gov - Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics

The Forum was established to encourage cooperation and collaboration among federal agencies to improve the quality and utility of data on the aging population. The Forum, made up of 13 federal agencies that produce or use statistics on aging, provides these agencies with a venue to discuss data issues and concerns that cut across agency boundaries; facilitates in development of new databases; improves mechanisms currently used to disseminate information on aging-related data; invites researchers to report on cutting-edge analyses of data; and encourages international collaboration.

Review Date: November 15, 2009

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National Institutes of Health - NIH
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The NIH mission is to uncover new knowledge that will lead to better health for everyone. NIH provides leadership and direction to programs designed to improve the health of the Nation by supporting research: in the causes, diagnosis, prevention, and cure of human diseases; in the processes of human growth and development; in the biological effects of environmental contaminants in the understanding of mental, addictive and physical disorders; in directing programs for the collection, dissemination, and exchange of information in medicine and health, including the development and support of medical libraries and the training of medical librarians and other health information specialists. Compromised of 27 seperate Institutes and Centers, NIH is located in Bethesda, Maryland. NIH provides information and materials to assist the general public, professional public, and media representatives in understanding the new and developing health advances from the NIH.

Review Date: August 17, 2011

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NIH Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center, National Institute on Aging

The Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center is a service of the federal government's National Institute on Aging (NIA), one of the National Institutes of Health. The Center provides accurate, up-to-date information about Alzheimer's disease (AD) and related disorders to patients and their families, caregivers, health care providers, and the public. The center operates a toll-free information and referral line, 1-800-438-4380, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday. Callers can get answers to basic questions about AD, caregiving, research findings, and treatment studies; free publications; and referrals to other organizations for additional information and services.

Review Date: March 08, 2013

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NIH National Institute on Aging

NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. In 1974, Congress granted authority to form NIA to provide leadership in aging research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs relevant to aging and older people. Subsequent amendments to this legislation designated the NIA as the primary Federal agency on Alzheimer’s disease research. The Institute's mission is to: •Support and conduct genetic, biological, clinical, behavioral, social, and economic research related to the aging process, diseases and conditions associated with aging, and other special problems and needs of older Americans. •Foster the development of research and clinician scientists in aging. •Communicate information about aging and advances in research on aging to the scientific community, health care providers, and the public.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

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NIH National Institute on Aging

NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. In 1974, Congress granted authority to form NIA to provide leadership in aging research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs relevant to aging and older people. Subsequent amendments to this legislation designated the NIA as the primary Federal agency on Alzheimer’s disease research. The Institute's mission is to: •Support and conduct genetic, biological, clinical, behavioral, social, and economic research related to the aging process, diseases and conditions associated with aging, and other special problems and needs of older Americans. •Foster the development of research and clinician scientists in aging. •Communicate information about aging and advances in research on aging to the scientific community, health care providers, and the public.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

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NIH National Institute on Aging Information Center

Health Information publications from the National Institute on Aging can be ordered online. You can search or browse to find titles at http://www.nia.nih.gov/HealthInformation/Publications.

Review Date: June 16, 2011

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NIH National Library of Medicine - NLM

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) was established in 1836 as the library of the Army Surgeon General's Office. It was transferred to the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare and became known as NLM in 1956. In support of its mission to collect, preserve, and disseminate biomedical information, NLM has assembled the largest collection of biomedical literature in the world. Included are over 8 million books, journals, technical reports, and other print and audiovisual materials, as well as the nation's largest medical history collection. Services of NLM include computer-based literature retrieval services, interlibrary loan services, programs and grant support for medical libraries, toxicology information services and biotechnology information services. Eight major libraries around the country, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) coordinate online reference retrieval and interlibrary loan services for libraries in their region. DATABASES: Free access to MEDLINE, MEDLINEplus (Consumer health information), and other NLM databases are available to those with World Wide Web access at: www.nlm.nih.gov. Fact sheets and pocket guides describing the databases are available. A MEDLARS management service desk at NLM is staffed to answer questions about the online system.

Review Date: August 18, 2011

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. HHS works closely with state and local governments, and many HHS-funded services are provided at the local level by state or county agencies, or through private sector grantees. The department includes more than 300 programs, covering a wide spectrum of activities. In addition to the services they deliver, the HHS programs provide for equitable treatment of beneficiaries nationwide, and they enable the collection of national health and other data.

Review Date: August 30, 2011

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AARP

AARP is the nation's leading organization for people age 50 and older. It serves their needs and interests through information and education, advocacy, and community services provided by a network of local chapters and experienced volunteers throughout the country. The organization also offers members a wide range of special benefits and services, including Modern Maturity magazine and the monthly Bulletin.

Review Date: October 24, 2014

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AdultDayCare.org

AdultDayCare.org is a national resource for adult day care centers, whose directory contains 4,500 adult day care locations across the United States. Referrals are given free of charge through a toll-free number: 1-866-333-6002.

Review Date: August 24, 2012

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AGS Foundation for Health in Aging

The AGS Foundation for Health in Aging (FHA) is a national non-profit organization established in 1999 by The American Geriatrics Society (AGS). FHA aims to build a bridge between the research and practice of geriatrics health care professionals and the public, and to advocate on behalf of older adults and their special needs: wellness and preventive care, self-responsibility and independence, and connections to the family and community. The Foundation champions initiatives in public education, research, and public policy that (1) advance the principles and practice of geriatric medicine; (2) educate policy makers and the public on the health care needs and concerns of older adults; (3) support aging research that reduces disability and frailty, and improves quality of life and health outcomes; (4) encourage older adults to be effective advocates for their own health care; and (5) help family members and other caregivers take better care of their older loved ones and themselves.

Review Date: May 10, 2011

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Alliance for Aging Research

The independent, not-for-profit Alliance for Aging Research was founded in 1986 to promote medical research into human aging. Since then, the Alliance has grown to become the nation's leading citizen advocacy organization for improving the health and independence of older Americans through public and private research. The Washington D.C.-based Alliance is also recognized for promoting healthy aging among Americans of all ages.

Review Date: May 12, 2011

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Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer's Association is a nonprofit organization founded in 1980 to heighten public awareness of this degenerative brain disorder, provide support for patients and their families, aid research efforts, and advocate for legislation that responds to the needs of patients and family members of Alzheimer's Disease. The network includes more than 100 chapters and 1,800 support groups across the country. The Alzheimer's Association also maintains a toll-free 24-hour information and referral telephone number which provides information packets and referral to the nearest Association chapter. The Green-Field Library provides standard library services.

Review Date: January 02, 2009

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American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry

The American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the mental health and well-being of older people and improving the care of those with late-life mental disorders. AAGP's mission is to enhance the knowledge base and standard of practice in geriatric psychiatry through education and research and to advocate for meeting the mental health needs of older Americans.

Review Date: December 05, 2011

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American College of Physicians

The mission of the American College of Physicians (ACP) is to enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine. ACP membership includes over 118,000 physicians in general internal medicine and related subspecialties, including cardiology, gastroenterology, nephrology, endocrinology, hematology, rheumatology, neurology, pulmonary disease, oncology, infectious diseases, allergy and immunology, and geriatrics.

Review Date: August 23, 2010

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American Geriatrics Society

The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is a not-for-profit organization of close to 6,000 health professionals devoted to improving the health, independence and quality of life of all older people. The Society provides leadership to healthcare professionals, policy makers and the public by implementing and advocating for programs in patient care, research, professional and public education, and public policy.

Review Date: December 07, 2011

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American Health Care Association

The American Health Care Association (AHCA) is a federation of 50 state health organizations, together representing nearly 12,000 non-profit and for-profit assisted living, nursing facility, and subacute care providers that care for more than one million elderly and disabled individuals nationally. AHCA was founded in 1949 to promote standards for professionals in long-term health care delivery and quality care for residents. AHCA was formerly called the American Nursing Home Association, and AHCA and its affiliates are nonprofit associations.

Review Date: January 30, 2009

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Asociacion Nacional pro Personas Mayores, National Association for Hispanic Elderly

The National Association for Hispanic Elderly [Asociación Nacional Pro Personas Mayores] was founded in 1975 to serve the needs of Hispanic elderly and other low income persons. It is recognized as the pioneer and the leading organization in the field of Hispanic Aging. It has become one of the broadest based Hispanic organizations in the nation. It is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation with both public and private funding. It has earned a national reputation for its work with the elderly and for its increasingly significant role in the larger Hispanic community. The scope of the Association’s work includes employment programs, services for the elderly, economic development projects which include low-income housing and neighborhood development programs, research and data collection, training and technical assistance, development of model projects, and award winning media productions. The Association has an extended network of over 500 public and private community service organizations throughout the nation.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

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Center for Research on Women with Disabilities

The mission of the Center for Research on Women with Disabilities is to promote, develop, and disseminate information to improve the health and expand the life choices of women with disabilities. CROWD was established in 1993 in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine, under the direction of Margaret A. Nosek, Ph.D. Its formation was inspired by the outpouring of support from women with disabilities around the nation in response to the announcement of the team's first federally-funded study of women's issues.

Review Date: February 02, 2012

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Division of Adult and Community Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion/CDC

CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) is at the forefront of the nation's efforts to prevent and control chronic diseases. The Division of Adult and Community Health (DACH) is charged with managing programs that provide cross-cutting, chronic disease and health promotion expertise. DACH's activities include Communities Putting Prevention to Work, a program developed to impact the nation’s health by reducing chronic diseases related to obesity and tobacco. In addition to supporting programs that foster healthy aging and healthy communities, DASH's Prevention Research Centers (PRC), an interdependent network of community, academic, and public health partners, conduct prevention research and promote the wide use of practices proven to promote good health.

Review Date: July 13, 2011

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Gray Panthers

The Gray Panthers, organized in 1970, is a national organization of intergenerational activists dedicated to social change. Whether at the local, state or federal level, Gray Panthers fight to change laws and attitudes for social justice. Major issues of concern include: health care, Social Security, civil rights and anti-discrimination (ageism, sexism, racism), environment, and peace. Accomplishments range from having initiated fights against forced retirement at age 65, to exposing nursing home abuse, and working in coalition for Universal Health Care.

Review Date: September 15, 2011

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Helpguide

Helpguide is a project of the Rotary Club of Santa Monica and WISE & Healthy Aging. Helpguide’s mission is to empower you and your loved ones to understand, prevent, and resolve health challenges. Helpguide’s purpose is the advancement of education regarding mental and physical wellness.

Review Date: January 27, 2012

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Medicare Rights Center

The Medicare Rights Center is a national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs and public policy initiatives. Since 1989, MRC has helped people with Medicare understand their rights and benefits, navigate the Medicare system and secure the quality care they deserve.

Review Date: April 21, 2011

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National Adult Day Services Association

The National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA) is the leading voice of the rapidly growing adult day services (ADS) industry and the national focal point for ADS providers. Members include adult day center providers, state associations of providers, corporations, educators, students, retired workers and others interested in working to build better lives for adults in adult day programs every day.

Review Date: October 13, 2011

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National Asian Pacific Center on Aging

The National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) is the leading advocacy organization committed to the well-being of elderly Asians and Pacific Islanders in America. NAPCA's goals are to: advocate on behalf of the APA aging community at the local, state and national levels; educate APA seniors and the general public on the unique needs of the APA aging community; and empower APA seniors and the aging network to meet the increasing challenges facing the APA aging community. NAPCA has expertise in handling issues like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security/Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and provides a multilingual helpline to assist AAPI elders with questions.

Review Date: June 08, 2011

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National Association of Area Agencies on Aging

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A) is a private, nonprofit organization that represents the interests of approximately 629 Area Agencies on Aging and more than 18,000 title VI native American aging programs across the nation in dealing with the Congress, the Administration, and other national organizations. It provides leadership to the member Area Agencies by providing technical assistance, materials, information, and training. It encourages cooperation between the public and private sectors in serving the elderly. It serves as a clearinghouse for the exchange of information on programs, legislation, and resources in the private sector.

Review Date: September 29, 2009

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National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers

NAPGCM was formed in 1985 as the “National Association of Private Geriatric Care Managers.” Membership consisted of approximately 50 members (mostly nurses and social workers), who were business owners and who had a minimum of a Master’s Degree in a Human Resource Management field and two years of supervised experience in a geriatric care setting. The association was seen as a trade association — one dedicated to growing the businesses of members and to position those members to capture a large market share of this newly emerging field called “geriatric care management.” The organization's mission is to advance professional geriatric care management through education, collaboration, and leadership.

Review Date: January 20, 2012

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National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification

The main purpose of the National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification is to: promote aging in place; help states, communities, the private sector and service providers improve supportive housing and home modification; maximize single family and multi-unit housing as a long-term care resource; equip families and individuals with the knowledge to plan for their housing, health and supportive service needs; and increase accessible and supportive housing that promotes healthy, independent living.

Review Date: December 22, 2010

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OWL - The Voice of Midlife and Older Women

The Older Women's League (OWL), founded in 1980, educates the public on issues affecting midlife and older women. Nationally, and through its local chapters, OWL educates and advocates on the issues of economic security, health reform, quality of life, and mental health care for older women. OWL is the only national membership organization to focus exclusively on critical issues facing women as they age.

Review Date: May 11, 2011

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