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Resources for Older People

Virginia Easy Access - Virginia Easy Access is the name of a website developed for seniors, adults with disabilities, their caregivers and the providers that support them. Virginia Easy Access is full of helpful information about services and supports that are available across the Commonwealth. Virginia Easy Access is the gateway to the VirginiaNavigator provider database. The provider database will help people find local services and supports.

SeniorNavigator.com unites knowledge, technology, community networks, and community spirit to ensure timely information about and access to local services for aging adults and those who care about them. SeniorNavigator.com’s mission is to identify, energize and orchestrate available resources to empower older adults and their families in making informed life choices in support of independence, dignity and a positive quality of life. unites knowledge, technology, community networks and community spirit to ensure timely information about and access to local services for aging adults and those who care about them. 

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Administration on Aging - The AOA provides information designed for Older Americans and their families as well as those concerned about providing the opportunities and services to enrich the lives of older persons and support their independence.

Aging Network Services - Aging Network Services is a nationwide, for-profit network of private-practice geriatric social workers who serve as care managers for older parents who live at a distance or in the area.

Alzheimer's Association - The Alzheimer’s Association has a national network of chapters that provide a wealth of programs and services to persons with Alzheimer’s disease, their families and caregivers, and health care professionals

Alzheimer Disease Education and Referral Center  - The Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center, a service of the National Institute on Aging, distributes information about Alzheimer's disease to health professionals, patients and their families, and the general public.

Virginia Alzheimer's Commission's AlzPossible Initiative - The mission of the VIRGINIA'S ALZHEIMER'S COMMISSION ALZPOSSIBLE INITIATIVE is to establish a much-needed organizational structure for coordinating purposeful activities and initiatives on Alzheimer’s and other dementing illnesses within the Commonwealth.

American Association for Retired Persons - AARP is the nation's leading organization for people age 50 and older. It serves their needs and interests through information and education, advocacy, and community services which are provided by a network of local chapters and experienced volunteers throughout the country. The organization also offers members a wide range of special benefits and services, including Modern Maturity magazine and the monthly Bulletin.

American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging - The American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) is the national association of not-for-profit organizations dedicated to providing quality housing, health, community, and related services to older people. AAHSA's mission is to represent and promote the common interests of its members through leadership, advocacy, education, and other services.

American Cancer Society - The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a national community-based volunteer health organization whose mission is to eliminate cancer as a major health problem by promoting its prevention. ACS seeks to diminish patients' suffering through research, education, advocacy, and patient services. ACS supports medical and scientific research in all aspects of cancer. It provides education to inform the public about various forms of the disease, as well as issues of early detection, risk reduction, and prevention. It also educates medical professionals on state-of-the-art techniques for cancer prevention, detection, and management. Finally, ACS collects statistical and epidemiologic information on cancer, disseminating it to a variety of special interest groups.

American Diabetes Association - The mission of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

American Heart Association - The American Heart Association (AHA) is a volunteer health organization that funds research and sponsors public education programs to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.


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Benefits Check-up Program  - The BenefitsCheckUp is the nation's first 50-state (including the District of Columbia) online service to provide public benefit screening. BenefitsCheckUp was developed to address a concerning problem: millions of older adults are eligible for benefits, but not receiving them. Ranging from health coverage to supplemental income to help in paying utility bills, there are millions of older adults who could benefit from a wide array of public programs if they knew about them and how to apply for them.


Black Elderly Legal Assistance Support Project - This project stimulates the involvement of local chapters of the National Bar Association to establish and expand African American and other minority community care coalitions at four sites around the Nation. Outcomes are targeted to the legal assistance needs of African American and other minority elderly.


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CareScout - Provides information on needs assessment, CareScount ratings, caretaker tools, and community reviews for nursing homes, assisted living, home health and hospice.

Consumer Consortium on Assisted Living - The Consumer Consortium on Assisted Living (CCAL)  provides information on assisted living.  Of special interest is their Checklist for Evaluating Assisted Living Facilities.

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District Three Governmental Cooperative - District Three Governmental Cooperative is an agency owned and operated by its member local governments for the benefit of the citizens of Bland, Carroll, Grayson, Smyth, Washington and Wythe counties, and the cities of Bristol and Galax, Virginia.


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Eldercare Locator - The Eldercare Locator is a nationwide directory assistance service designed to help older persons and caregivers locate local support resources for aging Americans. The toll-free number is operated as a cooperative partnership of the Administration on Aging, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, and the National Association of State Units on Aging.


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FirstGov For Senior - FirstGov for Seniors is one of several projects created at the direction of the National Partnership for Reinventing Government (NPRG). FirstGov for Seniors is a service especially geared toward senior citizens. FirstGov for Seniors allows citizens to obtain valuable health and security information and services at one location via the Internet.


Foundation for Hospice and Home Care - The Foundation for Hospice and Home Care promotes hospice and home care, establishes responsible standards of care, develops programs to ensure the proper preparation of caregivers, educates the public, and conducts research on aging, health, and social policies.


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U.S. Department of Health & Human Services - The Department of Health and Human Services is the United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.

Homes and Communities - A department within the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations - JCAHO evaluates and accredits nearly 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, not-for-profit organization, JCAHO is the nation’s predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.


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Legal Counsel for the Elderly - Legal Counsel for the Elderly works to expand the availability of legal services to older people and enhance the quality of existing services. It ensures that incapacitated or institutionalized older people receive quality legal care.

Legal Services for the Elderly - Legal Services for the Elderly (LSE) is an advisory center for lawyers who specialize in the legal problems of older persons.


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Meals on Wheels Association of America - The Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) is the oldest organization in the United States representing those who provide meal services to people in need. The Association provides education, training, and development opportunities, enabling members to provide quality nutrition services and programs.

Medicare - The Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) administers Medicare, the nation's largest health insurance program, which covers 39 million Americans. Medicare is a Health Insurance Program for people 65 years of age and older, some disabled people under 65 years of age.

Mesothelioma - Mesothelioma, a rare cancer of the lining of the lung, is caused by exposure to asbestos. Because of long dormancy periods, mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases can remain undetected for over a decade before the patient shows any signs of illness. An exposure of as little as one or two months can result in mesothelioma 30 or 40 years later. For this reason, many people are not diagnosed with mesothelioma until later in life.

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The National Aging Information Center - The National Aging Information Center (NAIC), established in 1995 by the Administration on Aging, serves as a central source of aging information for a broad national audience.

National Asian Pacific Center on Aging - The National Asian Pacific Center on Aging is to serve as the leading national advocacy organization committee to the dignity, well-being and quality of life of Asian Pacific Americans in their senior years.

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging - The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (NAAAA) represents the interests of Area Agencies on Aging across the country.

National Association of State Units on Aging - The National Association of State Units on Aging (NASUA) is a national public interest organization that provides information, technical assistance, and professional development support to its members. NASUA works to promote social policy at the Federal and State levels responsive to the needs of older Americans. Staff assist State Units on Aging to better serve older people.

National Center on Elder Abuse - The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) is operated jointly with the National Association of State Units on Aging, the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, and the University of Delaware to serve the information and knowledge and skills development needs of professionals concerned with elder abuse/neglect.

National Citizens' Coalition for Nursing Home Reform - The National Citizens' Coalition for Nursing Home Reform defines and achieves quality for people with long-term-care needs through informed, empowered consumers; effective citizen groups and ombudsman programs; promotion of best practices in care delivery; public policy responsive to consumers needs; and enforcement of consumer-directed health and living standards.

National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare - The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, an advocacy and education organization, is dedicated to protecting and enhancing Federal programs vital to seniors' health and economic well-being.

The National Council on the Aging, Inc. - The National Council on the Aging (NCOA)--a private, nonprofit organization--serves as a resource for information, training, technical assistance, advocacy, and leadership in all aspects of aging. NCOA seeks to promote the well-being and contributions of older persons and to enhance the field of aging.

National Family Caregivers Association - NFCA is a grass roots organization created to educate, support, empower and speak up for the millions of Americans who care for chronically ill, aged or disabled loved ones.

Nursing Home Compare - Developed by the U.S. Health Care Financing Administration, the primary purpose of this tool is to provide detailed information about the performance of every Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country. Virginia-specific information is available.

National Hispanic Council on Aging - The National Hispanic Council on Aging is a private, nonprofit organization that works to promote the well-being of older Hispanics.

National Indian Council on Aging - Since it was formed by a group of tribal chairmen in 1976, NICOA has served as the nation’s foremost non-profit advocate for the nation’s (est.) 200,000 American Indian and Alaska Native elders. NICOA strives to better the lives of the nation's indigenous seniors through advocacy, employment training, dissemination of information, and data support.

National Institute on Aging - The NIA, one of the 25 institutes and centers of the National Institutes of Health, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life.

National Long-Term Care Resource Center - The National Long-Term Care Resource Center, a collaboration between the University of Minnesota Institute for Health Services Research and the National Academy of State Health Policy, assists the aging network to develop, administer, monitor, and refine community-based long-term-care systems reform.

National Senior Citizens Law Center - The NSCLC advocates nationwide to promote the independence and well-being of low-income elderly individuals, as well as persons with disabilities, with particular emphasis on women and racial and ethnic minorities.

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Organization of Chinese Americans - The Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) works to ensure equal opportunities for Americans of Chinese ancestry.


PACE Program of All- Inclusive Care for the Elderly. PACE enables people to remain independent in their homes and communities. Riverside PACE has doctors, nurses, social workers, home health aides, home care coordinators, transportation, rehabilitation therapists, dietitians and others who work together to deliver comprehensive services, activities and programs. Website is www.riversideonline.com/PACE

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Recognizing Elder Abuse (National Council on the Aging, Inc.) - "Nearly 10% of older adults experience some form of abuse on a monthly basis, yet most occurrences go unreported. We dive into how you can identify, address, and prevent elder abuse."

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SeniorHousingNet - Search Senior Housing Net's comprehensive guide to retirement communities, assisted living residences, Alzheimer's facilities, and nursing homes nationwide.

SeniorNet - SeniorNet is a national nonprofit educational organization founded to teach computer skills to older adults and to provide a means for older adults to access information and to form friendships within an online network community.

seniorresource.com - Senior Resouce provides an encyclopedia of housing choices for seniors. This site generates 90,000 hits per month and includes other valuable information.

Social Security Administration - SSA oversees Medicare, supplemental security income as well as benefits for the disabled.

Social Security and Disability Resource Center - SSDRC is an informational website written by a former claims examiner for the social security administration, and addresses many questions that people often have about the application process, but have trouble finding clear answers to.


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United Way of America - The United Way of America is an association of local, independent United Way agencies in cities and towns across the United States. Local United Way agencies, which are funded through charitable donations, support social service and public assistance programs, including a variety of community programs for older persons. Local agencies are listed in the telephone directory.


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Virginia Association of Health Plans - The VAHP site is designed to be a resource on managed care in Virginia for members, consumers, health plan purchasers, legislators and members of the press.

Virgina Association of Nonprofit Homes for the Aging - VANHA is a statewide organization of not-for-profit retirement housing facilities, adult care residences, nursing homes, and continuing care retirement communities. Facilities are sponsored by a variety of religious, fraternal, public and private organizations dedicated to providing quality care and services to the elderly.

Virginia Easy Access - Virginia Easy Access is the name of a website developed for seniors, adults with disabilities, their caregivers and the providers that support them. Virginia Easy Access is full of helpful information about services and supports that are available across the Commonwealth. Virginia Easy Access is the gateway to the VirginiaNavigator provider database. The provider database will help people find local services and supports.

Virginia Department for the Visually Handicapped - The Department for the Visually Handicapped provides a variety of services to Virginians with visual disabilities of all ages in their efforts to maximize their independence. Services are available to infants, children, working aged adults as well as to individuals in their retirement years with serious visual impairments.

Virginia Department of Health - VDH's mission is to achieve and maintain optimum personal and community health by emphasizing health promotion, disease prevention, and environmental protection.

Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services - DMAS provides a system of high-quality comprehensive health services to members of Virginia’s low-income population as part of a safety net provided by the taxpayers to qualifying individuals in need and their families. DMAS encourages beneficiaries to take personal responsibility for improving their health outcomes so they can achieve greater self-sufficiency and also strives to ensure that program integrity is maintained in the array of preventive, acute and long-term care services it provides, and that fraud, waste and abuse are detected and eliminated to the maximum extent possible.

Virginia Department of Social Services - VDSS's mission is to promote self-reliance, prevention, and protection by serving as a catalyst for healthy families and communities.

Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation - The Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) oversees those jobs which pose a potential for public harm. DPOR licenses or certifies more than 245,000 individuals and businesses ranging from contractors to real estate agents and opticians to hearing aid specialists. DPOR works aggressively to protect all consumers, but focuses its efforts especially on fraud and discrimination against older Virginians because senior citizens are often potential targets for unscrupulous business practices. Learn more about protecting yourself with the DPOR Consumer Guides for Older Virginians or call the Hotline for Older Virginians at (804) 367-2178.

Virginia Health Care Association - VHCA's mission is to promote the delivery of quality extended health care services through leadership, information, education, collective action and collaborative efforts with other providers and citizen groups so that quality health care services along a continuum of care are available to all citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Virginia Health Quality Center - The VHQC is about improving the quality of health care. We review, assess and improve quality in cooperation with a variety of stakeholders, including government agencies and private enterprises. By collaborating with consumers, providers and purchasers for the common goal of improving the quality of health care delivered, we are able to help bring about healthier communities.

Virginia Housing Development Authority - VHDA's mission is to help our fellow Virginians obtain safe, sound and decent housing otherwise unaffordable to them.

Some of  the narrative summaries and website from above were obtained from the Administration on Aging and Virginia Health Information.

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