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A number of Federal Government and national organizations can provide you with information about elder care issues such as housing, health care, and legal matters.

Many organizations are listed below; however, this is not an exhaustive list. Each organization's mission, address, and telephone  number is included. Many of the organizations offer free publications that address numerous aging issues. There may be a charge for some materials. Contact the organizations to obtain a list of available publications.

Federal Organizations

Administration on Aging

Department of Health and Human Services
330 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20201
(202) 619-0641

The Administration on Aging (AoA) is the focal point and advocacy agency for older persons and their concerns at the Federal level. It develops Federal Government policy and programs and coordinates community services for older people. AoA assists State and Area Agencies on Aging in developing community services to meet the social and human service needs of older persons.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

7500 Security Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21244-1850
(410) 786-3000
Medigap Hotline: Toll Free 1-800-638-6833

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) coordinates the Federal Government's participation in Medicare and Medicaid. CMS also sponsors health care quality assurance programs such as the Medigap Hotline. The Medigap Hotline answers questions about Medigap insurance (health insurance to supplement Medicare). It also takes reports of suspected Medigap and Medicare fraud.

National Institute on Aging

Department of Health and Human Services
Building 31, Room 5C27
31 Center Dr. MSC2292
Bethesda, MD 20892-2292
(301) 496-1752
Publication Service:
Toll Free 1-800-222-2225

The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, is the Federal Government's principal agency for conducting and supporting biomedical, social, and behavioral research related to aging processes and the diseases and special problems of older people. The Public Information Office prepares and distributes information about issues of interest to older people.

Social Security Administration

Office of Public Inquiries
6401 Security Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21235
(410) 965-1234
Information Service:
Toll Free 1-800-772-1213

The Social Security Administration is the Federal Government agency responsible for the Social Security retirement, survivors, and disability insurance program, as well as the Supplemental Security Income program. Social Security Administration offices, which are located in every State, are listed in the telephone directory under "Social Security Administration" or "U.S. Government." A toll free service is also available throughout the Nation.

FirstGov for Seniors

FirstGov for Seniors is one of several projects created at the direction of the National Partnership for Reinventing Government (NPRG). The Social Security Administration (SSA) agreed to create, host and maintain FirstGov for Seniors as a service especially geared toward senior citizens.

National Organizations

Alzheimer's Association

Alzheimer's Association
Suite 1100
919 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 335-8700
Information and Referral:
Toll Free 1-800-272-3900

The Alzheimer's Association is a volunteer organization that sponsors public education programs and offers supportive services to patients and families who are coping with Alzheimer's disease (AD). A 24-hour toll free hotline provides information about AD and links families with nearby chapters, which are familiar with community resources and can offer practical suggestions for daily living.

American Association of Homes for the Aging

American Association of Homes for the Aging
Suite 500
901 E Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20004-2011
(202) 783-2242

The American Association of Homes for the Aging (AAHA) is the national nonprofit organization representing more than 4,500 not-for-profit nursing homes, continuing care retirement communities, senior housing facilities, and community service agencies for the elderly. AAHA is headquartered in Washington, DC, with regional offices in Albany, Orlando, Chicago, and Denver.


601 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20049
(202) 434-AARP

The AARP is a nonprofit membership organization of persons 50 and older dedicated to addressing their needs and interests. AARP seeks to enhance the quality of life for all by helping older persons achieve lives of independence, dignity, and purpose through education, advocacy, and service.

Commission on Legal Problems of the Elderly - American Bar Association

Commission on Legal Problems of the Elderly - American Bar Association
740 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 662-8690

Dedicated to assisting senior citizens and their families with health-related legal issues.

Health Insurance Association of America

Health Insurance Association of America
Suite 600-E
555 13th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004-1109
(202) 824-1600
National Insurance Consumer Helpline:
Toll Free 1-800-942-4242

The Health Insurance Association of America offers information to the public about all aspects of health and disability insurance. Through the Helpline, the Association provides information to consumers about a wide range of health insurance issues, including continuation of group health benefits, major medical, Medicare supplements, and long-term care insurance.

Legal Counsel for the Elderly, Inc.

Legal Counsel for the Elderly, Inc.
Suite 4A
601 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20049
(202) 434-2151

The Legal Counsel for the Elderly, Inc., a nonprofit agency sponsored by the AARP, is a national support center specializing in the delivery of legal services to older persons.

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
6th Floor
927 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 296-8130

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (NAAAA) is a private, non-profit association representing 670 Area Agencies on Aging throughout the country. NAAAA's mission is to advocate for the needs of seniors in their communities and to provide technical assistance in the planning of community based services.

National Council on the Aging

National Council on the Aging
Suite 200
409 Third Street, S.W.
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 479-1200

The National Council on the Aging, a nonprofit, membership organization for professionals and volunteers, serves as a national resource for information, technical assistance, training, and research relating to the field of aging. Its key goal is to deliver services that enhance or extend independent living.

Older Women's League

Older Women's League
Suite 700
666 11th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 783-6686

The Older Women's League (OWL) is a national membership organization addressing the special concerns of midlife and older women. OWL works to provide mutual support for its members to achieve economic and social equity for its constituents, and to improve the image and status of older women. OWL bridges the gap between the women's groups and organizations representing aging to achieve these goals.

United Seniors Health Cooperative

United Seniors Health Cooperative
Suite 200
409 Third Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 479-6973

United Seniors Health Cooperative is a nonprofit organization which helps people understand issues of aging such as good health, health insurance (Medicare, Medicaid, Medigap, and major medical), housing options, and caregiving. It has developed a specialty of counseling people on insurance needs, including long-term care insurance.

Aging Organizations 

AARP is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to addressing the needs and interests of persons 50 and older. Site provides useful information and resources on topics such as: health and wellness; economic security and work; long-term care and independent living; and personal enrichment.

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American Society on Aging
The American Society on Aging is a nonprofit organization committed to enhancing the knowledge and skills of those working with older adults and their families. Site offers useful resources on a variety of aging-related topics.

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National Council on the Aging
The National Council on the Aging is an association of organizations and professionals dedicated to promoting the dignity, self-determination, well being, and contributions of older persons. The Senior’s Corner section of the site contains health related resources and tips.

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Elder Rights

National Consumer Law Center
Site contains useful consumer information for older adults.

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National LTC Ombudsman Resource Center
Center provides consultation and information and referral for long term care facility residents, families and others who use ombudsman services.

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The Pension Rights Center
Provides information on pensions and links to pension counseling assistance programs.

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Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement
WISER is a non-profit organization devoted to providing women with information they need for a financially sound retirement. Site contains resources on such topics as Social Security, savings and investing, and widowhood.

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End of Life Care

Americans for Better Care of the Dying
Site contains a consumers guide for end-of-life care.

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Hospice Foundation of America
The website contains useful information on grief and links to other end-of-life resources.

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National Hospice Foundation
Site contains consumer brochures designed to help individuals better understand hospice and end-of-life issues.

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General Health Resources

Stanford University Health Library
Consumer health information library that provides evidence-based medical information.

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Mayo Clinic.Com
Provides useful and up-to-date health information and tools.

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Su Familia: The National Hispanic Family Health Helpline
1-866-Su-Familia (1-866-783-2645)

Su Familia offers free reliable and confidential health information in Spanish and English. Call toll free Monday through Friday 9 am to 6 pm Eastern Standard Time.

National Health Associations

Alzheimer’s Association
Site contains information on the disease and helpful materials for caregivers.

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Phone: 1-800-272-3900

American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry
News, facts, tools and expert information for adults coping with mental health issues & aging.

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Arthritis Foundation
Site and 800 number provides general information and resources on arthritis.

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Phone: 1-800-568-4045

American Cancer Society
The Society provides information on all aspects of cancer through a toll-free information line, web site, and published materials.

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Phone: 1-800-ACS-2345

American Diabetes Association
Site contains basic information on diabetes and healthy living advice and tips.

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American Heart Association
Site contains very useful information on heart disease and stroke prevention.

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Phone: 1-800-AHA-USA-1

American Psychological Association
Site contains a Help Center that provides consumer information on mental health issues and concerns.

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American Stroke Association
Consumer information for stroke prevention and care of someone following a stroke.

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National Kidney Foundation
Consumer information to assist individuals affected by kidney diseases.

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National Mental Health Association
Site contains fact sheets and other materials related to mental health issues.

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National Osteoporosis Foundation
Consumer and professional information on bone health and osteoporosis.

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National Parkinson Foundation
Site provides consumer and advocacy information related to Parkinson’s disease.

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Parkinson's Educator
Site offers a on-line training course developed to train caregivers in caring for those with Parkinson's Disease in long-term care settings.

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Housing and Living Options

American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) website contains information about housing and long term care services and facilities.

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Senior Resource
Senior Resource provides information on housing choices for older adults.

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National Association of Home Care
NAHC is a trade association representing the interests and concerns of home care agencies, hospices, home care aide organizations, and medical equipment suppliers. Site contains a consumer section focused on choosing a home care provider.

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National Center for Assisted Living
The National Center for Assisted Living website contains consumer information on assisted living and other long term care options.

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National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification
NRCSHHM is a non-profit organization that promotes aging in place and independent living for persons of all ages and abilities. The website contains excellent resources on senior housing and home modifications.

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Mental Health

The Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides this on-line resource for locating drug and alcohol abuse treatment programs around the Nation.

24- Hour Hotline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

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Mental Health Services Locator
This Locator provides you with comprehensive information about mental health services and resources by city, state or zip code. It is useful for professionals, consumers and their families, and the public.

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Toll-free telephone: 1-800-789-2647

Suicide Prevention Hotline at: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). For TTY users call: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889)

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