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Resource Links

A variety of resources and links related to careers in Aging are listed below:

 

General Resources and Websites on Aging

1 – World Health Organization (WHO) Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities
http://www.who.int/ageing/age_friendly_cities_network/en/index.html

The WHO Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities (GNAFCC) was established to foster the exchange of experience and mutual learning between cities and communities worldwide. Any city or community that is committed to creating inclusive and accessible urban environments to benefit their ageing populations is welcome to join.

WHO activities:

With the Network, WHO provides a global platform for information exchange, mutual support through the sharing of experience.

Furthermore, WHO provides guidance and promotes the generation of knowledge on how to assess the age-friendliness of a city or community, how to integrate an aging perspective in urban planning and how to create age-friendly urban environments.

The mission of AoA is to develop a comprehensive, coordinated and cost-effective system of home and community-based services that helps elderly individuals maintain their health and independence in their homes and communities.

Tools & Resources:
http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/AoA_Programs/Tools_Resources/index.aspx

2 – American Society on Aging (ASA)
http://www.asaging.org/

Web seminars:
http://www.asaging.org/web-seminars

Founded in 1954 as the Western Gerontological Society, the American Society on Aging is an 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. The membership of ASA is multidisciplinary and inclusive of professionals who are concerned with the physical, emotional, social, economic and spiritual aspects of aging.

ASA offers professional education, outstanding publications and online information and training resources that are nationally recognized. The breadth and depth of information available from ASA's conference, webinars and publications, and the diversity of perspective and experience that characterizes ASA’s membership, are unmatched by any other professional organization in the field.

3 – Aging Today Online (ASA blog)
http://www.asaging.org/blog/content-source/14

News and knowledge from ASA’s constituency groups

4 – National Council on Aging (NCOA)
http://www.ncoa.org/

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. We are a national voice for older Americans and the community organizations that serve them. We bring together nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults. Our mission is to improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged.

5 – Gerontological Society of America
http://www.geron.org/index.php

Mission:

  • To promote the conduct of multi- and interdisciplinary research in aging by expanding the quantity of gerontological research and by increasing its funding resources;
  • To disseminate gerontological research knowledge to researchers, to practitioners, and to decision and opinion makers; and
  • To promote, support, and advocate for aging education, and education and training in higher education.

6 – American Geriatrics Society, Inc.
http://www.americangeriatrics.org/

The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is a not-for-profit organization of over 6,000 health professionals devoted to improving the health, independence and quality of life of all older people. The Society provides leadership to healthcare professionals, policy makers and the public by implementing and advocating for programs in patient care, research, professional and public education, and public policy.

Core curriculum:
https://fulfillment.frycomm.com/ags/grs7_order_form.asp

7 – CDC Creating Aging Friendly Communities Conference (2008)
http://www.agingfriendly.org/conference2008.htm

8 – Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging
http://www.uab.edu/medicine/aging/

The University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging is committed to improving the health and well-being of older adults through research, education, community outreach, and patient care programs. 

9 – Association for Gerontology in Higher Education
http://www.aghe.org/

The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) is the international leader in advancing education on aging and is the only institutional membership organization devoted primarily to gerontology and geriatrics education since 1974.  AGHE's mission is two-fold:  (1) To advance gerontology and geriatrics education in academic institutions; and (2) To provide leadership and support of gerontology and geriatrics education faculty and students at education institutions.

Curriculum resources:
http://www.aghe.org/691283

10 – Association of Directors for Geriatric Academic Programs
http://adgap.americangeriatrics.org/

The Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs, Inc. (the ADGAP) is committed to advancing academic geriatrics programs and supporting academic geriatrics program directors in order to benefit and aid patient care, research, and teaching programs in geriatric medicine within accredited medical schools located in the United States. ADGAP has built and fostered new methods of facilitating the development of leadership skills among academic geriatricians and has provided an ongoing forum for Program Directors and leaders in academic geriatrics to discuss the wide variety of issues that they encounter.

11 – Archstone Foundation (primarily grant-maker, but also has links to resources/tools)
http://www.archstone.org/

The Archstone Foundation is a private grantmaking organization, whose mission is to contribute towards the preparation of society in meeting the needs of an aging population.

12 – Nursing Assistance Guide

http://nursingassistantguides.com/leading-home-health-resources/

Nursing Assistance Guide is the leading online resources for home health care and assisted living. It contains informative blogs about home health care, assisted living and providers. Also, information about elder advocacy and abuse prevention. 

Resources and Websites on Aging: Social Work 

1 – Evidence Database on Aging Care
http://www.searchedac.org/index.php

Welcome to the Social Work Leadership Institute (SWLI) Evidence Database on Aging Care (EDAC). We created this online database to help scholars, policy analysts, and advocates stay on top of the latest research and innovations in aging care, including health care and social services.

SWLI populates the evidence database with published studies and articles that inform and advance policy discussions regarding aging care and the role of social workers. Policy topics are identified by the Advisory Committee, with 2 topics currently identified. The 2 topics that populate the database are Social Work Intervention Effectiveness and Outcomes of Care Coordination for Older Adults.

The database is intended to serve an internal function for the Social Work Leadership Institute and affiliated partners but may be utilized as a resource for users outside of NYAM that are also engaged in policy advocacy for social work or other related types of psychosocial interventions for older adults. The database is restricted to published articles reporting the results of empirical research studies.

2 – Center for the Advanced Study of Aging Services (CSSR, UC Berkeley)
http://cssr.berkeley.edu/research_units/casas/index.html

The Center for the Advanced Study of Aging Services is an initiative by the School of Social Welfare at the University of California at Berkeley. Our mission is to improve services for elderly people through a multifaceted approach including research, collaboration and education.

We support research and development regarding innovative programs and services designed to improve the lives of older persons. Collaboration is also an important goal of the Center, bringing together academics, service providers, community leaders, policy makers, consumers, students and others interested in improving services for the elderly. We also work to improve the training of social workers to meet the needs of a growing and ever-changing population of older Americans.

Compendium of Community Aging Initiatives:
http://cssr.berkeley.edu/research_units/casas/documents/Compendium_Final_031110.pdf

3 – Center for Excellence in Aging and Community Wellness (SUNY Albany, NY)
http://ceacw.org/

The Center for Excellence in Aging and Community Wellness, organized within the University of Albany’s School of Social Welfare and initially supported by a series of grants awarded by the John A. Hartford Foundation, partners with state and local agencies in the development of research, training and services to:

  • Develop social work research capacity around aging issues.
  • Translate and implement innovations in aging services at the individual, family, community, regional and state level.
  • Build community collaborations.
  • Recognize and respond to the needs of vulnerable and oppressed populations.
  • Value the development, implementation and evaluation of innovative, evidence-based research, training and services.
  • Find new ways to prepare social workers for aging careers.

4 – Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work
http://www.agesocialwork.org/

The Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work provides leadership and assistance to social work educational programs and professionals in order to advocate for the integration of gerontological content in undergraduate and graduate social work education; to promote the teaching of gerontology to all social workers; and to develop short and long-term perspectives in relevant curricular developments.   

Resources and Websites on Aging: Health and Medical Care

1 – Healthy Aging Research Network (project of CDC)
http://www.prc-han.org/

The members of CDC Healthy Aging Research Network (CDC-HAN) work to develop and implement a national research and dissemination agenda related to the public health aspects of healthy aging.

Training tools:
http://www.prc-han.org/tools-older-adults

2 – Health in Aging
http://www.healthinaging.org/

Welcome to HealthinAging.org, created by the American Geriatrics Society Foundation for Health in Aging (FHA), to provide consumers and caregivers with up-to-date information on health and aging.

Overseen by a team of experts on caring for older adults, HealthinAging.org content is based on resources that the American Geriatrics Society has developed for its professional members. 

HealthinAging.org is a great resource for:

  • Information on common diseases and disorders that affect older adults.
  • Specific considerations for the older adult with multiple health conditions.
  • Resources tailored to specific topics can help you learn more about your condition:

3 – American Federation for Aging Research
http://www.afar.org/

The American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to support and advance healthy aging through biomedical research.

Document library:
http://www.afar.org/media/publications/

4 – Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing
http://hartfordign.org/

Since its start in 1996, the singular mission of the Hartford Institute has been to shape the quality of health care of older adults through excellence in nursing practice. The commitment to this mission exhibited by the dedicated Hartford Institute leadership, staff and affiliate organizations has made the HIGN today a globally recognized geriatric presence. The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing is the geriatric arm of the NYU College of Nursing, and has become, over the years, a beacon for all those who wish to advance geriatrics in nursing.

Educational resources:
http://hartfordign.org/Education

5 – Geriatric Cardiology & Council on Cardiovascular Care for Older Adults: Cardio Source
http://www.cardiosource.org/ACC/ACC-Membership/Sections-Segments-Councils/Cardiovascular-Care-for-Older-Adults.aspx

The Essentials of Cardiovascular Care in Older Adults (ECCOA) curriculum is available to ACC Fellows in Training on CardioSource.org as part of the ACC In-Service (ACCIS). ECCOA is a case-based learning curriculum, funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation, spanning topics including pharmacology, physiology, syncope, heart failure and prevention. The curriculum was developed in response to national mandates to improve the understanding and care of older adults put forth in ACGME post-graduate training guidelines and Cardiology Fellowship Guidelines. This online education program also uses pre- and post-tests to enable trainees and program directors to track progress. Drs. Karen Alexander, Susan Zieman, Andrew Miller and Michael Rich were ECCOA’s principal organizers, and the program will continue to evolve in new directions under the auspices of CCCOA with objectives to provide the entire ACC membership and allied caregivers access to this content.

6 - UCLA Gero-Net Health and Aging Resources
http://www.geronet.ucla.edu/

The mission of UCLA’s new GeroNet is to serve as the gateway to our extensive educational, research and clinical resources dedicated to aging and the health care of older persons.

Informational and curriculum resources:
http://www.geronet.ucla.edu/professionals

7 – Northern California Geriatrics Education Center (NorCal GEC)
http://geriatrics.ucsf.edu/education/gec_community.html

The Northern California Geriatrics Education Center, or NorCal GEC, offers inter-professional training programs in geriatrics and palliative care in the Bay Area, Central Valley, and Monterrey Peninsula. Funded by the Health Resources and Service Agency under the Department of Health and Human Services, the NorCal GEC is led by UCSF and includes partners at Institute on Aging, UC Berkeley, UCSF Fresno, and the MBay GRC. The NorCal GEC is recognized as one of the best Geriatrics Education Centers in the United States and a leader in educational innovation and evaluation of programs.

Our programs are all:

  1. interprofessional – including at least 4 different health professions including medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, social work, psychology, and others);
  2. evidence-based – using the best evidence about the care of older adults; and
  3. educationally cutting edge – employing the latest, proven educational techniques to promote active and enduring learning.

We also have a particular focus on the care of diverse and underserved elders and have established partnerships with Bay Area safety net clinics to improve the care of their economically and socially disadvantaged and culturally and linguistically diverse elders.

8 – Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services and the University of Pittsburgh
http://www.aging.upmc.com/default.htm

The Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services and the University of Pittsburgh will provide integrated, comprehensive, and timely access to a full range of services for aged persons and the public. It offers state of the art educational programs for the public and health care professionals and promotes innovative research on aging to understand its causes and concomitants, both social and biological, as well as how best to intervene in illnesses associated with the aging process. 

9 – Aging In Place
http://www.ageinplace.org

The National Aging in Place Council is a senior support network. NAIPC was foundedo n the belief that an overwhelming majority of older Americans want to remain in thier homes for as long as possible, but lack awareness of home and community based services that make independent living possible.

10 – Seniors' Guide to Aging at Home Safely and with Dignity
http://www.mortgagecalculator.org/helpful-advice/aging-with-dignity.php

This website provides tips and guides to aging in place safely and with dignity, seniors must educate themselves about a few potential problem areas. 

11 – Care Management - National Association of Professional Geriatric Care
http://www.caremanager.org/why-care-management/what-you-should-know/

NAPGCM is a nonprofit association with 2,000 members and is governed by a 15- member Board of Directors. The website provides information about the association's leadership as well as learn more about its governance, history and standards. 


12 – Home Accommodation Cost Guide for People with Physical Disabilities
http://www.homeadvisor.com/cost/disability-accommodation/

Information on how to make ones home more senior friendly with those with disabilities.

13 – Medical Cost Overview
http://www.medicare.gov/your-medicare-costs/index.html

14 – Guide to Medicare Preventive Services and Screenings
https://medicare.com/medicare-tips-news/news/medicare-news/medicare-preventive-services

15 – Planning Your Doctor Visit
http://nihseniorhealth.gov/talkingwithyourdoctor/planningyourdoctorvisit/01.html

NIH Senior Health features authoritative and up-to-date health information from Institutes and Centers at NIH. In addition, the American Geriatrics Society provides expert and independent reviews of some of the material found on this Web site. Health topics include general background information, open-captioned videos, quizzes and frequently asked questions. 

16 – ZocDoc Search: Geriatric Care Physicians
http://www.zocdoc.com/morespecialties

A search by county, city or state of nation wide geriatric care physicians.

17 – Geriatric Metal Health Foundation
http://www.gmhfonline.org/gmhf/

The Geriatric Mental Health Foundation was established by the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry to rasise awareness of psychiatric and mental health disorders affecting the elderly, eliminate the stigma of mental illness and treatment, prmotoe healthy aging strategies, and increase access to quality mental health care for the elderly. The site has information for older adults and families who need mental health information, to find a geriatric psychiatrist, for news of Foundation programs and events. 

18 – Guide to Addiction Prevention for Seniors
http://www.newbeginningsdrugrehab.org/guide-to-addiction-prevention-for-seniors/

New Beginnings is designed for educational purposes. This website provides information on different forms of recovery treatment programs as well as fact sheets about varies recoveries in the state or out of state. 

19 – Exercise and Fitness Over 50
http://www.helpguide.org/articles/exercise-fitness/exercise-and-fitness-as-you-age.htm

This website provides tips and disclaims myths about fitness and exercising over 50.

20 – Swimming and Osteoporosis
http://blog.poolproducts.com/swimming-osteoporosis/

21 – Exercise for Seniors
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/exerciseforseniors.html

22 – Benefits of Swimming for Seniors
http://www.backyardocean.com/Swimming-Benefits-Safety-Seniors-a/269.htm