Help Organizations


Health & Aging Help Organizations (from National Institute on Aging)



Address: Public Affairs MS 72, 1000 AAA Drive

Heathrow FL 32746

Web: provides information, tools, and resources for senior driver safety and mobility. Links to local AAA Clubs are available for visitors to learn about the specific resources available in their community.


AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

Address: 607 14th Street, NW, Suite 201

Washington DC 20005

Telephone: 202-638-5944

Fax: 202-638-5943


The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is a nonprofit educational and research organization funding research projects designed to discover the causes of traffic crashes, prevent them, and minimize injuries when they do occur. AAA has used this research to develop educational materials for older drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and other road users.



Address: 601 E Street, NW

Washington DC 20049

Telephone: 1-888-OUR-AARP (687-2277) (toll-free) 1-877-MAS-DE50 (877-627-3350) (toll-free Spanish) +1-202-434-3525 (International calls)


AARP is a nonprofit organization that advocates for older Americans’ health, rights, and life choices. Local chapters provide information and services on crime prevention, consumer protection, and income tax preparation. Members can join group health, auto, life, and home insurance programs, investment plans, or a discount mail-order pharmacy service. The AgeLine database, available on CD-ROM, contains extensive resources on issues of concern to older people. Publications are available on housing, health, exercise, retirement planning, money management, leisure, and travel.


ABILITY Awareness

Address: 1440 E. 1st St., Suite 107

Santa Ana CA 92701

Telephone: (714) 277-4330

Fax: (714) 277-3743


ABILITY Awareness is a non-profit corporation committed to demonstrating the potential of people with disabilities or health conditions as volunteers, mentors and employees. ABILITY Build is ABILITY Awareness’ hallmark program, partnering with local nonprofit building organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and the Fuller Center for Housing. Other programs include the Veterans with Disabilities Initiative, the College Students with Disabilities Initiative, and, an online resume bank for individuals with disabilities.


Administration on Aging (AoA)

Address: Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

Washington DC 20201

Telephone: Public Inquiries: 202-619-0724 Eldercare Locator: 1-800-677-1116 (toll-free)

Fax: 202-357-3555


Working in close partnership with its sister agencies in DHHS, the AoA is the Federal agency dedicated to policy development, planning and the delivery of supportive home-and community-based services to older persons and their caregivers. The AoA works through the national aging network of State and Area Agencies on Aging, Tribal and Native organizations, and thousands of service providers, adult care centers, caregivers, and volunteers.

Ageless Design

Address: 3197 Trout Place Road

Cumming, GA 30041

Telephone: 1-800-752-3238 (toll-free)


Ageless Design offers consultation services, architectural design review, books, articles, brochures, pamphlets, and audiotapes for those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease.


Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ)

Address: Office of Communications & Knowledge Transfer, 540 Gaither Rd., Suite 2000,

Rockville MD 20850

Telephone: 1-800-358-9295 (toll-free) 301-427-1364


AHRQ, part of the Federal Government, provides an information clearinghouse service that distributes Evidence-Based Summaries and Reports, Clinical Practice Guidelines, and other medical statistics and information. Call to order copies of guidelines on topics such as cardiac rehabilitation, treatment of pressure sores, or other publications on elder and long-term health care, health insurance, and minority health data. Visit the website to download Clinical Practice Guidelines on topics such as urinary incontinence, screening for Alzheimer’s disease, and post-stroke rehabilitation. Healthcare 411 is a new series from AHRQ, providing weekly audio and video programs that feature AHRQ’s latest research findings as news and informational stories on current health care topics. These podcasts can be downloaded, via a free subscription for either consumers or clinicians, to a mobile media player or computer.


AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA) Center on HIV and Aging

Address: 230 West 38th Street, 17th Floor

New York NY 10018

Telephone: (212) 924-3934

Fax: (212) 924-3936


ACRIA’s Center on HIV & Aging investigates, defines, and seeks to address the unique needs and challenges that older adults of diverse populations living with HIV face as they age, through research, education, and advocacy. ACRIA’s primary service outside of New York is a National Technical Assistance initiative aimed at training other community-based organizations how to also provide comprehensive, culturally and linguistically appropriate information on HIV healthcare issues.



Address: PO Box 6303

Rockville MD 20849-6303

Telephone: 1-800-HIV-0440 (448-0440) – (English, Spanish, Portuguese)

Fax: 301-315-2818


ATIS, sponsored by the Federal Government, provides current treatment information on HIV and AIDS as well as answering HIV/AIDS related questions. Referrals to national, State, and local organizations are provided. All Information is free and confidential.


Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Address: A.A. World Services, Inc.

New York NY 10163

Telephone: 212-870-3400


Alcoholics Anonymous is a nonprofit organization serving men and women who focus their efforts on helping themselves recover from alcoholism. AA’s primary purpose is to help members stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.


Alliance for Aging Research

Address: 750 17th Street, NW, Suite 1100

Washington DC 20006

Telephone: 202-293-2856

Fax: 202-255-8394


The Alliance is a national, citizen advocacy organization offering free publications including Investing in Older Women’s Health, Meeting the Medical Needs of the Senior Boom, Delaying the Diseases of Aging, and other aging- related subjects such as menopause, how to age with ease, and health care options under Medicare.


Alzheimer’s Association

Address: 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Floor 17

Chicago IL 60601-7633

Telephone: 1-800-272-3900 (toll-free) 312-335-8700

Fax: 1-866-699-1246


The Association is a nonprofit organization offering information and support services to people with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and their families. Contact the 24-hour, toll-free telephone line to link with local chapters and community resources. The Association funds research to find a cure for AD and provides information on caregiving. A free catalog of educational publications is available in English and Spanish.


Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study

Address: University of California, San Diego

La Jolla CA 92093-0949

Telephone: 858-622-5880

Fax: 858-452-4291


The Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS) is a cooperative agreement between the NIA and the University of California, San Diego, to advance research in the development of drugs to treat AD. The ADCS is a consortium of medical research centers and clinics working to develop clinical trails of medicines to treat behavioral symptoms of AD, improve cognition, slow the rate of decline of AD, delay the onset of AD, or prevent the disease altogether. The ADCS also develops new and more reliable ways to evaluate patients enrolled in clinical trials.


Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center

Address: PO Box 8250

Silver Spring MD 20907-8250

Telephone: 1-800-438-4380 (toll-free) (English, Spanish) 301-495-3311

Fax: 301-495-3334


The ADEAR Center, funded by the National Institute on Aging, distributes information about Alzheimer’s disease (AD) to health professionals, patients and their families, and the public. Contact the Center for information about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of AD; recent research; and referrals to State and other national services. On its website, the Center offers searchable publications and databases, including the AD Clinical Trials Database of studies accepting volunteers.


Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA)

Address: 322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor

New York NY 10001

Telephone: 866-AFA-8484 (232-8484) (toll-free)

Fax: 646-638-1546


The AFA is a non-profit foundation comprised of member and associate member organizations across the United States dedicated to providing care to individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses. The Foundation’s goal is to meet the educational, social, practical and emotional needs of individuals with the disease and their families and caregivers through its nationwide hotline, support groups, conferences and other hands-on services. Contact AFA’s toll-free number to receive a referral to an appropriate community medical and/or support service.


America’s Health Insurance Plans

Address: 601 Pennsylvania Ave., NW South building, Suite 500

Washington DC 20004

Telephone: 202-778-3200

Fax: 202-331-7487


AHIP is a trade association representing the interests of the privately-insured health care system. Contact AHIP for insurance information on health, long-term care, dental, disability, and supplemental coverage. AHIP also provides information and publications on health care issues, including continuation of group health benefits, major medical, and Medicare supplements.


American Academy of Audiology

Address: 11730 Plaza America Drive, Suite 300

Reston VA 20190

Telephone: 800-AAA-2336 (800-222-2336); 703-790-8466

Fax: 703-790-8631


The American Academy of Audiology is the professional organization of audiologists. The AAA promotes quality hearing and balance care by advancing the profession of audiology through leadership, advocacy, education, public awareness, and support of research. Visit the website to find an audiologist or to view consumer guides on a variety of issues affecting hearing and hearing health.


American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)

Address: PO Box 4014

Schaumburg IL 60168-4014

Telephone: 886-503-SKIN (7546) (toll-free) 847-240-1280 (International)

Fax: 847-240-1859


AAD, an association of doctors specializing in dermatology, provides pamphlets and general information about skin cancers, contact allergies (like poison ivy), shingles (herpes zoster), and other skin conditions. Audio-cassettes, news releases, and public service announcements on dermatology topics also are available. Contact AAD for referrals to certified dermatologists.


American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)

Address: P.O. Box 11210

Shawnee Mission, KS 66207-1210

Telephone: 1-800-274-2237 (toll-free); 913-906-6000

Fax: 913-906-6075


AAFP, a national association of doctors in family practice, offers referrals to certified doctors via its website at Education and information on health care and disease prevention, as well as fact sheets on specific diseases, questions and answers about common health issues, self-care flow charts, and databases on drugs and drug reactions are available through the Academy’s website at


American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM)

Address: 4700 W. Lake Ave.

Glenview IL 60025

Telephone: 847/375-4712

Fax: 847/375-6475


The mission of AAHPM is to expand access of patients and families to high quality palliative care, and advance the discipline of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, through professional education and training, development of a specialist workforce, support for clinical practice standards, research and public policy. was developed by AAHPM to reach out directly to patients and their families who might benefit from this specialized medical care.


American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Address: 1080 Montreal Avenue

St. Paul MN 55116

Telephone: 1-800-879-1960 (toll free); 651-695-2717

Fax: 651-695-2791


The Academy is an association of doctors specializing in disorders of the brain and central nervous system. Contact AAN for information about neurology. Visit the Academy’s website for referrals to accredited neurologists. Publications include the AAN’s Patient Information Guide on neurological disorders and treatment.


American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

Address: PO Box 7424

San Francisco CA 94120-7424

Telephone: 1-800-222-3937 (toll-free) 415-561-8500

Fax: 415-561-8533


AAO is an association of doctors specializing in eye diseases. The Academy’s Eye Care America helpline provides information and publications and connects eligible older people with ophthalmologists who provide free eye care in their community. US citizens qualify for free care at age 65 if they have no health insurance and have not seen an eye doctor for at least 3 years.


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)

Address: 6300 North River Road

Rosemont, IL 60018-4262

Telephone: 847-823-7186 (toll free) 800-346-AAOS

Fax: 847-823-8125


AAOS is a nonprofit organization of doctors specializing in bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Contact AAOS for information on orthopaedic medicine including arthritis, osteoporosis, artificial joints, and prevention of hip fractures. Publications on orthopaedic medicine, many specifically for older people, are available.


American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Inc. (AAO)

Address: 1650 Diagonal Road,

Alexandria VA 22314-2857

Telephone: 703-836-4444

Fax: 703-683-5100


The Academy is an organization of doctors specializing in ear, nose, and throat problems and diseases of the head and neck. Contact AAO for referrals to specialists and publications on topics such as cosmetic facial surgery, head and neck tumors, treatments for certain types of hearing loss, and balance disorders.


American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR)

Address: 9700 West Bryn Mawr Avenue., Suite 200,

Rosemont IL 60018-5701

Telephone: 847-737-6000

Fax: 847-737-6001


The Academy is an organization of physicians who are specialists in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Contact AAPMR for referrals to physiatrists or for information and publications about rehabilitation medicine.


American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP)

Address: 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1050,

Bethesda MD 20814-3004

Telephone: 301-654-7850

Fax: 301-654-4137


The Association works to improve the mental health and well-being of older people. Contact AAGP for information on geriatric psychiatry and to receive referrals to specialists. Available publications include Growing Older, Growing Wiser: Coping with Expectations, Challenges and Changes in Later Years, and brochures on topics such as Alzheimer’s disease, depression, and the role of the geriatric psychiatrist. Some consumer publications are free.


American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

Address: 112 South Alfred St.,

Alexandria VA 22314-3061

Telephone: 703-838-9808

Fax: 703-838-9805


AAMFT is a professional association of qualified marriage and family therapists. The Association provides referrals to marriage and family therapists and offers publications on topics including divorce, depression, and sexual problems.


American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR)

Address: 401 North Michigan Ave., Suite 2200,

Chicago IL 60611

Telephone: 312-321-5146

Fax: 312-673-6924


AACPR is an organization of certified heart, lung, and blood specialists that provides information on diagnosis, treatment, and disease prevention. Information and publications are available on consumer guidelines for cardiac rehabilitation and purchasing fitness equipment.


American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Address: 101 Columbia

Aliso Viejo CA 92656-4109

Telephone: 1-800-899-AACN (2226) (toll-free); 1-800-809-CARE (2273) (toll free – AACN operator)

Fax: 949-362-2020


AACN is a nonprofit professional association dedicated to meeting the needs of its members who care for acutely and critically ill patients and their families. The Association provides practice and educational resources as well as professional support for its members. Contact AACN for publications and audiovisual materials on critical care.


American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA)

Address: 2519 Connecticut Avenue, NW,

Washington DC 20008-1520

Telephone: 202-783-2242

Fax: 202-783-2255


AAHSA is a national, nonprofit organization providing older people with services and information on housing, health care, and community involvement. Visit the AAHSA website for information for seniors and caregivers.


American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC)

Address: 400 South Colorado Boulevard, Suite 600

Denver CO 80246

Telephone: 800-768-1880

Fax: 303-758-3588


AANAC is a non-profit membership organization that focuses on advocating for long-term care nursing and education. The mission of AANAC is to improve the quality of care and life for residents/patients by providing accurate and timely information, education, networking, and advocacy opportunities for health care professionals.


American Bar Association (ABA)

Address: American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging; 740 15th Street, NW,

Washington DC 20005-1022

Telephone: 202-662-1000

Fax: 202-662-8698


The Commission examines and responds to law-related needs of older people. It makes referrals and maintains a listing of legal aid offices where older people can get free or low-cost legal assistance. The Commission’s website lists available publications and videos.


American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA)

Address: 8550 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Ste 550

Chicago IL 60631

Telephone: 1-800-886-2282 (Patient Line); 847-827-9910

Fax: 847-827-9918


ABTA is a nonprofit organization, offering free social work consultations, a nationwide database of established support groups, mentorship for people who want to start a support group, a resource listing of specialist physicians, and referrals to organizations providing services for brain tumor patients. Publications on brain tumors, treatment, and coping with disease are available.


American Cancer Society (ACS)

Address: Check the ACS website for your local office’s address.

Telephone: 1-800-ACS-2345 (227-2345) (toll-free)


ACS is a national, community-based volunteer health organization, providing information on cancer and its prevention. The Society sponsors a variety of programs such as Man to Man (education and support for men with prostate cancer) and workshops such as Taking Charge of Money Matters which addresses financial concerns arising from cancer treatment. Local ACS offices sponsor services for cancer patients and their families, including self-help groups, transportation programs, and limited financial aid. Contact the ACS for free publications. Spanish language resources are available.


American Chiropractic Association (ACA)

Address: 1701 Clarendon Boulevard

Arlington VA 22209

Telephone: 1-800-986-4636 (toll-free) 703-276-8800

Fax: 703-243-2593


ACA is a professional organization of chiropractors. It offers educational programs on spinal problems, posture, physical fitness, and occupational safety. Contact the ACA to buy publications and materials on spinal health and safety. Visit the website to find a chiropractor.


American Chronic Pain Association

Address: P.O. Box 850

Rocklin CA 95677

Telephone: 1-800-533-3231 (toll-free)

Fax: 916-632-3208


The American Chronic Pain Association offers support and education for individuals with chronic pain and their families.


American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons

Address: 8725 West Higgins Rd. Ste. 555

Chicago IL 60631-2724

Telephone: 800-421-2237 (toll-free); 773-693-9300

Fax: 773-693-9304


The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons is a professional society of more than 6,000 foot and ankle surgeons. Founded in 1942, the College’s mission is to promote research and provide continuing education for the foot and ankle surgical specialty, and to educate the general public on foot health and conditions of the foot and ankle through its consumer Web site,


American College of Health Care Administrators

Address: 1321 Duke St, Suite 400

Alexandria VA 22314

Telephone: 202-536-5120

Fax: 888-874-1585


ACHCA is a professional society for administrators in long-term care. It offers educational programming, career development opportunities, and certification.


American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)

Address: 409 12th Street, SW ; PO Box 96920

Washington DC 20090-6920

Telephone: 202-638-5577


ACOG is a professional society of doctors specializing in women’s health care. Contact ACOG for referrals. For free pamphlets on osteoporosis, menopause, and hormone replacement therapy, send an e-mail to with the topic name of the information desired, and the mailing address for the location where information should be sent.


American College of Physicians (ACP)

Address: 190 North Independence Mall West

Philadelphia PA 19106-1572

Telephone: 1-800-523-1546 (toll-free) Ext. 2600; 215-351-2400

Fax: 215-351-2799


ACP is the nation’s largest medical specialty society. Members of ACP specialize in a variety of areas such as in internal medicine, cardiology, infectious diseases, rheumatology, gastroenterology, and oncology. Contact the ACP for referrals. ACP produces Healthscope, a film series on public health.


American College of Rheumatology Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals

Address: 2200 Lake Boulevard NE

Atlanta GA 30319

Telephone: 404-633-3777

Fax: 404-633-1870


The ACR is an organization for physicians, health professionals, and scientists that advances rheumatology through continuing education, research, advocacy, and practice support. Health education materials are available online.


American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

Address: 401 West Michigan Street, PO Box 1440,

Indianapolis IN 46202-3233

Telephone: 317-637-9200 Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm (ET)

Fax: 317-634-7817


ACSM is a scientific and medical association of health professionals interested in exercise. It offers training and certification. ACSM’s Active Aging Partnership, focuses on education, research, and improving practice for those committed to working with older adults. For free information on exercise for older people, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope.


American College of Surgeons (ACS)

Address: 633 North Saint Clair Street

Chicago IL 60611-3211

Telephone: 312-202-5000 Toll Free: 1-800-621-4111

Fax: 312-202-5001


ACS is a national organization offering educational materials and information about qualified surgeons and surgical treatments for many illnesses and injuries. Contact ACS to locate board-certified surgeons. Public education materials are available on frequently performed types of surgery.


American Council of the Blind (ACB)

Address: 2200 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 650

Arlington VA 22201

Telephone: 1-800-424-8666 (toll-free) 202-467-5081

Fax: 703-465-5085


ACB is a national organization that advocates for blind and visually impaired people. It provides educational programs, health care services, information about Social Security benefits for visually impaired people, vocational training, and other health and social services. Toll-free information, referrals, and free educational materials are available.


American Counseling Association (ACA)

Address: 5999 Stevenson Avenue,

Alexandria VA 22304

Telephone: 1-800-347-6647 (toll-free)

Fax: 703-823-0252 800-473-2329


ACA offers information to older people on adult psychological development and aging. A catalog of publications and videos is available.


American Dental Association (ADA)

Address: 211 East Chicago Avenue,

Chicago IL 60611-2678

Telephone: 312-440-2500 Ext: 2593


ADA is a professional organization that conducts dental research and evaluates findings from dental science for the public. State and local ADA chapters provide referrals to dentists. Publications are available on subjects such as tooth decay, dentures, smoking, diet, and mouth care. Online publications cover topics such as gum disease, finding a dentist, and resolving disputes over treatment.


American Diabetes Association (ADA)

Address: 1701 North Beauregard Street

Alexandria VA 22311

Telephone: 1-800-DIABETES (342-2383) (toll-free)


ADA provides information and educational materials on preventing, treating, and living with diabetes. The Association has specific outreach programs for minority communities including the Diabetes Assistance and Resources Program, providing information in English and Spanish to the Hispanic community, the African American Program, and Awakening the Spirit, which disseminates diabetes to the Native American community. Local ADA chapters offer support and referrals to community agencies and services.


American Dietetic Association (ADA)

Address: 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000

Chicago IL 60606-6995

Telephone: 1-800-877-1600 (toll-free), 312-899-0040


ADA is a professional society of registered dieticians and other dietetic professionals who provide nutrition information, education, counseling, and care. One of ADA’s professional practice groups focuses on the special needs of older people and offers nutrition counseling and indirect assistance through State and local meal programs. Call ADA to locate a registered dietician.


American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR)

Address: 55 West 39th Street, 16th Floor

New York NY 10018

Telephone: 212-703-9977; 1-888-582-2327 (toll-free)

Fax: 212-997-0330


AFAR is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting basic aging research. AFAR funds a wide variety of cutting-edge research on the aging process and age- related diseases. Visit the website for a list of free publications.


American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

Address: 2 Penn Plaza, Suite 1102

New York NY 10121

Telephone: 1-800-AFB-LINE (232-5463) (toll-free); 212-502-7600

Fax: 888-545-8331


A national, nonprofit organization, AFB, through its Senior Site, provides tips and solutions for older people with vision loss and their family members. Additional services provided by AFB for all ages include: Career Connect, a free service with information and mentoring for job seekers with vision loss; AccessWorld, a free online magazine, offers reviews of the newest technologies and products available to help people with vision loss; and the AFB Directory of Services. Books, pamphlets, videos, and periodicals about blindness are also available.


American Geriatric Society Foundation for Health in Aging

Address: The Empire State Building

New York NY 10118

Telephone: 1-800-563-4916 (toll-free) or 212-755-6810

Fax: 212-832-8646


The AGS Foundation for Health in Aging (FHA) is a national nonprofit organization established in 1999 by The American Geriatrics Society. The AGS aims to build a bridge between the research and practice of geriatrics and the public, and to help older adults with health care needs.


American Geriatrics Society Foundation for Health in Aging

Address: The Empire State Building; 350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 801,

New York NY 10118

Telephone: 212-755-6810 Toll Free: 1-800-563-4916

Fax: 212-832-8646


AGS is a nonprofit organization of physicians and health care professionals supporting the study of geriatrics. Contact AGS for information on geriatrics, long-term care, acute and chronic illnesses, rehabilitation, and nursing home care. Publications include the AGS Complete Guide to Aging and Health and the AGS Medical Reference Guide.


American Health Assistance Foundation (AHAF)

Address: 22512 Gateway Center Drive,

Clarksburg MD 20871

Telephone: 1-800-437-AHAF (437-2423) (toll-free); 301-948-3244

Fax: 301-258-9454


The American Health Assistance Foundation (AHAF) is a non-profit organization that funds research on Alzheimer’s disease, age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma, and provides the public with information about risk factors, preventive lifestyles, available treatments, and coping strategies.


American Health Care Association (AHCA)

Address: 1201 L Street, NW,

Washington DC 20005

Telephone: 202-842-4444

Fax: 202-842-3860


AHCA is an organization representing the interests of nursing homes, assisted living centers, and subacute care facilities. Publications are available about nursing homes, guardianship, assisted living, financing, and long-term care services.


American Heart Association (AHA)

Address: National Center, 7272 Greenville Avenue

Dallas TX 75231

Telephone: 1-800-AHA-USA1 (242-8721) (toll-free); 1-888-4-STROKE (478-7653) (toll-free for the American Stroke Association).

Fax: 214-570-5930


AHA is a nonprofit organization funding research and providing information on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of heart diseases and stroke. Contact AHA for its cookbooks, guide to heart attack treatment, and guide to fitness.


American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA)

Address: 150 South Warner Road, Suite 156

King of Prussia PA 19406

Telephone: Local: 484-654-0357 (AHTA)

Fax: 610-225-2364


AHTA is a nonprofit, membership organization that promotes and advances horticultural therapy as a therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation option. The Association provides information related to the principles and practices of horticultural therapy.


American Hospital Association (AHA)

Address: 155 N. Wacker Dr.,

Chicago IL 60606-3421

Telephone: 312-422-3000

Fax: 312-422-4591


AHA is a national nonprofit association representing all types of hospitals and health care networks, as well as patients and families. AHA provides education for health care leaders and information on health care issues and trends.


American Liver Foundation

Address: 39 Broadway, Suite700

New York NY 10006

Telephone: 1-800-GO-LIVER (465-4837, toll-free) or 1-888-4HEP-USA (443-7872, toll-free) 212-668-1000

Fax: 212-483-8179


The American Liver Foundation is a nonprofit organization with information on liver-related diseases, including hepatitis.


American Lung Association (ALA)

Address: 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 800

Washington DC 20004

Telephone: 1-800-LUNG-USA (586-4872) (toll-free) 212-315-8700 (national headquaters) 1-800-548-8252 (to speak to a lung health professional)



ALA is dedicated to the prevention, cure, and control of lung diseases such as asthma, emphysema, tuberculosis, and lung cancer. The Association offers community service, public health education, advocacy, and research.


American Medical Association (AMA)

Address: 515 North State Street,

Chicago IL 60654

Telephone: 1-800-621-8335 (toll-free)



AMA is an organization of licensed doctors that distributes scientific information on health and sets standards on medical law and practice. Local AMA associations can provide referrals to qualified doctors. AMA publishes the Journal of the American Medical Association, other subscription medical journals, and books for sale, including an encyclopedia of medicine.


American Medical Directors Association (AMDA)

Address: 11000 Broken Land Parkway, Suite 400

Columbia MD 21044

Telephone: 1-800-876-2632 (toll free); 410-740-9743

Fax: 410-740-4572


AMDA is a national professional association representing doctors who care for older people in a variety of long- term care settings, including nursing facilities, hospice, home care, continuing care retirement communities, and assisted living. The Association provides education, advocacy, information, and professional development for long-term care professionals. AMDA has information on health care policy, regulations, and clinical practice guidelines.


American Menopause Foundation (AMF)

Address: National Headquarters, 866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 508

New York NY 10017

Telephone: 212-714-2398



The Foundation is a nonprofit health organization providing support and assistance on all issues concerning menopause. AMF has information on scientific research and coordinates a network of volunteer support groups for women.


American Music Therapy Association (AMTA)

Address: 8455 Colesville Road, Suite 1000,

Silver Spring MD 20910

Telephone: 301-589-3300

Fax: 301-589-5175


AMTA is a nonprofit organization that advocates, promotes, and provides resources and information on the uses and benefits of music therapy. Contact AMTA for referrals as well as for publications and audiovisual materials.


American Nurses Association (ANA)

Address: 8515 Georgia Ave., Suite 400

Silver Spring MD 20910-3492

Telephone: 1-800-274-4ANA (4262) (toll-free); 301-628-5000

Fax: 301-628-5001


ANA, a national association of registered nurses, serves as an advocate for nursing practitioners as well as sponsors research and continuing education. Contact the Association for Facts About Nursing and other publications. ANA sets standards for the practice of gerontological nursing.


American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (AOTA)

Address: 4720 Montgomery Lane,

Bethesda MD 20824-1220

Telephone: 301-652-2682

Fax: 301-652-7711


AOTA offers information on the role of occupational therapy in promoting functional independence, preventing disability, and maintaining health. Contact AOTA for referrals to local practitioners and therapy programs. The Association publishes two periodicals, OT Practice and the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, as well as many books for educators.


American Optometric Association (AOA)

Address: 243 North Lindbergh Boulevard

St. Louis MO 63141

Telephone: 1-800-365-2219 (toll-free) 314-991-4100

Fax: 314-991-4101


AOA, a national organization of optometrists, evaluates ophthalmic products and sponsors continuing education programs. It offers VISION USA, a free eye-care program for uninsured or low-income older people and their families. Contact AOA for referrals to certified optometrists and for publications such as Driving Tips for Older Adults, Contact Lenses After 40, and fact sheets on floaters, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.


American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society

Address: 6300 North River Rd., Suite 510

Rosemont IL 60018

Telephone: 1-800-235-4855 (toll free) 847-698-4654

Fax: 847-692-3315


The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society is a medical specialty society whose members are orthopaedic surgeons specializing in surgical and medical treatment of injuries, diseases, and other conditions of the foot and ankle.


American Osteopathic Association

Address: 142 East Ontario Street,

Chicago IL 60611

Telephone: 1-800-621-1773 (toll-free) 312-202-8000

Fax: 312-202-8200


The American Osteopathic Association represents osteopathic physicians (D.O.’s, doctors of osteopathic medicine), promotes public health, encourages scientific research, and is the accrediting agency for all osteopathic medical schools and health care facilities.


American Parkinson’s Disease Association (APDA)

Address: 135 Parkinson Ave.,

Staten Island NY 10305

Telephone: 1-800-223-2732 (toll-free) 718-981-8001

Fax: 718-981-4399


A nonprofit organization, APDA funds research to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease. APDA’s toll-free line refers callers to local chapters for information on community services, specialists, and treatments. Publications and educational materials are available on Parkinson’s disease, speech therapy, exercise, diet, and aids for daily living.


American Pharmacists Association (APhA)

Address: 2215 Constitution Avenue NW

Washington DC 20037

Telephone: 1-800-237-APhA(2742)(toll-free) 202-628-4410

Fax: 202-783-2351


Formerly American Pharmaceutical Association, APhA is the national society of licensed pharmacists, providing information, education, and advocacy to empower its members to improve medication use and advance patient care.


American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

Address: 1111 North Fairfax Street

Alexandria VA 22314-1488

Telephone: 1-800-999-APTA(2782) (toll-free) 703-684-APTA(2782)

Fax: 703-684-6748


APTA is an organization of physical therapists providing referrals to APTA geriatric-certified therapists and information on debilitating ailments like arthritis, stroke, scoliosis, and sudden onset of illness. APTA’s Section on Geriatrics offers publications on topics such as osteoporosis; incontinence; neck pain; carpal tunnel syndrome; hip, knee, or shoulder care; and what physical therapists can offer older adults.


American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA)

Address: 9312 Old Georgetown Road

Bethesda MD 20814-1621

Telephone: 301-581-9200; for foot heath information call 1-800-FOOT-CARE (366-8227) (toll-free); for brochures call 1-800-ASK-APMA (toll-free)

Fax: 301-530-2752


APMA is an association of podiatrists providing services and information on foot problems and foot health. Contact APMA for information on local chapters and referrals to certified podiatrists. Publications on proper foot care and effects of arthritis and diabetes on feet are available.


American Psychiatric Association (APA)

Address: 1000 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1825,

Arlington VA 22209-3901

Telephone: 1-888-35-PSYCH 1-888-35-77924

Fax: 703-907-1085


APA is an association of psychiatrists, physicians specializing in diagnosing and treating people with mental and emotional disorders. Its Council on Aging establishes standards for psychiatric care of older people. Contact the APA for information on elder care issues, including medication use by older people, treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, and nursing homes. Contact APA for referrals to local psychiatrists.


American Psychological Association (APA)

Address: 750 First Street, NE

Washington DC 20002-4242

Telephone: 1-800-374-2721 (toll-free) 202-336-5500

Fax: 202-336-5997


APA is a professional society of psychologists that provides assistance and information on mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders. Contact the APA for a list of State chapters, information on the psychosocial aspects of aging, and referrals to APA- member psychologists. The APA’s Office of Aging produces publications on topics such as dementia and dementia research. Publications include a quarterly subscription magazine, Psychology and Aging.


American Red Cross

Address: 2025 E Street, NW

Washington DC 20006

Telephone: 202-303-5000; for donations call 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767) (toll-free); 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish)


The Red Cross offers health information programs, health services, blood donation services, disaster relief, and emergency services to the public and the Armed Forces. Local chapters provide programs for older people, including retirement planning, crime prevention instruction, safety courses, health screening clinics, and home nurse care instruction. Publications about programs, information, and services are available.


American Self-help Group Clearinghouse

Address: 375 E. McFarlan St.

Dover NJ 07801-3638

Telephone: 1-800-367-6274, 973-989-1122 (group information hotline)

Fax: 973-989-1159


The website provides a keyword-searchable database of over 1,100 national, international, and model self-help support groups; a listing of non-profit self-help group clearinghouses worldwide; and information on research of self-help groups.


American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA)

Address: 6856 Eastern Avenue, NW, Suite 203,

Washington DC 20012

Telephone: 202-293-3650

Fax: 202-293-3656


The American Sleep Apnea Association focuses on reducing injury, disability, and death from sleep apnea, and enhancing the well-being of those affected by this common disorder.


American Social Health Association

Address: P.O. Box 13827

Research Triangle Park NC 27709

Telephone: 919-361-8400; call the STI Hotline at 1-800-227-8922 (toll-free)

Fax: 919-361-8425


The American Social Health Association is a nonprofit organization providing support and resources, referrals, and information about sexually transmitted infections (STIs).


American Society on Aging (ASA)

Address: 71 Stevenson Street, Suite 1450

San Francisco CA 94105-2938

Telephone: 1-800-537-9728 (toll-free) 415-974-9600

Fax: 415-974-0300


ASA is a nonprofit organization providing information about medical and social practice, research, and policy pertinent to the health of older people. Membership and subscriptions to Generations, a quarterly journal, and Aging Today, the Society’s bimonthly news magazine, are available to the public. A catalog of books for sale and other educational materials is available on the website.


American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

Address: 2200 Research Boulevard,

Rockville MD 20850-3289

Telephone: 301-296-5700

Fax: 301-296-8580


ASHA represents the interests of medical specialists in speech, language, and hearing science and advocates for people with communication-related disorders. Contact ASHA’s toll-free telephone line for information on speech-language legislation, communication disorders, or referrals to specialists. ASHA produces publications and fact sheets on topics such as communication disorders and hearing aids.


American Stroke Association (ASA)

Address: American Heart Association National Center

Dallas TX 75231

Telephone: 1-888-4STROKE (478-7653) (toll-free) 1-800-AHA-USA-1 (242-8721) (toll-free)

Fax: 214-570-5930


ASA, a division of the American Heart Association, provides the Stroke Family Warmline, a toll-free information and referral service offering lists of certified doctors who are stroke specialists and volunteer stroke survivors or family members. Callers receive support and can request free information. ASA publishes Stroke Connection, a priced subscription magazine for survivors and families.


American Tinnitus Association (ATA)

Address: PO Box 5

Portland OR 97207-0005

Telephone: 1-800-634-8978 (toll-free); 503-248-9985

Fax: 503-248-0024


ATA is a volunteer organization supporting research and providing information on tinnitus, a constant buzzing or ringing in the ears or head. ATA sponsors self-help groups nationwide each offering information, assistance, and referrals to community services and tinnitus specialists.


American Urological Association Foundation, Inc.

Address: 1000 Corporate Blvd.

Linthicum MD 21090

Telephone: 410-689-3990 1-866-746-4282 (toll free)

Fax: 410-689-3998


The Foundation works toward the prevention and cure of urologic disease in part by keeping patients, family members, and friends informed about these disorders, treatment options, and recent research findings. AFUD operates six national health education councils that distribute patient education materials on a variety of urologic topics. A specific website addresses prostate health. Online publications are free; publications are available by mail for a fee.


Americans for Better Care of the Dying

Address: 1700 Diagonal Road, Suite 635

Alexandria VA 22314

Telephone: 703-647-8505

Fax: 703-837-1233


Americans for Better Care of the Dying is dedicated to improving the care of Americans who are at the end of their lives. ABCD produces a variety of publications. Check the website or call for more information.


Aplastic Anemia And MDS International Foundation, Inc.

Address: 100 Park Avenue, Suite 108P.O. Box 610

Rockville MD 20850

Telephone: 301-279-7202 Toll-free: 1-800-747-2820

Fax: 301-279-7205


AA&MDS is a patient advocate and support organization for aplastic anemia, myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), and other bone marrow failure diseases, providing information and support to patients and their families.


ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center

Address: 800 Eastowne Drive, Suite 105

Chapel Hill NC 27514

Telephone: 919-490-5577

Fax: 919-490-4905


This national resource center provides information on respite care and a respite locator program, technical assistance to State organizations, and an information clearinghouse.


Arthritis Foundation (AF)

Address: P.O. Box 7669

Atlanta GA 30357-0669

Telephone: 1-800-283-7800 (toll-free); 404-965-7888; 404-872-7100

Fax: 404-872-0457


AF is a nonprofit, volunteer organization focusing on research and information to cure, prevent, or better treat arthritis and related diseases. Contact AF for information on arthritis, related diseases (such as lupus erythmatosus and rheumatism), and referrals to local chapters, specialists, or support groups. Publications and videos are available on topics such as self-help and exercise therapy.


Assisted Living Directory



An online-only service, the Assisted Living Directory provides information on assisted living facilities by state. Facilities of any size can submit information for inclusion on the site at no charge; information is not verified by the website owners. Visitors to the website are encouraged to investigate facilities of interest.


Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA)

Address: 1650 King St., Suite 602

Alexandria VA 22314-2747

Telephone: 703-894-1805

Fax: 703-894-1831


ALFA represents for-profit and nonprofit providers of assisted living, continuing care retirement communities, independent living, and other forms of housing and services. The Federation works to advance the assisted living industry and enhance the quality of life for consumers.

Address: online only


An online-only service, Assisted Living Facilities provides articles, a blog, a Q&A section, a directory of facilities by state, and personal assistance in locating an appropriate facility. The service is free of charge to searchers; facilities are listed at no charge but may pay for a more prominent listing or ad. Visitors to the website are encouraged to investigate facilities of interest.


Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE)

Address: 1220 L Street, NW, Suite 901

Washington DC 20005-4018

Telephone: 202-289-9806

Fax: 202-289-9824


AGHE’s members are organizations and institutions of higher education. Through conferences, publications, technical assistance, research studies, and consultation with policymakers, AGHE, an educational unit of the Gerontological Society of America, seeks to advance gerontology as a field of study at institutions of higher education.


Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

Address: 1233 20th Street, NW, Suite 402

Washington DC 20036

Telephone: 1-800-7-ASTHMA (1-800-727-8462, toll-free), or 202-466-7643


The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is a nonprofit organization offering information, services, and support groups.

Address: online only

Telephone: 888.444.5582

Web: is a free service provided by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell to help individuals locate licensed attorneys in their area according to their specific legal needs. The individual attorney or law firm provides the information in the listing, and this information has not been verified. Additional information on a number of legal issues is also available on the website.


B’nai B’rith

Address: 2020 K St, NW, 7th Floor

Washington DC 20006

Telephone: 202-857-6600

Fax: 202-857-1099


B’nai B’rith is the world’s oldest and largest Jewish service organization, providing community service, education, and advocacy. Its Center for Senior Housing and Services sponsors housing and travel for senior citizens. A list of publications is available.




A free online service provided by the National Council on Aging, this program allows people to find programs that can help them meet health care and other costs.


Best of the Web Senior Housing Directory


The Best of the Web Senior Housing Directory is an online resource for locating and comparing housing options for Alzheimer’s care, assisted living, and independent living. Users can search for housing by state, and request more information if desired. The site also provides articles and a glossary related to senior living.


Better Hearing Institute

Address: 515 King St., suite 420

Alexandria VA 22314

Telephone: 1-800-EAR-WELL (327-9355) (toll-free) (Hearing Helpline) 703-684-3391

Fax: 703-684-6048


The Institute is a nonprofit, educational organization providing information on medical, surgical, and rehabilitation options for improving hearing loss and on hearing aids. Contact the Institute’s Hearing Helpline for facts on hearing loss and a list of publications.


Better Sleep Council

Address: 501 Wythe Street

Alexandria VA 22314

Telephone: 703-683-8371

Fax: 703-683-4503


The BSC offers information about the importance of a good night’s sleep and the value of sleep, the sleep system, and the sleep environment.


Beverly Foundation

Address: 566 El Dorado St., #100

Pasadena CA 91101

Telephone: 626-792-2292

Fax: 626-792-6117


The Foundation focuses on mobility and transportation for older people within the community, service delivery within home and institutional settings, and overall life enrichment. It engages in research and education projects and provides information for professionals and caregivers.


Brookdale Center on Aging (BCOA) of Hunter College

Address: 425 East 25th St., 13th Floor North,

New York NY 10010-2590

Telephone: 212-481-3780

Fax: 212-481-3791


BCOA sponsors a variety of programs including the Institute on Law and Rights of Older Adults which fights for grandparent rights. Other programs focus on elder care services, guardianship, caregiving, Medicare, intergenerational activities, and Alzheimer’s disease. Contact BCOA about publications (some available in Spanish) including Senior Rights Reporter, Benefits Checklist for Seniors, Help for Seniors, and Help for Grandparent Caregivers, which are for sale.


Care Planner

Address: Clinical Tools, Inc.

Chapel Hill NC 27516

Telephone: 919-960-8118

Fax: 919-960-7745


Care Planner is a free website to help older people and caregivers choose between different living options.

Address: 2600 South El Camino Real, Suite 220

San Mateo CA 94403

Web: is a website and online community for individuals caring for aging parents, with information about health, financial, legal, housing, caregiving, and other issues. The site also features “To-Do Lists,” a question and answer forum with “expert” as well as community responders, and moderated discussion groups.


Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA)

Address: 1731 King Street

Alexandria VA 22314

Telephone: 703-549-1390

Fax: 703-549-1656


CCUSA is a network of organizations offering nationwide services to older people, including counseling, homemaker and caregiver services, emergency assistance, group homes, and institutional care. CCUSA advocates for older people’s Social Security benefits, employment opportunities, and housing. Publications describe Catholic Charities’ programs for older people.


Catholic Golden Age (CGA)

Address: National Headquarters,

Olyphant PA 18447

Telephone: 1-800-836-5699 (toll-free)

Fax: 570-586-7721


CGA sponsors charitable work and helps older people meet their social, physical, economic, intellectual, and spiritual needs. Contact CGA for various group insurance plans, discounts on eyeglasses, prescription drugs, and travel. Local CGA chapters provide activities for members, including disease prevention and health promotion programs.


Census Bureau

Address: 4600 Silver Hill Rd.

Washington DC 20233


The Census Bureau, part of the Federal Government, collects and provides timely, relevant, and quality data about the people and economy of the US. Contact the Census Bureau for age-related data and statistics about the older populations in the United States.


The Center for Social Gerontology (TCSG)

Address: 2307 Shelby Avenue

Ann Arbor MI 48103

Telephone: 734-665-1126

Fax: 734-665-2071


TCSG is a nonprofit research, training, and social policy organization. Particular attention is focused on law and aging, tobacco use and older people, guardianship service providers, and adult guardianship. Contact the Center for information on publications, videos, training, and technical assistance.


Center for the Advancement of State Community Services Programs (CASCSP)

Address: National Association of State Units on Aging (NASUA), 1201 15th St., NW, Suite 350

Washington DC 20005

Telephone: 202-898-2578

Fax: 202-898-2583


The Center, part of NASUA, provides information and support for community-based care for older people. The Center also helps State and Area Agencies on Aging design, develop, and manage these care systems and develop State policies. A list of publications and materials on long-term and community-based care is available.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Address: 1600 Clifton Road

Atlanta GA 30333

Telephone: 1-800-311-3435 (toll-free) 404-639-3311


The CDC, part of the Federal Government, is the lead agency for protecting the health and safety of people at home or abroad. The CDC produces fact sheets that help people make informed decisions about their health and health care. Contact the CDC for public information, health statistics, funding opportunities, and prevention guidelines. Spanish language resources are available.


Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

Address: 7500 Security Boulevard

Baltimore MD 21244

Telephone: 1-800-MEDICARE (633-4227) (toll-free) (Medicare hotline); 877-267-2323 (toll-free) (headquarters); 410-786-3000

Fax: 202-690-7675


CMS, part of the Federal Government, administers health insurance through Medicare and Medicaid. CMS regulates hospitals, nursing homes, and home health agencies. Contact CMS for The Medicare Handbook and other publications on related topics.


Children of Aging Parents (CAPS)

Address: P.O. Box 167

Richboro PA 18954

Telephone: 1-800-227-7294 (toll-free) 215-355-6611


CAPS is a nonprofit organization that provides support services to caregivers of older people. It serves as a clearinghouse for information on elder care resources and issues, including Instant Aging workshops to help communities understand the needs of older people. Links to support groups and other resources plus an online newsletter are available on the website.


Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly (CANE)

Address: University of Delaware, Department of Consumer Studies,

Newark DE 19716

Telephone: 302-831-3525

Fax: 302-831-6081


CANE, funded by the Administration on Aging, is a database of elder abuse materials and resources operated by the University of Delaware’s National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA). CANE staff will conduct customized information searches and provide resources and referrals to elder abuse support groups. NCEA Exchange, CANE’s newsletter, is available free.


Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA)

Address: 1341 G Street, NW, 10th Floor

Washington DC 20005

Telephone: 1-800-891-0590

Fax: 202-737-9197


CTAA is a national association committed to removing barriers to isolation and improving mobility for all people. It offers educational programs and advocates making community transportation available, affordable, and accessible. CTAA provides information on transportation in medical emergencies and van conversions.


A Comprehensive Stroke Resource Guide

Address: News and Articles


This Guide provides information about strokes, including risk factors, warning signs, diagnosis, and treatment. Many links to other authoritative government and educational sites are provided for additional information.


A Comprehensive Stroke Resource Guide

Address: News and Articles

online only


This Guide provides information about strokes, including risk factors, warning signs, diagnosis, and treatment. Links are provided to authoritative government and educational websites.

Address: online service

Web:, an online service of Consumer Reports, is a non-profit organization providing information and comparisons of various health-related products and services. Free access is available for the following topics: Condition Information; Drug Information; Best Buy Drugs; Compare Prices; Symptom Checker; News and Blogs.A fee-based subscription service provides additional access to Treatment Ratings; Natural Medicine Ratings; Safety, Nutrition, Wellness, and Fitness Product Ratings; and Health-care Services Ratings.


Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (CCAC)

Address: 1730 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Suite 209

Washington DC 20036

Telephone: 202-587-5001 1-866-888-1122

Fax: 202-587-5009


CCAC helps consumers identify quality retirement options. CCAC also accredits aging services that meet or exceed industry-generated standards of excellence in three areas: governance and administration; financial resources and disclosure; and resident life, health, and wellness.


Corporation for National & Community Service (CNS)

Address: 1201 New York Avenue, NW

Washington DC 20525

Telephone: 202-606-5000; contact Senior Corps at 1-800-424-8867 (toll-free)

Fax: 202-565-2791


CNS oversees volunteer community enhancement programs including: the National Senior Services Corps (a network of Federally-supported programs helping older people get involved in community service); the Foster Grandparent Program (encouraging older people to work with children with special needs); and the Senior Companion Program (volunteers assisting older people with special needs in hospitals, social service agencies, or home health care agencies). Contact CNS for pamphlets, brochures, fact sheets, and program handbooks.


Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB)

Address: 4200 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 800

Arlington VA 22203

Telephone: 703-276-0100

Fax: 703-525-8277


CBBB is a national organization promoting ethical practices between business and the public. Local BBBs can offer consumers help resolving complaints against companies. Publications available online include the Tips On series and booklets with advice on how to make wise buying decisions on a broad range of products and services.


The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives

Address: 505 Fifth Avenue, 6th Floor

New York NY 10017

Telephone: 212-223-4040

Fax: 212-317-8721


The Dana Alliance promotes public education about brain research. The Alliance links the public, press, and policymakers with experts and resources in the field of neuroscience. It also hosts conferences on the brain and brain diseases. Contact the Dana Alliance for publications on brain research and diagnosis and treatment of brain disorders.


Delta Society

Address: 875 124th Ave. NE, Ste 101

Bellevue WA 98055

Telephone: 425-679-5500

Fax: 425-679-5539


The Delta Society is a national, nonprofit organization whose mission is improving human health through service and therapy animals. Its program, Pet Partners, brings volunteers and their pets to nursing homes, hospitals, and schools. The Society website has information and resources about the human-animal-health connection.


Department of Justice (DOJ)

Address: 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington DC 20530-0001

Telephone: 202-514-2000


DOJ, part of the Federal Government, works to protect older Americans in a variety of ways, including the Nursing Home Initiative and elder justice efforts to prosecute institutions whose wrongdoing results in harm or death for residents. DOJ prosecutes health care and consumer fraud and enforces civil rights addressing discrimination against older people. Publications and statistics on victimization of older people are available.


Department of Labor (DOL)

Address: Frances Perkins Building, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW

Washington DC 20210

Telephone: 202-693-4650; 1-866-4-USA-DOL (487-2365)


DOL, part of the Federal Government, protects workers’ rights. Contact DOL for information and assistance on pensions, employment, wages, discrimination, and occupational safety. The Senior Community Service Employment Program helps low-income older people through part-time employment and job training. The website includes links to information for employers, employees, and job seekers.


Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Address: Office of Public Affairs

Washington DC 20420

Telephone: 1-800-827-1000 (toll-free)


The VA, part of the Federal Government, provides benefits for eligible veterans and their families in outpatient clinics, medical centers, and nursing homes across the US. Contact the VA for information and publications on service locations and benefits, including comprehensive medical and dental care, other insurance benefits, vocational rehabilitation compensation, and pension.


Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

Address: 730 North Franklin St., Suite 501

Chicago IL 60654-7225

Telephone: 1-800-826-3632 (toll-free)

Fax: 312-642-7243


This nonprofit organization provides information written in plain language about depression and bipolar disorder. DBSA supports research on diagnosis, effective and tolerable treatments, and a possible cure.


DES Action

Address: P. O. Box 7296, 187 Via Catalunha

Jupiter FL 33468

Telephone: 1-800-DES-9288 (337-9288) (toll-free)


DES Action is a nonprofit organization providing information about the risks of exposure to diethylstilbestrol (DES), a hormone prescribed for pregnant women from the 1940s through 1971 that caused health problems in mothers and their children. Contact DES Action for referrals to specialists familiar with medical complications resulting from DES use. Free publications on the risks of DES are available.


Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP)

Address: National Association of the Deaf (NAD), 1447 E. Main Street

Spartanburg SC 29307

Telephone: 1-800-237-6213 (toll-free); 864-585-1778

Fax: 1-800-538-5636; 864-585-2611


DCMP is a free video lending program funded by the Department of Education and administered by the National Association of the Deaf (NAD). DCMP provides open-captioned videos (i.e., they display English text with any TV/VCR). Videos are available for deaf or hard of hearing Americans, their parents, families, teachers, counselors, interpreters, or others. DCMP has a wide variety of videos ranging from travel to classic movies; from sign language to hobbies.


Diabetic Connect

Address: 224 South 200 West, Suite 250

Salt Lake City UT 84101

Telephone: 801-355-6002

Fax: 801.355.5198


An online community for inidividuals with diabetes. Includes news articles, blogs, discussions lists, a national calendar of events, product and book reviews by members. Find information and tools to help manage diabetes, and network with other individuals.


Disabled American Veterans (DAV)

Address: PO BOX 14301

Cincinnati OH 45250-0301

Telephone: 202-554-3501; 877- I AM A VET (426-2838) (toll free)


DAV is a nonprofit organization representing disabled veterans and providing volunteer services and programs. DAV offers veterans job search training and help seeking their disability compensation and pension benefits. A list of free publications is available.


Elder Care Online

Address: Prism Innovations, Inc., 50 Amuxen Court

Islip NY 11751


Elder Care Online offers information, education, and support for caregivers, safety advice, and links to additional caregiver resources on their website.


Elder Craftsmen (EC)

Address: 307 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1401

New York NY 10001

Telephone: 212-319-8128

Fax: 212-319-8141


EC offers programs and services that promote the skills and creativity of older people. Training programs are available for many types of crafts. Intergenerational programs, community service programs, and artist-in- residence are also offered.


Eldercare Initiative in Consumer Law (EICL)

Address: National Consumer Law Center, Inc. (NCLC)

Boston MA 02110

Telephone: 617-542-8010

Fax: 617-542-8028


The Initiative provides assistance on legal issues of older people. The EICL conducts regional and national legal workshops focusing on aging issues, including threats to loss of shelter and financial exploitation. Contact the Initiative for publications and references.


Eldercare Locator

Address: National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, 1730 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Suite 1200

Washington DC 20036

Telephone: 1-800-677-1116 (toll-free)

Fax: 202-872-0057


The Eldercare Locator is a nationwide, directory assistance service helping older people and caregivers locate local support and resources for older Americans. It is funded by the Administration on Aging.



Address: 11 Avenue de Lafayette

Boston MA 02111

Telephone: 1-877-426-8056 (toll-free) 1-800-454-5768 (toll-free)

Fax: 1-877-426-2166 (toll-free)


Elderhostel is a nonprofit organization providing educational travel programs to people over age 55. Their catalog, published 10 times a year, lists thousands of national and international programs.



Address: 1305 Chadwick Drive

Normal IL 61761

Telephone: 309-451-3319


Elderweb is a research website for older people, professionals, and families seeking information on elder care and long-term care. Visit Elderweb for news and information on legal, financial, medical, and housing issues for older people and provides links to other websites.


Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA)

Address: Department of Labor, Frances Perkins Building, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW

Washington DC 20210

Telephone: 215-861-5300; 866-487-2365 (toll-free)


EBSA, part of the Federal Government, protects the integrity of private pension, health, and other employee benefits plans. The Administration assists workers in obtaining inappropriately denied benefits. Contact EBSA for assistance with technical questions and publications on topics such as pension and health care benefits, 401(k) and cash balance plans, planning for retirement, simplified employee pensions, and retiree health benefits. Most publications are also found on the website.


Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Address: Ariel Rios Building, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

Washington DC 20004

Telephone: 202-272-0167


EPA, part of the Federal Government, is responsible for controlling environmental pollution. The PIC provides non-technical information about environmental issues such as clean air, clean water, pesticides, radon, and pollution. EPA’s website has links to other health and environment-related websites. The toll-free number offers printed and audiovisual information on environmental issues.


Epilepsy Foundation

Address: 8301 Professional Place

Landover MD 20785

Telephone: 1-800-332-1000 (toll-free); 1-800-332-4050 (toll-free) (National Epilepsy Library); 301-459-3700

Fax: 301-577-2684


The Foundation is a national volunteer health organization supporting research, education, advocacy, and services for people with seizure disorders. Contact the Foundation for a list of local chapters, referrals to local specialists, support groups, camps, travel assistance, respite care, and employment assistance. Videos and a catalog of publications are available.


Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Address: 1801 L Street, NW

Washington DC 20507

Telephone: 1-800-669-3362 (toll-free) (publications) 202-663-4900 (headquarters) 1-800-669-4000 (nearest field office)


The EEOC, part of the Federal Government, promotes equal opportunity in employment. It enforces the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), conducts investigations, makes determinations, and effects reconciliations in age discrimination actions. Contact EEOC for information and referrals.


Experience Works (formerly Green Thumb, Inc.)

Address: 4401 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1100

Arlington VA 22203

Telephone: 1-866-EXP-WRKS (1-866-397-9757) (toll-free); 703-522-7272

Fax: 703-522-0141


EW is a national, nonprofit organization helping older, low-income workers train for and find work, particularly in rural areas. EW’s Senior Community Service Employment Program, funded by the Department of Labor, provides training, work experience, educational opportunities, and placement in community service jobs. The website has information to help seniors supplement their income, launch new businesses, and market their handcrafted goods. Contact EW for a fact sheet and list of publications.


Family Caregiver Alliance

Address: 180 Montgomery Street, Suite 900

San Francisco CA 94104

Telephone: 1-800-445-8106 (toll-free), or 415-434-3388


The Family Caregiver Alliance is a community-based nonprofit organization offering support services for those caring for adults with AD, stroke, traumatic brain injuries, and other cognitive disorders. Programs and services include an information clearinghouse for publications, as well as a variety of online services.


Federal Citizen Information Center (FCIC)

Address: Room G-142, (XCC), 1800 F Street, NW

Washington DC 20405

Telephone: 1-888-8 PUEBLO (1-888-878-3256) (toll-free) (for free print copies); 1-800 FED INFO (1-800-333-4636) (toll-free) (contact center); 202-501-1794 (Washington DC office)

Fax: 719-948-9724


FCIC, part of the Federal Government, distributes a wide range of consumer-oriented publications from many Federal agencies. The Consumer Information Catalog lists more than 200 publications on topics ranging from health and housing to food and nutrition; from money management to employment. The National Contact Center answers questions and provides referral information on Federal programs, benefits, and services.


Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

Address: CRC-240

Washington DC 20580

Telephone: 1-877-FTC-HELP (382-4357) (toll-free) 202-326-2222 (General Information Locator)


FTC, part of the Federal Government, regulates trade and protects consumers from unfair and deceptive business practices. Its consumer protection programs include truth in advertising, packaging and labeling of products, product reliability, direct mail advertising, and nursing home business practices. Publications are available on refinancing a home, collecting a debt, buying a used car, and finding out credit history.


Fifty-Plus Lifelong Fitness

Address: 2483 East Bayshore Road, Suite 202

Palo Alto CA 94303

Telephone: 650-843-1750

Fax: 650-843-1758


Fifty-Plus Lifelong Fitness is a nonprofit organization that promotes an active lifestyle for older people. Fifty-Plus publishes a newsletter, distributes books and videos, and sponsors physical activity events for mid-life and older adults.


Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Address: 10903 New Hampshire Ave.

Silver Spring MD 20993-0002

Telephone: 1-888-INFO-FDA (463-6332) (toll-free); 1-888-723-3366 (toll-free, Food Information Line); 1-800-822-7967 (toll-free, Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System); 1-800-838-7715 (toll-free, Mammography Information Service).


FDA, part of the Federal Government, regulates the safety and effectiveness of food products, additives, drugs, medical devices, and cosmetics. Contact FDA for information on safe drug use and side effects, vitamins, and laws regulating medicines and foods. FDA has information for older people on topics including cancer, health fraud, nutrition, buying medicines online, and food safety. The FDA online newsletter, Maturity Matters, is specially designed for older people. It provides information about FDA regulated products for older adults, their families and their caregivers, and can be found at


Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC), Department of Agriculture

Address: Agricultural Research Service/National Agriculture Library

Beltsville MD 20705-2351

Telephone: 301-504-5414, (Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm)

Fax: 301-504-6409


FNIC, part of the Federal Government, provides information, publications, and audiovisual materials on nutrition. Resource guides on nutrition and older people, heart disease, diabetes, vegetarianism, food safety, and food labeling are available.


Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR)

Address: 818 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 900

Washington DC 20006

Telephone: 202-457-0654

Fax: 202-457-0659


FBR is a national organization advocating the ethical use of animals in scientific and medical research. Contact the Foundation for information and publications on how animal research helps scientists understand human health and aging.


Generations Online

Address: 108 Ralston House

Philadelphia PA 19104

Telephone: 215-222-6400

Fax: 215-222-6401


Generations Online is a nonprofit website offering resources for older people unfamiliar with computers or the Internet. Generations Online provides self-training software for senior centers, libraries, retirement homes, and other locations for a one-time fee. The program is free for seniors. Its feature, Memories, links older people with school children for cultural, experiential, and personal exchanges on aging.


Generations Together (GT)

Address: Sally Newman

Pittsburgh PA 15260

Telephone: 412-648-7155

Fax: 412-624-4810


GT promotes mutually beneficial interaction between young and old through community outreach, education, research, and dissemination of knowledge. GT develops, supports, and studies intergenerational programs and related issues. GT sponsors the annual International Intergenerational Training Institute, which furthers collaboration between generations in workshops and resource development. Contact GT for a catalog of publications.


Gerontological Society of America (GSA)

Address: 1220 L Street, NW, Suite 901

Washington DC 20005

Telephone: 202-842-1275

Fax: 202-842-1150


GSA is a professional organization providing information, advocacy, and support for research into the study of aging. GSA has a database of information on biological and social aspects of aging, links to aging information resources, and referrals to researchers and specialists in gerontology. GSA distributes publications on a variety of aging-related topics.


Glaucoma Research Foundation (GRF)

Address: 251 Post St., Suite 600

San Francisco CA 94108

Telephone: 1-800-826-6693 (toll-free) 415-986-3162

Fax: 415-986-3763


GRF is a national, nonprofit organization providing information and advocacy for people with glaucoma. Contact GRF for information on the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of glaucoma, referrals to specialists, and coping strategies for patients. Publications include the quarterly newsletter, Gleams, and a glaucoma patient guide.


Gray Panthers (GP)

Address: 1612 K Street, NW, Suite 300

Washington DC 20006

Telephone: 1-800-280-5362 (toll-free) 202-737-6637

Fax: 202-737-1160


Gray Panthers is a national advocacy organization of activists concentrating on social and economic issues. Local chapters organize intergenerational groups to address issues including universal health care, Medicare, preserving Social Security, affordable housing, and discrimination. Contact the national office for referrals to chapters, information on issues, links to resources for older people, and a list of publications.


The Hartford Alzheimer’s Disease Driving Guide

Address: The Hartford

Simsbury CT 06089

Telephone: 860-547-5000



The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., offers a guide to Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia and Driving as a tool to help individuals with dementia and caregivers determine when it is time to stop driving.


Health Services Research (HSR) Information Central

Address: 8600 Rockville Pike, Building 38A, Room 4S-410, Mail Stop Code 3833

Bethesda MD 20894

Telephone: 301-496-0176

Fax: 301-402-3193


HSR Information Central was developed by the National Library of Medicine to serve the information needs of the health services research community, with items selected for their quality, authority of authorship, uniqueness, and appropriateness. According to one definition on the website, health services research “affects a wide-range of issues, including consumer education; patient outcomes and effectiveness of care; health care quality; health care for minority, elderly, and other special populations; health care costs and financing; information for health care policymakers; and access to care and health care delivery.” HSR Information Central partners with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), with links from the National Cancer Institute, AcademyHealth, the Cecil C. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, the Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D) at the Veterans Administration, and others.



Address: 157 Broad Street, Suite 106

Red Bank NJ 07701

Telephone: 877-986-9472

Fax: 732-530-3347


HealthyWomen (HW) is an independent health information source providing online and print publications. HW’s mission is to provide health information that is original, objective, reviewed by medical experts and reflective of the advances in evidence-based health research. In addition to online content, HW produces print publications in English and Spanish. The Women’s Health Updates, Fast Facts for Your Health and specialty brochures offer insights, tips and guidance on topics ranging from cervical cancer to skin health to flu. In addition, HW provides subscribers with a monthly, lifestyle-focused e-newsletter and updates on new health programs and resources. The National Women’s Health Report provides an additional online, interactive resource for women that takes an in-depth look at timely and pressing women’s health issues each year.


Hill-Burton Free Care Program

Address: Department of Health and Human Services; Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA); 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 10-105

Rockville MD 20857

Telephone: 1-800-638-0742 (toll-free) 1-800-492-0359 (toll-free) (Maryland residents) 301-443-5656

Fax: 301-443-0619


Hospitals and other health care facilities receive Federal funds for construction or modernization under the Hill-Burton Program. In return, these facilities provide a specific amount of free or below cost health care services to eligible people. Contact the program for a list of participating facilities as well as information on eligibility.


Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA)

Address: 505 Eighth Ave., Suite 902

New York NY 10018

Telephone: 1-800-345-HDSA (4372) (toll-free) 212-242-1968, Ext.10

Fax: 212-239-3430


The Society is a nonprofit organization providing information, services, and advocacy for people with Huntington’s disease (HD) and their families. Contact HDSA for research information on causes, diagnosis, and treatment of HD as well as referrals to testing centers, specialists, self-help groups, and social services. Publications and audiovisual materials on HD are available.


Hysterectomy Educational Resources and Services Foundation (HERS)

Address: 422 Bryn Mawr Avenue

Bala Cynwyd PA 19004

Telephone: 610-667-7757 1-888-750-HERS (4377) (toll free)

Fax: 610-667-8096


HERS Foundation is a nonprofit organization providing information on hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus) and oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries). Contact HERS for telephone counseling and support services. A lending library contains medical literature on topics such as fibroids, hyperplasia, and ovarian conditions. A list of publications is available on request.


Indian Health Service (IHS)

Address: The Reyes Building

Rockville MD 20852-1627

Telephone: 301-443-3593

Fax: 301-443-0507


The IHS, part of the Federal Government, operates a comprehensive health service program for American Indians and Alaska Natives. Services include hospital and community-based medical care, rehabilitation, and disease prevention. The IHS strives for maximum tribal involvement in all aspects of its services.


Institute for Cancer Prevention (IFCP)

Address: 1 Dana Road

Valhalla NY 10595

Telephone: 914-592-2600

Fax: 914-592-6317


IFCP is a nonprofit organization conducting research on cancer; preventive medicine; and the effects of lifestyle, environment, and nutrition on health. Contact IFCP for information and publications on healthy living, heart disease, cancer, and high cholesterol.


International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF)

Address: PO Box 14005

Lenexa KS 66285-4005

Telephone: 888-387-3667 (toll-free) 913-341-3880

Fax: 913-341-1296


ITF is an international, nonprofit organization providing support, information on medication use and surgical treatment, research, and other resources for people diagnosed with essential tremor. Contact ITF for referrals to medical specialists, a list of support groups by State, and information on more than 20 tremor disorders. Members may write or call for background literature and answers to specific questions.


International Hearing Society (IHS)

Address: 16880 Middlebelt Road, Suite 4

Livonia MI 48154

Telephone: 1-800-521-5247 (toll-free) (Hearing Aid Helpline) 734-522-7200 (outside the US and Canada)

Fax: 734-522-0200


IHS is a professional organization providing assistance to consumers in locating a hearing aid specialist, support, and repair services. The Hearing Aid Helpline offers information and publications on how hearing works, types of hearing loss, and design and use of hearing instruments.


Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)

Address: National Headquarters

San Francisco CA 94115

Telephone: 415-921-5225

Fax: 415-931-4671


JACL is a nonprofit educational organization fighting discrimination against Japanese Americans and their families by providing information, education, and advocacy. Contact JACL for assistance to retired people and information on programs on equal rights, racial violence, immigration, and fair employment. Pacific Citizen, a weekly newspaper, and other publications are available.


John Douglas French Alzheimer’s Foundation

Address: 11620 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 270

Los Angeles CA 90025

Telephone: 1-800-477-2243 (toll-free) 310-445-4650

Fax: 310-479-0516


The Foundation funds scientific research into the causes and cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Contact the Foundation for the free publication Caring for a Person with Memory Loss and Confusion.


Kansas Geriatric Education Center (KS-GEC)

Address: Center on Aging

Kansas City KS 66160-7177

Telephone: 913-588-1549

Fax: 913-588-1201


KS-GEC provides information and support for developing community-based, long-term care for rural older people. The Center works closely with State and Area Agencies on Aging. Contact the Center for a list of publications.


Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center

Address: Gallaudet University 800 Florida Avenue, NE

Washington DC 20002

Telephone: 202-651-5000




Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE)

Address: American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)

Washington DC 20049

Telephone: 202-434-2120 1-888-OUR-AARP (687-2277) (toll-free)

Fax: 202-434-6464


LCE, part of AARP, works to expand the availability of legal services to older people and to enhance the quality of those services. The National Volunteer Lawyers Project matches legal cases affecting large numbers of older people with volunteer law firms. The Senior Lawyers Project tests ways retired lawyers can provide free legal services to older people in need. The National Elderlaw Studies Program provides individual home study courses as well as a paralegal certificate from the Department of Agriculture Graduate School. Publications are available.


Legal Services for the Elderly (LSE)

Address: 130 West 42nd Street, 17th Floor

New York NY 10036

Telephone: 212-391-0120

Fax: 212-719-1939


LSE is an advisory center for lawyers specializing in legal problems of older people. While LSE does not provide direct services to clients, staff lawyers offer advice and write memoranda and briefs to lawyers who serve older clients on issues including Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, disability, voluntary and involuntary commitment, age discrimination, pensions, rent-increase exemptions for older people, and nursing home care. A list of publications is available.


Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Inc. (LLS)

Address: 1311 Mamaroneck Avenue

White Plains NY 10605

Telephone: 1-800-955-4572 (toll-free) 914-949-5213

Fax: 914-949-6691


LLS provides information, advocacy, and assistance for patients with leukemia and related cancers such as lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and Hodgkin’s disease. Contact LLS for information, referrals to specialists and local chapters offering financial assistance to patients with leukemia, and support groups. Publications on leukemia and related cancers are available.


Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA)

Address: 912 Killian Hill Road, S. W.

Liburn GA 30047

Telephone: Caregiver Helpline: 800-LEWYSOS (800-539-9767); National Office: 404-935-6444

Fax: 480-422-5434


LBDA is a national nonprofit organization that provides information and support for individuals affected with Lewy body dementias, the second most common type of dementia after Alzheimer’s disease, and their caregivers. Visit the website for educational resources, medical research updates, discussion forums, lists of local LBD support groups, and links to related organizations.


Lighthouse National Center for Vision and Aging (LNCVA)

Address: The Sol & Lillian Goldman Building 111 East 59th Street

New York NY 10022-1202

Telephone: 1-800-829-0500 (toll-free) 212-821-9200

Fax: 212-821-9707


LNCVA provides advocacy, support, information, and resources on vision impairment and blindness. Contact the Lighthouse for referrals to specialists and resources on visual disability, vision rehabilitation, links to related services, as well as information on eye diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy. Publications and audiovisual materials are available on topics including vision, vision disorders, treatment options, and rehabilitation strategies.


Lupus Foundation of America (LFA)

Address: 2000 L Street, NW, Suite 410

Washington DC 20036

Telephone: 1-800-558-0121 (toll-free) (information line) 202-349-1155

Fax: 202-349-1156


LFA is a nonprofit organization supporting research and distributing information about diagnosis and treatment of lupus erythematosus, a chronic autoimmune disease. Contact the LFA for referrals to specialists, information about treatment and research, a listing of local chapters and support groups, other resource organizations, and a list of publications.

Address: 200 First St. S.W.

Rochester MN 55905

Telephone: 507-284-2511

Fax: 507-284-0161


The Mayo Clinic offers information on symptoms and treatment options for urinary incontinence. The first web address given links to general incontinence information, while the second web address links to information on stress incontinence. also offers up-to-date information in more than 35 disease and lifestyle categories.


Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA)

Address: 203 S. Union St.

Alexandria VA 22314

Telephone: 703-548-5558

Fax: 703-548-8024


MOWAA is a national, nonprofit organization providing training and grants to programs that provide food to older people, and those who are frail, disabled, at- risk, or homebound.

Address: online only



Web: is an education website which helps individuals locate medical-assistant-related training programs, but also provides educational materials on a few topics of interest to caregivers: provides information and links to resources related to caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease; provides information and links to resources on sexually transmitted diseases; provides links to resources for working in hospice care; provides links to resources in medical ethics.


MedicAlert Foundation

Address: 2323 Colorado Avenue

Turlock CA 95382

Telephone: 1-888-633-4298 (toll-free) 209-668-3333 (outside the US)

Fax: 209-669-2450


MedicAlert is a nonprofit, membership organization providing identification and medical information in emergencies. Contact MedicAlert for information about its membership services and costs.


Medicare Rights Center (MRC)

Address: 1460 Broadway, 17th Floor

New York NY 10036

Telephone: 212-869-3850

Fax: 212-869-3532


MRC is a national, nonprofit service helping older adults and people with disabilities get good, affordable health care. Available educational materials include a train-the-trainer manual, booklets on Medicare basics, and Medicare home health.


Mental Health America (MHA)

Address: 2000 N. Beauregard Street, 6th Floor

Alexandria VA 22311

Telephone: 1-800-969-NMHA (6642) (toll-free) (National Mental Health Information Center) 703-684-7722

Fax: 703-684-5968


The MHA Information Center provides referrals to mental health specialists, as well as publications such as Coping with Growing Older, Answers to Your Questions About Clinical Depression.


Meso Foundation

Address: PO Box 91840

Santa Barbara CA 93190-1840

Telephone: 877-END-MESO (877-363-6376) or 805-563-8400

Fax: 805-563-8411


The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation) is a non-profit collaboration of patients and families, physicians, advocates, and researchers dedicated to eradicating mesothelioma. The website provides information on the disease, treatment, research, volunteer opportunities, and educational resources.

Address: 32605 W. 12 Mile Road, Suite 275

Farmington Hills MI 48334

Telephone: (866) 403-2818

Fax: (949) 608-1578


An online-only service, MySeniorCare is a community for the topic of senior care. Users can educate themselves with articles, Q&A with an industry expert advisory board, and a nationwide directory of prescreened home care, assisted living and hospice care providers who’s licensing and insurance have been vetted. The service is free of charge. Visitors to the website are encouraged to investigate care providers of interest.


Narcolepsy Network, Inc.

Address: P.O. Box 294

Pleasantville NY 10570

Telephone: 1-888-292-6522 (toll free) 401-667-2523

Fax: 401-633-6567



National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. (NAELA)

Address: 1577 Spring Hill Rd., Ste. 220

Vienna VA 22182

Telephone: 703-942-5711, (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a. m. to 5:00 p. m, Eastern Standard Time, except holidays)

Fax: 703-563-9504


NAELA is a nonprofit association assisting lawyers, bar associations, and others who work with older people and their families. Contact NAELA for information on lawyers specializing in issues pertinent to older people, resources to legal information, assistance, and education. A list of publications is available.


National Adult Day Services Association, Inc.

Address: 1421 E. Broad Street, Suite 425

Fuquay-Varina NC 27526

Telephone: 1-877-745-1440 (toll free)

Fax: 919-552-0254


A professional trade association for centers providing adult day care, day health and/or respite. Formerly named The National Institute on Adult Daycare (NIAD), a unit of the National Council on the Aging (NCOA), the NADSA promotes advocacy, education, technical assistance, research and communications services for adult day services providers.


National Alliance for Caregiving

Address: 4720 Montgomery Lane, 2nd Floor

Bethesda MD 20814




The National Alliance for Caregiving is a nonprofit coalition focusing on issues of family caregiving. The Alliance offers information for caregivers as well as supporting the Family Care Resource Connection.


National Alliance for Hispanic Health

Address: 1501 16th Street, NW

Washington DC 20036-1401

Telephone: 202-387-5000, (Monday-Friday 9:00am – 6:00pm ET)

Fax: 202-797-4353


The Alliance is a network of health and human service providers fostering the health, well-being, and prosperity of Hispanics. Network members provide consumer information, help formulate culturally competent standards of care, support research into specific health concerns facing Hispanics, and promote appropriate use of technology. Spanish language resources are available.


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Address: 3803 N. Fairfax Dr., Ste. 100

Arlington VA 22203

Telephone: 1-800-950-NAMI (950-6264) (toll-free) NAMI Helpline 703-524-7600

Fax: 703-524-9094


NAMI offers support groups, education, advocacy, and research to help people with mental illness. The Alliance seeks to educate all people about severe and persistent mental illnesses to eliminate stigma and promote access to services. Search the website for lists of local affiliates and state organizations.


National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA)

Address: 1511 3rd Avenue, Suite 914

Seattle WA 98101

Telephone: 206-624-1221 1-800-33-NAPCA (1-800-366-2722) (toll-free)

Fax: 206-624-1023


NAPCA is a nonprofit agency dedicated to serving aging Asian and Pacific Islanders. It offers employment programs, multilingual community forums and health care education. The Center works with elders, policy makers, program administrators, and community leaders. Publications include a newsletter and translated health care materials.


National Association for Continence (NAFC)

Address: PO Box 1019

Charleston SC 29402-1019

Telephone: 1-843-377-0900 1-800-BLADDER (252-3337) (toll-free) (ordering line)

Fax: 843-377-0905


NAFC, formerly Help for Incontinent People, is a nonprofit organization providing advocacy, education, and support to people with incontinence and their families. Contact NAFC for referrals to specialists, resources, and information about the causes, prevention, diagnosis, treatments, and management alternatives for incontinence. Publications are available.


National Association for Health & Fitness (NAHF)

Address: c/o Be Active New York State, 65 Niagra Square, Room 607

Buffalo NY 14202

Telephone: 716-583-0521

Fax: 716-851-4309


NAHF is a nonprofit organization promoting physical fitness, sports, and healthy lifestyles. The Association supports State Governor’s Councils on Physical Fitness and Sports. NAHF supports employee health and fitness programs including Let’s Get Physical, an interactive educational program based on the Surgeon General’s 1996 report recommending moderate physical activity most days of the week.


National Association for Hispanic Elderly (Asociaci¢n Nacional Por Personas Mayores)

Address: 234 East Colorado Boulevard, Suite 300

Pasadena CA 91101

Telephone: 626-564-1988

Fax: 626-564-2659


The Association is a national, private, nonprofit organization providing a variety of services for older Hispanic people. Resources include a national Hispanic research center, research and consultation for organizations seeking to reach older Spanish-speaking people, and dissemination of written and audiovisual materials in English and Spanish. The Association administers Project AYUDA, a program providing employment counseling and placement services.


National Association for Home Care (NAHC)

Address: 228 7th Street, SE

Washington DC 20003

Telephone: 202-547-7424

Fax: 202-547-3540


NAHC promotes hospice and home care, sets standards of care, and conducts research on aging, health, and health care policy. Association publications include How to Choose a Home Care Provider and other free consumer guides on home care and hospice care.


National Association for Human Development (NAHD)

Address: 1424-16th St., NW, Suite 102

Washington DC 20036

Telephone: 202-328-2191

Fax: 202-265-6682


NAHD is a nonprofit organization providing information and materials for national, State, and local groups helping people maintain their physical, mental, and social well-being. Contact NAHD program specialists for slides, videos, booklets, posters, and training manuals on health and physical fitness. Program materials focusing on older people include topics such as wellness, physical fitness, preventive medicine, self- care, and retirement planning.


National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Services (NAPNES)

Address: PO BOX 25647, 1940 Duke St., Suite 200

Alexandria VA 22314

Telephone: 703-933-1003

Fax: 703-940-4089


NAPNES is a professional organization of licensed practical nurses, other nurses, physicians, nursing home administrators, and the general public specializing in direct long-term care of older people. NAPNES offers long-term care certification to practical/vocational nurses. Contact NAPNES for information on practical nursing and referrals to member nurses and resource organizations.


National Association of Activity Professionals (NAAP)

Address: PO Box 5530

Sevierville TN 37864

Telephone: 865-429-0717

Fax: 865-453-9914


NAAP is a professional organization providing activity education, advocacy, industry standards, and programming for long-term-care facilities, retirement living communities, and adult day care centers. Contact NAAP for referrals to specialists and information on therapeutic and restorative activities, regulation and policy updates, and program models. Publications are available.


National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A)

Address: 1730 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Suite 1200

Washington DC 20036

Telephone: 1-800-677-1116 (toll-free) (Eldercare Locator) 202-872-0888

Fax: 202-872-0057


N4A is the umbrella organization for the AoA-funded Area Agencies on Aging. It also represents the interests of Title VI Native American aging programs. The Association administers the AoA-sponsored Eldercare Locator, a toll-free number linking older adults and their family members with local aging resources. N4A publishes the National Directory for Eldercare Information and Referral.


National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC)

Address: 7200 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 210

Bethesda MD 20814

Telephone: 301-347-0400

Fax: 301-347-0459


NACHC is a national association representing community health centers nationwide. Contact NACHC for referrals to local health centers and information on the Association’s programs as well as health care regulation and policy updates.


National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP)

Address: 1612 K Street, NW, Suite 400

Washington DC 20006

Telephone: 202-682-6899

Fax: 202-223-2099


NANASP, a membership organization, supports a broad range of nutrition and related services for community- dwelling older people by training nutrition providers and advocating for older people. Publications include a Legislative Action Manual and The Washington Bulletin.


National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM)

Address: 3275 West Ina Road, Suite 130

Tucson AZ 85741-2198

Telephone: 520-881-8008, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time(all year around; Arizona does not observe Daylight Savings Time), Monday through Friday, except holidays.

Fax: 520-325-7925


NAPGCM is a nonprofit organization representing the interests of elder care practitioners and advocating for older peoples’ independence, autonomy, and quality of health care. Contact NAPGCM for resources, referrals to local Association chapters, and information on counseling and treatment programs. Publications and referrals to professional care managers are available through the website.


National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

Address: 750 First Street, NE, Suite 700

Washington DC 20002-4241

Telephone: 1-800-638-8799 (toll-free) 202-408-8600

Fax: 202-336-8310


NASW is a membership organization promoting, advocating, developing, and protecting social workers and the practice of social work. Contact NASW for referrals to counseling resources and specialists, information about social work, and information from the members section focusing on aging issues and health care.


National Association of State Units on Aging (NASUA)

Address: 1201 15th St, NW, Suite 350

Washington DC 20005

Telephone: 202-898-2578

Fax: 202-898-2583


NASUA is a public-interest organization providing information, assistance, and advocacy on behalf of older people. Contact NASUA for information on rights of older people, health care and social services regulations, and referrals to lawyers specializing in elder law and aging issues. Publications are available on topics such as the Older Americans Act, long-term care, older worker issues, elder abuse, and nutrition programs. The Association cooperates in administering the Eldercare Locator, AoA’s toll-free information service.


National Association of the Deaf (NAD)

Address: 8630 Fenton St., Suite 820

Silver Spring MD 20910-3819

Telephone: 301-587-1788

Fax: 301-587-1791


NAD is a private, nonprofit organization representing the interests and rights of people who are deaf or hearing impaired. It advocates for greater access to education, employment, health care, and social services. Contact NAD for information on legal assistance, public policy on deafness and disabilities, and referrals to products that assist deaf and hearing impaired people. Publications are available.


National Association on HIV Over Fifty (NAHOF)

Address: 23 Miner St., Ground Level

Boston MA 02215-3319

Telephone: 617-233-7107

Fax: 617-262-5667


NAHOF is a membership organization promoting the availability of a full range of educational, prevention, service, and health care programs for people over age 50 and affected by HIV. NAHOF provides a forum to exchange information and share concerns about HIV and older adults.


National Bar Association (NBA)

Address: 1225 11th Street, NW

Washington DC 20001

Telephone: 202-842-3900

Fax: 202-289-6170


NBA uses its national membership, statewide minority bar programs, minority law students, minority bar group alliances, and private attorneys, to form links with community groups providing legal assistance to low- income, minority older people. Publications include Saving The Home and Defending Against Fraud and Scams, a resource book on second mortgages.


National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Address: NCI Public Inquiries Office 6116 Executive Blvd.

Bethesda MD 20892

Telephone: 1-800-4-CANCER (422-6237) (toll-free) (Cancer Information Service-CIS)



NCI, part of NIH, is the lead agency for cancer research and statistics, treatments, clinical trials, patient education, and public information on all types of cancer, risk factors, and prevention. NCI’s toll-free Cancer Information Service provides accurate, up-to-date, science-based answers. Information Specialists can answer questions in English, Spanish, and on TTY. The CIS provides referrals to cancer specialists and other related resources, including where to find survivor groups. Many free publications are offered.


National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, Inc. (NCBA)

Address: 1220 L Street, NW, Suite 800

Washington DC 20005

Telephone: 202-637-8400

Fax: 202-347-0895


NCBA is a national, nonprofit organization providing health and social service information, advocacy, and assistance to African Americans and low-income older people. Contact NCBA for information on its local chapters and programs including senior employment and training, housing, health promotion, and advocacy. Publications include:


A History of the National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, Inc.,

A Profile of Black Elderly, The Health Status of Older African Americans,

and a

Support-Services Reference Guide.


National Center for Assisted Living

Address: 1201 L Street, NW

Washington DC 20005

Telephone: 202-842-4444

Fax: 202-842-3860


The National Center for Assisted Living offers publications, educational programs, a website and public policy advocacy.


National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Clearinghouse (NCCAM)

Address: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Gaithersburg MD 20898

Telephone: 1-888-644-6226 (toll-free) 301-519-3153

Fax: 1-866-464-3616 (toll-free) (Fax-on-demand


The Clearinghouse, funded by NCCAM, provides information on alternative medical therapies not commonly used or previously accepted in conventional Western medicine. Contact the Clearinghouse for information on holistic healing traditions, including acupuncture, herbs, homeopathy, therapeutic massage, and traditional oriental medicine. NCCAM does not recommend specific therapies. Publications are available by fax-on-demand and on the website.


National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)

Address: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Hyattsville MD 20782

Telephone: 301-458-4000 1-866-441-NCHS (441-6247) (toll-free)



NCHS, part of the Federal Government, is the agency that monitors and compiles information on the Nation’s health. NCHS statistical programs on aging collect information on the health of older people, their lifestyles, exposure to unhealthy influences, diagnosis and age of onset for illnesses or disabilities, and patterns of health care service use. Contact NCHS for reports on trends in health and aging.


National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)

Address: c/o Center for Community Research and Services, University of Delaware, 297 Graham Hall

Newark DE 19716

Telephone: 302-831-3525 Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Eastern Time (EST),except federal holidays.

Fax: 302-831-4225


NCEA is operated jointly by the National Association of State Units on Aging, the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, and the University of Delaware to disseminate information about abuse and neglect of older people. NCEA operates the Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly and can provide referrals to agencies and specialists. Publications are available on prevention of abuse, neglect, and State regulations.


National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD)

Address: National Institutes of Health (NIH), 6707 Democracy Boulevard, Suite 800,MSC 5465

Bethesda MD 20892-5465

Telephone: 301-402-1366

Fax: 301-480-4049


NCMHD, part of NIH, conducts and supports research, training, dissemination of information, and other programs with respect to minority health conditions and other populations with health disparities.


National Center on Poverty Law, Inc. (NCPL)

Address: 50 East Washington Street, Suite 500

Chicago IL 60602

Telephone: 312-263-3830 Available between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM (Mon-Fri) Central

Fax: 312-263-3846


NCPL is a professional organization advocating for low-income people and providing assistance, resources, and information on poverty law. Contact NCPL for referrals to poverty law specialists, program information on welfare, work force, housing, and community development. Publications are available on topics such as grandparents’ visitation, access to home health care for older people, protecting older homeowners from refinancing scams, and the needs of multigenerational low-income families.


National Center on Senior Transportation


Telephone: 866-528-NCST (6278)



The NCST offers extensive resources for transportation options for older adults. Based in Washington, D.C., the NCST is a partnership of Easter Seals Inc. and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging. Staff from NCST answer questions about ADA rights and responsibilities, direct callers to additional resources, and help members of the aging services and transportation communities address diverse accessibility issues.


National Citizen’s Coalition for Nursing Home Reform (NCCNHR)

Address: 1828 L Street, NW, Suite 801

Washington DC 20036-2211

Telephone: 202-332-2275

Fax: 202-332-2949


NCCNHR provides information on nursing home reform, promotes quality standards, and works to empower residents. Contact NCCNHR for information on community-based, consumer/citizen action, and long-term care ombudsmen groups. Publications on nursing homes and long-term care are available.


National Coalition for Adult Immunization (NCAI)

Address: National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, 4733 Bethesda Avenue, Suite 750

Bethesda MD 20814

Telephone: 301-656-0003

Fax: 301-907-0878


NCAI is a network of organizations formed to achieve better health through immunizations and support for science-based recommendations. NCAI helps coordinate National Adult Immunization Awareness Week, an annual observance in the fall. Check the website for a chart outlining the NCAI-recommended adult immunization schedule. Spanish language resources are available.


National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM)

Address: 10 G Street, NE, Suite 600

Washington DC 20004

Telephone: 1-800-966-1935 (toll-free) 202-216-0420

Fax: 202-216-0451


NCPSSM, an advocacy and education membership organization, works to protect and enhance Federal programs vital to seniors’ health and economic well-being. Contact NCPSSM for details on membership as well as information on seniors’ rights, Medicare, Social Security, long-term care, and disability issues. Free informational brochures are available.


National Consumer’s League (NCL)

Address: 1701 K Street, NW, Suite 1200

Washington DC 20006

Telephone: 1-800-876-7060 (toll-free) (National Fraud Information Center- NFIC)

Fax: 202-835-0747


NCL is a private, nonprofit advocacy group representing consumers on marketplace and workplace issues, providing government, businesses, and other organizations with consumer’s perspectives on social issues. Contact the NCL for information on topics such as privacy, consumer credit, food safety, and drug safety. NFIC supports victims of telemarketing and Internet fraud, and informs law enforcement of fraud cases. Publications are available.


National Council of La Raza (NCLR)

Address: Raul Yzaguirre Building 1126 16th St., NW

Washington DC 20036

Telephone: 202-785-1670

Fax: 202-776-1794


NCLR is a private, nonprofit organization established to reduce poverty and discrimination, and improve opportunities for Hispanics. NCLR health programs develop culturally-relevant, bilingual health education and promotional materials. The Hispanic Health Project works to lower the incidence of a variety of preventable conditions.


National Council on Aging (NCOA)

Address: 1901 L Street, NW, 4th floor,

Washington DC 20036

Telephone: 202-479-1200

Fax: 202-479-0735


NCOA is a private, nonprofit organization providing information, training, technical assistance, advocacy, and leadership in all aspects of aging services and issues. Contact NCOA for information on training programs and in-home services for older people. NCOA publications are available on topics such as lifelong learning, senior center services, adult day care, long-term care, financial issues, senior housing, rural issues, intergenerational programs, and volunteers in aging.


National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD)

Address: 244 East 58th Street, 4th Floor

New York NY 10022

Telephone: 1-800-NCA-CALL (622-2255) (toll-free 24-hour “Hope line”) 212-269-7797

Fax: 212-269-7510


NCADD is a nonprofit organization providing advocacy, assistance, and information on alcoholism and drug addiction. Contact NCADD for information on causes, diagnosis, and treatments; referrals to specialists; lists of community resource centers; and NCADD-affiliated organizations nationwide. Fact sheets, brochures, and videotapes also are available.


National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE)

Address: 4915 Saint Elmo Avenue, Suite 505

Bethesda MD 20814-6082

Telephone: 301-656-8565

Fax: 301-656-4464


NCPIE is a nonprofit coalition providing advocacy, information, and services to educate and empower consumers to make sound decisions about use of prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Contact NCPIE to discuss drug safety or facts about specific drugs. NCPIE’s website and publications provide information on medications, side effects, and manufacturers’ recalls.


National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC)

Address: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

Bethesda MD 20892-3560

Telephone: 1-800-860-8747 (toll-free) 301-654-3327

Fax: 703-738-4029


NDIC, funded by NIDDK, part of NIH, provides referrals to diabetes specialists and organizations, and searches from its database of patient and professional education materials. Call for publications on topics such as alternative therapies, controlling diabetes, complications of diabetes, and diabetes in Asian, Hispanic, and other ethnic groups. Spanish- language publications are available.


National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC)

Address: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

Bethesda MD 20892-3570

Telephone: 1-800-891-5389 (toll-free) 301-654-3810

Fax: 703-738-4929


NDDIC, funded by NIDDK, part of NIH, provides referrals to digestive diseases organizations and support groups, as well as searches from its database of patient and professional education materials. Fact sheets are available on gastroesophageal reflux disease, hemorrhoids, constipation, ulcers, and irritable bowel syndrome.


National Domestic Violence Hotline

Address: P.O. Box 161810

Austin TX 78716

Telephone: 1-800-799-7233 (toll-free)



The National Domestic Violence Hotline, open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, provides crisis intervention, information about domestic violence, and referrals to local service providers to victims of domestic violence and those calling on their behalf. The Hotline provides information on such topics as domestic violence, sexual assault, battering intervention and prevention programs, and the criminal justice system.


National Drug and Treatment Referral Routing Service

Address: SAMHSA’S National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information P.O. BOX 2345

Rockville MD 20847

Telephone: 1-800-729-6686 1-877-767-8432 (in Spanish)

Fax: 301-468-6433



National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP)

Address: National Eye Institute Information Center (NEIIC)

Bethesda MD 20892-3655

Telephone: 301-496-5248

Fax: 301-402-1065


NEHEP, funded by the NEI, part of NIH, is a partnership of professional, CIvic, and voluntary organizations and Federal agencies. NEHEP provides referrals to vision professionals and other health resources. The Program offers free materials to educate the public about how to protect eye health and prevent vision loss, and distributes information on such topics as preventing diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, and low vision.


The National Eye Institute

Address: National Institutes of Health

Bethesda MD 20892

Telephone: 301-496-5248



The National Eye Institute (NEI) conducts and supports research that helps prevent and treat eye diseases and other vision disorders. This research leads to sight-saving treatments to reduce visual impairment and blindness. Part of the NEI mission is to develop public and professional education programs that help prevent blindness, reduce visual impairment, and increase awareness of services and devices that are available for people with low vision.


National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA)

Address: 10400 Connecticut Avenue, #500,

Kensington MD 20895-3944

Telephone: 1-800-896-3650 (toll-free) 301-942-6430

Fax: 301-942-2302


NFCA is a grass roots organization providing advocacy, support, and information for family members who care for chronically ill, older, or disabled relatives. There is no charge for family members to be on the mailing list and to receive the newsletter, Take Care! Contact NFCA for help finding resources.


National Foundation for the Treatment of Pain

Address: P.O. Box 70045

Houston TX 77270

Telephone: 713-862-9332

Fax: 713-862-9346


The National Foundation for the Treatment of Pain is a nonprofit organization providing resources for medical and other professionals concerned with treatment of pain.


National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA)

Address: 3493 Lansdowne Dr. Suite 2

Lexington KY 40517

Telephone: 1-800-723-0560 (toll-free) 859-977-7453

Fax: 859-271-0607


NGNA, an organization of nurses specializing in care of older adults, informs the public on health issues affecting older people, supports education for nurses and other health care practitioners, and provides a forum to discuss topics such as nutrition in long-term care facilities and elder law for nurses. NGNA offers information on gerontological nursing and conducts nursing research related to older people.


National Health Information Center (NHIC)

Address: Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP)

Washington DC 20013-1133

Telephone: 1-800-336-4797 (toll-free) 301-565-4167

Fax: 301-984-4256 Faxback: 301-468-1204


NHIC, a service of the Federal Government, links consumers and health professionals with resources and information. The Center provides health information, contacts for Federally-supported health information centers, lists of national health observances, and toll-free numbers sponsored by the Federal Government.


National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Information Center

Address: PO Box 30105

Bethesda MD 20824-0105

Telephone: 1-800-575-WELL (9355) (toll-free) (recorded information) 301-592-8573

Fax: 240-629-3246


The Information Center, funded by NHLBI, part of NIH, provides referrals to resource organizations and information on elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, exercise, risk of and recovery from stroke, chronic cough, asthma, cystic fibrosis, and sleep disorders. Publications include two newsletters, HeartMemo and AsthmaMemo.


National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Address: 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE, West Building

Washington DC 20590

Telephone: 1-888-327-4236 (toll-free)



The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, part of the US Department of Transportation, is responsible for monitoring safety defects in motor vehicles; helping States and local communities reduce the threat of drunk drivers; promoting the use of safety belts, child safety seats and air bags; and providing consumer information on motor vehicle safety topics. NHTSA has a toll-free Auto Safety Hotline, 888-327-4236, to provide recall information; receive motor vehicle safety complaints; and furnish consumers with a wide range of information on auto safety.


National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Address: 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, West Building

Washington DC 20590

Telephone: 1-888-327-4236 (toll-free)



The NHTSA is responsible for reducing deaths, injuries, and economic losses resulting from car accidents. It sets standards, investigates safety defects, and conducts research on driver behavior. Contact NHTSA for information on older drivers.


National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCoA)

Address: The Walker Building, 734 15th Street NW Suite 1050,

Washington DC 20005

Telephone: 202-347-9733

Fax: 202-202-347-9735


NHCoA is a national organization providing advocacy, education, and information for older Hispanic people. Contact the Council for facts and resources on health, employment, housing, strengthening families, and building communities, as well as referrals to local Council chapters. Publications in English and Spanish are available.


National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)

Address: National Hospice Foundation (NHF); 1700 Diagonal Road, Suite 625

Alexandria VA 22314

Telephone: 1-800-658-8898 (toll-free Helpline) 703-837-1500

Fax: 703-837-1233


NHPCO is a nonprofit, membership organization working to enhance the quality of life for individuals who are terminally ill and advocating for people in the final stage of life. In addition, the organization offers Caring Connections (, providing resources and information to help people make decisions about end-of-life care and services, including care planning, caregiving, pain, financial issues, hospice, palliative care, grief, and loss. Publications, fact sheets, and website resources are available on topics including how to find and evaluate hospice services.


National Hospice Foundation (NHF)

Address: 1700 Diagonal Road, Suite 625

Alexandria VA 22314

Telephone: 1-800-658-8898 (toll-free Helpline); 703-516-4928

Fax: 703-837-1233


NHF, a nonprofit, charitable organization affiliated with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, provides support and information about hospice care options. NHF publications include Hospice Care: A Consumer’s Guide to Selecting a Hospice Program,Communicating Your End-of-Life Wishes, and Hospice Care and the Medicare Hospice Benefit.


National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)

Address: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Bethesda MD 20892

Telephone: 301-402-0911

Fax: 301-402-2218


NHGRI, part of NIH, coordinates the Human Genome Project, an international research effort to characterize the genetic makeup (genomes) of human and selected model organisms through complete mapping and sequencing of their DNA.


National Indian Council on Aging, Inc. (NICOA)

Address: 10501 Montgomery Boulevard, NE, Suite 210

Albuquerque NM 87111-3846

Telephone: 505-292-2001

Fax: 505-292-1922


NICOA provides services, advocacy, and information on aging issues for older American Indian and Alaska Native people. Contact NICOA for information about its resources and support groups serving the national Indian community, and NICOA’s clearinghouse for issues affecting older Indian people. Publications are available, including the newsletter Elder Voices.


National Information and Referral Support Center (NIRSC)

Address: 1225 I Street, NW, Suite 725

Washington DC 20005-3914

Telephone: 202-898-2578

Fax: 202-898-2583


NIRSC provides technical assistance, consultation, and training to State and Area Agencies on Aging and to local information and referral providers funded under the Older Americans Act. Contact the Center for referrals, resources, and information on how to locate services for older people. A list of Center publications is available.


National Institute Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse

Address: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)

Bethesda MD 20892-3675

Telephone: 1-877-22-NIAMS (226-4267) (toll-free) 301-495-4484

Fax: 301-718-6366


NIAMS Information Clearinghouse is funded by NIAMS, part of NIH. The Clearinghouse provides information and resources on all forms of arthritis, musculoskeletal diseases such as fibromyalgia, as well as skin diseases. Contact the Clearinghouse for information on research and referrals to research programs and community resources. Publications are available on the causes, treatments, and prevention of arthritis, lupus, musculoskeletal disorders, and diseases of bones, joints, and skin.


National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Address: NIAID Office of Communications and Government Relations,

Bethesda MD 20892-6612

Telephone: 866-284-4107 301-496-5717

Fax: 301-402-3573


NIAID, part of NIH, conducts and supports research on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of HIV/AIDS and other infectious and allergic diseases. Contact NIAID for information on allergies, as well as viral and bacterial illnesses. The Institute provides referrals to specialists, support groups, and other resources; publications and fact sheets are available, some in Spanish.


National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Information Clearinghouse

Address: PO Box 3006

Rockville MD 20847

Telephone: 1-800-370-2943

Fax: 301-984-1473


The Clearinghouse, funded by NICHD, part of NIH, is a resource for publications and health issues related to NICHD research. The Institute conducts and supports research on neurobiologic, developmental, and behavioral processes that determine and maintain the health of children, Adults, families, and populations. Spanish language resources are available.


National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)

Address: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Bethesda MD 20892-2290

Telephone: 301-496-4261 301-402-7364 (National Oral Health Information Clearinghouse – NOHIC)

Fax: 301-408-4098


NIDCR, part of NIH, conducts and supports research on the causes, treatment, and prevention of diseases of the teeth, gums, and facial bones. Contact NOHIC for facts about oral health in people with disabling conditions and referrals to specialists and related resources. Contact NIDCR for information on available publications, audiovisual materials, and fact sheets.


National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

Address: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Research Triangle Park NC 27709

Telephone: 919-541-3345



NIEHS, part of NIH, conducts and supports research on potential environmental contributors to human illnesses and dysfunction, including asthma, Alzheimer’s, bronchitis, cancer, lead poisoning, Parkinson’s and other chronic diseases. NIEHS also studies variable human susceptibilities to these environmental factors. The National Toxicology Program, headquartered at NIEHS, tests natural and man-made chemicals for safety.


National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

Address: 45 Center Drive, MSC 6200

Bethesda MD 20892-6200

Telephone: 301-496-7301

Fax: 301-402-0224


NIGMS, part of NIH, conducts and supports research in medical fields such as genetics, cellular and molecular biology, and pharmacology. Publications include Medicines for You (also available in Spanish), and Inside the Cell.


National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Address: National Institute of Mental Health

Bethesda MD 20892-9663

Telephone: 1-866-615-6464 (toll-free) 301-443-4513

Fax: 301-443-4279


NIMH, part of NIH, conducts and supports mental health research including mental disorders of aging. Contact NIMH for information on mental health and aging, Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety disorders, depression, and suicide.


National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

Address: NIH Neurological Institute

Bethesda MD 20824

Telephone: 1-800-352-9424 (toll-free) (information service) 301-496-5751

Fax: 301-402-2186


NINDS, part of NIH, conducts and supports research on stroke and neurological disorders. NINDS provides information on its research targets, including stroke, head and spinal injuries, tumors of the central nervous system, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. A directory of voluntary health agencies is available.


National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)

Address: Office of Science Policy and Public Liaison

Bethesda MD 20892-2178

Telephone: 301-496-0207

Fax: 301-480-8845


NINR, part of NIH, conducts and supports basic and clinical research to establish a scientific basis for the care of individuals across the life span. Studies addressed by nurse researchers inlcude the management of chronic diseases, health disparities, improving palliative end-of-life care, and telehealth technology.


National Institute on Aging (NIA)

Address: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Bethesda MD 20892-2292

Telephone: 1-800-222-2225 (toll-free) (NIA Information Center – NIAIC) 1-800-438-4380 (toll-free) (Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center-ADEAR) 301-496-1752

Fax: 301-496-1072 (NIAIC) 301-495-3334 (ADEAR)


NIA, part of NIH, conducts and supports biomedical, social, and behavioral research on aging processes, disease, and the special problems and needs of older people. NIA develops and disseminates publications on topics such as the biology of aging, exercise, doctor/patient communication, and menopause. The Institute produces the Age Pages – a series of fact sheets for consumers on a wide range of subjects including nutrition, medications, forgetfulness, sleep, driving, and long- term care. Information, publications, referrals, resource lists, and database searches on Alzheimer’s disease are available through the Institute-funded ADEAR Center.


National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Address: 5635 Fishers Lane, MSC 9304,

Bethesda MD 20892-9304

Telephone: 301-443-3860

Fax: 301-443-6077


NIAAA, part of NIH, conducts and supports research on alcoholism and alcohol abuse. Contact the NIAAA for information on genetic and behavioral aspects of alcoholism, physiologic effects of alcohol abuse, and diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of alcohol-related problems.


National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

Address: National Institutes of Health (NIH) 31 Center Drive, MSC 2320

Bethesda MD 20892-2320

Telephone: 1-800-241-1044 (toll-free) (NIDCD Information Clearinghouse) 301-496-7243

Fax: 301-402-0018


NIDCD, part of NIH, conducts and supports research on normal mechanisms as well as diseases and disorders of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language. NIDCD develops and disseminates health information to the public based on scientific discovery.


National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Address: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Bethesda MD 20892-9561

Telephone: 1-800-729-6686 (toll-free) (National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information–NCADI) 301-443-1124

Fax: 1-888-644-6432 (toll-free) (NIDA Infofax) 1-888-889-6432 (toll-free) (TTY NIDA Infofax) 301-443-7397


NIDA, part of NIH, conducts and supports research on the physiology of specific drug addictions, effects of abused substances, and current and potential treatments. Contact NIDA for scientific information, and patient and public education materials on drug abuse, its causes, consequences, prevention, and treatment. Spanish language resources are available.


National Interfaith Coalition on Aging (NICA)

Address: National Council on Aging (NCOA)

Washington DC 20036

Telephone: 1-800-424-9046 (toll-free) 202-479-1200

Fax: 202-479-0735


The Coalition, a constituent unit of NCOA, consists of individuals and organizations of various faiths concerned with issues of religion, spirituality, and aging. NICA provides networking opportunities and educational programs.


National Kidney and Urological Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC)

Address: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

Bethesda MD 20892-3580

Telephone: 1-800-891-5390 (toll-free) 301-654-4415

Fax: 703-738-4929


NKUDIC, funded by NIDDK, provides referrals to specialists, resource organizations, and support groups. Publications and information on subjects such as kidney stones, prostate gland problems, urinary incontinence, and urinary tract infections are available.


National Kidney Foundation (NKF)

Address: 30 East 33rd Street

New York NY 10016

Telephone: 1-800-622-9010 (toll-free) 212-889-2210

Fax: 212-689-9261


NKF is a nonprofit organization providing information on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of kidney and urinary tract diseases. The Foundation supports research and organ donation programs. Contact the NKF for a list of local chapters that provide services, including blood and drug banks, screening programs, transportation assistance, publications, and referrals to specialists.


National Legal Support for Elderly People with Mental Disabilities Project

Address: Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

Washington DC 20005-5002

Telephone: 202-467-5730

Fax: 202-223-0409


The Project focuses on legal issues of older people, training legal aid lawyers, organizing workshops, and providing information on legal issues facing older people with mental disabilities. Contact the Project for publications on disability rights for older people.


National Library of Medicine (NLM)

Address: National Institutes of Health (NIH) 8600 Rockville Pike

Bethesda MD 20894

Telephone: 1-888-FIND-NLM (346-3656) (toll-free) 301-594-5983

Fax: 301-402-1384


NLM, part of NIH, is the world’s largest medical library. The collection can be consulted in the reading room or requested on interlibrary loan. NLM offers nationwide access to information through a National Network of Libraries of Medicine. The database, MEDLINE, is available via the worldwide web. MEDLINEplus links the public to many sources of consumer health information.


National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLSBPH)

Address: Library of Congress

Washington DC 20011

Telephone: 1-800-NLS-READ (657-7323) (toll-free) 202-707-5100

Fax: 202-707-0712


NLSBPH, funded by the Library of Congress, is a network of regional and local libraries that provide free library services to blind and physically disabled people. Contact NLSBPH about programs such as postage-free delivery and return-mailing of audio-books and books and magazines in Braille. Specially designed Talking Books and cassette players also are lent to the public free. NLSBPH provides information on blindness and physical disabilities.


National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center (NLTCORC)

Address: ORC Office 1828 L Street, NW, Suite 801

Washington DC 20036

Telephone: 202-332-2275

Fax: 202-332-2949


NLTCORC is operated by the NCCNHR in collaboration with the National Association of State Units on Aging. The Center supports groups under Federal mandate to identify and resolve residents’ problems at long-term care facilities. Contact the Center for information and publications on nursing home reform and adult care.


National Long-Term Care Resource Center (NLTCRC)

Address: Division of Health Services, Research and Policy

Minneapolis MN 55455

Telephone: 612-624-5171 or 612-624-1185

Fax: 612-624-8448 or 612-624-5434


The Center assists State and Area Agencies on Aging and other community- based service agencies to monitor, develop, and refine community long- term care systems through legal reform. NLTCRC provides information on long-term health care, rehabilitation and acute care reform, ethics, and quality of life issues in nursing homes. A list of publications is available.


National Medical Association (NMA)

Address: 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 920, Executive Offices

Silver Spring MD 20910

Telephone: 202-347-1895

Fax: 202-347-0722


NMA promotes the interests of doctors and patients of African descent. NMA offers a physician referral service and the brochure Looking for Dr. Right: Guide to Choosing a Physician Using 1-888-NMAPHYSicians.


National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS)

Address: 733 3rd Avenue, 6th Floor

New York NY 10017-3288

Telephone: 1-800-FIGHT-MS (344-4867) (toll-free)

Fax: 212-986-7981


The Society is a nonprofit organization providing support and information on the diagnosis and treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS). Contact NMSS for referrals to specialists and local chapter offices. A list of free publications and films on MS is available from local chapters.


National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)

Address: 55 Kenosia Avenue

Danbury CT 06813-1968

Telephone: 203-744-0100 1-800-999-6673 (toll free)

Fax: 203-798-2291


NORD is a federation of voluntary health organizations and individuals, dedicated to helping people with rare diseases and assisting the organizations that serve them. NORD is committed to the identification, treatment, and cure of rare disorders through education, advocacy, research, and service.


National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA)

Address: 510 King Street, Suite 424

Alexandria VA 22314

Telephone: 703-535-NOVA (6682) 800-TRY-NOVA (information and referrals for victims of crime and disaster)

Fax: 703-535-5500


NOVA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving services to survivors of violent crimes or disasters. NOVA offers a toll-free, 24-hour crisis counseling hotline that refers victims to support services throughout the country. NOVA provides a list of publications on subjects, including older crime victims, victim assistance, and victim rights.


National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF)

Address: 1232 22nd Street, NW

Washington DC 20037-1292

Telephone: 202-223-2226

Fax: 202-223-2237


NOF is a nonprofit, voluntary health organization dedicated to promoting lifelong bone health to reduce the widespread prevalence of osteoporosis and related fractures. NOF works to find a cure for osteoporosis through research, education, and advocacy. The Foundation provides general information on osteoporosis; its quarterly newsletter and booklets are available through membership.


National Policy and Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging

Address: National Resource Center on Nutrition, Physical Activity & Aging ,

Miami FL 33199

Telephone: 305-348-1517

Fax: 305-348-1518


The FIU Center, funded primarily by the Administration on Aging, works to reduce malnutrition and promotes good nutritional practices among older adults nationwide. The Center provides information dissemination, training and technical assistance, and policy analysis.


National Policy and Resource Center on Women and Aging (NPRCWA)

Address: The Heller School for Social Policy and Management

Waltham MA 02454-9110

Telephone: 1-800-929-1995 (toll-free) 781-736-8685

Fax: 781-736-3865


NPRCWA focuses on older women’s issues and provides policy analysis, research, and assistance to the network of Administration on Aging- funded State and Area Agencies on Aging. The Center provides information and publications on women’s health, caregiving, income security, and housing as well as prevention of crime and violence toward older women.


National Prevention Information Network (NPIN)

Address: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Rockville MD 20849-6003

Telephone: 1-800-458-5231 (toll-free) 919-361-4892

Fax: 1-888-282-7681 (toll-free)


NPIN, sponsored by the CDC, is a national reference, referral, and distribution service for information on HIV/AIDS, other sexually transmitted diseases, and tuberculosis. NPIN’s services are designed to facilitate information sharing about prevention, treatment, and support services. NPIN does not provide medical advice.


National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF)

Address: 6600 SW 92nd Avenue, Suite 300

Portland OR 97223-7195

Telephone: 1-800-723-9166 (toll-free) 503-244-7404

Fax: 503-245-0626


NPF is a nonprofit organization providing free information on psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis research and treatment. NPF provides directories of specialists and products, opportunities to volunteer for research projects, links to support groups, and educational newsletters and booklets.


National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC)

Address: 4200 Forbes Boulevard, Suite 202

Lanham MD 20706

Telephone: 1-800-346-2742 (toll-free) 301-459-5900

Fax: 301-459-4263


NARIC, funded by the Department of Education, provides information on rehabilitation of people with physical or mental disabilities. Contact NARIC for database searches on all types of physical and mental disabilities, as well as referrals to local and national facilities and organizations. All of NARIC’s database information is available online, free.


National Resource and Information Center (NRIC)

Address: Women’s Bureau (WB)

Washington DC 20210

Telephone: 1-800-827-5335 (toll-free) 202-693-6710

Fax: 202-693-6725


NRIC, funded by the WB, provides information on issues of concern to working women, their families, and employers. Contact NRIC for facts on programs such as the Fair Pay Clearinghouse, which provides updates on efforts to identify and eliminate sexism, ageism, racism, and other forms of workplace discrimination. Single copies of publications, including Work and Elder Care and Hiring Someone to Work in Your Home, are available free.


National Resource Center: Diversity and Long-Term Care (NRCDLTC)

Address: Schneider Institute for Health Policy The Heller School for Social Policy & Management

Waltham MA 02454-9110

Telephone: 781-736-3900

Fax: 781-736-3905


NRCDLTC, a partnership between Brandeis University and San Diego State University, provides information on methods, resources, systems, and services for caring for older people. The Center provides referrals to health policy resources and information on issues of diversity in aging, including disabilities, race, ethnicity, gender, generations, and chronic diseases. A list of publications is available on request.


National Resource Center on LGBT Aging

Address: c/o Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE); 305 Seventh Avenue, 6th Floor

New York NY 10001

Telephone: 212-741-2247

Fax: 212-366-1947


The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is a technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Established in 2010 through a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging provides training, technical assistance and educational resources to aging providers, LGBT organizations and LGBT older adults.


National Resource Center on Native American Aging (NRCNAA)

Address: University of North Dakota, School of Medicine & Health Sciences Room 4535, 501 North Columbia Road Stop 9037

Grand Forks ND 58202-9037

Telephone: Tel:800-896-7628 701-777-6780

Fax: 701-777-6779


The Resource Center, funded by the Administration on Aging, provides support, advocacy, and information for older Native Americans, including American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. Contact the Center for legal information and references, geriatric leadership training, cultural awareness, and a variety of publications.


National Resource Center on Supportive Housing & Home Modifications

Address: USC Andrus Gerontology Center

Los Angeles CA 90089-0191

Telephone: 213-740-1364

Fax: 213-740-7069


The Center is funded in association with The Archstone Foundation and The California Endowment. Contact the Center for information on government- assisted housing, assisted living policies, home modifications for older people, training and education courses, and technical assistance. Publications and fact sheets are available.


National Rural Health Association (NRHA)

Address: 521 E. 63rd St.,

Kansas City MO 64110-3329

Telephone: 816-756-3140

Fax: 816-756-3144


NRHA is a nonprofit, professional organization targeting health care problems unique to rural areas and serving as a liaison between rural health care providers and older people. Contact NRHA for information on health care delivery to rural providers and for its quarterly Journal of Rural Health.


National Self-Help Clearinghouse (NSHC)

Address: Graduate Shcool and University Center of the City University of New York

New York NY 10016-4309

Telephone: 212-817-1822

Fax: 212-817-1561


NSHC collects and distributes information about support and self-help groups nationwide. Contact NSHC for publications or referrals to self-help groups, helping networks, and support systems.


National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC)

Address: 1101 14th Street, NW, Suite 400

Washington DC 20005

Telephone: 202-289-6976

Fax: 202-289-7224


NSCLC offers assistance to Legal Aid Offices and private lawyers working on behalf of low-income older and disabled people. The Center does not accept individual clients but acts as a clearinghouse of information on legal problems such as age discrimination, Social Security, pension plans, Medicaid, Medicare, nursing homes, and protective services.


National Senior Games Association (NSGA)

Address: P.O. Box 82059

Baton Rouge LA 70884-2059

Telephone: 225-766-6800

Fax: 225-766-9115


NSGA is a nonprofit organization promoting healthy lifestyles for older people through education, fitness, and sports. Its website announces Association events and activities and offers videotapes of group activities.


National Sleep Foundation (NSF)

Address: 1522 K Street, NW, Suite 500

Washington DC 20005

Telephone: 202-347-3471

Fax: 202-347-3472


NSF is a nonprofit organization providing services and information about sleep disorders. Contact the Foundation for a list of accredited sleep centers and local specialists. A variety of NSF publications on sleep, sleep disorders, and related topics are available.


National STD and AIDS Hotlines

Address: American Social Health Association P.O. Box 13827

Research Triangle Park NC 27709

Telephone: Main: 919-361-8400

Fax: 919-361-8425


The Hotlines offer information, referrals, and free publications about prevention, risks, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.


National Stroke Association (NSA)

Address: 9707 East Easter Lane, Building B,

Centennial CO 80112

Telephone: 1-800-STROKES (787-6537) (toll-free)

Fax: 303-649-1328


The Association provides information about stroke prevention, acute treatment, recovery, and rehabilitation to the public. NSA offers referrals to support groups, care centers, and local resources for stroke survivors, caregivers, and family members.


National Urban League, Inc.

Address: 120 Wall Street, 8th Floor

New York NY 10005

Telephone: 212-558-5300

Fax: 212-344-5332


The Urban League is a nonprofit, community service organization helping older African Americans through advocacy and service programs which include health awareness, nutrition, housing, and intergenerational activities. Contact the League for information about its Seniors in Community Service Program, which provides training and part-time employment to low-income, older people. The Health Promotion Project helps local groups plan and carry out disease prevention activities in communities nationwide. Newsletters and bulletins are available.


National Women’s Health Information Center (NWHIC)

Address: 8550 Arlington Blvd., Suite 300

Fairfax VA 22031

Telephone: 1-800-994-WOMAN (96626) (toll-free)



NWHIC, part of the Federal Government, is a health and referral center for women. Spanish language resources are available.


National Women’s Health Network (NWHN)

Address: 514 10th Street, NW, Suite 400

Washington DC 20004

Telephone: 202-347-1140

Fax: 202-347-1168


NWHN works to ensure that women have access to quality, affordable health care, serving as a clearinghouse of information on women’s health issues. The Network also lobbies for increased governmental support for women’s health care. Contact NWHN for information and publications on women’s health issues.


Native Elder Health Care Resource Center (NEHCRC)

Address: American Indian & Alaska Native Programs University of Colorado Health Sciences Center Department of Psychiatry Nighthorse Campbell Native Health Building P.O. Box 6508

Aurora CO 80045

Telephone: 303-724-1414

Fax: 303-724-1474


NEHCRC promotes the health of older Native people, including Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians by increasing cultural competence among health care professionals. The Center focuses on four target areas: determining health status, improving medical standards, increasing access to care, and mobilizing community resources. Contact NEHCRC for information on its programs and publications.


NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center (NIH-ORBD- NRC)

Address: 2 AMS Circle

Bethesda MD 20892

Telephone: 1-800-624-BONE (2663) (toll-free) 202-223-0344

Fax: 202-293-2356


The Resource Center provides patients, health professionals, and the public with resources and information on osteoporosis, Paget’s disease of the bone, osteogenesis imperfecta, and other metabolic bone diseases. The Center is supported by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases and six other Institutes and Offices.


North American Menopause Society (NAMS)

Address: 5900 Landerbrook Drive, Suite 390,

Mayfield Heights OH 44124

Telephone: 440-442-7550 800-774-5342

Fax: 440-442-2660


NAMS is a nonprofit multidisciplinary organization promoting women’s health during midlife and beyond through an understanding of menopause. The Society supports research and serves as a resource for women and health care professionals. Spanish language resources are available.


Office of Dietary Supplements

Address: National Institutes of Health

Bethesda MD 20892

Telephone: 301-435-2920

Fax: 301-480-1845


The Office of Dietary Supplements helps the public understand dietary supplements by evaluating scientific information, supporting research, disseminating research results, and educating the public. The ODS offers a wide variety of dietary supplement information on frequently asked questions, tips, decision-making, and food labeling and claims.


The Office of Minority Health, part of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services

Address: P.O. Box 37337

Washington DC 20013

Telephone: 1-800-444-6472 (toll-free)



The Office of Minority Health develops health policies and programs to eliminate health disparities. It also provides consumer publications and health professional materials, many of which are in other languages, including Spanish, and makes referrals.


Office of Research on Women’s Health

Address: 900 Rockville Pike, Building 1, Room 201

Bethesda MD 20892

Telephone: 301-402-1770

Fax: 301-402-1798


The Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), supports efforts to improve the health of women through biomedical and behavioral research on the roles of sex and gender in health and disease.


Office on Smoking and Health (OSH)

Address: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Atlanta GA 30341

Telephone: 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636) (toll-free)



OSH, part of the Federal Government, develops and distributes the annual Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health. Contact OSH for information on tobacco and details about the smoking and health database which is available on CD-ROM. Print publications on smoking also are available.


Older Women’s League (OWL)

Address: 1828 L Street NW, Suite 801

Washington DC 20036

Telephone: 1-800-TAKE-OWL (825-3695) (toll-free) 703-812-7990

Fax: 703-812-0687


OWL is a national organization advocating for the special concerns of older women. OWL helped develop the Campaign for Women’s Health and the Women’s Pension Policy Consortium. Contact OWL’s 24-hour PowerLine for information about legal and political activity related to health care, access to housing, economic security, individual rights, and violence against women and older people. OWL newsletters are available.


Opticians Association of America (OAA)

Address: 4064 E Fir Hill Drive,

Lakeland TN 38002

Telephone: 901.388.2423

Fax: 901.388.2348


OAA represents the optometric industry and provides information on eye health and industry regulation. OAA sets industry standards for prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses, and low-vision aids and can give referrals to qualified opticians. Contact the OAA for publications on optometry news and information.


Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA)

Address: 1322 18th Street, NW,

Washington DC 20036-1803

Telephone: 202-223-5500

Fax: 202-296-0540


OCA advocates for the rights of Chinese Americans. Contact OCA for referrals to legal specialists and legislative information on age discrimination, education, and employment opportunities for Chinese Americans, as well as access to health care and Social Security. OCA also publishes a national directory of Asian and Pacific American organizations.


Paget Foundation for Paget’s Disease of Bone and Related Disorders

Address: 120 Wall Street, Suite 1602

New York NY 10005-4001

Telephone: 212-509-5335 1-800-23-PAGET (23-72438) (toll-free)

Fax: 212-509-8492


PF provides information and programs for consumers and medical professionals about Paget’s disease of bone and other bone disorders including primary hyperparathyroidism, fibrous dysplasia, osteoporosis, breast cancer metastatic to bone, and prostate cancer metastatic to bone.


The Paget Foundation for Paget’s Disease of Bone and Related Disorders (PF)

Address: 120 Wall Street, Suite 1602

New York NY 10005-4001

Telephone: 212-509-5335 1-800-23-PAGET (72438)

Fax: 212-509-8492


PF provides information and programs for consumers and medical professionals about Paget’s disease of bone and other bone disorders including primary hyperparathyroidism, fibrous dysplasia, osteoporosis, breast cancer metastatic to bone, and prostate cancer metastatic to bone.


Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF)

Address: 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509

New York NY 10018

Telephone: 1-800-457-6676 (toll-free) 212-923-4700

Fax: 212-923-4778


PDF is a nonprofit organization providing research funding, information, and supportive services to people with Parkinson’s Disease. Contact the Foundation for referrals to specialists. Publications are available.


Partnership for Prescription Assistance

Telephone: 1-888-477-2669 (toll-free)


The Partnership for Prescription Assistance is an organization of pharmaceutical companies, doctors and other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations, and community groups who help people who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through public or private programs, if they are qualified.

Address: The American Elder Care Research Organization; 736 Cole Street

San Francisco CA 94117

Telephone: 641-715-3900 Ext. 606151#

Web: is a free service providing the Eldercare Financial Resource Locator Tool, a database of resources that help pay for, or reduce the cost of, long term care. Visitors to the website can browse for resources by name, or can fill out an online form using their demographic and situational information. The database includes resources from: Federal, state and local governments; Non-profits and foundations; Veterans benefits and pensions; Insurance-based options; Home equity options; Respite care programs; Tax deductions and credits. Information for each resource includes pros and cons, qualifications, costs, and how to apply.


Pension Rights Center (PRC)

Address: 1350 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 206

Washington DC 20036


PRC’s Legal Outreach Program advocates for the pension rights of workers, retirees, and their families. Contact the PRC for referrals to pension attorneys or for publications on pension law, divorce, Federal retirement plans, self-help guides on pension problems, or pension plan handbooks. Spanish language resources are also available.


President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (PCPFS)

Address: Department W

Washington DC 20201

Telephone: 202-690-9000

Fax: 202-690-5211


PCPFS is an advisory body to the President and Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. The Council promotes opportunities in physical activity, fitness, and sports for all Americans. Contact PCPFS for information on physical activity/fitness, nutrition, health, and Council programs. Publications on physical education and health are available on the website.


Prevent Blindness America (PBA)

Address: 211 West Wacker Drive, Suite 1700,

Chicago IL 60606

Telephone: 1-800-331-2020 (toll-free) 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CST Monday through Friday



PBA sponsors community services and public education about eye care, safety, and the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of eye diseases. Local chapters offer community services, including vision screenings and self-help groups for those with glaucoma. Contact PBA for information and a list of publications.


Project Aliento

Address: National Association for Hispanic Elderly (Asociación Nacional Pro Personas Mayores),

Pasadena CA 91101

Telephone: 626-564-1988

Fax: 626-564-2659


Project Aliento works to make the Administration on Aging-funded network of State and Area Agencies on Aging accessible to older Hispanic people and their families. Contact Project Aliento for information, publications, and videos about community care and in-home support issues, as well as links to the formal aging network. Publications are available in English and Spanish.


Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF)

Address: 1332 North Halsted St., Suite 201

Chicago IL 60622

Telephone: 312-587-9272

Fax: 312-587-9273


PFF is a private, nonprofit organization providing assistance, resources, and information on pulmonary fibrosis and its related illnesses. Contact PFF for information on the diagnosis and treatment of PF and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, as well as referrals to specialists, resources, and support groups. Publications are available.


Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation

Address: 819 Second Street, SW

Rochester MN 55902

Telephone: 507-287-6465

Fax: 507-287-6312


The Foundation is a nonprofit agency that provides information about restless legs syndrome. It develops support groups and seeks to find better treatments and a definitive cure.


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

Address: P.O. Box 2316

Princeton NJ 08543

Telephone: 1-888-631-9989 (toll-free)

Fax: 609-627-6401


The RWJ Foundation is a private, philanthropic organization that supports basic health services and pursues improved services for people with chronic illnesses, prevention of substance abuse, and control of health care costs. Publications about the Foundation’s programs on health care issues are available.


SAMHSA’s National Clearinghouse for Alcohol & Drug Information

Address: P.O. Box 2345

Rockville MD 20847

Telephone: 1-800-729-6686 (toll-free)

Fax: 240-221-4292


SAMHSA’s National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) is a resource for information about substance abuse prevention and addiction treatment. English- and Spanish-speaking information specialists can send materials; conduct customized searches; provide grant and funding information; and provide referrals.


Screening for Mental Health, Inc. (SMH)

Address: One Washington Street, Suite 304

Wellesley Hills MA 02481

Telephone: (781) 239-0071

Fax: (781) 431-7447


Screening for Mental Health (SMH) is a non-profit organization that offers in-person and online programs for use by organizations or individuals in screening for depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, alcohol problems, and suicide prevention. Its flagship program is National Depression Screening Day, started in 1991, and held on October 7 each year at various locations across the US.


Self Help for Hard of Hearing People, Inc. (SHHH)

Address: 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1200

Bethesda MD 20814

Telephone: 301-657-2248

Fax: 301-913-9413



SHHH provides information and services for people who are hard of hearing, including assistance on education, legal issues, and self-help. Local SHHH chapters can provide information on community references and referrals to specialists. Contact SHHH for information on coping with hearing problems, hearing aids, and educational workshops for older people with hearing loss. A list of publications and materials is available.


Self-Reliance Foundation

Address: 1126 16th St., NW, Suite 350

Washington DC 20036

Telephone: (202) 360-4131 Spanish line: 1-800-473-3003

Fax: (202) 637-8801


Offers a free service, Linea Nacional de Recursos Hispanicos. Bilingual Information Specialists will help Spanish-speaking clients free of charge. They have a database of community-serving organizations. SRF’s mission is to support Hispanics throughout the US and Puerto Rico who need public information, education, healthcare resources, civil services, all all forms of community information.


Senior Job Bank

Address: PO Box 30064

Savannah GA 31410


Senior Job Bank is an online resource that provides free job information and resources for members. Contact the Job Bank to find listings for occasional, part-time, flexible, temporary, or full-time jobs for older people.


Senior Service America (SSA)

Address: 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1200,

Silver Spring MD 20910

Telephone: 301-578-8900

Fax: 301-578-8859


SSA is a nonprofit organization providing employment opportunities, conducting research programs and workshops, and publishing its research findings.


SeniorNet (SN)

Address: 900 Lafayette St., Suite 604

Santa Clara CA 95050

Telephone: 408-615-0699

Fax: 408-615-0928


SeniorNet is a nonprofit, educational organization that provides information and services to help older people become computer literate. Locally funded SN teaching sites offer introductory computer classes on various topics, providing older people with discounts on computer hardware, software, and publications. Members can access SN from any online computer and order publications on buying and using computers.


Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders

Address: 305 7th Ave., 15th Floor

New York NY 10001

Telephone: 212-741-2247

Fax: 212-366-1947


Senior Action in a Gay Environment (SAGE) is a social service organization offering programs and services supporting and advocating for the rights of senior gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.


Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS)

Address: 90 John St. Suite 402

New York NY 10038

Telephone: 212/819-9770

Fax: 212/819-9776


SIECUS provides families, educators, and policymakers access to fact-based sexuality information through publications, websites, trainings, and other resources.


Simon Foundation for Continence

Address: PO Box 815

Wilmette IL 60091

Telephone: 1-800-23-SIMON (1-800-237-4666) (toll-free) 847-864-3913

Fax: 847-864-9758


The Simon Foundation is a nonprofit, educational organization providing information on urinary and bowel incontinence. It offers support to people with incontinence and publications on its diagnosis and treatment. A guide booklet and videotapes are available.


The Skin Cancer Foundation

Address: 245 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1403

New York NY 10016

Telephone: 1-800-SKIN-490 (754-6490) (toll-free)

Fax: 212-725-5751


The Skin Cancer Foundation is a nonprofit organization providing information on the detection and treatment of skin cancer. The Foundation’s brochures, newsletters, posters, and a new membership program give medical information and practical guidance on skin cancer. Send a self- addressed, stamped envelope for a list of publications.


Social Security Administration

Address: Office of Public Inquiries

Baltimore MD 21235

Telephone: 1-800-772-1213 (toll-free)


The Social Security Administration pays retirement, disability, and survivor’s benefits, administers the Supplemental Security Income Program, and issues Social Security numbers.


Society for Neuroscience

Address: 1121 14th St., Suite 1010

Washington DC 20005

Telephone: 202-962-4000

Fax: 202-962-4941


The Society is an organization of scientists and physicians interested in the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nervous system. Contact the Society for the fact sheet series called Brain Briefings, short newsletters explaining how basic neuroscience research leads to clinical applications.


SPRY Foundation

Address: 10 G Street, NE, Suite 600

Washington DC 20002

Telephone: 202-216-8466

Fax: 202-216-0779


SPRY–Setting Priorities for Retirement Years–is a nonprofit foundation that develops research and education programs to help older adults plan for a healthy and financially secure future. The website links consumers to national health resources.


State-by-State Guide to Transportation Assistance


AARP offers this “State-by-State Guide to Transportation Assistance” on its Web site. Transportation programs help people get rides for essential trips, such as medical appointments, business errands, shopping and other activities. Transportation services vary among communities. Services may be provided by urban and rural transit systems, human service organizations, churches and other providers.


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Address: 1 Choke Cherry Rd.,

Rockville MD 20857

Telephone: 1-877-726-4727 (toll-free) (National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information-NCADI)

Fax: 240-221-4292


SAMHSA, part of the Federal Government, is responsible for improving the quality and availability of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation services in order to reduce the illness, death, disability, and cost resulting from substance abuse and mental illness. Spanish language resources are available from NCADI.


Technology for Long-Term Care

Address: I.D.E.A.S., Inc.; 8055 Chardon Road

Kirtland OH 44094


The Technology for Long-Term Care website contains information about various technologies that are used in long-term care settings, both by staff and by residents. Currently the site covers thirteen care issues: assistance call, bathing, communication and memory, dressing, eating, fall management, incontinence, leisure, lifting and transferring, medication management, mobility, wander management, wound care. For each issue there is Information about specific products is available for each area covered, including manufacturers and/or distributors; research literature, and general information tips. Additionally, the site includes links to blogs, websites, and other resources.


U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Address: 4330 East West Highway

Bethesda MD 20814

Telephone: 1-800-638-2772 (toll-free)

Fax: 301-504-0124


The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is an independent Federal regulatory agency working to ensure the safety of consumer products, such as toys, cribs, power tools, and household chemicals. CPSC provides a variety of publications and makes referrals.


U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Address: 451 Seventh Street, SW

Washington DC 20410

Telephone: 202-708-1112


The Department of Housing and Urban Development supports community development through home ownership plans, and helps increase access to affordable housing. HUD provides information for seniors about how to remain independent and stay in your home, finding an apartment, staying active and protecting yourself against fraud. HUD also administers housing counselors for seniors in need.


Undertaken With Love: A Home Funeral Guide for Congregations and Communities


Undertaken with Love is an online resource for information about family-directed, home-centered funeral planning. The site provides a home funeral manual, written in a study guide format, intended for congregational, hospice, or community groups. The guide may be downloaded at no cost, or a paperback version for a minimal cost. The site also provides a blog, access to state home funeral laws, and additional resources.


United States Postal Inspection Service (USPS)

Address: Criminal Investigations Service Center ATTN: MAIL FRAUD 222 South Rverside Plaza, Suite 1250

Chicago IL 60606



United Way of America

Address: 701 North Fairfax Street

Alexandria VA 22314

Telephone: 1-800-892-2757 (toll-free) 703-836-7112

Fax: 703-683-7840


United Way is a philanthropic organization providing support for community programs. Contact the United Way to find local chapters linking people with resources such as dental and health services for low-income people or to volunteer for service programs in the community.


University of Maryland Center on Aging

Address: 2367 SPH Building

College Park MD 20742-2611

Telephone: 301-405-2469

Fax: 301-405-2542



University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

Address: 20 North Pine Street

Baltimore MD 21201

Telephone: 410-706-7650

Fax: 410-706-4012



Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA)

Address: PO Box 13305

Portland OR 97213-0305

Telephone: 1-800-837-8428 (toll-free) 503-229-7705

Fax: 503-229-8064


VEDA is a nonprofit organization providing information and support for people with disorders such as Meniere’s disease, BPPV, and labyrinthitis. The Association provides lists of clinics and vestibular specialists and offers information on disorders of the inner ear and management and diagnosis of dizzy spells. Publications are available on recent advances, rehabilitation, and support therapy.


Vision Council of America (VCA)/Better Vision Institute (BVI)

Address: 225 Reinekers Lane, Suite 700

Alexandria VA 22314

Telephone: 1-866-826-0290 (toll-free) 703-548-4560

Fax: 703-548-4580


VCA provides news and information on vision health and care. Contact the Institute for facts on the detection, treatment, and prevention of eye diseases. Publications include fact sheets on cataracts, nutrition, care of eyeglasses, diabetes, and vision care.


Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA)

Address: 900 19th Street, NW, Suite 200

Washington DC 20006

Telephone: 202-384-1420

Fax: 202-384-1444


VNAA is an association of nonprofit, community-based home health care providers. Visiting nurses offer quality in-home medical care including physical, speech, and occupational therapy; social services; and nutritional counseling. Local agencies operate adult day-care centers, wellness clinics, hospices, and meals-on-wheels programs. A fact sheet and caregiver’s handbook are available.


Volunteers of America

Address: 1660 Duke Street

Alexandria VA 22314

Telephone: 1-800-899-0089 (toll-free) 703-341-5000

Fax: 703-341-7000


Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, spiritually-based organization providing local human service programs and opportunities for individual community involvement. Specific programs include housing, assisted living, meals-on-wheels, transportation and health care services.


VZV Research Foundation

Address: 24 E. 64th St., FL 2

New York NY 10021

Telephone: 1-800-472-8478 (toll free) 212-371-7280

Fax: 212-371-7277



Well Spouse Foundation (WSF)

Address: 63 West Main Street, Suite H

Freehold NJ 07728

Telephone: 1-800-838-0879 (toll-free) 732-577-8899

Fax: 732-577-8644


WSF is a not-for-profit association of spousal caregivers. It offers support to the wives, husbands, and partners of chronically ill or disabled people. The Foundation has lists of support groups nationwide and sponsors recreational respite opportunities.


Women’s Health Initiative

Address: 2 Rockledge Centre, Suite 8093, MS 7935

Bethesda MD 20892

Telephone: 301-402-2900

Fax: 301-480-5158


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) established the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) in 1991 to address the most common causes of death, disability, and impaired quality of life in postmenopausal women. The WHI addresses cardiovascular disease, cancer, and osteoporosis. The three major components of the WHI were a randomized controlled clinical trial of promising but unproven approaches to prevention, an observational study to identify predictors of disease, and a study of community approaches to developing healthful behaviors. The WHI website provides information regarding findings.


Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA)

Address: 101 North Wacker Drive,

Chicago IL 60606

Telephone: 1-800-USA-YMCA (872-9622) (toll-free)

Fax: 312-279-0416


YMCA is a membership organization providing physical fitness and health programs. Local YMCAs nationwide design Active Older Adult programs to meet the needs of older members, provide volunteer opportunities for senior citizens, and offer intergenerational programs.


Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA)

Address: 2025 M St., NW, Suite 550

Washington DC 20036

Telephone: 1-800-YWCA-US1 (992-2871) (toll-free) 202-467-0801

Fax: 202-467-0802


YWCA is a membership organization providing health, fitness, and community services for women. Educational workshops, recreational activities, and counseling services are available. ENCORE programs for women after breast cancer surgery combine group discussion with exercise to promote recovery. Informational brochures are available.

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