Resources


Federal Agencies & Services:

Seniors.gov – USA.gov for Seniors

  • Federal government information and services of interest to seniors. This site includes information about social security benefits, travel information, educational opportunities, and consumer protection services (including scams that target seniors).

National Institute on Aging

  • Leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life as well as the primary federal agency on Alzheimer’s disease research. The site includes link to other government sites, news, and health information.

 

Minnesota Agencies & Services:

Minnesota Attorney General Senior Center

  • Information for seniors about consumer fraud, telephone service, and legal rights.

Minnesota Board on Aging

  • This site includes links to Minnesota services for seniors, information about the Minnesota Prescription Drug Program, and other assistance. The Board also sponsors the Senior LinkAge line at 1-800-333-2433.

Minnesota Department of Human Services

  • Links to a broad range of services in Minnesota.

Minnesota Department of Human Services: Aging

  • Links to a broad range of services for senior citizens in Minnesota.

Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging

  • Information about and for the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area’s senior community. This site features demographic information, agency news, housing options, and links to statewide agencies on aging.

 

Community & Organizations:

AARP

  • Official site for the group formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons, maintaining that “age is just a number and life is what you make of it.” This site includes a wide assortment of information from legislative issues to computer reviews to volunteer opportunities to information about money and work.

National Council on the Aging

  • Association of organizations and professionals dedicated to promoting the dignity, self-determination, well being, and contributions of older persons. This site features links to constituent groups within the NCOA, as well as articles and publications for a range of senior issues.

Senior Journal

  • Daily news updates for active senior citizens. The site includes articles on fitness, enjoying life, money, politics, and other issues of concern to senior citizens.

SeniorNet

  • For computer-using adults, ages 50 and older. This online community offers a wide range of information and access, including book groups and discussion forums on over 400 topics. Some sections of the site require free registration.

 

Health & Fitness:

Mayo Clinic

  • Medical and health information, including information on healthy living, diseases and conditions, healthy lifestyles, medications, and health news.

Merck Manual of Geriatrics

  • The full text of this medical reference is available online and can be searched by keyword browsed by the table of contents or the index. The manual also contains useful information on the health aspects of aging as well as drug information and life issues for seniors and their families.

Alzheimer’s Association

  • Resources for people with Alzheimer’s disease, family and caregivers, physicians, and researchers about the disease, coping with Alzheimer’s, and treatment options. There is also a Minnesota-Dakotas chapter.

American Cancer Society

  • Resources about cancer awareness, prevention, and treatment options. The site includes links to other web sites for more information about specific types of cancer. Some features of the site, including discussion boards, require free registration.

American Diabetes Association

  • Information and resources about diabetes.

American Heart Association

  • Warning signs, information, and resource relating to heart attacks, heart disease, and strokes. The site also includes information on risk assessment, family health, and advocacy.

American Lung Association

  • Information about lung health and disease like how lungs work, protecting your lungs, and warning signs of lung disease. Also, provides information about support and communities.

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology

  • Information about the treatments and research of allergies and asthma.

American Foundation for the Blind

  • This site provides programs & services for the blind. Also, it provides information of eye conditions, Using technology, and job seeking.

Arthritis Foundation

  • Information about the diagnosis, treatments, and research of arthritis.

Attention Deficit Disorder Association

  • Provides information about ADD and will answer questions about the disorder. Also, provides resources for your benefit and helps find professional help for those affected.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Provides information on all health related topics from disease and conditions, healthy living, travelers’ health, and emergency preparedness.

Community Resource Connections

  • Provides detailed information about human services offered locally, transportation throughout northwestern Minnesota, and local mental health resources.

Department of Human Services – MN

HealthCare.gov

  • Get healthcare coverage. Keep or update your current plan.

MesotheliomaHelp.org

  • Information on mesothelioma, treatment options, and legal advice.

Mesothelioma Group – Understanding Cancer

  • This mesothelioma support community provides information on mesothelioma, treatment options, paying for treatment, and veterans.

Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance

  • Provides information about brain injuries, education& community outreach, and advocacy.

National Parkinson Foundation

  • Information and resources related to Parkinson’s disease, with news, statistics, and discussion forums.

 

Caregivers:

Family Caregiver Alliance

  • This site features information on long-term care for adults coping Alzheimer’s diseases, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and other related brain disorders.

National Alliance for Caregiving

  • Reports and resources for family caregivers of seniors.

 

Housing & Long-Term Care;

Nursing Home Compare (from Medicare.gov)

  • Detailed information about the past performance of every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the country. Includes a Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home and a Nursing Home Checklist.

Nursing Home Report Card

  • Reports on Nursing Homes in the state of Minnesota. Provided by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Department of Human Services.

Long-Term Care Link

  • Source of long-term care information, including articles, links to other informational sites, news and announcements and editorials.

Senior Housing, Inc.

  • Helping senior citizens with suitable, adequate, and affordable housing. This site lists properties for sale or rent, as well as housing options for specialized care, in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.