Consumer Resources

In an effort to better assist you, ALCA has divided our lists of resources into categories. All you have to do is to click on the resource you’d like to explore.

Digital Resources

The Journal of Aging Life Care™ (formerly the Journal of Geriatric Care Management)
The Journal of Aging Care™ is published twice a year by the Aging Life Care Association™. Each issue is filled with in-depth articles and case studies on clinical topics as well as business topics that are vital in educating care managers on the latest trends, best practices, and research in the field.

ALCA Newsroom
Here you’ll find the latest news about Aging Life Care™ / geriatric care management and resources.

ALCA Consumer Library
A source of free information on Aging Life Care™ and the issues families encounter when caring for their aging loved ones.

ALCA Video Library
Here you will find Aging Life Care Professionals™ sharing their expertise and knowledge for helping aging adults age well.

ALCA Blog
Here you’ll find information on a variety of age-related issues from the experts in aging well.

Organizations/Associations

AARP
AARP (formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons) is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to addressing the needs and interests of persons 50 years and older.  Through information and education, advocacy and service, they seek to enhance the quality of life for all by promoting independence, dignity, and purpose.

Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer’s Association is the largest national voluntary health organization dedicated to funding research into the causes, treatments, prevention, and cure of Alzheimer’s disease and to providing support to the four million Americans with the disease, their families, and caregivers.

Alzinfo.org
Alzinfo.org is a tool of the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation to educate people about this devastating disease.  The mission of the website is to educate, engage, and create an online community with 24 hours a day, 7 days a week access to information and support via online chats, message boards and the most comprehensive resource databases available.

American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.  Their website contains valuable resources including prevention and risk factors, treatment methods, detection guidelines, and patient services that help cancer patients and their families.

Compassion and Choices
Compassion and Choices works to protect and expand end-of-life options, and to ensure healthcare providers honor and enable patients’ decisions about their care. They work nationwide in state legislatures, Congress, courts, medical settings and communities to empower the public with information and tools, advance policies that allow individuals to make fully informed decisions about their healthcare, and authorize and implement medical aid in dying.

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation (Consumer Resources: Understanding Health Reform)
Kaiser is a non-profit, private operating foundation focusing on the major health care issues facing the U.S., as well as the U.S. role in global health policy. They serve as a non-partisan source of facts, information, analysis and journalism for policymakers, the media, the health care community, and the public.

Medicare Rights Center
Medicare Rights Center (MRC) is the largest independent source of health care information and assistance in the United States for people with Medicare.  Founded in 1989, MRC helps older adults and people with disabilities get good, affordable health care.  MRC’s website contains information about Medicare benefits, options and changes, examples of interesting cases we have dealt with, and resources for getting involved in our consumer advocacy work.  The site also contains updated information for consumers about changes in Medicare and how those will affect their health coverage.

Medicare Interactive
Medicare Interactive is brought to you by the Medicare Rights Center (MRC), a national not-for-profit, consumer service organization, dedicated to ensuring that older adults and people with disabilities get good affordable health care. Since 1989, MRC has been helping people with Medicare understand their rights and benefits, navigate the system and get the health care to which they are entitled.

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc., is a nonprofit association which assists lawyers, bar organizations, and others who work with older clients and their families.  Established in 1987, the Academy provides a resource of information, education, networking, and assistance to those who must deal with the many specialized issues involved with legal services to the elderly and disabled.

National Alliance for Caregiving
A resource for caregiving families and professionals, NAC is a Bethesda based association of caregiving professional organizations that provides information, support, and national advocacy on behalf of caregivers. NAC’s site is a source of information for professionals looking for access to primary information on national issues on caregiving.

National Association of Social Workers
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest organization of professional social workers in the world.  NASW serves nearly 155,000 social workers in 55 chapters throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and abroad.  NASW was formed in 1955 through a merger of seven predecessor social work organizations to carry out three responsibilities:  strengthen and unify the profession; promote the development of social work practice; and advance sound social polices.  Promoting high standards of practice and protecting the consumer of services are major association principles.

National Consumer Voice for Long-Term Care (formerly NCCNHR)
The mission of the National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform is to improve the quality of life of residents in the nation’s nursing homes.

National Guardianship Association
The mission of the National Guardianship Association is to provide educational, training, and networking opportunities for guardians; to promote the highest levels of values, standards and ethics; and to ensure a nationally recognized standard of excellence.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The Society helps people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. Contact the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at 1.800.344.4867.

Senior Resource Connect
Senior Resource Connect brings the experience and expertise of the AJFCA network to the public to support older adults to live with health and dignity in the setting of their choosing and to assist caregivers in making this possible for their parents and loved ones. Senior Resource Connect provides information and resources to assist individuals in discussing their needs with aging services professionals and provides a one-stop connection to local service providers in communities throughout North America.

Community/Social Services

Administration for Community Living
Administration on Aging (AoA) “Elder Page” site contains many resources for the elderly that can be useful for attorneys as well.  There is a large nationwide searchable directory of 230 national and local agencies, health associations, and organizations.  There is a large compilation of general and statistical materials on-line.

HelpPRO.com
HelpPRO is the oldest most comprehensive therapist finder, though not the largest by far. HelpPRO’s mission is to improve access to mental health services. HelpPRO's vision is that every person can readily find Mental Health clinicians to meet their needs. HelpPRO's single minded focus to help people, working largely through partnerships with like-minded organizations, is what makes HelpPRO unique.

Healthfinder
Healthfinder is a free gateway to reliable consumer health and human services information developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Healthfinder can lead you to selected online publications, clearing houses, databases, websites, and support and self-help groups, as well as the government agencies and not-for-profit organizations that produce reliable information for the public.

National Institute of Health
This website shares – in a fast and cost-effective way – consumer health information about many of the diseases or health problems on which NIH conducts or supports research.  You can choose from this growing full-text collection of our most requested consumer health publications.

Recall Guide

Recall Guide is a completely free service that provides access to critical information about FDA drug recalls, warnings, and shares information about drug interactions, side effects and other crucial information within our community.

Government

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Fraud Warnings for Seniors
The FBI Common Fraud Schemes webpage provides helpful tips for seniors and their families on what to look for and how they can protect themselves against fraud.

Federal Trade Commission: Identity Theft and Consumer Information
The FTC works to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop and avoid them.

Go4Life
Go4Life is a national web-based campaign designed to motivate people 50+ to incorporate exercise and physical activity into their daily lives. Go4Life offers a variety of online, evidence-based resources for older people, family members, health professionals, and organizations in one convenient location, as well as popular, free print materials on exercise and physical activity.

medicare.gov
The official U.S. Government site for people with Medicare.

ssa.gov
The official website of the U.S. Social Security Administration.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
The Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator is an online source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems.

Veterans Administration’s Guide to Long Term Care
This website offers information for Veterans and caregivers/support persons about long-term care services and settings, links to helpful websites, decision aids, and personal stories that illustrate how to be involved in shared decisions about long term care. The Shared Decision Making aid is a useful tool in helping veterans, their families, and their support persons to decide how much assistance they need. Readers may also download a Caregiver Assessment form.

American Society on Aging

The American Society on Aging’s (ASA) members comprise of the largest multidisciplinary national community of professionals working with and on behalf of older people.  The membership includes representatives of the public and private sectors, service providers, researchers, educators, advocates, health, allied health, social service, managed care and long-term care and mental health professionals, students and the retired, policy makers and planners.  For over 40 years, the American Society on Aging has been an active and effective resource for professional in aging and aging-related fields who want to enhance their ability to promote the well-being of aging people and their families.