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Aging and Health: Web Resources

Administration on Aging

National Institute on Aging

National Institute on Aging

The Institute's mission is to:

  • Support and conduct genetic, biological, clinical, behavioral, social, and economic research on aging.
  • Foster the development of research and clinician scientists in aging.
  • Provide research resources.
  • Disseminate information about aging and advances in research to the public, health care professionals, and the scientific community,among a variety of audiences.

National Rehabilitation Information Center

National Rehabilitation Information Center
The National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) is the library of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR.). This library collects, catalogs, and disseminates the articles, reports, curricula, guides, and other publications and products of the research projects funded by NIDRR. NIDRR funds more than 250 projects each year that conduct research on a wide range of issues including technology, health and function, independent living, and capacity building.

Assisted Living & Caregiving

Consumer Consortium on Assisted Living
CCAL is a non-profit national consumer advocacy and education organization whose mission is to raise awareness about and advocate for the widespread implementation of person-centered living principles, policies, and practices in home and community-based (HCB) supports and services for elders and individuals with disabilities living at home, in the community or in assisted living.

Assisted Senior Living
One of the most comprehensive and unbiased directories of senior care options, assisted Senior Living is not like any of the other senior housing sites on the web. Assisted Senior Living was created by caregivers, for caregivers. Information is gathered from state and federal sources, then combined with public information to provide one of the most complete resources for seniors and caregivers (new senior care services are also welcome to create a free listing).

Benefits Checkup

Benefits Checkup

BenefitsCheckUp is free service of the National Council on Aging (NCOA), a nonprofit service and advocacy organization in Washington, DC.

Many adults over 55 need help paying for prescription drugs, health care, utilities, and other basic needs. There are over 2,000 federal, state and private benefits programs available to help. But many people don’t know these programs exist or how they can apply.

BenefitsCheckUp asks a series of questions to help identify benefits that could save you money and cover the costs of everyday expenses.

After answering the questions, you will get a report created just for you that describes the programs you may get help from. You can apply for many of the programs online or you can print an application form.

Older Adults with Disabilities

Census Report Features Current Data on Older Adults with Disabilities

A 2012 U.S. Census Bureau report provides current data on Americans with disabilities and shows that severe disability is prevalent among older adults. In 2010 19.2 million noninstitutionalized people aged 65 and older had a disability. Severe disability and the need for personal assistance increased with age. The probability of severe disability was 1-in-4 for people aged 65 and up and among people aged 80 and up, more than half (55.8 percent) had a severe disabilityi.

The report also presents data on the percent of adults aged 65 and older that had specific measures of disability (such as, seeing, hearing and speaking limitations), including the following:

  • Among the population 65 years and older, 3.8 million people or 9.8 percent had difficulty seeing;
  • About 4.2 million people aged 65 and older reported hearing aid use, of which 1.7 million had difficulty hearing;
  • Among individuals aged 65 and older, about 15.2 million people (39.4 percent) had difficulty with ambulatory activities, of which 11.2 million had severe difficulty.