Useful Links

Senior Services & Associations

 

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

http://www.eatright.org/resources/for-seniors

American College of Health Care Administrators
Professional society for administrators in long-term care, assisted living and subacute care. 
http://www.achca.org

 

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.
http://www.ahcancal.org/Pages/Default.aspx

 

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.
http://www.ahima.org

 

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.
http://www.anfponline.org

 

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.
http://www.cdc.gov

 

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.
http://www.carf.org/home

 

Grand Senior Living
Specializing in senior housing and health care services, we offer a highly personalized approach to project development, operations management & consulting.
www.GrandSeniorLiving.com

 

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.
http://www.hospicefoundation.org

 

Hospital Administration
Promotes the importance of becoming a hospital administrator and offers guidance on landing a position in the field. Includes information on online courses as well as career and salary expectations.
http://hospitaladministration.org


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.
http://www.jcaho.org

 

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.
http://www.leadingage.org

 

Mesothelioma Center

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.
http://www.asbestos.com

Also: https://www.pleuralmesothelioma.com/cancer/

Mesothelioma Lawyers 

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.

http://www.mesotheliomalawyercenter.org

 

Mesothelioma Prognosis

The Mesothelioma Group is a small team of healthcare professionals dedicated to increasing awareness while improving survival rates and life expectancy.

http://www.mesotheliomagroup.com/prognosis

 

Also: https://www.asbestos.net/mesothelioma/prognosis/

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.
http://www.nasl.org/

 

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.
http://www.nadona.org

 

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.
http://www.ncal.org/

 

National Certification Council for Activities Professionals
Organization that exclusively certifies activity professionals who work with the elderly.
http://www.nccap.org/

 

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.
www.secondwind.org

 

Research Resources

 

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.

https://www.addictionguide.com/addiction/painkillers/

For information on fentanyl: https://lagunashoresrecovery.com/drugs/fentanyl/

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.
http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/degrees/nursing-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.

https://www.rehabspot.com/alcohol/who-alcoholism-affects/Seniors/

 

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.
http://americanaddictioncenters.org/treating-depression-substance-abuse/

 

Also visit: https://www.addictionrehabcenters.com/

Automatic Fall Detection Devices

Automatic fall detection sensors are built into a fall alert pendant and decipher whether a resident is falling based on the speed of movements in all directions. The program then contacts an emergency dispatch if a fall is confirmed by the resident or caregiver.

https://www.medicalalertadvice.com/fall-detection/

Chronic Pain

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.

https://jflowershealth.com/chronic-pain/

Coronavirus Management

From handwashing and food preparation to decontamination and quarantine, learn how to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 and other contagious illnesses.

https://www.edumed.org/resources/promoting-student-health-and-disease-prevention/

Dementia

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.

https://www.toprehabs.com/alzheimers-dementia/

​​Drug Dangers

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.

 

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.

https://www.sunshinebehavioralhealth.com/treatment/dual-diagnosis-rehab/

Grief Management

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.
https://www.cnvdetox.com/understanding-grief/

 

Influenza Treatment

The "Guide on Handling Coughs and Colds in the Elderly" provides information on timely and important information about colds and flu, why elderly people are at a higher risk of infection, key information on how to spot the signs and symptoms and useful tips and advice on preventive measures.

https://www.covonia.co.uk/coughs-colds-elderly-guide/

Mental Health

Learn about the effects of dementia, depression, anxiety and other mental disorders affecting older adults and ways to address them.

https://www.arrowpassage.com/mental-illness-facts/

 

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.

http://www.medicalbillingandcoding.org/

 

Nursing Assistant Guides

The Top 100 Senior Living Sites for Nurses cover elder care, assisted living, Alzheimer's and more.
http://nursingassistantguides.com

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.

https://topnurse.info/

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.

https://www.nursinghomeabusecenter.com/legal/lawyers/

​​Online RN to BSN Programs

Learn more about career opportunities in the nursing field, their job descriptions, pay and educational requirements. Information about nursing degree programs and scholarships is also available. Figures provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
http://bestonlinerntobsnprogram.com/

 

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:

https://www.publichealthonline.org/

 

Public Health Degrees

 

Information is available for more than 150 schools and 2,000 public health programs, as well as careers in the field.
http://www.publichealthdegrees.org/

For information on master's degrees in public health:

http://www.mphprogram.com/

Learn how public health degrees can land a job helping the elderly, which can be a challenging, rewarding, and wise career choice.

https://www.publicservicedegrees.org/careers/working-with-the-elderly/

Reverse Mortgages

Homeowners over 62 years of age owing little or no money on their mortgages can supplement their cash flow with a reverse mortgage loan. Information on helping people understand and learn about reverse mortgages is also available.
http://reversemortgagealert.org/

Also visit: https://www.lendingtree.com/reverse-mortgage-index



 

Regulatory Resources
 

AHLA - American Health Lawyers Association

AHLA (American Health Lawyers Association) Web site - The latest health law information.
http://www.healthlawyers.org/

 

Alzheimer's Association
www.alz.org

 

American Association of Retired Persons
www.aarp.org

 

American Seniors Housing Association
https://www.seniorshousing.org/

 

Argentum (Formerly the Assisted Living Federation of America)
https://www.argentum.org

 

​KaTom Restaurant Supply, Inc.

This resource contains statistics and links to restaurant inspection regulations and reports.
http://www.katom.com/learning-center/information_on.html

 

McKnight's Long-Term Care NEWS
www.mcknights.com

 

National Investment Center (NIC)
www.nic.org

 

National PACE Association

http://www.npaonline.org

 

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
https://oig.hhs.gov

 

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
www.rwjf.org

 

MEALTRACKER 
We create and distribute the most flexible and easy to use food service management software developed specifically for long-term care health facilities.
www.mealtracker.com

 

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:

 

http://blog.intheswim.com/health-aging-seniors-swimming/

 

Heart Disease Prevention with Exercise:

http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/heart-disease-prevention-exercise

 

Exercise: A Drug-Free Approach to Lowering High Blood Pressure:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/in-depth/high-blood-pressure/art-20045206

 

Exercise and Stroke Prevention:

https://www.acls.net/stroke-information-and-resources.htm

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