Senior Services & Associations
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
American College of Health Care Administrators
Professional society for administrators in long-term care, assisted living and subacute care.
American Health Care Association
AHCA is a federation of state health organizations, together representing non-profit and for-profit assisted living, nursing facility, and subacute care providers that care for more than one million elderly and disabled individuals nationally.
American Health Information Management Association--Long Term Care Section
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is the professional association that represents more than 40,000 specially educated health information management professionals who work throughout the healthcare industry. The Long Term Care Section of AHIMA is committed to excellence in the management of health information in the continuum of long term/post acute care services for the benefit of consumers and providers. As the profession responsible for the management of health information, we serve our members and those who create and utilize information by providing tools and resources.
Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals (Formerly the Dietary Managers Association)
Provides career training direction and resources, continuing education and professional development including certification, and monitors industry trends and legislative issues.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
An agency of the Department of Health and Human Services who promotes health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury and disability.
Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities
Accrediting body for continuing -care retirement communities. Designed to promote and maintain quality and integrity in the retirement community industry.
Grand Senior Living
Specializing in senior housing and health care services, we offer a highly personalized approach to project development, operations management & consulting.
Hospice Foundation of America
A non-profit organization whose sole mission is to promote the hospice concept of care which is supported primarily by individual donations. Assists those who are coping with terminal illness, death or the process of grief.
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
Improves the quality of health care for the public by providing accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations.
LeadingAge (Formerly the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging)
Represents non-profit organizations dedicated to providing high-quality health care, housing and services to the nation's elderly.
MedicareGuide.com is a content resource website that is focused on providing consumers the most accurate, objective, and up-to-date information on Medicare. Hundreds of guides and resource articles help the public better understand and utilize their healthcare coverage.
Due to the long latency period of mesothelioma, approximately 20-50 years, about 75 percent of people who are diagnosed with this respiratory cancer are seniors. The Mesothelioma Center works with these individuals and their families to help them find local doctors, treatment centers and support groups. Pleural mesothelioma, a cancer of the lung tissue, is the most common type of this disease.
Mesothelioma is a cancer that is usually found in older people who experienced prolonged asbestos exposure during their lives. Mesothelioma victims have legal options that can help them pay for medical treatment, compensation for pain and suffering, and more. Visit Mesothelioma Lawyer Center for comprehensive information on mesothelioma lawyers and your legal rights.
The Mesothelioma Group is a small team of healthcare professionals dedicated to increasing awareness while improving survival rates and life expectancy.
National Association for the Support of Long Term Care
Represents the business and financial interests of members that provide medical products and services in order to assure the quality and integrity of delivery systems.
National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long-Term Care
Professional, non-profit association specifically serving directors and assistant directors of nursing in the long-term care industry. Strives to establish professional relationships between professional, promotes quality of care and quality of life for long-term care residents.
National Center for Assisted Living
NCAL represents the assisted living industry's perspective to the many groups throughout society and government that shape laws, regulations, policies and opinions that will affect the future of assisted living.
National Certification Council for Activities Professionals
Organization that exclusively certifies activity professionals who work with the elderly.
Second Wind Dreams
This organization assists elder care communities in making dreams come true for their residents. The mission is to make dreams come true for those living in elder care communities and change the perception of aging. Quality of life for the elderly is improved and staff morale is boosted through this program. Communities are served throughout the United States and Canada.
Addiction Guide (Painkillers)
Learn the signs of painkiller medication overdose and how to treat it. Such drugs can be used in the elderly to treat chronic illnesses or falls. One of the leading culprits of painkiller deaths is fentanyl; in 2018, roughly 30,000 deaths were attributed to fentanyl overdoses.
For information on fentanyl: https://lagunashoresrecovery.com/drugs/fentanyl/
For adults dealing with incontinence, the cost of adult diapers, odor eliminators and wipes can quickly accumulate. Access leak-proof adult diapers that will allow for comfortable living without worrying about incontinence stigmas.
Affordable Colleges Online
ACO creates in-depth resources that address topics, questions and concerns related to higher education with an eye on affordability and accreditation. In order to be as comprehensive as possible about the diverse occupational field of nursing, ACO has added the various educational paths one can take toward becoming a nurse, including LPN-to-RN, RN-to-BSN, and RN-to-MSN programs.
Alcoholism in Seniors
Senior alcoholism is often overlooked since symptoms are similar to dementia. If older adults drink the same as they did when they were younger, they can be more likely to develop alcoholism, alcohol-related disorders and injuries.
American Addiction Centers
Close to 7 percent of the U.S. population experiences an episode of clinical depression per year (Anxiety and Depression Association of America), many of which are seniors. Learn to recognize and address depressive disorders.
Also visit: https://www.addictionrehabcenters.com/
More than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, or 30 percent of the population. Learn causes and treatments of this ailment, particularly for the elderly.
From handwashing and food preparation to decontamination and quarantine, learn how to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 and other contagious illnesses.
Also see: Coronavirus and seniors' overall health: https://www.medicalalertadvice.com/articles/how-seniors-can-stay-physically-and-mentally-healthy-while-covid-19-has-them-stuck-at-home/
According to an article in the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism, an estimated 44 million people in the world live with dementia. Know the possible causes and risk factors.
For many, the idea of planning activities for those with dementia can be a daunting task. Luckily, studies into keeping dementia patients active and stimulated are more accessible than ever, as more information is being discovered about senior mental health.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 13.5 percent of all Americans 65 and older have no natural teeth at all. Many older Americans keep their teeth, but their smiles are riddled with cavities and plaque.
Detox and Rehab
DetoxRehabs.net provides expert information for individuals and families struggling to find recovery by vetting and researching rehab centers. It also provides information for different community needs, such as help for veterans, LGBTQ+ friendly programs, free or Medicaid-approved treatment, and pet-friendly facilities.
Obtain information about drug safety issues - https://www.drugdangers.com/ . This site is intended to keep senior citizens and the public informed of all dangerous medications on the market, and is continuously updated with breaking news from government agencies, watchdog groups and everyday citizens. For information on the effects of drugs and increased dementia risk, in particular benzodiazepines (central nervous system depressants), visit https://www.arkbh.com/benzodiazepines/xanax/dementia-alzheimers/
Also visit: https://www.drugwatch.com
Dual Diagnosis Addiction Treatment
For those struggling with substance addiction and poor mental health, dual diagnosis addiction treatment is often the first step to recovery.
Getting adequate exercise can be difficult for people of all ages, but it can be a greater challenge for older adults, specifically those with limited mobility or pain. Exercise and sleep are closely related and beneficial to one’s health, and doctors recommended exercises specifically for older adults here:
Death is a major cause of grief, but there are others. Losses such as health, career, status, role, divorce, and financial loss cause many people grief. Most people don't think much about grief, even though it affects everyone.
Testing.com is an educational web resource with hundreds of lab testing guides, all reviewed by a Medical Review Board of experts. It also offers confidential and secure online lab test ordering powered by trusted physician networks.
Learn about the effects of dementia, depression, anxiety and other mental disorders affecting older adults and ways to address them.
Medical Billing and Coding Online
This resource offers insight and information for anyone interested in joining the medical field. The site includes in-depth information with topics ranging from education courses, certification and career guides to scholarships. Learn how to take physician reports and codify them for billing purposes.
Empower seniors and their families to learn about all of the available benefits, coverage, costs, and strategies to get access to financial support. Information also is available about assisted living, long-term care, individual rights as a Medicare beneficiary, and ideas about how to help cover out-of-pocket costs.
More on certified nursing assistants: Top Nurse Info provides information about different CNA classes and programs available. It provides information about basic duties of the CNA professional, CNA license, certification requirements, books and registration up to CNA employment.
Nursing Home Abuse
According to research within the National Elder Abuse Incidence Study, roughly 80 percent of cases on senior neglect, exploitation, and abuse go unreported and unsolved. The Nursing Home Abuse Center helps ensure that as many cases as possible are reported and brought to justice.
Public Health Administration Online Programs
Public Health Online, a non-commercial organization, launched in 2013 to provide public health resources to those considering a career in public health or currently employed in the industry. Free materials and tools span topics such as jobs and careers, educational program options and financial aid, pre-professional experience, and state and local government public health resources:
Paying For Senior Living
PayingForSeniorCare.com helps the elderly and their families fully understand the cost of long-term care and the programs that can provide financial support. It has an online database of tools, references, and articles that cover topics like available care options and resources.
Public Health Degrees
Information is available for more than 150 schools and 2,000 public health programs, as well as careers in the field.
For information on master's degrees in public health:
Learn how public health degrees can land a job helping the elderly, which can be a challenging, rewarding, and wise career choice.
Rehab.com LLC provides people across the nation with access and guides regarding mental health and substance abuse resources within their own communities.
Safety both in and out of home is a top priority for elders and there are many simple safety steps that will reduce the risk of accidents and abuse. Here are 50 safety tips to make aging in place easier, safer and more enjoyable.
Learning about how aging impacts sleep can empower people to take steps to improve their daily sleep in order to enhance their quality of life and manage some of the challenges of aging.
Cataracts, among other vision issues, are a common result of aging and occur frequently in older people. About one in five adults over the age of 65 has a cataract. The below link provides information on improving seniors' vision.
Seat Up aims to outline the importance of staying physically and mentally active as seniors age. Seat Up compiles a list of options available to seniors for entertainment, such as physical/mental exercises, social networking, gaming, music, and virtual tours.
American Association of Retired Persons
American Seniors Housing Association
Argentum (Formerly the Assisted Living Federation of America)
KaTom Restaurant Supply, Inc.
This resource contains statistics and links to restaurant inspection regulations and reports.
McKnight's Long-Term Care NEWS
National Investment Center (NIC)
National PACE Association
Office of Inspector General, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
OIG Home | Search the Site | What's New | Exclusions Database | HHS Home The HHS Employee Assistance Program (EAP) may be reached by visiting the Federal Occupational Health website at www.foh4you.com or by telephone 24 hours a day at 800-222-0364
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
We create and distribute the most flexible and easy to use food service management software developed specifically for long-term care health facilities.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES AND EXERCISE
According to the U.S. Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health, inactive people are nearly twice as likely to develop heart disease as those who are more active. Despite the age-defying benefits of getting fit, seniors are the least physically active of all Americans—40 percent of women and 30 percent of men over 70 report that they never exercise. Explore the resources here to learn about the benefits of exercise, the dangers of inactivity, and helpful tips on getting started.
Health & Aging: Seniors and Swimming:
Heart Disease Prevention with Exercise:
Exercise: A Drug-Free Approach to Lowering High Blood Pressure:
Exercise and Stroke Prevention: