Seniors and their advocates are becoming increasingly familiar with the wealth of information available on the Internet. Below is a list of sites that will be of interest to anyone looking for information about consumer issues that affect seniors.
Administration on Aging
The mission of AoA is to develop a comprehensive, coordinated and cost-effective system of home and community-based services that helps elderly individuals maintain their health and independence in their homes and communities. This site offers information about the Administration as well as AoA programs.
American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
Join or renew your membership as well as find many useful links from up-to-the-minute news and weather to travel and dining.
The Alzheimer's Association is the leading, global voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care and support, and the largest private, nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's research. The site offers valuable information about the disease, treatments, and clinical studies as well as resources for those who suffer from the disease and their caregivers.
Benefits Check Up
BenefitsCheckUp helps you find state, federal, and private benefits programs available where you live. These benefit programs can help pay for prescriptions, health care, food, utilities, and more. You can also get help with tax relief, transportation, legal issues, or finding work.
Better Business Bureau
Get information about the Better Business Bureau, file a complaint, apply for BBB Accreditation, learn more about their Standards for Trust and much more.
California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform
Since 1983, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR), a statewide nonprofit 501(c)(3) advocacy organization, has been dedicated to improving the choices, care and quality of life for California’s long term care consumers. The site offers assistance finding a nursing home, reporting elder abuse and financial abuse as well news on legislations and other consumer resources.
California Department of Aging
Promoting the independence and well-being of older adults, adults with disabilities, and families through access to information and services to improve the quality of lives, opportunities for community involvement, and support for family members providing care in collaboration with other state and local agencies.
An online community that offers free educational materials and answers to questions older adults and their caregivers may have.
Center for Medicare Advocacy
The Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc. is a national, non-partisan, education and advocacy organization that works to advance access to necessary health care for older adults and persons with disabilities by addressing the many concerns they have regarding Medicare and related programs.
Consumer Consortium on Assisted Living
This website offers information for consumers regarding advancing Person-Centered Living. Person-Centered Living advocates that consumers have the right to determine their home and community based (HCB) services and support needs, decide how best to have those needs met, and to be provided a means to give feedback about the quality and nature of the services and supports.
Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP)
HICAP provides unbiased individualized counseling, community outreach, and public education about Medicare and other health insurance topics. State-registered staff and volunteer counselors will answer your medicare questions, free of charge.
This site offers you the ability to sign-up for or change your medicare plan, calculate your medicare costs, learn more about drug coverage and supplemental insurance as well as file a claim as well as other valuable information and resources.
National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging's primary mission is to build the capacity of its members to help older persons and persons with disabilities live with dignity and choices in their homes and communities for as long as possible.
National Senior Citizens Law Center
Protecting the rights of older low-income adults by providing education and counseling to local legal services advocates. The center does not provide advice or counsel individuals directly.
Social Security Administration
Besides offering information on social security and retirement benefits you can apply for or replace your social security card, apply online for retirement or disability benefits, apply for Medicare only, and apply for SSI survivors or family benefits.
The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) represents the country’s leading pharmaceutical industry research and biotechnology companies. This site offers information on Medicare Part D and hosts roundtables and publishes the latest news on research on the top pharmaceutical issues.
RxHope is exactly what its name implies... a helping hand to people in need of obtaining critical medications that they would normally have trouble affording. They act as your advocate in making the patient assistance program journey easier and faster by supplying vital information and help.
The Medicine Program
The Medicine Program is a patient advocacy organization helping individuals and families all across America get access to up to 2,500 prescription medications available today for free or nearly free of charge through Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs).