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Following are other informational resources that Ecumen recommends.
Aging in Place
Aging in Place is an initiative of Partners for Livable Communities (Partners) and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a). It was developed to help America’s communities prepare for the aging of their population and to become places that are good to grow up and grow old.
The Center for Universal Design (CUD), based at North Carolina State University, is a national information, technical assistance, and research center that evaluates, develops, and promotes accessible and universal design in housing, commercial and public facilities, outdoor environments, and products.
The leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. It has a wide range of resources for caregivers and families.
The National Alliance for Caregiving is a non-profit coalition of caregiving associations dedicated to providing support to family caregivers and the professionals who help them and to increasing public awareness of issues facing family caregivers.
This website, developed by the Family Caregiver Alliance and the National Alliance for Caregiving, provides information and resources for family caregivers.
Consumer Guides – Housing and Services
A nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for those 50 and older. It has a long-term care resource page.
Developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide information and resources to help you and your family plan for long-term care needs.
The National Eldercare Locator is a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging. The Eldercare Locator helps you find local sources that can help older persons and their families access home andcommunity-based services like transportation, meals, home care, and caregiver support services.
The Agency on Aging for the Twin Cities. It provides a number of Twin Cities-based resource information and other resources.
The Minnesota Board on Aging (MBA) is the gateway to services for Minnesota seniors and their families.
The national association of non-profit senior services providers. Ecumen is a member of this organization. It features a consumer resource section.
The Administration on Aging (AoA) is the Federal agency responsible for advancing the concerns and interests of older people and their caregivers. It has a number of consumer resources.
Health and Wellness
Mayo Clinic, based in Rochester, Minn., is the first and largest integrated, not-for-profit group practice in the world. The Mayo Clinic web site includes a healthy aging area.
A nonprofit, nonpartisan, international research, policy, and education organization formed to educate individuals on how to live longer and better, and advise society on how to maximize the benefits of today's age wave.
Paying for Services and Care
This calculator is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. See how much money you would have to save on your own to accumulate enough money to pay for long-term care under a variety of scenarios. The site also provides additional information on paying for services.
NAIC provides shoppers guides for different types of insurance, including long-term care insurance to help individuals understand and compare policies
Senior Services Technology
A non-profit collaboration of non-profit senior services providers, universities, technology companies designed to increase the development and deployment of technologies to help people live more independently and healthier. Ecumen was a founding member.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s AgeLab was created to invent new ideas and creatively translate technologies into practical solutions that improve people's health and enable them to "do things" throughout the lifespan.