Council of Better Business Bureaus
Federal Trade Commission
FTC Complaint Assistant
HEALTH & WELL-BEING
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
American Cancer Society
Cancer Free Radio
Cancer Free 123
Centers for Disease Control
Food and Drug Administration
Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
American Heart Association
NIA Publications Catalog – The National Institute on Aging has a wealth of information available. Most of these materials are FREE.
National Institutes of Health (Seniors)
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Patient Safety Resource
5 steps to safer healthcare
Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide
from the National Institute on Aging!
FDA news for Seniors
Food Safety for Seniors
Go4Life is an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging at NIH designed to help you fit exercise and physical activity into your daily life. It provides exercises, motivational tips, and free materials to help you get ready, start exercising, and keep going. To find out more about how Go4Life can help you become more active, visit:
Safe Use of Medicines for Seniors
AARP Home Safety Check list:
LIFE INSURANCE for SENIORS
Not all resources that are available to you will be publicized or obvious. You may need to do a bit of investigating, inquiring and research to truly discover all of the help that is available. Be sure to ask and check with all of the following sources. Ask each if they have any programs or resources and if they know of any others in your area.
Check with doctors, hospitals, social workers, social centers, community centers, your state and local government’s dept. on aging, senior centers, your church, local nursing homes, rehab centers, assisted living facilities, family and friends, etc. Inquire about any senior and elderly assistance services and programs. These may also include some programs for caregivers.
You will want to know about home care options, transportation services, homemaker services, meals programs, companion programs, socialization groups and adult day care services, etc. Do NOT assume that anyone will voluntarily inform you of all of the programs that exist for the elderly and their caregivers. You need to be very active and aggressive in your inquiries.
You will be amazed at how many programs do exist that you never knew about, unless you ask. Even if you think you will never need a certain service (such as respite help for caregivers) keep note of the resource anyway. You have no way of knowing what help you and your parents will need until you are too overwhelmed to do any research.