Links of Interest
The Web sites below can provide you with a wealth of information about aging and steer you toward the resources you need to age well.
- Administration on Aging
This site provides a comprehensive overview of a wide variety of topics, programs, and services related to aging. For more than 35 years, this federal agency has provided home and community-based services to millions of older people through programs funded by the Older Americans Act.
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
You can learn how to be an active health care consumer and to quit smoking at this Web site, operated by the federal agency charged with improving the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans.
- Alzheimer’s Association
Results of the latest research into Alzheimer’s disease, as well as information about new treatments are available here. This voluntary health organization is the world leader in research into Alzheimer’s disease and is dedicated to preventing and treating Alzheimer’s and to finding a cure for the disease.
- American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
Find pharmacy assistance and help if you are a grandparent raising grandchildren. With more than 35 million members, AARP is the leading nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people age 50 and over in the United States.
- American Dietetic Association (ADA)
A daily news feature on this Web site provides you with the latest news on food nutrition and health. The ADA is the nation’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. It serves the public by promoting optimal nutrition, health, and well-being.
- Area Agency on Aging of East Texas
This agency, a program of the East Texas Council of Governments, coordinates services to people who are 60 or older, with an emphasis on helping frail, minority, rural, and low income elderly. It serves Anderson, Camp, Cherokee, Gregg, Harrison, Henderson, Marion, Panola, Rains, Rusk, Smith, Upshur, Van Zandt, and Wood counties.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Healthy Aging: Preventing Disease and Improving Quality of Life Among Older Americans
This report talks about the health and economic effects of an aging society and how the CDC is promoting healthy aging.
- The Eye Digest
The Eye Digest is a Web-based publication of the AgingEye Times, an organization that provides free access to the latest medical information on diseases of the aging eye.
This official U.S. government site is designed to answer your questions about Medicare. There’s information to help you choose a Medicare prescription drug plan that fits your needs or to compare hospitals in your area.
- Medline Plus: Seniors’ Health Issues
This site, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, provides the latest news and reliable information about seniors’ health needs.
- National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
This is the umbrella organization of the 655 Area Agencies on Aging in the United States, including the Area Agency on Aging of East Texas. It advocates on behalf of these agencies to ensure that resources and support services are available to older Americans. It operates an "Eldercare Locator," a free national service that links older adults and their family caregivers to aging information and resources in their communities.
- National Council on Aging
The council is a nonprofit agency dedicated to improving the health and independence of older people. You can find information about job resources for older workers, subsidized housing for seniors, adult day services, and long-term health insurance, among other topics.
- The National Institute on Aging, publications on Healthy Aging
Browse, search, or order publications on topics that are of interest to seniors. Most of these publications are free. The NIA leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life.
- National Institute on Aging’s list of federal government sites that deal with issues surrounding aging:
This site has links to numerous federal agencies and resources, including a database of clinical studies and another of 3,000 publications by the National Institutes of Health.
- National Institute of Health’s SeniorHealth
This Web site for older adults makes aging-related health information easily accessible for family members and friends seeking reliable, easy to understand online health information.
- Office on Aging, American Psychological Association
Online publications on topics such as psychology and aging, legal issues that affect older adults, and insomnia and older adults are available at this Web site.
- Life Plan for the Life Span
This American Psychological Association Web site offers guidance and links to resources that can help you plan for legal/financial, health, psychological, social, and work life/retirement issues that often arise as people age.
- Social Security
Information about retirement, disability and SSI, and earnings and employment are available here, the official Web site of the Social Security Administration.
- Texas Department of Aging and Disability Issues
You can find information about services throughout Texas for older adults and people with disabilities at this Web site.
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Caregiving, hospitals, nursing homes, and safety and wellness are just a few of the topics found at this Web site.