Resources

Federal Agencies & Services

Seniors.gov – USA.gov for Seniors
Federal government information and services of interest to seniors. This site includes information about social security benefits, travel information, educational opportunities, and consumer protection services (including scams that target seniors).

National Institute on Aging
Leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life as well as the primary federal agency on Alzheimer’s disease research. The site includes link to other government sites, news, and health information.

Minnesota Agencies & Services

Minnesota Attorney General Senior Center
Information for seniors about consumer fraud, telephone service, and legal rights.

Minnesota Board on Aging
This site includes links to Minnesota services for seniors, information about the Minnesota Prescription Drug Program, and other assistance. The Board also sponsors the Senior LinkAge line at 1-800-333-2433.

Minnesota Department of Human Services
Links to a broad range of services in Minnesota.

Minnesota Department of Human Services: Aging
Links to a broad range of services for senior citizens in Minnesota.

Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging
Information about and for the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area’s senior community. This site features demographic information, agency news, housing options, and links to statewide agencies on aging.

Community & Organizations

AARP
Official site for the group formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons, maintaining that “age is just a number and life is what you make of it.” This site includes a wide assortment of information from legislative issues to computer reviews to volunteer opportunities to information about money and work.

National Council on the Aging
Association of organizations and professionals dedicated to promoting the dignity, self-determination, well being, and contributions of older persons. This site features links to constituent groups within the NCOA, as well as articles and publications for a range of senior issues.

Senior Journal
Daily news updates for active senior citizens. The site includes articles on fitness, enjoying life, money, politics, and other issues of concern to senior citizens.

SeniorNet
For computer-using adults, ages 50 and older. This online community offers a wide range of information and access, including book groups and discussion forums on over 400 topics. Some sections of the site require free registration.

Health & Fitness

Mayo Clinic
Medical and health information, including information on healthy living, diseases and conditions, healthy lifestyles, medications, and health news.

Merck Manual of Geriatrics
The full text of this medical reference is available online and can be searched by keyword browsed by the table of contents or the index. The manual also contains useful information on the health aspects of aging as well as drug information and life issues for seniors and their families.

Alzheimer’s Association
Resources for people with Alzheimer’s disease, family and caregivers, physicians, and researchers about the disease, coping with Alzheimer’s, and treatment options. There is also a Minnesota-Dakotas chapter.

American Cancer Society
Resources about cancer awareness, prevention, and treatment options. The site includes links to other web sites for more information about specific types of cancer. Some features of the site, including discussion boards, require free registration.

American Diabetes Association
Information and resources about diabetes.

American Heart Association
Warning signs, information, and resource relating to heart attacks, heart disease, and strokes. The site also includes information on risk assessment, family health, and advocacy.

American Lung Association

Information about lung health and disease like how lungs work, protecting your lungs, and warning signs of lung disease. Also, provides information about support and communities.

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology

Information about the treatments and research of allergies and asthma.

American Foundation for the Blind

This site provides programs & services for the blind. Also, it provides information of eye conditions, Using technology, and job seeking.

Arthritis Foundation
Information about the diagnosis, treatments, and research of arthritis.

Attention Deficit Disorder Association

Provides information about ADD and will answer questions about the disorder. Also, provides resources for your benefit and helps find professional help for those affected.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Provides information on all health related topics from disease and conditions, healthy living, travelers’ health, and emergency preparedness.

Community Resource Connections

Provides detailed information about human services offered locally, transportation throughout northwestern Minnesota, and local mental health resources.

Department of Human Services – MN

HealthCare.gov

Get healthcare coverage. Keep or update your current plan.

MesotheliomaHelp.org

Information on mesothelioma, treatment options, and legal advice.

Mesothelioma Group – Understanding Cancer

This mesothelioma support community provides information on mesothelioma, treatment options, paying for treatment, and veterans.

Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance

Provides information about brain injuries, education& community outreach, and advocacy.

National Parkinson Foundation
Information and resources related to Parkinson’s disease, with news, statistics, and discussion forums.

 

Caregivers

Family Caregiver Alliance
This site features information on long-term care for adults coping Alzheimer’s diseases, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and other related brain disorders.

National Alliance for Caregiving
Reports and resources for family caregivers of seniors.

Housing & Long-Term Care

Nursing Home Compare (from Medicare.gov)
Detailed information about the past performance of every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the country. Includes a Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home and a Nursing Home Checklist.

Nursing Home Report Card
Reports on Nursing Homes in the state of Minnesota. Provided by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Department of Human Services.

Long-Term Care Link
Source of long-term care information, including articles, links to other informational sites, news and announcements and editorials.

Senior Housing, Inc.
Helping senior citizens with suitable, adequate, and affordable housing. This site lists properties for sale or rent, as well as housing options for specialized care, in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.