Medicare.gov. An all-purpose site with interactive tools for planning and paying for long-term care and choosing among drug plans. Includes searchable inspection results, good and bad, for the all the nation’s skilled nursing facilities.
http://www.nih.gov/ . A collaboration of the National Institutes of Health and the National Library of Medicine that provides authoritative information on all diseases and disorders of old age. Each section is available in both large-type and audio versions.
www.aoa.govU.S. Administration on Aging. Brief fact sheets on aging and links to outside resources for an assortment of caregiving issues, including financial planning, residential options, in-home services, case management and the law.
Govbenefits.gov. A tool to help determine benefit eligibility for a variety of government programs.
http://www.caregiver.orgFamily Caregiver Alliance. Offers tips on a wide range of topics, including how to hire help, hold a family meeting, balance work and caregiving, find important papers, and decide whether parents should move in with an adult child.
www.benefitscheckup.orgBenefits Checkup. A search tool developed by the National Council on Aging to determine eligibility for 1,300 benefit programs that help pay for medications, health care, utilities and so forth.
Reverse.org. A consumer’s guide to reverse mortgages from a non-profit with no ties to the industry. Links to the AARP’s calculator for choosing such policies.
Caring Connections. Contains of the consumer information from NHPCO and has state-by-state advance directive forms.
AARP – political position papers, member discounts, demographic research, online versions of its bulletin, and magazine and consumer advice.
Center for Medicare Advocacy – detailed information about what Medicare covers, and how to enroll and, if necessary, appeal denial of claims.
Medicare Rights Center – a similar tutorial on how this government health care program for the elderly works. A link to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s “Medicare 101” and a hotline for questions and complaints.