AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people age 50
on Aging: www.aoa.dhhs.gov/eldfam/eldfam.asp
The Administration on Aging (AoA), an agency in the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services, is one of the nation's largest providers of home- and community-based
care for older persons and their caregivers. The website is designed to provide
a comprehensive overview of a wide variety of topics, programs and services
related to aging. Whether you are an older individual, a caregiver, a community
service provider, a researcher, or a student, you will find valuable information
provided in a user-friendly way.
The Alzheimer’s Association, the world leader in Alzheimer research and
support, is a voluntary health organization dedicated to finding preventions,
treatments and, eventually, a cure for Alzheimer dementia. They provide reliable
information and care consultation; create supportive services for families;
increase funding for dementia research; and influence public policy changes.
The Alzheimer's Association nationwide network of chapters offers
a broad range of programs and services for people with the disease,
families, care partners and professional care providers.
Information Site: www.alzinfo.org
Alzinfo.org is a tool of the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation
to educate people about this devastating disease. The mission of the website
is to educate, engage and create an online community with 24 hours a day, 7
days a week access to information and support via online chats, message boards
and the most comprehensive resource databases available.
Whether you are afflicted with Alzheimer's, or a caregiver, or
a loved one of an Alzheimer's patient, you are sure to find answers
to your questions. The Resource Locater will help you find local
support on a variety of topics.
of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA): www.aahsa.org/public/consumer.htm
AAHSA represents 5,600 mission-driven, not-for-profit nursing homes, continuing
care retirement communities, assisted living and senior housing facilities.
The National Council on Aging created this website to help older adults to
quickly identify programs that may improve the quality of their lives. BenefitsCheckUp
is the nation's most comprehensive online service to screen for federal,
state and some local private and public benefits for older adults (ages 55
and over). It contains over 1,300 different programs from all fifty states
(including the District of Columbia). On average there are 50 to 70 programs
available to individuals per state.
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.
The Eldercare Locator helps older adults and their caregivers find local services
and housing options for Seniors.
Federal Trade Commission – Identity
Theft (FTC): www.ftc.gov
The Federal Trade Commission has posted information on their website to help
educate everyone on this growing problem. Look for Consumer Information and
then the topic of Identity Theft.
FirstGov for Seniors
(The U. S. Government’s Official Web Portal): www.seniors.gov
Term Care Living: www.LongTermCareLiving.com
This website offers consumer information on planning, preparing and paying
for long-term care
This is the official U.S. Government website for people with Medicare coverage.
Medicaid is health insurance that helps many people who cannot afford medical
care pay for some or all of their medical bills.
Missouri Association of
Homes for the Aging (MoAHA): www.moaha.org
The Missouri Association of Homes for the Aging (MoAHA) was founded in 1969
and is the only organization in Missouri devoted to furthering the interests
of the not-for-profit continuum of long-term care, including skilled nursing
facilities, health related facilities, residential care facilities, independent
housing facilities, HUD facilities and other community-based services.
MoAHA’s vision is of a long term care system that offers
accessible, affordable, high-quality and innovative health care,
housing and community services in a manner in which self-determination,
compassion, benevolence, individual integrity, diversity, and
social responsibility are valued and promoted.
MoAHA’s mission is to represent the interests of its members
and promote the association’s vision through ethical leadership,
advocacy, education, information and other services.
of Health and Senior Services: www.dhss.mo.gov
The Department of Health and Senior Services protects and promotes quality
of life and health for all Missourians by developing and implementing programs
and systems that provide information and education; effective regulation and
oversight; quality services; and surveillance of diseases and conditions.
Missouri Department of
Mental Health: www.dmh.missouri.gov
The Missouri Department of Mental Health was first established as a cabinet-level
state agency by the Omnibus State Government Reorganization Act, effective
July 1, 1974. State law provides three principal missions for the department:
(1) the prevention of mental disorders, developmental disabilities, substance
abuse, and compulsive gambling; (2) the treatment, habilitation, and rehabilitation
of Missourians who have those conditions; and (3) the improvement of public
understanding and attitudes about mental disorders, developmental disabilities,
substance abuse, and compulsive gambling.
DMH makes services available through state-operated facilities
and contracts with private organizations and individuals. The
state-operated psychiatric facilities include inpatient psychiatric
for adults and children, as well as the Missouri Sexual Offender
Treatment Center. In addition, six habilitation centers and 11
regional centers serve individuals with developmental disabilities.
Other services are purchased from a variety of privately operated
programs statewide through approximately 4,000 contracts managed
annually by DMH.
Guide for Seniors: www.dhss.mo.gov/SeniorServices
The Missouri Guide for Seniors is a comprehensive online guide containing detailed
information, as well as answers to frequently asked questions, on an exhaustive
list of Senior topics/issues.
National Alliance for the
Mentally Ill (NAMI): www.nami.org
NAMI is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization
of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses,
such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive
disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic and other severe anxiety disorders,
autism and pervasive developmental disorders, attention deficit/hyperactivity
disorder, and other severe and persistent mental illnesses that affect the
Founded in 1979 as the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill,
NAMI today works to achieve equitable services and treatment for
more than 15 million Americans living with severe mental illnesses
and their families . Hundreds of thousands of volunteers participate
in more than one thousand local affiliates and fifty state organizations
to provide education and support, combat stigma, support increased
funding for research, and advocate for adequate health insurance,
housing, rehabilitation, and jobs for people with mental illnesses
and their families.
Local affiliates and state organizations identify and work on
issues most important to their community and state. Local Missouri
National Association of Area
Agencies on Aging: www.n4a.org
N4A staff and their grassroots network across the country are champions of
many critical issues concerning the well-being of older adults.
National Council on the
Aging (NCOA): www.ncoa.org
NCOA is a private, nonprofit organization providing information, training,
technical assistance, advocacy and leadership in all aspects of aging services
National Institute on Aging: www.nia.nih.gov
NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of National Institute
of Health leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature
of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. In 1974,
Congress granted authority to form NIA to provide leadership in
aging research, training, health information dissemination, and
other programs relevant to aging and older people. Subsequent
amendments to this legislation designated the NIA as the primary
Federal agency on Alzheimer’s disease research.
The Missouri ombudsman program consists of volunteers serving residents of
nursing homes and residential care facilities to provide support and assistance
with any problems or complaints. Complaints concerning abuse, neglect and
financial exploitation should be reported first to the Missouri Division
of Senior Services Elder Abuse Hotline, 800-392-0210. Individual volunteers
are recruited by Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) or their service providers.
Following screening and training, the volunteer is assigned to a facility
that has agreed to participate in the program. The ombudsman receives orientation
to the facility and its procedures, prior to making regular contact with
Social Security Administration
Called Social Security Online, the website offers benefits planning, Social
Security statements, online application to retire and more.
This website provides a comprehensive Internet guide to Senior Housing, Health
at Home, Professional Services, Health Services, Care Management and Community
Resources for Seniors and their families.
U.S. Census Bureau: www.census.gov
This website provides a wide range of statistics on demographics as well as
economics of Americans of all ages.
United Way of
Greater St. Louis: www.stl.unitedway.org
The United Way of Greater St. Louis unites people of diverse backgrounds and
interests who work together to strengthen health and human services in Missouri
The United Way efficiently raises and allocates funds to support
a strong network of quality agencies and services; provides information,
management and technical resources; identifies critical issues
and unmet needs and builds collaborations with the public and
private sectors to meet those needs.