See the list of links below for more information about organizations mentioned in “Aging in America” and additional resources for senior volunteering, care, health and advocacy. Also, learn more about how to purchase an “Aging in America” book, video and print.
Organizations mentioned in “Aging in America”
National Senior Games OrganizationP.O. Box 82059Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70884-2059(225) 766-6800http://www.seniorolympics.org
On-Lok1333 Bush StreetSan Francisco, CA 94109-5611(415) 292-8888http://www.onlok.org
Retreads Motorcycle Club International, IncAlbany, IN 47320(765) 789-4070http://www.retreads.org
Senior Pro Rodeo1963 North First St.Hamilton, MT 59840(406) 375-1400http://www.seniorrodeo.com
US Department of Veterans Affairshttp://www.va.govThe website provides contact information for all state chapters and several toll-free phone numbers.
General information Administration on Aging330 Independence Avenue, SWWashington, DC 20201(202) 619-7501www.aoa.govThis government agency, part of the US Department of Health and Human Services, oversees Older Americans Act programs.
AARP601 E St., NWWashington, DC 20049(800) 424-3410www.aarp.orgFormerly known as the American Association for Retired Persons, AARP is a membership organization for people 50 and older that advocates for seniors and provides information and resources. The website has links to information on current news and political issues, cooking, exercise, health tips, computers, technology, and research results.
AARP Guide to Internet Resources Related to Agingwww.aarp.org/cyber/guide1.htmThis is a very thorough internet guide for information about aging. The site includes links to resources such as newsgroups, electronic magazines and search engines of interest to seniors.
American Society on Aging833 Market Street, Suite 511San Francisco, CA 94103-1824(415) 974-9600www.asaging.orgThis non-profit organization works to educate seniors, their families and aging professionals on aging issues. The ASA website has links to publications and resources.
Benefits Check Upwww.benefitscheckup.orgRun by the National Council on the Aging, this website guides users through a questionnaire that ends with a detailed explanation of all the government benefits they or a loved one are entitled to. The benefits are explained in great detail with instructions on how to apply.
Eldercare Locator(800) 667-1116www.eldercare.govThis free service offered by the U.S. Administration on Aging is useful for those seeking services for older family members who do not live nearby. By entering a zip code on the website or calling the toll-free number, users can locate community services in their neighborhoods. This site also features links to other caregiving resources.
ElderWeb1305 Chadwick DriveNormal, IL 61761(309) 451-3319www.elderweb.comThis website links users to information about everything from elder law to little known benefits for veterans. It also provides useful links, such as the one directly to the Veterans Administration site where users can apply for benefits.
FirstGov for Seniorswww.seniors.govThis website, maintained by the Social Security Administration, provides users with accurate information about government services and benefits for seniors. It links users to information about varied topics such as retirement planning, tax assistance and consumer protection.
International Longevity Center60 East 86th StreetNew York, NY 10028(212) 288-1468www.ilcusa.orgThis non-profit organization is dedicated to raising public awareness for aging issues and promoting healthy aging. The ILC offers excellent topical information on such subjects as the anti-aging industry, the plight of poor seniors, and the global aging phenomenon.
Meals on Wheels1414 Prince Street, Suite 302Alexandria, VA 22314(703) 548-5558www.projectmeal.orgMeals on Wheels, a national program with local chapters throughout the country, strives to eliminate malnutrition and hunger in the elderly population. Seniors can attend congregate meal sites or sign up for home-delivered meals.
National Council on the Aging409 Third St., SW, Suite 200Washington DC 20024(202) 479-1200www.ncoa.orgThe NCOA is a national organization dedicated to improving the lives of older Americans. It conducts research, fights for drug benefits, increased funding for support services, and better access to care. The NCOA’s Benefits Checkup, available on the website, is invaluable for determining what benefits you qualify for and how to apply. The Consumer Information Netword on the website is also a valuable resource.
National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home ModificationUSC Andrus Gerontology Center3715 McClintock AvenueLos Angeles, CA 90089(213) 740-1364www.usc.edu/dept/gero/nrcshhmThis non-profit organization is dedicated to supportive housing research, education and training. The website has a large database of publications, newsletters and online courses.
Social Security AdministrationOffice of Public InquiriesWindsor Park Building6401 Security Blvd.Baltimore, MD 21235(800) 772-1213 / TTY: (800) 325-0778www.ssa.govThis is the official website of the Social Security Administration.
Family Caregiver Alliance690 Market Street, Suite 600San Francisco, CA 94104(415) 434 3388www.caregiver.orgThe Family Caregiver Alliance is a resource center dedicated to the needs of caregivers. The FCA website includes fact sheets in both Spanish and English on topics ranging from conservatorships to driving to Parkinson’s disease.
Nursing Home Comparisonhttp://www.medicare.gov/NHCompare/home.aspThis website allows users to compare Medicare and Medicaid qualified nursing homes. It also provides a consumer checklist for choosing a nursing home, recommendations on how to pay for care, and a fact sheet of residents’ rights.
Volunteer and educational opportunities Civic Ventures & Experience Corps425 Second St., Suite 601San Francisco, CA 94107(415) 430-0141http://www.civicventures.orgCivic Ventures is a non-profit organization that works to promote productive retirment and civic engagement by older adults. CV runs Experience Corps, which places senior volunteers in schools and youth programs across the country.
Corporation for National and Community Service: Senior Corps1201 New York Avenue, NWWashington, D.C. 20525(202) 606-5000 / TTY: (202) 565-2799http://www.seniorcorps.orgSenior Corp, a division of the Corporation for National and Community Service, organizes volunteer efforts across the United States. The website includes information about volunteer opportunities and contact information for state chapters. Programs include Foster Grandparents, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and the Senior Companion Program.
Elderhostel11 Avenue de LafayetteBoston, MA 02111(877) 426-8056http://www.elderhostel.orgThis non-profit organization provides guided, educational travel opportunities for people 55 and older. Every year Elderhostel offers more than 10,000 programs in over 100 countries around the world.
Environmental Alliance for Senior InvolvementP.O. Box 250Catlett, VA 20119-0250(540) 788-3274http://www.easi.orgThe goal of this non-profit organization is to provide seniors with opportunities to improve the environment. The website has descriptions of volunteer programs and information on how to get involved.
Habitat for Humanity121 Habitat St.Americus, GA 31709(229) 924-6935, ext. 2551 or 2552http://www.habitat.orgHabitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that seeks to eliminate poverty and homelessness throughout the world. The website provides information on the program in several languages and instructions on how to get involved.
Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)409 3rd Street, SW6th FloorWashington, DC 20024(800) 634-0245http://www.score.orgThis non-profit organization has nearly 400 chapters across the United States. Volunteers use their expertise to mentor and counsel small businesses. The website provides information on the program and instructions on how to get involved.
Alzheimer’s Association919 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1100Chicago, IL 60611-1676(800) 272-3900(312) 335-8700http://www.alz.orgThis website is a clearinghouse for information on Alzheimer’s disease. It includes links to local chapters, current research and information for caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients.
American Geriatric Society &Foundation for Health in AgingThe Empire State Building350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 801New York, New York 10118(212) 755-6810 / (800) 563-4916http://www.americangeriatrics.orgThis non-profit agency works to promote public education on geriatric health issues. This website has information on topics such as pain management, osteoporosis and bladder control.
Medicarehttp://www.medicare.govThis is the official website for people with Medicare.
National Hospice Foundation1700 Diagonal Rd, Suite 625Alexandria, VA 22314(703) 516-4928http://www.hospiceinfo.orgThis organization is a good resource for those looking for information on end-of-life care. It provides a thorough explanation of what hospice care is, how to choose a hospice care program and where to find programs throughout the United States.
The Spiritual Eldering Institute970 Aurora AvenueBoulder, CO 80302(303) 449-7243http://www.spiritualeldering.orgThis is a multi-faith organization that works to promote the importance of older adults in American society. The website has links to conferences, training and workshops across the country.
Alliance for Retired Americans888 16th St., NWWashington, DC 20006(888) 373-6497http://www.retiredamericans.orgThis membership advocacy organization operates on the federal, state and local levels to improve the health and economic status of seniors in the United States. Among their goals are universal health care, improved Older Americans Act programming, campaign finance reform and affordable housing.
Families USA Foundation1334 G Street, NWWashington DC 20005(202) 628-3030http://www.familiesusa.orgThis non-profit, non-partisan organization works to improve health and long-term care for all Americans. The website is a good resource for health care news and issues and educates users on easy ways to advocate for their interests.
National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform1424 16th Street, NW, Suite 202Washington, DC 20036(202) 332-2275http://www.nccnhr.orgThe National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform advocates for nursing home residents. The goal of the organization is to ensure safety and a high quality of life for residents of nursing homes. The website includes fact sheets, information for family members, relevant publications and citizens groups.
National Senior Citizens Law CenterWashington, DC Office1101 14th St., NW Suite 400Washington, DC 20005(202) 289-6976http://www.nsclc.orgThis non-profit organization, with local chapters across the country, works to improve major policies affecting seniors such as Medicare and Social Security.
National Long Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center1424 16th Street, NW, Suite 202Washington, DC 20036(202) 332-2275http://www.ltcombudsman.orgLong Term Care Ombudsmen advocate for residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities and board and care homes by visiting facilities and investigating resident complaints. Run by the Administration on Aging, the goal of this program is to ensure quality care for all residents of long term care facilities.
United States Senate Special Committee on AgingSenate Dirksen Building, Room G-31Washington, D.C. 20510(202) 224-5364http://www.senate.gov/~agingThe official website of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, this site includes special sections on elder justice, baby boomers and updates on what issues the committee is addressing. It also has links to pertinent news items.
Purchase “Aging in America” book, prints, video
This series by photographer Ed Kashi and writer/producer Julie Winokur comes from “Aging in America: The Years Ahead,” which is available in the following formats:
Book: A 256-page book features Ed Kashi’s photographs, accompanied by essays and interviews by Julie Winokur (PowerHouse Books). The book includes a preface by Pulitzer-prize winner Dr. Robert Butler and a foreword by Emmy-awarding winning actress Doris Roberts. Purchase the book
Video: A one-hour documentary film captures the compelling stories of the people featured in Aging in America: The Years Ahead. This film is a powerful tool for educators and care givers to illustrate the complex realities of growing old. Purchase the video
Prints: Fine art prints from this series are available for personal and professional use. A collector’s edition portfolio is available on request. Purchase prints