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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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Bureau of Primary Health Care, Health Resources and Services Administration

HRSA’s Primary Health Care Programs have their roots in the Migrant Health Act of 1962 and the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, which established funding for the first community-based clinics that were to become today’s Health Center Program. HRSA has helped fund, staff and support a national network of health clinics serving millions of people who otherwise would have little or no access to care. The National Hansen’s Disease Program, formerly the National Leprosarium, was established in 1921. More recently, the Free Clinics Medical Malpractice Program was established in 2004.

Review Date: June 27, 2011

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), formerly the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), administers Medicare, Medicaid, related quality assurance programs, and other programs. It also makes certain that its beneficiaries are aware of the services for which they are eligible, that services are accessible, and that they are provided in an effective manner. CMS ensures that its policies and actions promote efficiency and quality within the total health care delivery system. Questions concerning Medicare or Medicaid can be made to the above number or sent by mail or electronic mail to the agency.

Review Date: July 06, 2011

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National Center on Elder Abuse

The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) serves as a national resource center dedicated to the prevention of elder mistreatment. First established by the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) in 1988 as a national elder abuse resource center, the NCEA was granted a permanent home at AoA in the 1992 amendments made to Title II of the Older Americans Act. To carry out its mission, the NCEA disseminates elder abuse information to professionals and the public, and provides technical assistance and training to states and to community-based organizations.

Review Date: June 30, 2011

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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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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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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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AssistedLivingFacilities.org

AssistedLivingFacilities.org lists information on over 36,300 state-licensed assisted living facilities. Senior care experts help families and caregivers decide if assisted living is a good option for their loved one, and if so, to select the best facility possible.

Review Date: August 24, 2012

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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 Association of Social Workers, Inc.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) was founded in 1955 as a professional organization for social workers from a merger of seven predecessor organizations. It promotes the professional growth and development of its members, establishes and maintains professional standards of practice, and advances sound social policies and legislation. Major areas of concern include social work services, employment and economic support, health and mental health, education, human and civil rights, and quality assurance. NASW is also dedicated to the elimination of racism, sexism, and poverty.

Review Date: February 12, 2010

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National Consumer Voice for Quality Long Term Care

The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded as the National Citizens' Coalition for Nursing Home Reform (NCCNHR) in 1975 by Elma Holder. The organization represents the consumer voice at the national level for quality long-term care, services and supports by advocating for public policies that support quality care and quality of life responsive to consumers' needs in all long-termcare settings; empowering and educating consumers and families with the knowledge and tools they need to advocate for themselves; training and supporting individuals and groups that empower and advocate for consumers of long-term care; and promoting the critical role of direct-care workers and best practices in qualitycare delivery.

Review Date: March 08, 2013

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National Council on Aging

Founded in 1950, the National Council on the Aging is the nation's first charitable organization to serve as a national voice and powerful advocate on behalf of older Americans. NCOA is an innovator, developing programs such as BenefitsCheckUp, Foster Grandparents and Family Friends. NCOA is an activator, working with thousands of its community organization members nationwide to provide needed services to older people. NCOA is a private, nonprofit association of some 3,500 member organizations and individuals that include senior centers, area agencies on aging, employment services, congregate meal sites, faith congregations health centers, and senior housing. NCOA also includes a network of more than 17,000 organizations and individuals including its members, professionals and volunteers, service providers, consumer groups, businesses, government agencies, religious groups and voluntary organizations.

Review Date: July 09, 2008

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National Indian Council on Aging

The National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA) advocates for improved comprehensive services to American Indian and Alaska Native elders. Since the organization was formed in 1976, by a group of tribal chairmen, it has evolved into the nation's foremost non-profit advocate for this population. As a national contractor currently operating the Senior Community Service Empoyment Program (SCSEP), NICOA provides employment training opportunities for nearly a thousand elders in 14 states. The organization also partners with federal agencies, universities, and other aging organizations to conduct activities benefitting Indian elders.

Review Date: January 20, 2011

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National PACE Association

A nonprofit membership organization, NPA represents the interests of over 100 organizational members. These member organizations share the goal of promoting the availability of quality, comprehensive, and cost-effective health care services to frail older adults through the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) and similar models of care.

Review Date: January 12, 2011

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National Senior Citizens Law Center

The National Senior Citizens Law Center is a non-profit organization whose principal mission is to protect the rights of low-income older adults. Through advocacy, litigation, and the education and counseling of local advocates, they seek to ensure the health and economic security of those with limited income and resources, and access to the courts for all. Since 1972, the National Senior Citizens Law Center has worked to promote the independence and well-being of low-income elderly and persons with disabilities, especially women, people of color, and other disadvantaged minorities. They work to preserve and strengthen Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security and SSI, benefits programs that allow low-income older adults to live with dignity and independence. In addition, they work for greater access to the federal courts for all.

Review Date: December 22, 2010

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