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β€œTo be happy in this world, especially when youth is past, it is necessary to feel oneself not merely an isolated individual whose day will soon be over, but part of the stream of life flowing on from the first germ to the remote and unknown future.”
-- Bertrand Russell

For our elders, we have gathered a list of resources that provide information about planning for the future, senior online communities, facts about aging and senior living, news about seniors, and even computer help.

American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging
The members of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging help individuals and their families by providing the services that people need. They have 5,700 member organizations that offer the continuum of aging services: adult day services, home health, community services, senior housing, assisted living residences, continuing care retirement communities and nursing homes.

Benefits Checkup
Developed and maintained by The National Council on Aging (NCOA), BenefitsCheckUp is a comprehensive Web-based service to screen for benefits programs for elders with limited income and resources. This site will help you become aware of the many public programs available to you and explain how to apply for them.

Nursing Home Compare – The Official US Government Site for People with Medicare
This site provides detailed information about the past performance of every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the country.

Center for Medicare Advocacy
The Center for Medicare Advocacy works to increase access to comprehensive Medicare coverage and excellent health care for elders and people with disabilities by providing the highest quality analysis, education and advocacy.

SeniorNet Resources
SeniorNet provides older adults education for and access to computer technologies to enhance their lives and enable them to share their knowledge and wisdom. Members learn and teach others to use computers and communications technologies to accomplish a variety of tasks. They learn to touch up photos and send and receive them in email, to desktop publish documents, write their autobiographies, manage personal and financial records, communicate with others across the country and the world and serve their communities.

National Council on Aging
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) has a national network of more than 14,000 organizations and leaders. Their members include senior centers, area agencies on aging, adult day service centers, faith-based service organizations, senior housing facilities, employment services, consumer groups, and leaders from academia, business, and labor. Their programs help older people remain healthy and independent, find jobs, access benefits programs, and discover meaningful ways to continue contributing to society.

Friendly4Seniors Senior Search Engine
Friendly4Seniors helps elders, their families and senior care professionals locate resources within their database. They provide quality listings that are senior related ranging from book suggestions, social services, financial, legal, insurance, medical and health information and more are listed on their site.

Elder Options
Elder Options empowers elders, their families, and caregivers to make informed choices about aging. They provide information on programs that can help older people remain active and independent. The Center also serves as a clearinghouse of information to people of all ages connecting them with information and resources for a variety of long term care needs and aging issues.

Eldercare News
Eldercare News is a forum that provides daily breaking news along with professional training, education and related services for our elders. You can sign up for a free newsletter that provides the top news stories relating to long-term care, intermediate care, nursing homes, retirement villages, geriatric health and elder services.

Long Term Care
This website assists elders in understanding what kind of help is needed, what is available to them, and how to obtain it. They provide easy access to comprehensive information on private and public long-term care (LTC) services and supports in Connecticut, including: Home Care, Community Care, Housing, and Institutional/Nursing Home Care.

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