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Includes feature articles from AARP Magazine, up-to-date information on legislative issues of concern to seniors, listings of local AARP offices and services, Social Security, and the AARP Driver Safety Program, the nation’s first and largest classroom driver improvement course specially designed for motorists age 50 and older.

Administration on Aging
AoA, through the Older Americans Act and other legislation, supports programs that help older adults maintain their independence and dignity in their homes and communities. AoA offers elder rights services, health, wellness and prevention programs, nutrition services, support services, a national family caregiver support program, and provides a national clearinghouse for long-term care information. The AoA is now part of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Administration for Community Living.

National Council on the Aging
Advocacy for the aging, public policy issues, related links.

National Institute on Aging
Health topics, Alzheimer’s information, research, and news on aging. The NIA leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. It is the primary Federal agency supporting and conducting Alzheimer’s disease research, and is a part of the National Institutes of Health.

New York State Office for the Aging
Includes a link to the New York State’s Resource Guide for Older New Yorkers.

Rensselaer County Department of Aging
Information about in-home services, meal delivery, caregiver support, ombudsman program, senior centers and clubs, transportation, and more.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Information about veterans benefits and services, special events, link to the Office of Congressional Affairs.

Care & Housing

AgingCare: an Online Community for Caregivers
Answers, support, and advice for those caring for an elderly loved one.

Caregiver Action Network
Offers a caregiver’s toolbox of information, a caregiver’s forum, access to a peer network, tips, and links. A free membership is required.

National Center on Elder Abuse
Definitions, NCEA publications, statistics and how to report elder abuse.

New York State Department of Health – Hospitals, Nursing Homes & Other Health Care Facilities
Browse providers and facilities based on type of care and location. See also: Patients’ Rights in New York State.

New York State Long Term Care
Information on assisted living, home health care, and nursing homes in New York State.

Nursing Home Compare
Compare nursing homes by looking at nursing home characteristics, state inspections results, and nursing staff information. Part of the web site.

Planning for Elder Care
Resources compiled by the National Care Planning Council. Includes lists of government services and organizations, nursing homes, assisted living sites, and information for care givers. Caregivers’ Resources
Find a nursing home, assisted living, or hospice; check your eligibility for benefits; get resources for long-distance caregiving; review legal issues; and find support for caregivers.

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Education & Enrichment

The Center for Creative Retirement at HVCC
The center, sponsored by Hudson Valley Community College’s Office of Community and Professional Education, offers low-cost educational trips and seminars for senior citizens during the daytime hours. The classes may be one session or several sessions and are held on the Hudson Valley Community College campus and at sites around the region. View the “Course Schedules” to see Center for Creative Retirement offerings.

OASIS provides educational and volunteer opportunities to enrich the lives of mature adults.

Senior Corps
Senior Corps connects today’s 55+ with the people and organizations that need them most. Volunteers receive guidance and training so they can make a contribution that suits their talents, interests, and availability.

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Financial & Legal

National Senior Citizens Law Center
The National Senior Citizens Law Center 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.

New York State Attorney General
Information for consumers on a range of issues, from internet safety to filing complaints. Of interest to seniors: Housing Guide for SeniorsSenior Financial Protection PlanSmart Seniors Initiative for fraud and abuse awareness.

Nursing Home Regulations Plus
Find out more about nursing home law in any state.

Social Security Administration
Social Security news and updates, forms, publications, application status, retirement benefits estimator, and links to Social Security services that are available online.

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Formerly the Health Care Financing Administration, CMS is the federal agency that administers Medicare, Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).

Drug Information Portal
Provides quick access to quality information on over 46,000 drugs. From the National Library of Medicine.

Health Care Proxy
The New York Health Care Proxy Law allows you to appoint someone you trust — for example, a family member or close friend – to make health care decisions for you if you lose the ability to make decisions yourself. This site, from the New York State Department of Health, provides information and links to health care proxy forms in English and several other languages. is a consumer beneficiary website that provides access to information about Medicare, Medicare health plans, contact information and publications, as well as information about health care fraud and abuse and nursing homes.

Medicare: Avoiding Fraud
How to avoid and report Medicare fraud or abuse.

Medline Plus Seniors’ Health
A portal for reliable health and medical information. Includes information on specific conditions, disease management, health news, health check tools, tutorials, videos, a health encyclopedia and more.

NIH Senior Health
Contains basic health and wellness information for older adults from the National Institutes of Health.

Pillbox by the National Library of Medicine
Pillbox enables rapid identification of unknown tablet or capsule medications based on physical characteristics and high-resolution images. Once a medication is identified, Pillbox provides links to drug information and drug labels.

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