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AARP

Founded in 1958 by retired California educator, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, AARP (formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons) today represents more than 34 million members. Site provides national and local information on senior issues. 

Administration on Aging

The Administration on Aging (AoA) site provides information for older Americans and their families as well as those who wish to provide opportunities and services to enrich the lives of older persons and support their independence.

Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association, a national network of chapters, is the largest national voluntary health organization committed to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s and helping those affected by the disease.

Benefits Checkup

The National Council on Aging created Benefits Checkup to help older adults to quickly identify programs that may improve the quality of their lives. Family and friends can also obtain facts about benefits that their loved ones may qualify for. Chances are, you will be surprised to learn what benefits are available to you, regardless of your income.

Caring.com

This site is for caregivers who are caring for their elderly and/or ill parents. It provides “soup-to-nuts” information; not just medical, but also information on topics including finances, nutrition and legal.

Generations on Line

Aimed at the large population of older Americans who cannot afford or choose not to enroll in computer training or Internet training. The program provides specially programmed, self-training software to senior centers, libraries, retirement homes and other locations where older people congregate.

Healthy Aging

A national, ongoing health promotion that broadens awareness of the positive aspects of aging and provides information and inspiration for adults, aged 50 and over, to improve their physical, mental, social, and financial fitness.

Lung Cancer Answers

Provides information on causes, types of lung cancer, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options.

Medicare.gov

Provides tools to find information on Medigap policies, Medicare plans, news and updates, health information, fraud and abuse, helpful contacts and assistance choosing a nursing home.

National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities

Enhances the capacity of its membership to promote the rights, dignity and independence of current and future generations of older persons, adults with disabilities and their families.

National Center on Elder Abuse

Serves as a resource center for older adults and caregivers, dedicated to the prevention of elder mistreatment.

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)

Represents the country’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, which are devoted to inventing medicines that allow patients to live longer, healthier, happier, and more productive lives. 

Social Security Administration

A comprehensive resource about benefits paid for through your Social Security taxes: retirement, disability, family benefits, survivors and Medicare.

Advocacy

CT Long Term Care Ombudsman Program (LTCOP)

The program works to improve the quality of life and quality of care of Connecticut residents living in long-term care facilities. Ombudsman activity is performed on behalf of, and at the direction of residents. The program responds to, and investigates complaints brought forward by residents, family members and/or other individuals acting on their behalf, and all communication is held in strict confidence. It also brings residents to the forefront to voice their concerns directly to public officials and supports residents in their quest to shape their own legislative agenda. Serving consumers and providers by providing information and consultation, LTCOP also monitors state and federal laws and regulations and makes recommendations for improvements.

Center for Medicare Advocacy (CMA)

A private, nonprofit organization which provides education, advocacy and legal assistance to help elders and people with disabilities obtain necessary health care, focusing on the needs of Medicare beneficiaries, people with chronic conditions and those in need of long-term care. The organization is involved in education, training, and litigation activities of importance to Medicare beneficiaries nationwide.

Connecticut Links

Connect-Ability

A comprehensive resource for employers and job seekers with disabilities, Connect-Ability provides information, tools, and technical assistance that help bring employers and individuals with disabilities together.

Connecticut Association of Area Agencies on Aging

The five Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) in Connecticut are private, not-for-profit corporations established in CT in 1974 to provide leadership and resources to meet the needs of the rapidly growing elderly population.

Connecticut Coalition to Improve End-of-Life Care

Seeks to improve care given to the dying in Connecticut and their families. Created in response to a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation initiative.

The Connecticut Tech Act Project

A time-limited project that works to ensure all citizens with disabilities have access to the Assistive Technology (AT) that they need. This is accomplished through public awareness, systems change activities, training, advocacy and services to individuals.

CT.gov

Connecticut’s official website provides information on Connecticut’s state government, people, agencies, the legislature and answers questions of special interest on education, commerce, tourism, licenses/permits and links to towns and cities.

CTtransit

A public bus transportation system that serves people in Greater Hartford, Stamford and New Haven areas. Riders in Central Connecticut also have the option of riding CTfastrak, which is a convenient bus rapid transit system. All CTtransit and CTfastrak buses are accessible, with wheelchair lifts or ramps for persons with disabilities. Reduced fares are available for individuals aged 65 or older and people with disabilities. Regional Accessible Transportation Guides called “Getting on Board” are also available. 

Healthnet: Connecticut Consumer Health Information Network

A program of the University of Connecticut Health Center Library that provides links to resources for Connecticut health consumers and includes information about free consumer health research services. The program provides Resource Guides on Growing Older, Navigating the Health Care System, Caregiving and Patient Advocacy. 

Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

A network library of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped of Congress that provides free mail loans of recorded and Braille books and magazines and necessary playback equipment to eligible state residents unable to read conventional print because of a visual or physical disability. 

Money Follows the Person

State of Connecticut’s Department of Social Services provides contact information and application forms to help older adults and individuals with disabilities live independently in the community.

State Department on Aging

Established on January 1, 2013, this Department is comprised of the State Unit on Aging and the CT Long Term Care Ombudsman Program.  The Department ensures that Connecticut’s elders have access to the supportive services necessary to live with dignity, security, and independence.  The Department is responsible for planning, developing, and administering a comprehensive and integrated service delivery system for older persons in Connecticut.

TransitNet

A website from the Arc Connecticut for people with disabilities, older adults, caregivers and providers who want to learn more about what transportation options are available in Connecticut. Provides transportation links, instructions on how to use those links and contact information for individuals who can offer further assistance.

 

Date Modified: 02/02/2017

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