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Websites with resourceful information for older adults and their caregivers.

Northeast Ohio Resources

Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services Board
www.adamhscc.org
Promotes and enhances the quality of life for residents of Cuyahoga County through a commitment to excellence in alcohol, drug addiction, and mental health services. These services are available and accessible for every county resident in need and the ADAMHS Board strives to provide a preeminent, seamless and integrated system of care.

Better business bureau: Senior Awareness initiative
cleveland.bbb.org/bbb-senior-awareness-initiative/
Reaches out to senior housing facilities, in-home health care services, senior centers and other agencies that service our area's older population with Senior Alerts and and other consumer educational information.

Case Western Reserve University
www.case.edu
University Center on Aging and Health (UCAH) is an interdisciplinary center dedicated to gerontological and geriatric research, education, and practice. Interdisciplinary academic programs in gerontology are available at the bachelor's and master's levels.

Catholic Charities Corp. — Older Adult Services
www.clevelandcatholiccharities.org/services.htm
Assists older adults with nutrition, mental health, and case management services.

Center for Community Solutions
www.communitysolutions.com
Provides strategic leadership and organizes community resources to improve health, social, and economic conditions through research, nonpartisan policy analysis and advocacy, and communication including a policy framework that addresses the need to adequately and appropriately finance the continuum of long-term care services in Ohio.

Cleveland Department of Aging
www.city.cleveland.oh.us/portal/page/portal/CityofCleveland/Home/Government/CityAgencies/Aging
Works to enhance the quality of life for Cleveland seniors through advocacy, planning, service coordination, and the delivery of needed services.

Cleveland State University
www.csuohio.edu
Offers more than 200 major fields of study, including coursework in gerontology leading to undergraduate and graduate certificates in the field.

Connections
connectionscleveland.org
Provider of behavioral healthcare services in northeast Ohio.

Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities
cuyahogabdd.org/en-US/Home.aspx
Offers a full range of services to individuals with developmental disabilities, from in-home early intervention programs for very young children and their families to leisure programs for seniors and specialized therapies (speech-language, occupational and physical), psychological services, support administration, quality assurance, family resources and respite care, supported living, vocational training, community employment, rehabilitation engineering and crisis intervention.

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Cuyahoga County Board of Health
www.ccbh.net
Works to prevent disease and injury, promote positive health outcomes, and to provide critical services to improve the health status of the community.

Cuyahoga County Department of Senior and Adult Services
www.dsas.cuyahogacounty.us
Provides in-home and community services to seniors, disabled and vulnerable adults based on individual need. Services include Adult Protective Services, Benefits Check Up, Community Office on Aging, Community Resources, Grandparent/Kinship Care Program, Home Energy Assistance Programs, Home Support Services, and Medicaid Benefits.

Eliza Bryant Village
www.elizabryant.org
A senior living community providing assisted living or skilled nursing and engaging social programs for seniors in Cleveland.

Eliza Jennings Senior Care Network
www.elizajennings.org
Offers independent living, assisted living, rehabilitation, adult day care, home health care and memory support care.

ESOP (Empowering and Strengthening Ohio's People)
www.esop-cleveland.org
ESOP fosters the economic empowerment of disenfranchised communities through outreach, education and advocacy. The nonprofit organization provides HUD-approved foreclosure prevention counseling with seven offices across Ohio.

Fairhill Partners
www.fairhillpartners.org
Fairhill Partners is a multi-tenant campus connecting people to opportunities for lifelong learning, intergenerational relationships and successful aging.

Greater Cleveland Volunteers (formerly RSVP - Retired & Senior Volunteer Program)
www.greaterclevelandvolunteers.org
Local host for the Cleveland chapter of the national Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (also known as RSVP) which engages adults age 55 and older in service to the nonprofit community. The program supports over 2800 older adults each year who give of their time, talents, and life experiences to help those in need.

Hoarding Connection of Cuyahoga County
www.hoardingconnectioncc.org
Educates the community about the need for a coordinated effort of personnel from local government, mental health and social service agencies to effectively help individuals who hoard and those working with individuals who hoard.

Jennings Center for Older Adults
jenningscenter.org/
Catholic-based continuum of care campus for seniors located in Garfield Hts, OH.

Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
www.lasclev.org
Resolves fundamental problems for those who are low income and vulnerable by providing high quality legal services and working for systemic solutions.

Linking Employment, Abilities & Potential (LEAP)
www.leapinfo.org
Nonprofit agency serving people with disabilities in Northeast Ohio and upholding the philosophy of independent living.

Long-Term Care Ombudsman
http://www.ltco.org
Promotes a system of long-term care services responsive to the needs and choices of consumers through systemic change, complaint resolution, and provision of information about alternatives in long term care.

Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry
www.lutheranmetro.org/
Serves and advocates with people with disabilities, people dealing with long-term care needs, and people who are homeless.

McGregor
www.mcgregoramasa.org
Provides care, through independent and assisted living, short-term rehabilitation and long-term care. Operates the local PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly).

Menorah Park Center for Senior Living
www.menorahpark.org
Enriches the lives of seniors and those requiring specialized high quality health care through direct services, research and education in a variety of settings in an atmosphere of respect, dignity and caring within a framework of traditional Jewish values.

Mental Health Services
www.mhs-inc.org/
Provider of crisis care, mental health, and vital supportive services for highly vulnerable populations of the city of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County.

Neighborhood Centers Association
gcnca.org
Helps plan, coordinate, and budget the work of neighborhood centers. Services at the centers include meals, transportation, and socialization for seniors.

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Recovery Resources
www.recres.org/
Delivers outpatient mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment programs helping people with mental illness, alcoholism, drug and other addictions in Northeast Ohio.

Seniors Connect — Cleveland Public Library
cpl.org/Seniors.aspx
Provides a database of local Cleveland services and library events, along with book recommendations.

Senior Health and Wellness Center
www.metrohealth.org/body.cfm?id=2049&oTopID=2049
One-stop center for senior health care needs. Houses BRIA's west side partial hospitalization program.

Senior Outreach Services
www.soscleveland.org
Helps older adults and their families improve their health, independence and quality of life through community outreach and support on Cleveland's east side.

Senior Transportation Connection
cuyahogaseniorsride.com
Provides comprehensive, efficient, and affordable transportation for senior adults in Cuyahoga County

United Way of Greater Cleveland
www.unitedwaycleveland.org
Raises and invests funds to improve the lives of people in our community including working to solve problems in the area of aging & special needs.

University Hospitals Case Medical Center — Center for Geriatric Medicine
www.uhhospitals.org/case/ourservices/tabid/1014/geriatrics.aspx
Provides care impacting the health and well-being of today's older adults.

Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio
vnaohio.org/
The largest not-for-profit, community-based home healthcare organization in Ohio. Provides home healthcare.

Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging (WRAAA)
www.psa10a.org
A private nonprofit organization designated by the state of Ohio to be the implementing agency for federal and state aging programs in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina Counties.

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State of Ohio Resources

LeadingAge Ohio (formerly AOPHA)
www.leadingageohio.org
Represents approximately 400 nonprofit long-term care facilities located in more than 150 Ohio towns and cities, as well as those providing ancillary health care and housing services. LeadingAge Ohio-member facilities serve more than 50,000 elderly Ohioans daily and employ more than 20,000 persons statewide.

Office of Health Transformation
www.healthtransformation.ohio.gov/
Current initiatives, budget information, and the latest information about Ohio's health care system.

Ohio Department of Aging (ODA)
www.goldenbuckeye.com
Serves more than 2 million older Ohioans. Promotes positive attitudes toward aging and older people through outreach, volunteer programs and other efforts. Provides home and community-based services that help frail individuals remain in their own homes and support consumers of long-term care.

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS)
www.jfs.ohio.gov
Responsible for supervising the state's public assistance, workforce development, unemployment compensation, child and adult protective services, adoption, child care, and child support programs. Administers Ohio's Medicaid program.

Ohio Respite Coalition
www.ohiorespite.com
Statewide collaboration among family members, caregivers, advocates, respite providers, agencies, community groups, and state and local government officials who believe everyone could use a break once in a while.

Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program
www.insurance.ohio.gov/Consumer/Pages/ConsumerTab2.aspx
Provides free health insurance information and services for people with Medicare.

Ohio Senate
www.senate.state.oh.us
Information on contacting senators and pending legislation.

Ohio State House of Representatives
www.house.state.oh.us
Information to find and contact state congress representatives and pending legislation.

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Federal Resources

Administration on Aging
www.aoa.gov
Federal agency responsible for advancing the concerns and interests of older people and their caregivers. AoA works with and through the Aging Services Network to promote the development of a comprehensive and coordinated system of home and community-based long-term care that is responsive to the needs and preferences of older people and their family caregivers.

Administration for Community Living
www.hhs.gov/acl/
Includes the efforts and achievements of the Administration on Aging, the Office on Disability and the Administration on Developmental Disabilities in a single agency, with enhanced policy and program support for both cross-cutting initiatives and efforts focused on the unique needs of individual groups such as children with developmental disabilities, adults with physical disabilities, or seniors, including seniors with Alzheimer's.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
www.ahrq.gov
Mission is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. As 1 of 12 agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services, AHRQ supports research that helps people make more informed decisions and improves the quality of health care services. AHRQ was formerly known as the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research.

Ask Medicare (information for Caregivers)
www.medicare.gov/campaigns/caregiver/caregiver.html
A one-stop source of information for caregivers.

Census Bureau Age Data
www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/age
Access to facts about people, business, and geography in the USA.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
www.cdc.gov
The nation's health protection agency.

congress Merge
www.congressmerge.com/onlinedb/cgi-bin/committee_list.cgi?site=congressmerge
Listing of all the U.S. Congressional Committees and Subcommittees.

Institute of Medicine
www.iom.edu
Independent, nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision makers and the public on pressing issues related to health and health care.

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Library of Congress
www.loc.gov
The nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections. Text and information on current legislation is available at thomas.loc.gov

centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
www.cms.hhs.gov
Provides news, tools, and contact information for Medicare & Medicaid programs.

National Institutes of Health
www.nih.gov
The primary federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research. Composed of 27 Institutes and Centers, the NIH provides leadership and financial support to researchers in every state and throughout the world.

nihseniorhealth.gov
An easy-to-use website featuring basic health and wellness information for older adults from the National Institutes of Health.

National Institute of Mental Health
www.nimh.nih.gov
The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.

Social Security Administration
www.ssa.gov
Delivers services through a nationwide network of over 1,400 offices that include regional offices, field offices, card centers, teleservice centers, processing centers, hearing offices, the Appeals Council, and our State and territorial partners, the Disability Determination Services.

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U.S. House of Representatives
www.house.gov
News and contact information for your U.S. Representative.

U.S. Senate
www.senate.gov
News and contact information for your U.S. Senator.

Senate Special Committee on Aging
aging.senate.gov
The Senate Special committee on Aging studies issues, conducts oversight of programs, and investigates reports of fraud and waste. Oversight authority, but no legislative authority.

Veteran's Affairs
www.va.gov
The VA serves and honors the men and women who are America's veterans.

White House
www.whitehouse.gov
Website includes white house briefings, information on issues and the current administration.

White House Conference on Aging
www.whitehouseconferenceonaging.gov
The 2015 White House Conference on Aging is an opportunity to recognize the importance of key programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, the Older Americans Act, and Social Security, and to look ahead to the issues that will help shape the landscape for older Americans for the next decade. At the website, sign up for updates, read blog posts and fiind opportunities for involvement in the 2015 conference.

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Other National Resources

2-1-1
www.211.org
2-1-1 is a free and confidential service that helps people across North America find the local resources they need. Call 2-1-1 twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, from anywhere in the U.S. to be connected with local resources.

AARP
www.aarp.org
Helps people age 50 and over have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole, ways that help people 50 and over improve their lives.

Alliance for Aging Research
www.agingresearch.org
National citizen advocacy organization working to improve the lives of Americans as they grow older by advancing biomedical and behavioral research in aging and health.

Alzheimer's Association
www.alz.org
Works on a global, national and local level to enhance care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer's and related dementias.

American Cancer Society
www.cancer.org
A nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.

American Dental Association
www.ada.org
Oldest and largest national dental society in the world and is the leading source of oral health related information for dentists and their patients.

American Diabetes Association
www.diabetes.org
Mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
www.afb.org
Promotes independent and healthy living for individuals with vision loss, broadens access to technology,
improves information and tools available to the professionals who work with blind or visually impaired, and advocates on behalf of the rights and interests of Americans with vision loss.

American Geriatrics Society (AGS)
www.americangeriatrics.org
Devoted to improving the health, independence and quality of life of all older people. The Society provides leadership to healthcare professionals, policy makers and the public by implementing and advocating for programs in patient care, research, professional and public education, and public policy.

American Heart Association
www.heart.org
Website provides information on healthly living, medical conditions relating to heart disease, and caregiver information. Their goal is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

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4CNAs
www.4cnas.com
Online magazine for Certified Nursing Assistants

American Lung Association
www.lungusa.org
The leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through Education, Advocacy and Research.

American Public Health Association (APHA)
www.apha.org
Aims to protect all Americans, their families and their communities from preventable, serious health threats and strives to assure community-based health promotion and disease prevention activities and preventive health services are universally accessible in the United States.

American Society on Aging (ASA)
www.asaging.org
Offers educational programming, publications, information and training resources as well as networking opportunities to professionals in the field of aging.

American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP)
www.ascp.org
Empowers pharmacists to enhance quality of care for all older persons through the appropriate use of medication and the promotion of healthy aging.

Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE)
www.aghe.org
A membership ogranization of more than 160 colleges and universities that offer education, training, and research programs in the filed of aging. Their online directory allows you to browse educational programs in Gerontology and Geriatrics by numerous criteria such as, location and type of degree, certificate, or fellowship offered.

caring.com
www.caring.com
Provides information and support for family caregivers to make better decisions, save time and money, and feel less alone and less stressed as they face the many challenges of caregiving.

Center for Medicare Advocacy
www.medicareadvocacy.org
A national, non profit, non-partisan education and advocacy organization that works to advance fair access to Medicare and to quality health care.

Congress online
www.congress.org
Congress.org is a nonpartisan news and information website dedicated to encouraging civic participation.

ElderCare Web
www.elderweb.com
Research site for professionals and family members looking for information on aging, eldercare, and long term care, including information on legal, financial, medical, and housing issues, policy, research, and statistics.

Experience Works
www.experienceworks.org
A national, charitable, community-based organization that helps older adults get the training they need to find good jobs in their communities.

Family Caregiver Alliance
www.caregiver.org
Programs include information, education, services, research and advocacy.

Family Care Navigator
caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/fcn_content_node.jsp?nodeid=2083
A state-by-state resource to help you locate government, nonprofit, and private programs in your area, including services for family caregivers, as well as resources for older or disabled adults living at home or in a residential facility.

Families USA
www.familiesusa.org
Advocates for high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans.

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Gerontological Society of America (GSA)
www.geron.org
Promotes the conduct of multi- and interdisciplinary research in aging by expanding the quantity of and improving the quality of gerontological research. GSA publishes several scientific journals to disseminate research findings.

Gray Panthers
www.graypanthers.org
An intergenerational, multi-issue advocacy national organization working for social and economic justice and peace for ALL people.

Kaiser Family Foundation
www.kff.org
Health policy analysis, health journalism and communication, focusing on the major health care issues facing the U.S., as well as the U.S. role in global health policy.

LeadingAge
www.leadingage.org
Consumer Hub offers information and support to help people make the most of the aging experience.

Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWAA)
www.mowaa.org
Provide meals to seniors who need them each day — at congregate locations like senior centers or directly to the homes of seniors whose mobility is limited.

Medicare Interactive
www.medicarerights.org
A national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs and public policy initiatives.

Medicare Rights Center
www.medicareinteractive.org
Medicare Interactive (MI) is a free and independent online reference tool designed by the Medicare Rights Center to help older adults and people with disabilities navigate the complex world of health insurance.

National Adult Day Services Association
www.nadsa.org
The national voice for the adult day service community, advances the national development, recognition and use of adult day services.

National Alliance for Caregiving
www.caregiving.org
Coalition of national organizations focusing on issues of family caregiving. The Alliance's mission is to be the objective national resource on family caregiving with the goal of improving the quality of life for families and care recipients.

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
www.n4a.org
Mission is to build the capacity of its members to help older persons and persons with disabilities live with dignity and choices in their homes and communities for as long as possible.

National Association for Hispanic Elderly (Asociacion Nacional Pro Personas Mayores - ANPPM)
www.anppm.org
Serves the needs of Hispanic elderly and other low income persons.

National Association for Home Care and Hospice
www.nahc.org
The nation's largest trade association representing the interests and concerns of home care agencies, hospices, home care aide organizations, and medical equipment suppliers.

National Association of Nutrition and aging Services
www.nanasp.org
A national membership organization for persons across the country working to provide older adults healthful food and nutrition through community-based services.

National Association of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
nasop.org
Seeks resolution of problems and advocates for the rights of residents of long-term care facilities with the goal of enhancing the quality of life and care of residents.

National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD)
www.nasuad.org
Mission is to design, improve, and sustain state systems delivering home and community based services and supports for people who are older or have a disability, and their caregivers.

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National Alliance for Mental Illness
www.nami.org
Dedicated to the eradication of mental illnesses and to the improvement of the quality of life for people of all ages who are affected by mental illnesses. Its many activities include promoting public and peer education, raising awareness, and fighting stigma.

National Caucus and Center on Black Aged
www.ncba-aged.org
Dedicated to preserving the dignity and enhancing the lives of low income elderly African Americans.

National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM)
www.ncpssm.org
A nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(4) advocacy group that works to protect Social Security and Medicare.

National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-term Care
www.theconsumervoice.org
A leading national voice representing consumers in issues related to long-term care, helping to ensure that consumers are empowered to advocate for themselves. Provide information and tools for consumers, families, caregivers, advocates and ombudsmen to help ensure quality care for the individual.

National Council on Aging
www.ncoa.org
Network of organizations and professionals serving older persons through education, research, leadership, and advocacy. Member services, news, data, programs.

NCOA Benefit Checkup
www.benefitscheckup.org
BenefitsCheckUp asks a series of questions to help identify benefits that could save you money and cover the costs of everyday expenses.

National Hispanic Council on AGing
www.nhcoa.org
Constituency-based organization that advocates, celebrates, and enhances the quality of life for Hispanic older adults, their families, and their communities.

national Indian Council on Aging
www.nicoa.org
A national organization that advocates for improved, comprehensive health and social services to American Indian and Alaska Native Elders.

National Senior Citizens Law Center
www.nsclc.org
Through advocacy, litigation, and the education and counseling of local advocates, seeks to ensure the health and economic security of those with limited income and resources, and, for everyone, keeping the courts open for justice.

National Senior Corps Association
www.nscatogether.org/
A membership organization that advocates for and supports the needs of Foster Grandparent, RSVP, and Senior Companion programs nationwide.

Network of Care
www.networkofcare.org
A highly interactive, single-point-of-information place where consumers, community-based organizations and others can go to easily access a wide variety of important information including a service directory; a comprehensive, easy-to-use library; a political advocacy tool; community message boards; and others features.

Senior Law
www.seniorlaw.com
Information about disability law, ranging from the needs and rights of children, to those of senior citizens. We provide detailed explanations, articles, and access to resources on special education, guardianship, supplemental needs trusts, estate planning, Medicaid, Medicaid planning, and the rights of the elderly and disabled.

Senior Service America, Inc
www.ssa-i.org
Mission is to make it possible for low-income and other disadvantaged older adults to participate fully in determining their own future and the future of their communities.

Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders
www.sageusa.org
The country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults.

Women's Institute for Secure Retirement (WISER)
www.wiserwomen.org
Works to help women, educators and policymakers understand the important issues surrounding women's retirement income.

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