The 2009 Progress Report on Alzheimer’s Disease explains the disease and causes and  describes how AD is diagnosed and treated today. The report also outlines advancements in research of AD and how the NIH (National Institutes of Health) uses the information to develop more effective diagnosis and treatment of this disease.  Provides Free, Reliable Senior Information and Resources

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The 2009 Progress Report on Alzheimer’s Disease

Medicare & You 2011

Alzheimer’s Nursing Home Consumer Guide

Legal Guide For The Seriously Ill

From The American Bar Association

Colorado Senior Law Handbook

Eldercare At Home From The AGS Foundation         For Health In Aging

2010 Cost of Care Survey From Genworth Financial

Guide To Choosing An Assisted Living Residence

Improving The Lives of LGBT Older Adults

The MetLife Market Survey of Nursing Home, Assisted Living, Adult Day Services, and Home Care Costs

Planning Guide For Long Term Care

Preventing Traumatic Brain Injury In Older Adults

From the Centers For Disease Control (CDC)

Senior Transportation 2010 - Trends Report

Still Out, Still Aging 

Metlife Study of LGBT Boomers

Healthy Housing Inspection Manual

From The CDC and HUD

The Healthy Housing Inspection Manual addresses the broad range of housing deficiencies and hazards that can affect residents’ health and safety. It is a useful reference tool for nurses, outreach workers, and others who are interested in preventing illness and injury due to residential health and safety hazards.

Fire Safety For Seniors and Their Caregivers

From the New York Fire Department

The New York Fire Department’s Fire Safety For Seniors And Their Caregivers is an easy-to-read guide with simple safety precautions Seniors and caregivers can take to protect themselves and influence others about fire safety.
A traumatic brain injury or TBI is caused by a bump or blow to the head that affects how the brain normally works.  Falls are the leading cause of TBIs, and Seniors 75 years and older have the highest rates of  TBI-related injuries, hospitalizations and deaths.  Knowing how to prevent TBIs is a must -especially for Boomers, Seniors, their Families and Caregivers.

Eldercare at Home is a comprehensive online guide for families and friends who are caring for older people at home. Written by experienced health professionals and published by the American Geriatrics Society.

Exercise & Physical Activity  Your Everyday Guide

From The National Institute on Aging

Older Adults need to be active every day: to stay healthy; to continue doing things they enjoy; and to remain independent as they age. This guide offers simple ways to add exercise and physical activity to your daily life.

Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s Disease can be as rewarding as it is challenging. This guide from the NIA / NIH is written in clear language and designed to help you understand and cope with the many challenges of caring for yourself and someone with Alzheimer’s.

Caring For A Person With Alzheimer’s Disease

Medicare & You 2011 doesn’t just answer questions about Medicare and healthcare reform; it also outlines what is being done to improve health and care choices, reduce costs and make sure you have access to quality, affordable health care.

MetLife’s study reveals that  like most Boomers, LGBT Baby Boomers struggle to finance their retirement, have similar needs for caregiving and worry about ensuring end-of-life care equality and dignity for themselves and their loved ones.

The Senior Law Handbook is designed to provide Older Adults, Families and Caregivers with useful information on the most important topics that affect their legal concerns about aging.  Although Colorado-focused, the  information contained in the handbook is helpful to everyone.

Genworth Financial surveys the current costs of different types of care across the U.S. as a way to help adults plan for the costs of their care as they age.  Find care costs information for providers and facilities your area.
The MetLife Survey provides daily private-pay costs information for private and semi-private rooms in licensed nursing homes; base rates for assisted living; hourly rates for home health aides from licensed agencies; agency-based homemaker companion services; and also daily rates for adult day care services across the U.S.
This report offers insight into the special problems that America’s LGBT seniors face as they age  in America. In addition to concerns about aging in isolation or the fear of mistreatment of  older LGBT residents in institutionalized settings, the study also addresses issues  about financial security, health and health care, social and community support and legal obstacles to equal treatment.
The Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) designed this guide to help Seniors and Families of Older Adults learn how to plan for their care needs as they age. The guide offers information about health and care options, help  understanding long-term care insurance and resource links.
The Nursing Home Guide is designed to help families determine if a nursing home is qualified or capable of providing special Alzheimer’s care. It includes a checklist of essential features to look for in a nursing home that promotes itself as able to care for people with AD and other related disorders.
This guide from the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization provides consumers with information on seven steps to consider if they face serious illness or injury.

This assisted living guide from ALFA explains what consumers can expect from a typical assisted living residence and offers suggestions for locating assisted living communities.  The Guide also includes a helpful  checklist to use when you visit and evaluate Assisted Living facilities, their services and staff.

The National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC) advocates for the rights of elderly people, especially those who live in poverty. Experts in Medicaid, Medicare Part D, LTC consumer protections, Nursing Home Reform, Social Security, SSI and other key issues, the NSCLC recovers lost benefits and improves access to vital safety net programs for millions of Older Americans.

20 Common Nursing Home Problems -

And How To Resolve Them

From The National Senior Citizens Law Center

The American Bar Association (ABA) helps protect your right to make choices based upon your own values, beliefs, and wishes, even if others disagree with you. That’s why it is so important to state your desires in writing about health and financial decisions when you are capable of clearly expressing your wishes. This handbook explains the key legal tools you need to put in place to protect your rights in case you become seriously ill or disabled and can no longer make or manage these decisions.

Health & Financial Decisions:  Legal Tools             For Preserving Your Personal Autonomy

From The ABA Commission on Law and Aging

Federal Benefits For Veterans, Dependents & Survivors

The Federal Benefits For Veterans, Dependents & Survivors Guide summarizes current programs, services and benefits available to eligible Veterans, their dependents and surviving family members.  With 15 chapters covering health care benefits, pensions, service-related disabilities, education and training, home loan guaranty programs,dependents and survivor benefits, VA claims appeals, military medals and records and more, the guide is a handy reference tool for navigating the Veterans Administration system. is a directory of Senior information and Senior resources for in-home care, healthcare, senior housing, Social Security, Medicare, Veterans benefits, elderlaw, nutrition, fitness, travel, finance, medical symptoms, consumer protection, senior  care, caregiving and more.


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No matter what your age or health condition, it is important to think about how you want to be cared for during the last months/days of your life.The Caring Conversations Workbook helps you organize your thoughts and identify your healthcare preferences. You will gain peace of mind, knowing your wishes will be honored, and your loved ones will gain greater understanding and a sense of calm  and confidence, knowing how to act in your best interest when that time comes.  

The Caring Conversations Workbook

Making Your Wishes Known For End-Of-Life Care

From The Midwest Bioethics Center

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Long Term Care Planning, Alzheimer’s Care, Memory Care, Nursing Homes,

Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Bill Paying Help, Senior Centers, 

Caregiver Resources,  Senior Care Financing, Hospice and Palliative Care,

Veterans Benefits, Respite Care, Home Helpers, Retirement Communities,

Senior Care Management, Advance Directives, Medicaid Financial Advisors,

Home Safety, Aging In Place, Personal and Home Safety Monitoring,

Independent Living

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) is the leading voice on aging issues for Area Agencies on Aging across the country.  n4a is dedicated to enhancing the ability to advocate on behalf of older adults, persons with disabilities and their caregivers; take action to ensure that communities are equipped to support and enhance the well-being of older adults, persons with disabilities and their caregivers; and serve as the focal point in their community for answers on aging.

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging

Report on Baby Boomers And Older Adults: 

Information And Service Needs

Outing Age 2010: Public Policy Issues Affecting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Elders is an update to the groundbreaking Outing Age report issued in 2000. Like its predecessor, Outing Age 2010 presents an in-depth look at public policy issues and challenges facing millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the United States as they get older. It also includes detailed policy recommendations.

Outing Age 2010

Public Policy Issues Affecting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Elders

By Jaime M. Grant, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute, with Gerald Koskovich, M. Somjen Frazer, Sunny Bjerk and Lead Collaboratorm Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)

Topics covered in When Health Care Isn’t Caring                               

  1. Health Care Fairness: A Personal Issue, A National Campaign

• What We Found: When Health Care Isn’t Caring

• The Path to Health Care Fairness: Recommendations for Providers, Policy-makers and Community Members

When Health Care Isn’t Caring

Lambda Legal’s Survey On Discrimination Against

LGBT People and People Living With HIV

On September 23, 2010, several new benefits of the Affordable Care Act (also known as the HealthCare Reform Law), went into effect. What are the new benefits and what do they mean? This report from the National Coalition For LGBT Health outlines the new benefits and how they affect the LGBT community.

The Affordable Care Act

New Benefits and the LGBT Community

September 23, 2010

We’re always adding new reports, guides and handbooks to our library. 

We hope you visit this page often to see what’s new.

Developed in 2001 as part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People 2010 strategic planning process, The Healthy People 2010 Companion Document for LGBT Health provides a context for educating all possible readers about LGBT health disparities and for addressing systemic challenges that must be overcome to address the healthcare needs of the LGBT population.

Studies show that the LGBT populations experience health disparities and barriers related to sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. Many avoid or delay care or receive inappropriate or inferior care because of fear of discrimination, disrespect or mistreatment by health care providers and facilities. The Guidelines For Care of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Patients offer detailed ways to understand healthcare disparities affecting LGBT populations and help healthcare providers create welcoming environments for LGBT patients.

Healthy People 2010:

Companion Document for LGBT Health

Guidelines For Care of LGBT Patients

From The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association

LGBT Baby Boomers have withstood many years of discrimination, and say their approach to retirement and aging has been shaped by these experiences. In conjunction with Metlife’s Still Out, Still Aging is the publication Planning Tips For LGBT Individuals and Couples, which offers guidance and advice in the areas of legacy planning, employee benefits, health care, financial and retirement planning.

Planning Tips For LGBT Individuals And Couples

When Health Care Isn’t Caring is the first study to examine refusal of care and barriers to health care among LGBT and HIV communities on a national scale. We hope that these data will influence decisions being made about how health care is delivered in this country now and in the future.

Medicines and You       A Guide for Older Adults

The more you know about your medicines and the more you

talk with your health care professionals, the easier it is to avoid

problems with medicines.

As you age, body changes can affect the way medicines are

absorbed and used. For example, changes in the digestive system

can affect how fast medicines enter the bloodstream.


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The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women

The Healthy Heart Handbook For Women handbook offers the latest information on women’s heart disease, as well as practical suggestions for reducing your own personal risk of heart-related problems. Prevent and control heart disease risk factors and live a healthier, longer life.  Find new tips for a nutritious eating plan and tailor your physical activity program to your specific goals.  Read it now