AARP is more than a giant membership organization for men and women age 50 and better. It’s more than a powerful lobby. It’s more than a dizzying array of discounts on goods and services. The AARP website provides is a massive library about caregiving, health care, Social Security, Medicare, job search and much more. The site includes public policy papers and research reports in addition to general articles, interactive tools and quizzes. Click here to visit the AARP website.
The Beacon’s website sports photos, puzzles, comics and opportunities for lively discussion as well as stories about health, finances, travel and other interests of people age 50-plus. See especially its online Senior Resources Guide, which includes information about a wide range of local helping services offered by organizations that include Easter Seals, Iona Senior Services, Seabury Resources for Aging and JCA. Click here to visit The Beacon website.
Find programs that may help you or a loved one pay for prescription drugs, health care, utilities and other essential items or services. Benefits CheckUp is a free and confidential service of the National Council on Aging (NCOA), and JCA is an NCOA member agency. Click here to visit the Benefits CheckUp website.
CFAD helps long-distance caregivers determine their needs and tasks, educates them on where to go for help, and connects them to local service providers and online resources. And it facilitates communication among caregiving families, friends and providers. Click here to visit the Caring From a Distance website.
This website offer victims of elder abuse and those who love them information about how to report elder abuse and financial exploitation in all 50 states and territories. Other resources on the DOJ Elder Justice website are designed to assist researchers in the field and professionals striving to prevent elder abuse and support those who have been abused, neglected or exploited. According to the DOJ, the site will updated often to reflect changes in the law, add new sample documents, and provide news in the rapidly evolving elder justice field. Click here to visit the DOJ Elder Justice website.
Operated by the U.S. Administration on Aging, this site enables you to search for senior services by topic or location. It’s an especially good way to connect with the “National Aging Network,” an interconnected structure of federal, state and local agencies that plan and provide senior services. Click here to visit the Eldercare Locator website.
Established by Charles E. Smith Life Communities, the ElderSAFE Center in Rockville, Maryland provides safe, temporary shelter; coordinates and provides community referrals; and increases public awareness about elder abuse. JCA is partner of the Center because elder abuse is such a serious and growing problem. As many as one in 10 older adults living on their own is a victim of elder abuse, and experts estimate that for every one case reported, 23 are not. For information, click here.
Project findings suggest ways that faith groups and the organizations they sponsor can work more effectively together. JCA was a study participant and served on the Project Advisory Committee. Click here to visit the Faith & Organizations Project website.
In print and on the Internet, The Guide offers a large database of senior housing options, home health care services, and professional services in Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia and elsewhere in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Click here to visit the Guide to Retirement Living website.
Learn about Medicare, discover ways to stay healthy, become a savvy shopper of Medicare drug coverage — and do all this for free via this website, which is sponsored by the National Council on Aging. Click here to visit the My Medicare Matters website.
NIA leads the federal effort on aging research and offers free publications about medications, safety, caregiving and other topics essential to aging well. Click here to access NIA’s extensive publications library.
The National Institutes of Health offers videos, publications, tips and training tools designed specifically for older adults. Click here to visit the NIH SeniorHealth library.
The Nonprofit Village strives to develop, nurture and sustain the organizational and collaborative capacity of mid-size, small and very small nonprofits. It provides them with shared supported services as well as affordable, attractive office space on the second floor of the JCA Bronfman Center at 12320 Parklawn Drive, Rockville, MD. Click here to visit The Nonprofit Village website.
Thanks to ProPublica, which calls itself “an independent nonprofit newsroom,” you can use institutional names, keywords or locations to search a database of nursing home deficiencies identified by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS, a Federal agency). Searching is free, and ProPublica plans to keep the database up to date by adding new data as they are released by CMS. Click here to use the Nursing Home Inspect online tool.
NV Rides is a network of service providers aiming to enhance and improve volunteer assisted transportation throughout Northern Virginia. This community-wide initiative aims to serve more non-driving older adults so that they can get where they need to go at no cost.
Calling itself “Virginia’s resource for health and aging,” this website features information and links on housing, legal and financial issues as well as listings of organizations that help older Virginians and the providers of eldercare services. Click here to visit the Senior Navigator website.
Insomnia is a problem for over 50% of all adults in the United States over the age of 65 and the percentage is even higher worldwide. Tuck Sleep Foundation has a guide to help combat this issue.
Tuck Sleep Foundation is a non-profit community devoted to improving sleep hygiene, health and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources. Tuck has been featured on NPR, Lifehacker, Radiolab and is referenced by many colleges/universities and sleep organizations across the web.
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USA.gov is an interagency initiative administered by the U.S. General Services Administration. It can help you access a myriad of federal resources about finances, housing, health, consumer protection and more. Click here to visit the Senior Citizens’ Resources section at USA.gov.
Workforce Development Boards oversee federal, state and local funding that connects jobseekers and employers while helping jobseekers become job ready. They also oversee the American Job Centers, where jobseekers can access employment information, career development programs and other programs, too. Click here to use a service locator. Simply enter your zip code in the navigator to find the WDB and related programs nearest you. The Montgomery County WDB guides the operation of WorkSource Montgomery, and JCA is pleased to provide regular, on-site support at its Wheaton location.