Government Web Sites on Aging

The U.S. Government can offer many resources for eldercare.

The U.S. Government can offer many resources for eldercare.

Are you afraid of getting older? Are you unsure about what opportunities might be available to your or your loved ones who also are aging? While many people seem to be distrustful of government entities, the U.S. government has produced some insightful Web sites that deal with aging. These sites are listed below, along with information about what they offer to the aging discussion nationwide.

The list is in alphabetical order for your convenience, and it includes a handful of the most important government agencies on aging, health and welfare.

  • Administration on Aging: The mission of the Administration on Aging (AoA) is to help elderly individuals maintain their dignity and independence in their homes and communities through comprehensive, coordinated, and cost effective systems of long-term care and livable communities across the U.S.
  • Aging: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. This page at HHS offers a variety of information about senior living, from care givers to resources such as assisted living information and much more.
  • Aging Initiative: This Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website provides a wealth of information about the Agency’s efforts to protect the environmental health of older persons.
  • Aging Stats: The Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics (Forum) was initially established in 1986, with the goal of bringing together Federal agencies that share a common interest in improving aging-related data.
  • Eldercare Locator: Find a local or long-distance eldercare facility with this public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging (see above). The Eldercare Locator is your first step for finding local agencies, in every U.S. community, that can help older persons and their families access home and community-based services like transportation, meals, home care, and caregiver support services.
  • Healthy Aging for Older Adults: The Center for Disease Control (CDC), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, offers a site that focuses on health, aging and chronic disease. The Healthy Aging Program (HAP) serves as the focal point for older adult health at CDC, and establishes programs, develops innovative tools, and provides a comprehensive approach to helping older adults live longer, high-quality, productive, and independent lives. HAP collaborates with other CDC programs, such as those focusing on injury prevention, disability prevention, and adult immunizations, as well as key external partners.
  • Medicare: This is the official U.S. site for people with Medicare. Medicaid information is located as the Health and Human Services site.
  • National Institute on Aging: NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH (National Institutes of Health), leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. In 1974, Congress granted authority to form NIA to provide leadership in aging research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs relevant to aging and older people. Subsequent amendments to this legislation designated the NIA as the primary Federal agency on Alzheimer’s disease research.
  • Senior Citizens’ Resources: This page, part of the U.S. Gov Web site, offers information ranging from caregivers’ resources to resources on travel and recreation for seniors. You can provide an email to be notified when any given page is updated with new information.
  • U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging: The Senate Special Committee on Aging was first established in 1961 as a temporary committee. It was granted permanent status on February 1, 1977. While special committees have no legislative authority, they can study issues, conduct oversight of programs, and investigate reports of fraud and waste. The Committee has a long and influential history. It has called the Congress’ and the nation’s attention to many problems affecting older Americans. The Committee was exploring health insurance coverage of older Americans prior to the enactment of Medicare in 1965.

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