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Medicare

MedicareLogoMedicare beneficiaries, their families and caregivers can get help in understanding heath care options and information about enrolling in the new Medicare Prescription Drug Benefits Program from the overseeing agency. Here is a link to the official government handbook Medicare & You (pdf).

The toll free number for Medicare is 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227)

 OHDeptofInsuranceLogoThe Ohio Department of Insurance provides helpful links about Medicare prescription drug programs including:

Brochures 
Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage Shopping Tips (pdf)
Links to sites with additional information

The toll-free number for the Ohio Department of Insurance is 1-800-686-1578 

Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) Coordinator and Site Search
Find an OSHIIP volunteer coordinator and OSHIIP counseling site near you. An OSHIIP site can be a facility such as a senior center, hospital, retirement community, local library, etc. that agrees to support and facilitate OSHIIP’s outreach effort in its community. Staff at the site are knowledgeable about OSHIIP, can provide OSHIIP publications and may have a resident OSHIIP volunteer who can counsel a person with Medicare.

AARP
The web site of the American Association for Retired Persons, which ""seeks to improve every aspect of living for older people. Has targeted four areas of immediate concern: health care, women's initiative, worker equity, and minority affairs."

AARP Community Exchange
This is an interactive site where you can share with others what makes your community the place where you can see yourself living out your life to the fullest.

Administration on Aging 
"This site contains information on aging for older people, their families, and those who work for or on behalf of older persons In addition to information about agency programs this site also offers demographic and other statistical data on the health, economic, and social conditions of older Americans."

Benefits QuickLink
This online site makes it easier for older Americans to find out if they qualify for 15 public benefit programs that may help save money on prescription drugs, telephone bills, groceries, children’s health care and more

Eldercare Locator
Eldercare Locator is a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging. The Eldercare Locator is the first step to finding resources for older adults in any U.S. community.

Internet Resources related to Aging 
AARP's web links for seniors covers a wide variety of topics relating to aging.

Mahoning County and Its 60+ Population
This is the unique profile of the older population (60+) in Mahoning County. Trends and projections are provided for ages 60 and above. Specific topics explored include disability, poverty, marital status, living alone, and educational attainment among the older population.

Ohio Benefit Bank
Help with tax credits and public benefits including Ohio's Best RX, Golden Buckeye and Senior Community Service Employment Programs.

Senior Information - Ohio
Information about programs and resources for older adults in the state of Ohio.

Senior Journal
Presents current information of interest to seniors in an online newspaper format.

ThirdAge 
"The site, whose name refers to the stage of life following the youth and career/family stages, provides links to information about health, investments, styles of living, family issues and more. "

U.S.A.Gov for Seniors 
USAGov for Seniors will empower citizens to obtain valuable health and security information and services at one location via the Internet

AbleData
This site is designed to be your information source: a national assistive technology information exchange. We're here to serve the nation's disability, rehabilitation, and senior communities.

Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. 

Care.com
"Caring for elderly loved ones at home or in a nursing facility is commonplace, but figuring out how to do it well is a challenge faced by many families. Care.com's Caregiver Guide to Senior Health Issues offers expert advice to help you handle the everyday challenges caused by common senior illnesses and conditions."

Eldercare Locator
Connects older Americans and their caregivers with sources of information on senior services.

Family Caregiver Alliance
Founded in 1977, Family Caregiver Alliance was the first community-based nonprofit organization in the country to address the needs of families and friends providing long-term care at home. FCA now offers programs at national, state and local levels to support and sustain caregivers.

FamilyCareAmerica.com  
"This web site offers assistance for families providing home care for the elderly or chronicly ill by providing suggestions of how to deal with the inevitable problems that may crop up. There are fact sheets on topics such as legal issues, emotional issues and long-distance care as well as health and physical issues designed to make the caregiving relationship less stressful."

Independent Living
This report from AARP presents a new agenda for examining, building and retrofitting our communities to support successful aging.

National Alliance for Caregiving
The National Alliance for Caregiving is dedicated to providing support to family caregivers and the professionals who help them and to increasing public awareness of issues facing family caregivers.

National Family Caregivers
The National Family Caregivers Association educates, supports, empowers and speaks up for the more than 50 million Americans who care for loved ones with a chronic illness or disability or the frailties of old age.

SeniorLink
A site devoted to helping seniors maintain independence in their own homes with safety and dignity. 

Alzheimer's Association
A comprehensive resource for caregivers, health professionals and interested individuals provided by the "largest national voluntary health organization committed to finding a cure for Alzheimer's and helping those affected by the disease."

American Geriatrics Society
Web site of "the premier professional organization of health care providers dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all older adults."

Asthma and Older People
Fact sheet from the American Lung Association.

Fifty Plus Fitness
The Mission of Fifty-Plus is to improve the physical fitness of older adults and to promote an active healthy lifestyle. To encourage fitness and a more active lifestyle for those who are fifty years or older.

Healthfinder's Links for Older Adults
"Nearly 100 links to health-related information on topics of concern to older adults. healthfinder® is a free guide to reliable consumer health and human services information, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services"

Hearing Loss and Older Adults
Health information from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.

Medicare: Official US Government Site for Medicare Information 
"The Health Care Financing Administration of the US Department of Health and Human Services provides this site--a consumer gateway to information about Medicare, a national health insurance program that covers 37 million Americans, mostly over age 65."

Safety for Older Consumers
A checklist to help spot potential danger areas before they cause problems.

10 Legal Myths About Advanced Medical Directives
"Living wills, powers of attorney explained by a member of the American Bar Association's Commission of Legal Problems of the Elderly. Includes links to sources for legal forms."

National Senior Citizens Law Center
"This organization advocates nationwide to promote the independence and well-being of low-income elderly individuals, as well as persons with disabilities, with particular emphasis on women and racial and ethnic minorities."

ProSeniors
Pro Seniors is a non-profit organization that provides free legal and long-term care help to older adults. Pro Seniors offers Ohio residents age 60 and older the advice and information they need to solve their legal and nursing home, adult care facility, and home health care problems.

Senior Law Home Page
http://www.seniorlaw.com/
"This is a Web site where senior citizens, their families, attorneys, social workers, and financial planners, can access information about Elder Law, Medicare, Medicaid, estate planning, trusts and the rights of the elderly and disabled."

Wills and Estate Planning 
Links from NOLO about "Wills and estate planning information for wills, trusts, living wills, power of attorney and more."

ElderHostel
This non-profit organization offers residential educational programs for those over 55 in the United States and around the world.

Retirement Living.com
"This site offers "'access to an array of resource materials, including books and online publications, tax information, a guide to state aging agencies, retirement news, shopping for special assistive products and services, and links to online stores.'"

RetirementNet
"Online information about active retirement senior communities, rv/resort homes, vacation homes, and assisted living facilities."

SeniorSites 
"A comprehensive source of non-profit housing and services for seniors this site provides a listing of nonprofit senior housing, assisted living facilities, and retirement communities that are members of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging."


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