The Pepper Portal
The Pepper Portal is an educational resource that will be useful to all members of the community who are interested in information relating to Aging and Long Term Care. Individual websites within the Pepper Portal range from Native American aging problems in the U.S. (www.nicoa.org), to health information from the National Library of Medicine (www.nlm.nih.gov). The award winning “Elder Web” (www.elderweb.com) is a helpful site in the Pepper Portal, and is well-known for the legal, financial, medical, and housing information it provides to older adults and their families. “MedLinePlus: Senior’s Health” (www.medlineplusseniorshealthgeneral.com) specializes in health information for elderly African Americans, and partners with numerous links focusing on specific issues to this demographic. Regardless of the interest, the Pepper Portal provides each visitor with a direct and personal entrance to the site of their choice allowing the right information to be delivered to the right person at the right time.
Access America for Seniors – www.accessforamerica.com – Access to government services electronically.
Administration on Aging – www.aog.gov – Agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services which supports programs mandated by Congress in the Older Americans Act.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality – www.ahrg.org – Part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, which supports research designed to improve the outcomes and quality of healthcare, reduce its cost, address patient safety and medical errors, and broaden access to effective services.
AgeLine Database – www.aarp.org/starweb/ageline - Free resource for searching the literature of gerontology.
Aging with Dignity – www.agingwithdignity.org – National non-profit organization with a mission to affirm and safeguard the human dignity of aging individuals.
Aging Solutions – www.aging-parents-and-elder-care.com – Service designed to act as a referral source for aging parents and elder care.
AHCPR’s World Wide Web Site – www.ahcper.com – Governmental agency developed to support research to improve the outcomes and quality of health care, reduce its costs, address
patient safety and medical errors, and broaden access to effective service.
Alliance for Aging Research – www.aginresearch.org – National non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and accelerating the pace of medical discoveries to improve the universal human experience of aging and truth.
Alzheimer’s Association – www.alz.org – Non-profit American voluntary health organization which focuses on care, support, and research for Alzheimer’s disease.
AARP-www.aarp.org – American Association of Retired Persons – Nonprofit organization dedicated to the interests of its membership of persons over age 50.
American Federation for Aging Research – www.afar.org – America’s leading private organization supporting new investigators conducting biomedical aging research.
American Health Care Association – www.ahcanal.org - Provides consumer information on services, financing, public policy issues concerning nursing facilities, assisted living, and sub acute care.
American Parkinson’s Disease Association – www.aapdaparkinson.org – Non-profit organization which strives to provide individuals with Parkinson’s disease support and education, increase the awareness, and boost research on the disease.
American Society on Aging – www.asing.org – Association of diverse individuals bound by a common goal to support the commitment, and enhance the knowledge and skills of those who seek to improve the quality of life of older adults and their families.
Department of Veteran Affairs – www.va.gov. – Government organization whose function is to care for U.S Veterans of all ages by providing certain benefits and services.
ElderWeb – www.elderweb.com – Award winning site designed to be a research center for both professionals and family members looking for information on eldercare and long-term care. Includes links to information on legal, financial, medical and housing issues, as well as policy research and statistics.
Elderly Healthcare – www.ahcpr.gov/research/elderix.htm - Projects, publications, and research related to health care for the elderly.
Eldercare Locator Service – www.eldercare.gov – Public service of U.S. Administration on Aging connecting to services for older adults and their families. Telephone number Information Specialist is provided: 1-800-677-1116.
FirstGov for Seniors – www.seniors.gov. – Government resource for seniors on money, housing, health, consumer protection issues, and more.
Generations United – www.gu.org. – National organization that focuses solely on intergenerational strategies, programs, and policies.
Gerontological Society of America – www.geron.org – Nation’s oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging.
Healthy Aging – www.cdc.gov/aging - Branch of Center for Disease Control which promotes preventative services for adults 50-64.
Health, Geriatrics and Aging – www.dhhs.gov – Listing of resources around the globe.
Health and Retirement Study –www. Hrsonline.isr.umich.edu – Ongoing study on the work to retirement transitions.
Home Modification Action Project – www.homemods.org- Project designed to increase awareness and availability of home modification so that people can live independently in their own homes.
International Council on Active Aging – www.icaa.cc.org – Organization founded by health and fitness industry veteran Colin Milner that attempts to define the active-aging industry. The goal? Changing the way we age. Milner stresses active aging can be incorporated in multiple ways: emotional, intellectual, physical, professional, social, spiritual, and environmental.
International Longevity Center – USA – www.ilcusa.org – Founded by Dr. Robert N. Butler, author of the “Longevity Prescription: The 8 Proven Keys to a Long, Healthy Life,” the Center is a longevity research organization formed to educate individuals and society on healthy aging. The ILC is now associated with Columbia University in New York City.
LCAO – www.lcao.org – Leadership Council on Active Aging is a coalition of 60 national non-profit organizations concerned with the well-being of America’s older population, and committed to representing their interests in the policy-making area.
Medicare – www.medicare.gov –Social insurance program administered by the U.S. government.
MEDLINE Plus: Senior’s Health – www.nim.nih.gov/medlineplus/seniorshealthgeneral.html Website which brings health information to African Americans. As one of the largest minority focused organizations in the United States, NCBA addresses the needs of its constituency in the areas of health, affordable housing, and employment. Founded in 1979 to ensure that the particular concerns of elderly minorities would be included during the 1971 White House Conference on Aging, NCBA works to facilitate the sharing of resources, information, and experience across a spectrum of policy makers, legislators, advocacy, and service organizations to address the issues that impact the quality of life for America’s elderly minority population.
National Council on the Aging – www.ncoa.org – Originally formed in response to concerns about rising health costs and mandatory retirement, the organization champions issues and creates innovative programs that reflect core values and focus on making life better for older adults, especially those with limited incomes.
National Council on Senior Citizens – www.ncsinc.org – Serves as an advocacy group for the elderly for such areas as housing, eldercare, consumer affairs, etc.
National Indian Council on Aging – www.nicoa.org – Non-profit organization founded in 1976 by members of the National Tribal Chairmen’s Association to advocate for improved, comprehensive health, and social services to American Indian and Alaska Native Elders.
National Institute on Aging – www.nia.nih.gov – NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, 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.
National Senior Citizens Law Center – www.nsclc.org – Non-profit organization whose principal mission is to protect the rights of low income older adults. Through advocacy, litigation, and the education and counseling of local advocates, NSCLC seeks to ensure the health and economic security of those with limited income and resources, and access to the courts for all.
NIA Demography Centers – www.nih.gov. – The Behavioral and Social Research Program at the National Institute on Aging supports fourteen P30 Centers on the Demography of Aging at leading universities and policy organizations around the U.S. The purpose of the centers is to foster research in demography, economics and epidemiology of aging and to promote use of important datasets in the field. Many centers also conduct research on global aging and cross national comparisons.
Office of Disability, Aging and Long-Term Care Policy – http://aspe.hhs.gov/_/ office_specific/daltcp.cfm – DALTCP is charged with developing, analyzing, evaluating, and coordinating HHS policies and programs which support the independence, productivity, health and long term care needs of children, working adults, and older persons with disabilities.
Public Agenda – www.publicagenda.org – Another source for public opinion and policy analysis.
Rand: Population and Aging – www.rand.org/pop_area - RAND research on population and aging analyzes demographic and immigration trends and explores a range of concerns, from family planning to religion to discrimination. RAND also addresses vulnerable populations-such as the elderly and poor—analyzing retirement and other aspects of financial decision-making, welfare, and end-of-life issues.
Retirement Research Foundation – www.rrf.org – The nation’s largest private foundation whose grant making is focused solely on elder adults and aging issues.
Resource Directory for Older People – www.aoa.gov/eldfam/How_to_Find/Resource Directory/Resource Directory.pdf – Directory contains names, addresses, phone numbers, and fax numbers of organizations which provide information and other resources on matters relevant to the needs of older persons.
Senior Housing Directory - http://seniorhousing.botw.org/ - Focuses on helping seniors and their loved ones find solutions to eldercare issues withing their local community.
Social Security Administration – Office of Policy – www.ssa.gov/policy/ - Agency’s source for retirement and disability research, and OASDI and SSI program statistics.
Student Connection – www.Cagacg.ca/student connection – Network for students interested in aging issues.
Third Millennium – www.geron.org – National, non- partisan, non-profit organization which offers solutions to long-term problems facing the United States.
WOMANCANDO.org – www.womancando.org/learn/participate.htm The Society for Women’s Health Research offers important information about medical research for older women in this website.
Agency Health Care Administration – www.fdhc.state.fl.us – State Agency located in Tallahassee, Florida whose mission is better health care for all Floridians. Responsible for the administration of the Medicaid Program, for the licensure and regulation of health facilities, and for providing information to Floridians about the quality of health care they receive in the Sunshine State.
Local Address: 2727 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee, FL., 32308
Local Phone Number: (850) 488-3560
Apalachee Center, Inc. – www.apalacheecenter.org/ - Private, not-for-private behavioral healthcare organization offering a full range of mental health services (emotional, psychiatric, and substance).
Local Address: 2634 Capital Circle, NE #J, Tallahassee, FL, 32312
Local Phone Number: (850) 523-3308
Big Bend Hospice – www.bigbendhospice.org - Care organization whose mission is to provide compassionate care to individuals with a life limiting illness, comfort to their families, and emotional support to anyone who has lost a loved one.
Local Address: 1723 Mahan Center Boulevard, Tallahassee, FL., 32308
Local Phone Number: (850) 878-5310
Elder Affairs Department – www.elderaffairs.state.fl.us - Agency constitutionally designated by Florida voters to serve as the primary state agency responsible for administering human services programs for the elderly.
Its purpose is to serve elders in all possible ways to help them keep their self-sufficiency and self-determination.
Local Address: 4040 Esplanade Way, Tallahassee, FL., 32399
Local Phone Number: (850) 414-2000
Florida Association of Community Health Centers – www.fachc.org – The leading state advocate for community-based health care programs whose primary mission is to improve access to quality health services by bringing together agencies, legislators and key persons able to affect health care services.
FACHC’s strong presence in Tallahassee provides fast access to the Legislature, the Governor’s Office, the Department of Health and the Agency for Health Care Administration for issues affecting health centers and their patients.
Local Address: 2340 Hansen Lane, Tallahassee, FL.,32312
Local Phone Number: (850) 942-1822
Tallahassee Memorial Adult Services – www.tmh.org/adultDayServices -
Florida A&M University initiative where graduate students volunteer with professionals, interns and families to care for adults with chronic medical conditions.
The service was established in 1999 by Maria Hinds and serves as a model for similar facilities throughout the state. Seniors interested in enrolling may be eligible to receive funding through Medicaid or HB 171, a recently enacted bill affecting veterans’ personal needs allowances.
Local Address: 2039 North Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL., 32308
Local Phone Number (850) 531-0712
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