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There is a wealth of resources for everything from information on specific

conditions and wellness strategies to financial and social services.

AARP 
AARP offers free information and resources, as well as discounts through
a low cost membership, on a range of topics important to today’s seniors,
including health and long-term care.

Aging Parents 
As the name implies, this organization offers publications and services that
support the needs and answers important questions of families with an aging parent.

Aging Parents and Elder Care 
Packed with articles, comprehensive checklists and links to key resources, this
site is designed to help families sort through issues surrounding elder care.

Alzheimer’s Association
This organization provides advocacy, information and
research to help people with Alzheimer’s and their families.

American Society on Aging
Provides publications such as Aging Today, as well as other publications
and education for seniors and the professionals who care for them.

Guide to Retirement Living 
With one click you can order a free copy of SourceBook-Guide to Retirement Living.
The site also includes helpful tips, publications and links to resources for seniors.

LeadingAge
With information, articles and links, their focus is helping
people make the most of the aging experience.

Legal Guide for the Seriously Ill 
The American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging created this
guide for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
Click here for the free PDF of the booklet.

Michigan Home Care Guide 
Provides an easy to search site to find local resources for seniors and caregivers.

National Association of Private Geriatric Care Managers 
Provides free referrals nationwide and sells a directory of members and managers.

National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities 
Represents the nation’s 56 state and territorial agencies on aging and disabilities and
supports visionary state leadership, the advancement of state systems innovation and
the articulation of national policies that support home and community based
services for older adults and individuals with disabilities.

National Care Planning Council 
A comprehensive website with links to eldercare, senior services and care planning information.

National Caucus and Center on the Black Aged 
This organization offers services to enhance the lives of low income elderly African Americans
in the areas of employment, health and wellness, affordable housing, and more.

National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information 
This U.S. Department of Health & Human Services site provides information
and resources to help people address and plan for future long-term care needs.

National Council on the Aging 
This organization works to improve health and economic security for
older adults. The site features helpful information and links to resources.

National Guardianship Association 
Offers answers to important questions about guardianship as well as provides certification
and education for guardians. Click here for an informative Q&A on guardianship.

Social Security Administration 
This agency pays benefits to retired or disabled workers and their eligible dependents, as well as eligible survivors of deceased workers. Supplemental Security Income payments are made to people who are blind or have other disabilities, and people age 65 and older who are in need. State and local offices can also be located from this site.

GOVERNMENT/REGULATORY AGENCIES

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

The U.S. government’s official site has a wealth of easily searchable information on diseases and
how to prevent them, tips on staying well and traveling safely, as well as statistics and research.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 
CMS is the official government agency for Medicare and Medicaid information,
eligibility, enrollment and services. It also features guides, regulatory oversight, data
reporting and ratings for healthcare providers, outreach and education programs and more.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) 
HHS is the U.S. 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.

Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 
HIMSS is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through
information technology. HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care
outcomes using information technology.

Internet Healthcare Coalition 
The Internet Healthcare Coalition is an internet-based health insurance coalition
founded in 1997. Its core function is to provide affordable online healthcare
alternatives from its base in Washington DC.

The Joint Commission (TJC) 
An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than
20,500 healthcare organizations and programs in the U.S. Joint Commission accreditation and
certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s
commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

Medicare 
This is the official government site for all things Medicare, including
information, forms, eligibility and other resources.

State of Michigan 
Michigan’s official website features information, resources and links
about the State and its services including health and public safety.

Michigan In Brief 
Michigan in Brief: 2002–03, prepared and published by Public Sector Consultants, Inc., provides
useful information about the state and an objective look at more than 40 public policy topics of current
concern to Michigan residents and their elected representatives.

Michigan Legislature 
Research bills, laws and more on the official site of the Michigan State Legislature.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) 
The National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services, is the nation’s medical research agency—making important
discoveries that improve health and save lives.

HEALTH DATABASES & SEACH ENGINES

Healthfinder 
A service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this site lets you
search health topics alphabetically, find resources in your local community, get the
latest health news, learn about health management tools and more.

MedlinePlus 
A service of the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, the site
features searchable health topics, drug information, directories, dictionaries and current health news.

National Library of Medicine (NLM) 
The National Library of Medicine features the world’s largest biomedical library. NLM maintains and
makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics.
It also supports and conducts research, development and training in biomedical informatics and health information technology. The Library also coordinates a 6,000-member National Network of Libraries of Medicine that
promote and provide access to health information in communities across the U.S.

OUTCOMES & QUALITY IMPROVEMENT

Home Health Compare 
This Medicare site provides data that shows patient outcomes and satisfaction
for Michigan Community VNA and other home health providers.

National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)
The National Committee for Quality Assurance is a private, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization,
founded in 1990, dedicated to improving healthcare quality. NCQA has been a central figure in driving
improvement throughout the healthcare system, helping to elevate the issue of healthcare quality to the
top of the national agenda. The NCQA seal is a widely recognized symbol of quality.

Medical Outcomes Trust 
The Medical Outcomes Trust is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving health and
healthcare by promoting the science of outcomes measurement. The site includes a list describing
current outcomes measurement and benchmarking initiatives.

HOME HEALTH CARE

BIG & LOUD 
Innovative and effective treatments for the speech communication (LSVT LOUD®)  and
physical/occupational therapy (LSVT BIG®) needs of individuals with Parkinson’s disease as
well as aging and other conditions including stroke, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and Down syndrome.

Home Health Compare 
This Medicare site provides data that shows patient outcomes and satisfaction
for Michigan Community VNA and other home health providers.

X10 Therapy
The advanced technology of X10™, a knee rehabilitation machine, gets your leg moving with
minimal pain as soon as you get home from the hospital following knee replacement surgery.

National Association for Home Care (NAHC) 
NAHC is a nonprofit organization representing the nation’s 33,000 home care and hospice organizations. NAHC
also advocates for the more than two million nurses, therapists, aides and other caregivers employed by these organizations
to provide in-home services each year to more than 12 million Americans who are infirm, chronically ill and disabled.
Along with its advocacy, NAHC provides information to help its members maintain the highest quality of care.

Adjustable Bed Guide
Whether looking for adjustable features while recovering from a surgery, or needing
to adjust the height when climbing out of bed, there are numerous scenarios where
the features an adjustable bed offers are essential.

HOSPICE

BK Books 
Barbara Karnes (BK) has dedicated the last 32 years to caring, comforting and educating
dying people and their loved ones. In non-medical language, she writes about the most useful
things she’s learned. Her books and blogs are inspirational, insightful and practical.

Five Wishes 
Five Wishes, a guide to creating a living will, is written in everyday language that helps
start and structure important conversations about care in times of serious illness.

Hospice Foundation of America 
The Hospice Foundation of America website offers a wealth of end of life care
resources for professionals, patients and families.

Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Michigan 
The Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Michigan has a long history of advocacy, education
and support for those providing end-of-life care, bereavement support and advance care planning
in Michigan. Their website features information and resources for patient and families, as well as
hospice, palliative care and advanced care planning professionals.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization 
Promotes care for the terminally ill and provides information about hospice services in the
United States. Hospices provide medical care for dying patients, as well as counseling
and supportive services for the patient and family members.

WELLNESS

American Cancer Society 
The American Cancer Society provides information, research, resources and
education regarding cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.

American Diabetes Association 
Information, resources and advocacy for people with diabetes and those working to prevent it.
The organization and site also provide research, statistics and information for healthcare professionals.

American Heart Association 
The site features information on types of heart disease and related prevention, diagnosis and treatments. It also
provides statistics and research data as well as information for caregivers and healthcare professionals.

American Lung Association
The American Lung Association works to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through
education, advocacy and research. The site includes information on lung disease, prevention, resources and research.

Flu.gov 
The U.S. government’s official site for everything flu related including
prevention, types of flu, symptoms, vaccinations and resources.

United Way for Southeastern Michigan 
Serving communities throughout Southeast Michigan, UWSEM collaborates with area
businesses and nonprofits as well as provides hundreds of programs and services that
help improve health and quality of life.