Senior Healthcare Resource Guide

As a component of our overall Health and Human Services menu, MusiCares provides information and links for the growing segment of our community who are dealing with issues of aging.

AARP (American Association Of Retired Persons)
AARP is a nonprofit social welfare agency that advocates for the needs of mature, elderly citizens of the United States. They have a wide variety of large scale projects, services and initiatives.

Access America for Seniors
The website allows visitors to conduct business with and get information from the government, all in one place. There are links that connect to many federal government agencies. You can find nursing homes and view nursing home records (whether they have been in compliance), and get information on Medicare, Medicaid, food assistance, compare different Medicare plans, Veterans Health Administration, National Women's Health Resource Center, and more. The website also provides links to government information and services, organized around broad categories, which are shown on the left side of most pages. You can get information on benefits (both cash and medical), health and nutrition, consumer protection, services such as Postal Service, housing, and transportation, employment and volunteer activities, taxes, travel and leisure, education and training, and other links.

Aging Solutions
This website includes a wealth of information, including articles, comprehensive checklists and links to key resources designed to make it easier for people caring for an aging parent or elderly spouse to quickly find the information they need and avoid missing things that are important in the care for their loved one.

Alliance for Aging Research
The Alliance for Aging Research is a not-for-profit advocacy organization fighting for science policies in the nation's capital to speed breakthroughs for greater health, vitality and longevity. is a site of the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation providing comprehensive information about Alzheimer's disease.

American Society on Aging
Provides education and training resources for professionals working in the aging field.

BenefitsCheckUp: A Service of the National Council on the Aging
A free, easy-to-use service that identifies federal and state assistance programs for older U.S. residents. Researching these programs used to be a time-consuming, frustrating experience, but the National Council on the Aging has created BenefitsCheckUp to help older adults quickly identify programs that may improve the quality of their lives. Family and friends can also obtain facts about benefits that their loved ones may qualify for. You may be surprised to learn what benefits are available to you, regardless of your income.
A service for companions, nurses and other in-home elder care providers , is a resource for seniors that includes a list of resources by state in seven categories: housing resources, transportation resources, home care, end-of-life care, legal resources, financial planning and management, and health care.
This site offers resources about aging and elder care, ranging from support with daily living and financial and legal information to community support.

Center for Medicare Services: Medicaid Information
Offers an outline of services covered by the Medicaid program. Describes services provided by nursing homes and hospices; rehabilitation; personal care; occupational and physical therapy; speech, hearing or language disorder therapy; treatment for individuals with mental diseases; targeted case management; home- and community-based care; and home health care. Discusses coverage considerations.
This site provides reports for people researching their health care providers' quality and communities at no cost. Ensure you are receiving the best care by giving your hospitals, nursing homes, rehab centers, home care agencies and other providers a free checkup with these available reports.

Disability Secrets (of Social Security and benefits)
Applying for social security disability and SSI benefits can be difficult due to how long a claim may take and the high chance of being denied. But those who are denied disability can gain benefits by utilizing the appeals process. To increase the chances of winning, applicants should learn about the system and file an appeal when a claim is denied. This is the place to learn the secrets of the system from those who know it inside and out.

Eldercare California: Precious Home
Looking for elder care in California? Contact Precious Home, the leading elder care service agency in California. Precious Home provides caregivers on a live-in or hourly home care basis to supplement the care provided by a hospice agency. To access the Eldercare locator, call toll-free at 800.677.1116, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. EST. The Eldercare locator will put you in contact with the Office for the Aging in your area and can provide help in locating needed services in your area. (A service administered by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging and the National Association of State Units on Aging.)

Eldercare Online
Eldercare Online is a beacon for people caring for aging loved ones. Whether you are caring for a spouse, parent, relative or neighbor, they provide an online community where supportive peers and professionals help you improve quality of life for yourself and your elder. is working to protect the elderly of our nation, to organize and develop resources to help elders who are being abused in any way. They are committed to help fight any abuse, be it physical, emotional or financial. They are working to educate the public about the misuse of guardianships imposed on elders, which wrongly strips them of all rights and assets. For more information, contact
Ethical wills are a way to share your values, beliefs, life lessons, hopes for the future, love, and forgiveness with your family and community. This site has information on creating an ethical will.

Foundation Aiding the Elderly
Assuring our elders are treated with care, dignity and the utmost respect during their final years when they can no longer take care of themselves.

Medicare Information Center
Medicare's own information center for those needing information on services provided by Medicare.

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
The mission of NAELA is to enable elder law attorneys to identify and meet client needs through the exchange of ideas and information on substantive elder law issues and the management of successful elder law practices. NAELA promotes improvement in substantive law, legal education, and ethical guidelines in serving older persons. NAELA serves as a key public policy advocate on behalf of older persons.

National Aging Information Center
Part of the U.S. Administration on Aging, this is a vast resource of helpful information on all areas of interest to the aging and their adult children. For more information, contact the NAIC at, or at 202.619.7501 or 202.401.7620 (fax). You can write to them at: NAIC, 330 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 4656, Washington, D.C. 20201. You can also view information on hospice care.

National Association to Stop Guardian Abuse
The National Association to Stop Guardian Abuse is an organization formed by victims and for victims of unlawful and abusive guardianships and conservatorships.

National Center for Victims of Crime
The National Center for Victims of Crime is the nation's leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims. Since 1985, they have worked with more than 10,000 grassroots organizations and criminal justice agencies serving millions of crime victims.

National Council on the Aging
Organizations and professionals dedicated to promoting the dignity, self-determination, and well-being of older persons, with links to may valuable resources for the aging.

New York State Office for the Aging
A public service to older New Yorkers, their families and others. Find help, explore aging, discover news and events, and help family caregivers link to more resources.

New York State Health Insurance Information, Counseling & Assistance
Free, accurate and unbiased consumer help with Medicare, managed care, Medigap insurance, long-term care insurance, and more for Medicare beneficiaries, their families and others. helps prevent nursing home abuse and neglect by giving sound advice on how to assess nursing homes and how to pay for care, helps you recognize nursing home abuse and neglect by pointing out the signs of abuse and some of the medical issues involved with nursing home abuse and neglect, and helps you stop nursing home abuse and neglect by informing you of your rights and what you can do, including legal action.

Nursing Home Monitors is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of the American elderly by fighting abuse, neglect and exploitation in our nation's nursing homes.
News and information, as well as resources for the elderly.

The Senior List
The Senior List is a nationwide consumer-opinion portal dedicated to linking families with quality eldercare resources, including a comprehensive eldercare directory for the entire United States.

Senior Service Directory
The Senior Service Directory is an online informational resource and senior services directory for seniors, older adults and caregivers in North America.

Social Security and Disability Resource Center
The Social Security and Disability Resource Center website provides a detailed overview of how the federal disability system works (social security disability and SSI) and also provides answers to many questions that applicants typically have, but often have trouble finding answers to. The site is based on the author's personal experience as a former disability Medicaid caseworker, and also as a former disability examiner for the social security administration.

Today's Seniors
Contains a wide range of information for people who have already retired, are preparing for retirement or thinking about retirement. Designed especially for today's active seniors, it is filled with advice, tips and articles about retirement, personal finances, Medicare benefits, and more, with solutions to help seniors simplify their lives, eliminate the hassles and get the most out of retirement.

United States Administration On Aging and Aging Information Center
You can find the Office for the Aging for your state from this site, plus more. Information on Medicare, managed care, Medigap insurance, long-term care insurance, long-term care facilities, and reports on health care fraud prevention programs of the United States. Click on the link to "State Agencies on Aging" at this site to find your state's office on aging.