This federally funded initiative serves the nation’s disability, rehabilitation, and senior communities by providing objective information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment.
Administration on Aging
US Dept of Health & Human Services seeks to develop a comprehensive, coordinated and cost-effective system of home and community-based services that helps elderly individuals maintain their health and independence.
Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is the lead Federal agency charged with improving the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of healthcare.
The Aging of the United States Population (great stats & charts)
These charts from SeniorCare.com using public information show how the senior population is expected to climb to 83,000,000 by 2050.
The AWH is a collaborative research & development initiative aimed at delivering solutions and services for aging well across the continuum of care. The diverse group of organizations include MIT AgeLab, Philips, Humana, and more.
Alcoholism and Drug Dependance
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence provides info on Seniors & Drugs.
DiscoveryPlace.com offers this Ultimate Guide to Addiction Treatment for Seniors with Medicare.
Free government information about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center
The U.S. Congress created the Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center in 1990 to “compile, archive, and disseminate information concerning Alzheimer’s disease” for health professionals, people with AD and their families, and the public.
Americans with Disabilities Act
Information & Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Anxiety & Depression Association of America
ADAA is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety and mood disorders, OCD, and PTSD and to improving the lives of all people who suffer from them through education, practice, and research.
The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act is model legislation developed by AARP and enacted in about 30 states, but slightly differently in each case. The law generally requires that hospitals: (1) Record the name of family caregiver(s) on the medical record, (2) Inform family caregivers when their loved one is to be discharged, and (3) provide them with education and instruction of the medical tasks he or she will need to perform for the patient at home.
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
The CDC offers information on topics such as healthy living, diseases & conditions, emergency preparedness, environmental health, traveler’s advisories, and workplace safety.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Part of the US Dept of Health & Human Services, this federal agency administers Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program
Community Care Smart Assistive Technology Collaborative
This Australian project offers opportunities for training, information-sharing and collaboration on smart assistive technology has been funded by the Queensland Government through the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services. Their YouTube channel has many educational webinars.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Empowering consumers to take more control over their economic lives
This is the destination for digital literacy resources and collaboration and for sharing and enhancing the tools necessary to learn computer and Internet skills needed in today’s global work environment. Topics include using a computer or mobile device, software & applications, etc.
The Dementia Friendly America Initiative
Dementia Friendly America is a multi-sector collaborative on a mission to foster “dementia friendly” communities.
Disability.gov connects you to important information about disability benefits, health care and housing programs, as well as tools and resources for students making the transition from high school to college or work. You can also learn about programs in your community that can help you find a job, access transportation and get the services and supports you need to live independently.
Search by drug name, active ingredient, or application number.
A public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging that helps older adults and their caregivers find resources and services in their area by zip code
Fact sheets, publications, links and other useful information for older adults, caregivers, and professionals by HHS
FDA’s Mobile Medical Applications Guidance (43-page PDF)
Contains nonbinding recommendations for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff.
Food & Drug Administration
The FDA is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety, tobacco products, dietary supplements, pharmaceuticals, vaccines, blood transfusions, medical devices, devices emitting electromagnetic radiation, veterinary products, and cosmetics.
Get alerts on life-saving food recalls and helpful tips for keeping food safe, from the trusted source for food safety information from the federal government.
Get everyday actions for preventing the flu; learn about the symptoms and treatment for those with the flu virus. Find a place near you to get a flu shot; all ages should be vaccinated this year.
Fraud Enforcement Taskforce
StopFraud.gov helps prevent Elder Fraud and Financial Exploitation.
With this tool from Health Care Cost Institute, a not-for-profit research organization of health insurance companies, consumers can now search for average prices for 70 services across more than 300 hundred cities.
Health & Human Services
HHS is the nation’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.
The purpose of Data.gov is to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government, kind of like what NOAA did for Weather information.
This government website is managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to help you take health care into your own hands. Find insurance options. Learn about prevention. Compare care quality. Understand the law.
Learn about Health information technology (health IT), which makes it possible for health care providers to better manage patient care through secure use and sharing of health information. Health IT includes the use of electronic health records (EHRs) instead of paper medical records to maintain people’s health information.
Health Risk Calculators for Seniors
22 Senior Health Risk Calculators for Healthy Aging
Healthy Homes Assessment Tools (CDC)
CDC tools for assessing the many factors that influence health & safety in homes, including structural and safety aspects of the home; quality of indoor air; water quality; chemicals; resident behavior; and the house’s immediate surroundings. Childhood lead poisoning, injuries, respiratory diseases such as asthma, and quality of life issues have been linked to the more than 6 million substandard housing units nationwide. Residents of these units are also at increased risk for fire, falls, rodent bites, and other illnesses and injuries. Additional issues of concern include exposure to pesticide residues, tobacco smoke, and combustion gases.
Healthy Sleep aims to help the general public understand sleep and to get the sleep they need. It is based on the belief that sleep is of equal importance to two other key aspects of health: proper nutrition and regular exercise.
HHS Aging Resources
About healthy lifestyles, planning for retirement, and knowing your options for health care and long-term care. Includes links to Caregiver Resources, Social Security benefits, Medicare enrollment, Medicaid coverage, and Age discrimination.
HHS Initiative on Multiple Chronic Conditions (MCC)
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) supports a large number of programs to prevent and manage MCC that pose a significant and increasing burden on the health of Americans.
Hospital Locator & Comparison
The Hospital Compare website was created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to promote reporting on hospital quality of care. Find care facilities by zip code and compare them with peers using medical records data the hospitals voluntarily submit about the treatments their patients receive. We like the service but think it needs patient input too, like Angie’s List.
Home Use Devices: How to Prepare for & Handle Power Outages
FDA gives advice for medical devices that require electricity. 20-page booklet (PDF) includes personal emergency contacts.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Independence, Technology, and Connection in Older Age
In this 80-page report, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), makes several recommendations to address America’s aging population with independence technology.
Independent Student’s Guide to Healthcare
This guide for first-time health insurance shoppers, from BestColleges.com, helps them transition to their own healthcare and offer tips on finding the right doctors.
Insurance Company Rate Increases
Find out about your own insurance company and how they justify their increases at Healthcare.gov.
International Profiles of Health Care Systems
Produced by The Commonwealth Fund, this detailed report contrasts the different health care systems of 19 advanced countries. By comparison, the USA fare poorly.
U.S. Department of Justice — a resource to report unfair or illegal treatment.
Department of LABOR
About worker’s rights
Legal Resources and Considerations for Seniors and Persons with Special Needs
This guide by Just Great Lawyers provides information about what legal concerns elderly and disabled individuals might face, and how to address them appropriately if these rights are violated.
Join America’s move to raise a healthier generation of kids. Learn the facts about raising healthier kids through physical activity and nutrition.
The Administration for Community Living, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, brings together the efforts and achievements of the Administration on Aging, the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and the HHS Office on Disability to serve as the Federal agency responsible for increasing access to community supports, while focusing attention and resources on the unique needs of older Americans and people with disabilities across the lifespan.
Official U.S. Government site for Medicaid
Official U.S. Government site for Medicare
Medicare and Home Health Care
32-page PDF booklet covering who is eligible, covered services, how to find & compare home health agencies, and your Medicare rights
Medicare Provider Charge Data
This database reveals previously secret information about what hospitals charge for common inpatient services, showing significant variation across the country. Read about it at Secret Hospital Charges Disclosed.
Medicare versus Medicaid
A quick comparison by CaregiverConnections
Military and Veterans Benefits
A resource collection by Military.com
Money Saving Tips for Seniors
Many listed resources to help seniors cut costs, save money, avoid scams, plan retirement, and find assistance.
My Family Health Portrait
A free PHR by HSS.gov and built on Microsoft HealthVault. Enter your family health history. Print and share with family or your health care worker. Save so you can update it over time. Integrate with EMR / PHR.
National Aging in Place Council
NAIPC is a network of professionals from the private, public and non-profit sectors who can help you plan for your future housing and care needs.
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
The NCCAM is the Federal Government’s lead agency for scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).
National Institutes of Health
NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, is the nation’s medical research agency, making important discoveries that improve health and save lives. Thanks in large part to NIH-funded medical research, Americans today are living longer and healthier.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
National Institutes of Health works to reduce the burden of neurological disease – a burden borne by every age group, by every segment of society, by people all over the world.
National Institute on Aging The NIA has been at the forefront of the Nation’s research activities dedicated to understanding the nature of aging, supporting the health and well being of older adults, and extending healthy, active years of life for more people.
NIH Senior Health
NIHSeniorHealth.gov makes aging-related health information easily accessible for family members and friends seeking reliable, easy to understand online health information. This site was developed by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) both part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Nursing Home Abuse Guide
The mission of nursinghomeabuseguide.org is to provide free, accurate and up to date information on nursing home injury and abuse, as well as the actions you can take to protect your loved one.
Patient-Centered Medical Home
The US Department of Health & Human Services hosts this Resource Center with information on the PCMH, also called the Primary Care Medical Home. PCHM is a starting point for a new model of transforming the delivery of primary care. As I describe here, the name is a bit confusing, so here are other articles on the topic.
Tools, resources, and collaboration in the pursuit of accessible workplace technology, in cooperation with the US Department of Labor
Pets for the Elderly
The Pets for the Elderly Foundation (PFE) is a 501 (c)(3) public charity whose mission is to provide companionship to senior individuals through pet ownership, while saving the lives of companion animals in shelters; animals which might otherwise be destroyed due to lack of appropriate homes, and space limitations.
Canine Caregivers for Dementia and Alzheimer’s Patients
About a new breed of service dogs.
Cats for Seniors
The American Humane Associate describes pet adoption advice.
Search by location (zip code or city/state) and specialty for information about Medicare-enrolled Physicians and Healthcare Professionals and compare how patients rate their experience with doctors as well as how the doctors perform on a dashboard of clinical and outcomes measures.
Physicians for a National Health Program
PNHP is a non-profit research and education organization of 18,000 physicians, medical students and health professionals who support single-payer national health insurance.
Preventive Medicine Organizations
The Nurses Guide to Preventive Medicine, Patient Education & Health Literacy lists nearly 100 organizations dedicated to the prevention of disease and the prolonging of life through medical and educational tactics applied at the local, national, and international levels.
Health is PRIMARY CARE
Health is Primary is a communications campaign by America’s Family Physicians to advocate for the values of family medicine, demonstrate the benefits of primary care, and engage patients in our health care system. Our aim is to build a primary care system that reflects the values of family medicine, puts patients at the center of their care, and improves the health of all Americans.
Single Payer FAQ
Excellent coverage of the need for health reform and the Public option (e.g. Medicare for All), by Physicians for a National Health Program.
Educational Resources for Sleep Professionals
Social Security Administration
The official website of the U.S. Social Security Administration
Resources to support older adults and their caregivers can vary from state to state. See what is available to you from HHS.
Learn how to spot Medicare fraud and report it when you witness it to help prevent fraud, waste and abuse. You can also learn how to protect yourself from fraud and identity theft.
Alzheimer’s Disease Program
The Alzheimer’s Disease Program was established by legislative mandate in 1987 to provide information and support to Alzheimer’s patients, their families, and long term care providers. The program works to increase awareness of the disease and to address its burden on individuals living with Alzheimer’s and those who care for them through statewide strategic planning.
Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS)
DADS was created to administer long-term services and supports for people who are aging as well as for people with intellectual and physical disabilities. DADS also licenses and regulates providers of these services, and administers the state’s Guardianship program.
Top Five BMI Self-Tests
It’s not just obesity; being just overweight can trigger a wide range of health problems and exacerbate any existing ones. This is from Public Health Corps, a nonprofit that provides useful public information on health topics.
Top Five Diabetes Self-Tests
Assess your likelihood of developing diabetes with this resource from Public Health Corps, a nonprofit that provides useful public information on health topics.
Top Five Heart Disease Self-Tests
Identify the biggest heart disease risk factors with this resource from Public Health Corps, a nonprofit that provides useful public information on health topics.
U.S. Department of Transportation
The USDA promotes the nutrition and well-being of Americans through dietary guidelines and nutrient content on the U.S. Food Supply.
Guide to VA Benefits and Long-Term Care
A Place for Mom created this eBook to help families determine if they might qualify for benefits, show them how to apply, and direct them to resrouces that might help with the application process. We are thrilled to have this free resource to share with families.
VA Caregiver Support
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers this website about Caring for those who Care.
VALUE IN HEALTHCARE: Laying the Foundation for Health System Transformation
This (8MB PDF) report was prepared for the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting this January in Devos, Switzerland. As a technologist, I find it interesting and disturbing that all nations are struggling with healthcare costs that are consuming an ever-larger share of GDP. That’s even with considerable tech innovation that greatly reduces costs in other industries, but not healthcare.
Links to Additional Resources from USA.Gov
- Caregivers’ Resources
Help providing care, benefits, long-distance caregiving, legal matters, support for caregivers…
- Food, Nutrition, and Fitness
Dietary guidelines, food safety, nutrition, fitness, exercise, weight loss and control, food stamps…
- Health and Nutrition: Online Services
Body mass calculator, checkups online, clinic locator, dialysis facilities, score your diet…
- Health Insurance
Medicaid, Medicare, prescription drug coverage…
- Health Topics A-Z
Find a comprehensive list of topics from MedlinePlus, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.
- Prescription Drugs
Lookup drug interactions, compare drugs, learn about Medicare prescription drug coverage, verify your medication’s appearance…
Note that many of the websites listed include their own resource lists, so be sure to look there too. And of course you can do an online search search engine.