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AARP is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to addressing the needs and interests of persons 50 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. -


ABLEDATA provides objective information about assistive technology products and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources. Although ABLEDATA does not sell any products, they can help locate companies that do.

Administration on Aging

Administration On Aging (AoA) is the Federal focal point and advocate agency for older persons and their concerns. In this role, AoA works to heighten awareness among other Federal agencies, organizations, groups, and the public about the valuable contributions that older Americans make to the National and alerts them to the needs of vulnerable older people. Through information and referral and outreach efforts at the community level, AoA seeks to educate older people and their caregivers about the benefits and services available to help them.

American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry

The American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) is a national association representing and serving its members and the field of geriatric psychiatry. It is dedicated to promoting the mental health and well being of older people and improving the care of those with late-like 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.

American Association of Daily Money Managers

AADMM is a membership organization comprised of individuals who provide daily money management services directly to their own clients.

American Association on Health and Disability

The mission of the American Association on Health and Disability is to support health promotion and wellness initiatives for people with disabilities at the federal, state and local level, reduce the incidence of secondary conditions in people with disabilities, as well as reduce health disparities between people with disabilities and the general population. AAHD achieves its mission through research, education, public awareness and advocacy.

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

AAIDD is the professional association run by and for professionals who support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

American Bar Association - Commission on Law & Aging

The ABA’s project on guardianship law. Includes links to related subjects, including elder abuse, the 2001 Wingspan Conference, Assisted Living, and Home Equity Conversion.

American Diabetes Association

This site offers a diabetes risk-assessment quiz, prevention tips, local diabetes education programs, on-line magazines, recipes, legislative updates and an on-line bookstore.

 American Health Care Association (AHCA)

The American Health Care Association (AHCA) is a non-profit federation of affiliated state health organizations, together representing more than 10,000 non-profit and for-profit assisted living, nursing facility, developmentally-disabled, and subacute care providers that care for more than 1.5 million elderly and disabled individuals nationally.

American Judges Association

The American Judges Association is committed to helping individual judges do their jobs better and supporting a strong judicial system.

American Lung Association

This web site features information on lung diseases, environmental health, abstracts from major newspapers and medical journals and a summary of legislative actions on tobacco issues for each state.

American Medical Association

Patients can search the association's database by physician name, location or specialty and receive information on a physician's education, residencies, board certification and other significant biographical information available.

American Mental Health Counselors Association

The American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) enhances the profession of mental health counseling through licensing, advocacy, education and professional development. AMHCA's vision is to be the national organization representing licensed mental health counselors and state chapters, with consistent standards of education, training , licensing, practice, advocacy and ethics.

Their Mission...“To enhance the profession of mental health counseling through licensing, advocacy, education and professional development."

American Psychiatric Association

The American Psychiatric Association is a medical specialty society recognized world-wide. Its over 35,000 U.S. and international member physicians work together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorders, including mental retardation and substance-related disorders. It is the voice and conscience of modern psychiatry. Its vision is a society that has available, accessible quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.

American Psychological Association

Based in Washington, DC, the American Psychological Association (APA) is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. With more than 150,000 members, APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide.

America's Health Together

America's HealthTogether believes everyone has a right to good health care. This means Affordable health care for all; Mental health is fundamental to good health; Unencumbered access to essential health care services. Our initiatives seek to spark a national dialogue and actions that will help millions of Americans understand the complexities of health care, the opportunities for prevention, and the integration of mental health and physical health.


Center for Elders and The Courts (CEC)

Created in 2008 with a grant from the Retirement Research Foundation of Chicago, CEC website is a resource center for judicial awareness, training tools for courts, and networking for judges, court staff and aging experts. Look to CEC for promising practices on aging issues, elder abuse and neglect, financial exploitation, and guardianship. Search online databases. 

Center of Excellence in Elder Abuse and Neglect

Locally, the Center of Excellence provides medical, forensic, and victim services to abused and neglected seniors and serves as a "living laboratory" of innovative approaches. Statewide, the Center of Excellence serves as a central source of technical assistance, best practice information, multidisciplinary training, useful research, and relevant policy issues in California.

Certified Senior Advisors

The Society of Certified Senior Advisors educates professionals to work more effectively with their senior clients, believing that the right kind of planning, recommendations and referrals can make aging a state to be savored instead of a fate to be feared. For those who work with seniors, that means understanding the key health, social and financial factors that are important to seniors—and how these factors work together.

Children of Aging Parents

Children of Aging Parents is a nonprofit, charitable organization whose mission is to assist the nation's nearly 54 million caregivers of the elderly or chronically ill with reliable information, referrals and support, and to heighten public awareness that the health of the family caregivers is essential to ensure quality care of the nation's growing elderly population.

Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities in Illinois

For over twenty years CCDI has worked to improve the lives of people with disabilities, and teach the skills needed to affect change through our grassroots advocacy efforts.

Conference Alerts

Provides links to academic conferences worldwide on topics including law; health and medicine; social sciences and humanities; physical and life sciences; and interdisciplinary studies. is the clinical nursing website of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, New York University College of Nursing and the NICHE program (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders). is an evidence-based online resource for nurses in clinical and educational settings. has geriatric protocols, evidence-based for managing common geriatric syndromes and conditions, linkage to specialty nursing associations, hospital competencies, opportunities to acquire continuing education materials and much more! is funded in part by a grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies (USA) Inc. and The John A. Hartford Foundation.


Department of Veteran Affairs

Our goal is to provide excellence in patient care, veterans' benefits and customer satisfaction. We have reformed our department internally and are striving for high quality, prompt and seamless service to veterans. Our department's employees continue to offer their dedication and commitment to help veterans get the services they have earned. Our nation's veterans deserve no less


Easter Seals, Inc

Children and adults with disabilities and special needs find highest-quality services designed to meet their individual needs when they come to Easter Seals. Teams of therapists, teachers and other health professionals help each person overcome obstacles to independence and reach his or her personal goals. Easter Seals also includes families as active members of any therapy program, and offers the support families need.

The social mission of this website is to aid families coordinating care for an aging loved one in helping their loved ones age in place and age with dignity. Its goal is to empower family caregivers with free tools, information and resources to help them become better health managers and advocates for their loved ones. One of the main features is the Care Diary, a medication and appointment management tool enabling families to store and share their loved one’s information in a secure, private place.

Equip for Equality

The mission of Equip for Equality is to advance the human and civil rights of children and adults with physical and mental disabilities in Illinois.


Family Caregiver Alliance

FCA is a public voice for caregivers. Our pioneering programs, information, education, services, research and advocay, support and sustain the important work of families nationwide caring for loved ones with chronic, disabling health conditions.

Federal Register

Published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.

Florida State Guardianship Association

Governed by a Board of Directors representing five geographical areas of the State, FSGA is dedicated to promoting the protection, dignity, and value of incapacitated persons through a code of ethics, advocacy, and the dissemination of information.

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. We aim to build a bridge between the research and practice of Geriatrics and the Public, and to advocate on behalf of older adults and their special health care needs.


Generations United

GENERATIONS UNITED (GU) is the only national membership organization focused solely on promoting intergenerational strategies, programs, and public policies. GU represents more than 100 national, state, and local organizations representing more than 70 million Americans and is the only national organization advocating for the mutual well-being of children, youth, and older adults. GU serves as a resource for educating policymakers and the public about the economic, social, and personal imperatives of intergenerational cooperation. GU provides a forum for those working with children, youth, and the elderly to explore areas of common ground while celebrating the richness of each generation.

Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association

The Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association advances the practice of its members and well-being of the public through advocacy, dissemination of knowledge, and provision of member growth opportunities

Gerontological Society of America

The Gerontological Society of America is a non-profit professional organization with more than 5000 members in the field of aging. GSA provides researchers, educators, practitioners, and policy makers with opportunities to understand, advance, integrate, and use basic and applied research on aging to improve the quality of life as one ages.


This site contains a large number of direct links to other websites in aging.

Granite State Guardianship Services

Website of Granite State Guardianship Services, serving incapacitated residents of New Hampshire.

Guardianship Services, Inc.

Volunteer guardians of Guardianship Services, Inc., give compassion, care, and friendship to legally incapacitated adults in Fort Worth and Tarrant County, Texas. Guardianship Services, Inc. recruits, screens and trains volunteers to serve as court-appointed guardians for legally incapacitated adults who are unable to manage their everyday affairs and have no family members or friends who are willing, able or suitable to serve as guardians.



The US Department of Health and Human Services developed this on-line gateway to improve consumer access to diverse federal resources. Healthfinder offers an alphabetical list of resources, toll-free numbers, clinical and non-clinical subject areas, and links to glossaries and discussion forums.

Healthy People 2010

Healthy People 2010 provides a framework for prevention for the Nation. It is a statement of national health objectives designed to identify the most significant preventable threats to health and to establish national goals to reduce these threats.

Home and Community Care for the Elderly

As the United Nations reported in 2009, the world’s population is aging. And today, across the globe, policies and attitudes are shifting to accomodate an increasing demand for high quality care for the elderly. In an effort to improve service quality and reach, national health care coverage programs that directly assist the elderly, such as Medicaid, are facing reconsideration and reform. In the United States, over 42 million families consistently provide caregiving to the elderly, while more than 60 million families have or will provide temporary care to aging loved ones.  Unfortunately, according to the AARP, many families are unprepared for the emotional and financial demands of elder care.

Hospice Foundation of America

Hospice Foundation of America is a not-for-profit organization that provides leadership in the development and application of hospice and its philosophy of care. Through programs of professional development, research, public education and information, Hospice Foundation of America assists those who cope either personally or professionally with terminal illness, death, and the process of grief.


Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission

Illinois state agency created in 1979 to safeguard the rights of persons with disabilities; site includes links for the Office of State Guardian, legal forms, references to statutes and case law, guardianship practitioner’s guides, and information about the Commission’s advocacy programs.

International Guardianship Network

The International Guardianship Network (IGN) is a project from the non-profit and non-government organization Betreuungsverein Treptow-Köpenick and its international partners. Every international guardian or trustee can be registered in the IGN memberlist with name, website, e-mail and a short introduction. The membership list voluntary and free. The mission of IGN is to provide support, information and networking opportunities for guardians worldwide.


Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations

The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 16,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, not-for-profit organization, JCAHO is the nation's predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Since 1951, JCAHO has developed state-of-the-art, professionally based standards and evaluated the compliance of health care organizations against these benchmarks.


Legal Information Institute - Cornell University

Accessible and useful links to federal and state case law and other references. As the February 1998 issue of Internet Lawyer said: Just about any lawyer who's spent more than three minutes online know that Cornell Law School's LeaglInformation Institute site it fantastic.


Maricopa County Public Fiduciary

A link to both the largest public fiduciary office in Arizona and the Arizona Fiduciaries Association.

Medicare: The Official Government Site for People with Medicare

Useful information for and about Medicare beneficiaries.

Mental Health America

The National Mental Health Association is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness. With more than 340 affiliates nationwide, NMHA works to improve the mental health of all Americans, especially the 54 million people with mental disorders, through advocacy, education, research and service.

Mesothelioma is committed to providing the latest, up-to-date information to our visitors in the hopes of spreading awareness about the dangers of asbestos cancer. This website offers a one-stop resource on all asbestos issues ranging from occupational exposure to mesothelioma treatment options. As the leading asbestos and mesothelioma resource, offers more than 3000 pages of the most comprehensive and cutting edge information on the web.

Minnesota Association for Guardianship and Conservatorship

MAGIC is a nonprofit organization founded in 1989 to explore substitute decision-making for vulnerable individuals.

Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse

The mission of the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse (MINCAVA) is to support research, education, and access to violence related resources.


National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. is a non-profit association that 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 deal with the many specialized issues involved with legal services to the elderly and people with special needs.

National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA)

The mission of NAPSA is to improve the quality and availability of protective services for disabled adults and elderly persons who are abused, neglected, or exploited and are unable to protect their own interests. It was formed in 1989 to provide state Adult Protective Services (APS) program administrators and staff with a forum for sharing information, solving problems, and improving the quality of services for victims of elder and vulnerable adult abuse.

National Alliance for Caregiving

The National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) is a non-profit coalition created in 1996 to support family caregivers and the professionals who serve them. NAC's founding partners are the American Society on Aging, the Department of Veterans Affairs, AARP, the National Council on the Aging, and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging. Current membership includes more than 40 national organizations.

National Association of County Behavioral Health Directors

The mission of the National Association of County Behavioral Health Directors is to promote excellence in the delivery of county and county-sponsored behavioral health and developmental disability services. NACBHD is committed to the well being of consumers and families in every community, the care and protection of the most vulnerable populations and strengthening of the public behavioral health and developmental disability systems.

National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers

The National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (GCM) is an association of professional practitioners whose purpose is the development, advancement, and promotion of humane and dignified social, psychological, and health care for the elderly and their families through counseling, treatment, and the delivery of concrete services by qualified, certified providers. GCM is committed to working towards the highest quality of care for the elderly and their families through education, advocacy, and high standards of professional practice.

National Association for Healthcare Quality

The National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) is the nation's leading organization for healthcare quality professionals. Founded in 1975, it currently encompasses 5,000 individual members and 100 institutional members.

National Center for State Courts

The mission of NCSC is to improve the administration of justice through leadership and service to state courts, and courts around the world. NCSC disseminates information to state court leaders on key national policy issues, and helps advocate their policies with Congress as well as supporting several prestigious national organizations.

The National Center for Assisted Living

The National Center for Assisted Living is a resource for leadership in the assisted living profession, serving its members through consumer education, networking opportunities, public affairs, professional development and a respected voice in public policy advocacy. NCAL is the assisted living voice of the American Health Care.

National College of Probate Judges

The National College of Probate Judges was organized in 1968 to improve the administration of justice in courts with probate jurisdiction. The College was established in response to public concern with the time and costs involved in estate administration. It is the only national organization exclusively dedicated to improving probate law and probate courts.

National Council on Disability

The National Council on Disability (NCD) is an independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress on issues affecting Americans with disabilities.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service

NCJRS is a federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide.

National Disability Rights Network

The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities. Collectively, the P&A/CAP network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States.

National Family Caregivers Association

This association provides information and support for people caring for loves ones that are chronically ill or disabled.

National Family Caregiver Support Program (OAA Title IIIE)

The National Family Caregivers Support Program is a Federal initiative that supports family caregivers of adults aged 60 or older or anyone with Alzheimer's disease. It also funds services to grandparents and relative caregivers, age 55 or older, of children 18 years of age or under or who care for a relative with a disability age 19 to 59.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is the largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. The organization is committed to improving end of life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones.

National Organization for Empowering Caregivers

To provide assistance, education, support and referrals for informal family caregivers, as well to promote public awareness about the realities of caregiving. We are committed to encouraging collaboration with other caregiving organizations in order to create a user-friendly clearinghouse of existing programs dedicated to helping family caregivers.

National Respite Coalition

The Mission of the National Respite Coalition is to secure quality, accessible, planned and crisis respite services for all families and caregivers in need of such services in order to strengthen and stabilize families, and enhance child and adult safety.

National Senior Citizens Law Center

The National Senior Citizens Law Center advocates nationwide to promote the independence and well being of low-income elderly individuals and persons with disabilities. As a national support center, NSCLC advocates through litigation, legislative and agency representation and assistance to attorneys and paralegals in field programs.

North Carolina Guardianship Association

The NCGA is a private, nonprofit corporation founded in 1997. It trains and supports individuals who are court-appointed guardians for persons who lack the capacity to make sound personal and business decisions and who have no family members or friends to serve in that capacity.


Online Journal of Issues in Nursing

The Kent State School of Nursing and the American Nurse's Association focuses on current nursing issues at this site. A topic-related glossary, overview, articles and letters to the editor are featured.


Professional Fiduciary Association of California

PFAC is committed to provide information to the membership on economic, social and political developments likely to affect the professional fiduciary; to provide continuing education and promote minimum standards in the administration of conservatorships, guardianships, trusts, estates and durable powers of attorney; to build and maintain awareness of this association among families, attorneys, probate court officials, various city and county agencies, and among present and potential fiduciaries; to provide advocacy with the state legislature; and to cooperate with the courts of this state.



seniorDECISION features free consumer ratings and reviews of nursing homes, assisted living centers, retirement communities, and home health care agencies nationwide.

Shepherd's Centers of America

Shepherd’s Centers of America (SCA) is a network of community volunteer organizations that serve the needs of older adults in four areaas: life maintenance, life enrichment, life reorganization, and life celebration. Founded in 1972 to nurture a new image of aging and respond to the increased longevity of contemporary adults, Shepherd Cents now exist in 20 states and in more than 75 communities. A combination of in-home and destination programs are selected from more than 35 types of programs and services on SCA’s menu of options to address each community’s unique needs. Such programs as Partners in Health, Meals on Wheels, Adventures in Learning, Home Health Aide, and Handy Hands help people remain in their own homes with improved quality of life.

Skilled Nursing Facilities is a senior care resource that offers a nationwide directory of nursing homes. For over 15,100 nursing homes in our directory, we provide detailed Medicare quality ratings, inspection information and filed complaints to help consumers research the best skilled nursing care options. We also strive to offer extensive information relevant to assist consumers during their senior healthcare search.


Texas Guardianship Association

The Texas Guardianship Association (TGA) was formed in the fall of 1992 in order to promote communication and cooperation among individuals, organizations, agencies and courts concerned with guardianship and its alternatives.

The ARC of the United States

The ARC is a national organization of and for people with mental retardation and related developmental disabilities and their families. It is devoted to promoting and improving supports and services for people with mental retardation and their families.

The Center for Health Design

The Center provides information and features pertaining to how the design of a physical environment can improve health care delivery quality.

The Continuing Care Accreditation Commission

The Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (CCAC), a not-for-profit organization founded in 1985, is the nation's only accrediting body for aging services continuums, including continuing care retirement communities. CCAC's accreditation program is based on the belief that accreditation promotes and maintains quality and integrity in the aging services profession.

The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging

In February 2010, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded a landmark grant to Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)—in partnership with 10 organizations from around the country—to establish the country’s first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults.

The National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws

The National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL), comprises more than 300 lawyers, judges and law professors, appointed by the states as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, to draft proposals for uniform and model laws on subjects where uniformity is desirable and practicable, and work toward their enactment in legislatures.

The State of the States in Developmental Diabilities

The State of the States in Developmental Disabilities is a research project administered by the University of Colorado. The project, authorized by the Federal Government's Developmental Disabilities Act as amended, is funded as a Project of National Significance by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities in the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

The World Health Organization

This site indexes vaccinations and health requirements, newsletters and health reports from around the world.


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