AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
Address: 607 14th Street, NW, Suite 201
Washington DC 20005
Telephone: 202-638-5944
Fax: 202-638-5943
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is a nonprofit educational and research organization funding research projects designed to discover the causes of traffic crashes, prevent them, and minimize injuries when they do occur. AAA has used this research to develop educational materials for older drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and other road users.

Address: 601 E Street, NW
Washington DC 20049
Telephone: 1-888-OUR-AARP (687-2277) (toll-free)
AARP is a nonprofit organization that advocates for older Americans' health, rights, and life choices. Local chapters provide information and services on crime prevention, consumer protection, and income tax preparation. Members can join group health, auto, life, and home insurance programs, investment plans, or a discount mail-order pharmacy service. The AgeLine database, available on CD-ROM, contains extensive resources on issues of concern to older people. Publications are available on housing, health, exercise, retirement planning, money management, leisure, and travel.

AARP - State and Transportation Guide
AARP offers this "State-by-State Guide to Transportation Assistance" on its Web site. Transportation programs help people get rides for essential trips, such as medical appointments, business errands, shopping and other activities. Transportation services vary among communities. Services may be provided by urban and rural transit systems, human service organizations, churches and other providers.

Administration on Aging (AoA)
Address: Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
Washington DC 20201
Telephone: Public Inquiries: 202-619-0724 Eldercare Locator: 1-800-677-1116 (toll-free)
Fax: 202-357-3555
Working in close partnership with its sister agencies in DHHS, the AoA is the Federal agency dedicated to policy development, planning and the delivery of supportive home-and community-based services to older persons and their caregivers. The AoA works through the national aging network of State and Area Agencies on Aging, Tribal and Native organizations, and thousands of service providers, adult care centers, caregivers, and volunteers.

Ageless Design
Address: 3197 Trout Place Road
Cumming, GA 30041
Telephone: 1-800-752-3238 (toll-free)
Ageless Design offers consultation services, architectural design review, books, articles, brochures, pamphlets, and audiotapes for those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease.

Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ)
Address: Office of Communications & Knowledge Transfer 540 Gaither Rd., Suite 2000
Rockville MD 20850
Telephone: 1-800-358-9295 (toll-free)
AHRQ, part of the Federal Government, provides an information clearinghouse service that distributes Evidence-Based Summaries and Reports, Clinical Practice Guidelines, and other medical statistics and information. Call to order copies of guidelines on topics such as cardiac rehabilitation, treatment of pressure sores, or other publications on elder and long-term health care, health insurance, and minority health data. Visit the website to download Clinical Practice Guidelines on topics such as urinary incontinence, screening for Alzheimer's disease, and post-stroke rehabilitation.

Address: PO Box 6303
Rockville MD 20849-6303
Telephone: 1-800-HIV-0440 (448-0440) - (English, Spanish, Portuguese)
Fax: 301-519-6616
ATIS, sponsored by the Federal Government, provides current treatment information on HIV and AIDS as well as answering HIV/AIDS related questions. Referrals to national, State, and local organizations are provided. All Information is free and confidential.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Address: A.A. World Services, Inc.
New York NY 10163
Telephone: 212-870-3400
Alcoholics Anonymous is a nonprofit organization serving men and women who focus their efforts on helping themselves recover from alcoholism. AA’s primary purpose is to help members stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

Alliance for Aging Research
Address: 2021 K Street, NW, Suite 305
Washington DC 20006
Telephone: 202-293-2856
Fax: 202-785-8574
The Alliance is a national, citizen advocacy organization offering free publications including Investing in Older Women's Health, Meeting the Medical Needs of the Senior Boom, Delaying the Diseases of Aging, and other aging- related subjects such as menopause, how to age with ease, and health care options under Medicare.

Alzheimer's Association
Address: 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Floor 17
Chicago IL 60601
Telephone: 1-800-272-3900 (toll-free)
Fax: 1-866-699-1246
The Association is a nonprofit organization offering information and support services to people with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and their families. Contact the 24-hour, toll-free telephone line to link with local chapters and community resources. The Association funds research to find a cure for AD and provides information on caregiving. A free catalog of educational publications is available in English and Spanish.

Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study
Address: University of California, San Diego
La Jolla CA 92093-0949
Telephone: 858-622-5880
The Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS) is a cooperative agreement between the NIA and the University of California, San Diego, to advance research in the development of drugs to treat AD. The ADCS is a consortium of medical research centers and clinics working to develop clinical trails of medicines to treat behavioral symptoms of AD, improve cognition, slow the rate of decline of AD, delay the onset of AD, or prevent the disease altogether. The ADCS also develops new and more reliable ways to evaluate patients enrolled in clinical trials.

Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center
Address: PO Box 8250
Silver Spring MD 20907-8250
Telephone: 1-800-438-4380 (toll-free) (English, Spanish) 301-495-3311
Fax: 301-495-3334
The ADEAR Center, funded by the National Institute on Aging, distributes information about Alzheimer's disease (AD) to health professionals, patients and their families, and the public. Contact the Center for information about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of AD; recent research; and referrals to State and other national services. On its website, the Center offers searchable publications and databases, including the AD Clinical Trials Database of studies accepting volunteers.

Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA)
Address: 322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor
New York NY 10001
Telephone: 866-AFA-8484 (232-8484) (toll-free)
Fax: 646-638-1546
The AFA is a non-profit foundation comprised of member and associate member organizations across the United States dedicated to providing care to individuals affected by Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses. The Foundation's goal is to meet the educational, social, practical and emotional needs of individuals with the disease and their families and caregivers through its nationwide hotline, support groups, conferences and other hands-on services. Contact AFA's toll-free number to receive a referral to an appropriate community medical and/or support service.

America's Health Insurance Plans
Address: 601 Pennsylvania Ave., NW South building, Suite 500
Washington DC 20004
Telephone: 202-778-3200
Fax: 202-331-7487
AHIP is a trade association representing the interests of the privately-insured health care system. Contact AHIP for insurance information on health, long-term care, dental, disability, and supplemental coverage. AHIP also provides information and publications on health care issues, including continuation of group health benefits, major medical, and Medicare supplements.

American Academy of Audiology
Address: 11730 Plaza America Drive, Suite 300
Reston VA 20190
Telephone: 800-AAA-2336 (800-222-2336); 703-790-8466
Fax: 703-790-8631
The American Academy of Audiology is the professional organization of audiologists. The AAA promotes quality hearing and balance care by advancing the profession of audiology through leadership, advocacy, education, public awareness, and support of research. Visit the website to find an audiologist or to view consumer guides on a variety of issues affecting hearing and hearing health.

American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)
Address: PO Box 4014
Schaumburg IL 60168-4014
Telephone: 886-503-SKIN (7546) (toll-free) 847-240-1280 (International)
Fax: 847-240-1859
AAD, an association of doctors specializing in dermatology, provides pamphlets and general information about skin cancers, contact allergies (like poison ivy), shingles (herpes zoster), and other skin conditions. Audio-cassettes, news releases, and public service announcements on dermatology topics also are available. Contact AAD for referrals to certified dermatologists.

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
Address: P.O. Box 11210
Shawnee Mission, KS 66207-1210
Telephone: 1-800-274-2237 (toll-free); 913-906-6000
Fax: 913-906-6075
AAFP, a national association of doctors in family practice, offers referrals to certified doctors via its website at Education and information on health care and disease prevention, as well as fact sheets on specific diseases, questions and answers about common health issues, self-care flow charts, and databases on drugs and drug reactions are available through the Academy's website at

American Academy of Neurology (AAN)
Address: 1080 Montreal Avenue
St. Paul MN 55116
Telephone: 1-800-879-1960 (toll free); 651-695-2717
Fax: 651-695-2791
The Academy is an association of doctors specializing in disorders of the brain and central nervous system. Contact AAN for information about neurology. Visit the Academy's website for referrals to accredited neurologists. Publications include the AAN's Patient Information Guide on neurological disorders and treatment.

American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
Address: PO Box 7424
San Francisco CA 94120-7424
Telephone: 1-800-222-3937 (toll-free) 415-561-8500
Fax: 415-561-8533
AAO is an association of doctors specializing in eye diseases. The Academy's Eye Care America helpline provides information and publications and connects eligible older people with ophthalmologists who provide free eye care in their community. US citizens qualify for free care at age 65 if they have no health insurance and have not seen an eye doctor for at least 3 years.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
Address: 6300 North River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018-4262
Telephone: 847-823-7186 (toll free) 800-346-AAOS
Fax: 847-823-8125
AAOS is a nonprofit organization of doctors specializing in bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Contact AAOS for information on orthopaedic medicine including arthritis, osteoporosis, artificial joints, and prevention of hip fractures. Publications on orthopaedic medicine, many specifically for older people, are available.

American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Inc. (AAO)
Address: 1 Prince Street
Alexandria VA 22314
Telephone: 703-836-4444
Fax: 703-683-5100
The Academy is an organization of doctors specializing in ear, nose, and throat problems and diseases of the head and neck. Contact AAO for referrals to specialists and publications on topics such as cosmetic facial surgery, head and neck tumors, treatments for certain types of hearing loss, and balance disorders.

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR)
Address: 330 North Wabash Ave., Suite 2500
Chicago IL 60611
Telephone: 312-464-9700
Fax: 312-464-0227
The Academy is an organization of physicians who are specialists in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Contact AAPMR for referrals to physiatrists or for information and publications about rehabilitation medicine.

American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP)
Address: 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1050
Bethesda MD 20814-3004
Telephone: 301-654-7850
Fax: 301-654-4137
The Association works to improve the mental health and well-being of older people. Contact AAGP for information on geriatric psychiatry and to receive referrals to specialists. Available publications include Growing Older, Growing Wiser: Coping with Expectations, Challenges and Changes in Later Years, and brochures on topics such as Alzheimer's disease, depression, and the role of the geriatric psychiatrist. Some consumer publications are free.

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
Address: 112 South Alfred St.
Alexandria VA 22314
Telephone: 703-838-9808
Fax: 703-838-9805
AAMFT is a professional association of qualified marriage and family therapists. The Association provides referrals to marriage and family therapists and offers publications on topics including divorce, depression, and sexual problems.

American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR)
Address: 401 North Michigan Ave., Suite 2200
Chicago IL 60611
Telephone: 312-321-5146
Fax: 312-527-6635
AACPR is an organization of certified heart, lung, and blood specialists that provides information on diagnosis, treatment, and disease prevention. Information and publications are available on consumer guidelines for cardiac rehabilitation and purchasing fitness equipment.

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)
Address: 101 Columbia
Aliso Viejo CA 92656-4109
Telephone: 1-800-899-AACN (2226) (toll-free); 1-800-809-CARE (2273) (toll free - AACN operator)
Fax: 949-362-2020
AACN is a nonprofit professional association dedicated to meeting the needs of its members who care for acutely and critically ill patients and their families. The Association provides practice and educational resources as well as professional support for its members. Contact AACN for publications and audiovisual materials on critical care.

American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA)
Address: 2519 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20008-1520
Telephone: 202-783-2242
Fax: 202-783-2255
AAHSA is a national, nonprofit organization providing older people with services and information on housing, health care, and community involvement. Visit the AAHSA website for information for seniors and caregivers.

American Bar Association (ABA)
Address: American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging; 740 15th Street, NW
Washington DC 20005-1019
Telephone: 202-662-1000
Fax: 202-662-8698
The Commission examines and responds to law-related needs of older people. It makes referrals and maintains a listing of legal aid offices where older people can get free or low-cost legal assistance. The Commission's website lists available publications and videos.

American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA)
Address: 2720 River Road
Des Plaines IL 60018
Telephone: 1-800-886-2282 (toll-free); 847-827-9910 (Patient Line)
Fax: 847-827-9918
ABTA is a nonprofit organization, offering free social work consultations, a nationwide database of established support groups, mentorship for people who want to start a support group, a resource listing of specialist physicians, and referrals to organizations providing services for brain tumor patients. Publications on brain tumors, treatment, and coping with disease are available.

American Cancer Society (ACS)
Address: Check the ACS website for your local office's address.
Telephone: 1-800-ACS-2345 (227-2345) (toll-free)
ACS is a national, community-based volunteer health organization, providing information on cancer and its prevention. The Society sponsors a variety of programs such as Man to Man (education and support for men with prostate cancer) and workshops such as Taking Charge of Money Matters which addresses financial concerns arising from cancer treatment. Local ACS offices sponsor services for cancer patients and their families, including self-help groups, transportation programs, and limited financial aid. Contact the ACS for free publications. Spanish language resources are available.

American Chiropractic Association (ACA)
Address: 1701 Clarendon Boulevard
Arlington VA 22209
Telephone: 1-800-986-4636 (toll-free) 703-276-8800
Fax: 703-243-2593
ACA is a professional organization of chiropractors. It offers educational programs on spinal problems, posture, physical fitness, and occupational safety. Contact the ACA to buy publications and materials on spinal health and safety. Visit the website to find a chiropractor.

American Chronic Pain Association
Address: P.O. Box 850
Rocklin CA 95677
Telephone: 1-800-533-3231 (toll-free)
Fax: 916-632-3208
The American Chronic Pain Association offers support and education for individuals with chronic pain and their families.

American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
Address: 8725 West Higgins Rd. Ste. 555
Chicago IL 60631
Telephone: 800-421-2237 (toll-free); 773-693-9300
Fax: 773-693-9304
The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons is a professional society of more than 6,000 foot and ankle surgeons. Founded in 1942, the College’s mission is to promote research and provide continuing education for the foot and ankle surgical specialty, and to educate the general public on foot health and conditions of the foot and ankle through its consumer Web site,

American College of Health Care Administrators
Address: 300 North Lee Street
Alexandria VA 22314
Telephone: 703-739-7900
Fax: 703-739-7901
ACHCA is a professional society for administrators in long-term care. It offers educational programming, career development opportunities, and certification.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
Address: 409 12th Street, SW ; PO Box 96920
Washington DC 20090-6920
Telephone: 202-638-5577
ACOG is a professional society of doctors specializing in women's health care. Contact ACOG for referrals. For free pamphlets on osteoporosis, menopause, and hormone replacement therapy, send an e-mail to with the topic name of the information desired, and the mailing address for the location where information should be sent.

American College of Physicians (ACP)
Address: 190 North Independence Mall West
Philadelphia PA 19106-1572
Telephone: 1-800-523-1546 (toll-free) Ext. 2600; 215-351-2600
ACP is the nation's largest medical specialty society. Members of ACP specialize in a variety of areas such as in internal medicine, cardiology, infectious diseases, rheumatology, gastroenterology, and oncology. Contact the ACP for referrals. ACP produces Healthscope, a film series on public health.

American College of Rheumatology Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals
Address: 1800 Century Place, Suite 250
Atlanta GA 30345
Telephone: 404-633-3777
Fax: 404-633-1870
The ACR is an organization for physicians, health professionals, and scientists that advances rheumatology through continuing education, research, advocacy, and practice support. Health education materials are available online.

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
Address: PO Box 1440
Indianapolis IN 46206-1440
Telephone: 317-637-9200
Fax: 317-634-7817
ACSM is a scientific and medical association of health professionals interested in exercise. It offers training and certification. ACSM's Active Aging Partnership, focuses on education, research, and improving practice for those committed to working with older adults. For free information on exercise for older people, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

American College of Surgeons (ACS)
Address: 633 North Saint Clair Street
Chicago IL 60611-3211
Telephone: 312-202-5000 Toll Free: 1-800-621-4111
Fax: 312-202-5001
ACS is a national organization offering educational materials and information about qualified surgeons and surgical treatments for many illnesses and injuries. Contact ACS to locate board-certified surgeons. Public education materials are available on frequently performed types of surgery.

American Council of the Blind (ACB)
Address: 1155 15th Street, NW, Suite 1004
Washington DC 20005
Telephone: 1-800-424-8666 (toll-free) 202-467-5081
Fax: 202-467-5085
ACB is a national organization that advocates for blind and visually impaired people. It provides educational programs, health care services, information about Social Security benefits for visually impaired people, vocational training, and other health and social services. Toll-free information, referrals, and free educational materials are available.

American Counseling Association (ACA)
Address: 5999 Stevenson Avenue
Alexandria VA 22304
Telephone: 1-800-347-6647 (toll-free)
Fax: 800-473-2329
ACA offers information to older people on adult psychological development and aging. A catalog of publications and videos is available.

American Dental Association (ADA)
Address: 211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago IL 60611-2678
Telephone: 312-440-2500 Ext: 2593
ADA is a professional organization that conducts dental research and evaluates findings from dental science for the public. State and local ADA chapters provide referrals to dentists. Publications are available on subjects such as tooth decay, dentures, smoking, diet, and mouth care. Online publications cover topics such as gum disease, finding a dentist, and resolving disputes over treatment.

American Diabetes Association (ADA)
Address: 1701 North Beauregard Street
Alexandria VA 22311
Telephone: 1-800-DIABETES (342-2383) (toll-free)
ADA provides information and educational materials on preventing, treating, and living with diabetes. The Association has specific outreach programs for minority communities including the Diabetes Assistance and Resources Program, providing information in English and Spanish to the Hispanic community, the African American Program, and Awakening the Spirit, which disseminates diabetes to the Native American community. Local ADA chapters offer support and referrals to community agencies and services.

American Dietetic Association (ADA)
Address: 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago IL 60606-6995
Telephone: 1-800-877-1600 (toll-free)
ADA is a professional society of registered dieticians and other dietetic professionals who provide nutrition information, education, counseling, and care. One of ADA's professional practice groups focuses on the special needs of older people and offers nutrition counseling and indirect assistance through State and local meal programs. Call ADA to locate a registered dietician.

American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR)
Address: 50 West 39th Street, 16th Floor
New York NY 10018
Telephone: 212-703-9977; 1-888-582-2327 (toll-free)
Fax: 212-997-0330
AFAR is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting basic aging research. AFAR funds a wide variety of cutting-edge research on the aging process and age- related diseases. Visit the website for a list of free publications.

American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
Address: 11 Penn Plaza, Suite 300
New York NY 10001
Telephone: 1-800-AFB-LINE (232-5463) (toll-free); 212-502-7600
Fax: 212-502-7777
A national, nonprofit organization, AFB provides services and support for people who are blind or visually impaired. AFB supports technologies such as the Talking Books program and provides information and mentoring on technology assistance for people who are blind. Books, pamphlets, videos, and periodicals about blindness are available.

American Geriatric Society Foundation for Health in Aging
Address: The Empire State Building
New York NY 10118
Telephone: 1-800-563-4916 (toll-free) or 212-755-6810
Fax: 212-832-8646
The AGS Foundation for Health in Aging (FHA) is a national nonprofit organization established in 1999 by The American Geriatrics Society. The AGS aims to build a bridge between the research and practice of geriatrics and the public, and to help older adults with health care needs.

American Geriatrics Society Foundation for Health in Aging
Address: The Empire State Building; 350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 801
New York NY 10118
Telephone: 212-308-1414
Fax: 212-832-8646
AGS is a nonprofit organization of physicians and health care professionals supporting the study of geriatrics. Contact AGS for information on geriatrics, long-term care, acute and chronic illnesses, rehabilitation, and nursing home care. Publications include the AGS Complete Guide to Aging and Health and the AGS Medical Reference Guide.

American Health Assistance Foundation (AHAF)
Address: 22512 Gateway Center Drive
Clarksburg MD 20871
Telephone: 1-800-437-AHAF (437-2423) (toll-free); 301-948-3244
Fax: 301-258-9454
AHAF provides information and supports research on age- related illnesses. The Foundation supports three research programs: Alzheimer's Disease (AD) Research (along with the Alzheimer's Family Relief Program) offers emergency grants of up to $500 to AD patients in need and their caregivers, National Glaucoma Research, and the National Heart Foundation. Contact AHAF for free publications on AD, glaucoma, heart disease, and stroke.

American Health Care Association (AHCA)
Address: 1201 L Street, NW
Washington DC 20005
Telephone: 202-842-4444
Fax: 202-842-3860
AHCA is an organization representing the interests of nursing homes, assisted living centers, and subacute care facilities. Publications are available about nursing homes, guardianship, assisted living, financing, and long-term care services.

American Heart Association (AHA)
Address: National Center, 7272 Greenville Avenue
Dallas TX 75231
Telephone: 1-800-AHA-USA1 (242-8721) (toll-free); 1-888-4-STROKE (478-7653) (toll-free for the American Stroke Association).
Fax: 214-570-5930
AHA is a nonprofit organization funding research and providing information on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of heart diseases and stroke. Contact AHA for its cookbooks, guide to heart attack treatment, and guide to fitness.

American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA)
Address: 201 East Main Street, Suite 1405
Lexington KY 40507-2004
Telephone: 1-800-634-1603 (toll free); 859-514-9177
Fax: 859-514-9166
AHTA is a nonprofit, membership organization that promotes and advances horticultural therapy as a therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation option. The Association provides information related to the principles and practices of horticultural therapy.

American Hospital Association (AHA)
Address: One North Franklin Street
Chicago IL 60606-3421
Telephone: 312-422-3000
Fax: 312-422-4591
AHA is a national nonprofit association representing all types of hospitals and health care networks, as well as patients and families. AHA provides education for health care leaders and information on health care issues and trends.

American Liver Foundation
Address: 75 Maiden Lane, Suite 603
New York NY 10038
Telephone: 1-800-GO-LIVER (465-4837, toll-free) or 1-888-4HEP-USA (443-7872, toll-free)
Fax: 212-483-8179
The American Liver Foundation is a nonprofit organization with information on liver-related diseases, including hepatitis.

American Lung Association (ALA)
Address: 61 Broadway, 6th floor
New York NY 10006
Telephone: 1-800-LUNG-USA (586-4872) (toll-free) 212-315-8700 (national headquaters) 1-800-548-8252 (to speak to a lung health professional)
ALA is dedicated to the prevention, cure, and control of lung diseases such as asthma, emphysema, tuberculosis, and lung cancer. The Association offers community service, public health education, advocacy, and research.

American Medical Association (AMA)
Address: 515 North State Street
Chicago IL 60610
Telephone: 1-800-621-8335 (toll-free)
AMA is an organization of licensed doctors that distributes scientific information on health and sets standards on medical law and practice. Local AMA associations can provide referrals to qualified doctors. AMA publishes the Journal of the American Medical Association, other subscription medical journals, and books for sale, including an encyclopedia of medicine.

American Medical Directors Association (AMDA)
Address: 10480 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 760
Columbia MD 21044
Telephone: 1-800-876-2632 (toll free); 410-740-9743
Fax: 410-740-4572
AMDA is a national professional association representing doctors who care for older people in a variety of long- term care settings, including nursing facilities, hospice, home care, continuing care retirement communities, and assisted living. The Association provides education, advocacy, information, and professional development for long-term care professionals. AMDA has information on health care policy, regulations, and clinical practice guidelines.

American Menopause Foundation (AMF)
Address: 350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2822
New York NY 10118
Telephone: 212-714-2398
The Foundation is a nonprofit health organization providing support and assistance on all issues concerning menopause. AMF has information on scientific research and coordinates a network of volunteer support groups for women.

American Music Therapy Association (AMTA)
Address: 8455 Colesville Road, Suite 1000
Silver Spring MD 20910
Telephone: 301-589-3300
Fax: 301-589-5175
AMTA is a nonprofit organization that advocates, promotes, and provides resources and information on the uses and benefits of music therapy. Contact AMTA for referrals as well as for publications and audiovisual materials.

American Nurses Association (ANA)
Address: 8515 Georgia Ave., Suite 400
Silver Spring MD 20910
Telephone: 1-800-274-4ANA (4262) (toll-free); 301-628-5000
Fax: 301-628-5001
ANA, a national association of registered nurses, serves as an advocate for nursing practitioners as well as sponsors research and continuing education. Contact the Association for Facts About Nursing and other publications. ANA sets standards for the practice of gerontological nursing.

American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (AOTA)
Address: 4720 Montgomery Lane
Bethesda MD 20824-1220
Telephone: 301-652-2682
Fax: 301-652-7711
AOTA offers information on the role of occupational therapy in promoting functional independence, preventing disability, and maintaining health. Contact AOTA for referrals to local practitioners and therapy programs. The Association publishes two periodicals, OT Practice and the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, as well as many books for educators.

American Optometric Association (AOA)
Address: 243 North Lindbergh Boulevard
St. Louis MO 63141
Telephone: 1-800-365-2219 (toll-free) 314-991-4100
Fax: 314-991-4101
AOA, a national organization of optometrists, evaluates ophthalmic products and sponsors continuing education programs. It offers VISION USA, a free eye-care program for uninsured or low-income older people and their families. Contact AOA for referrals to certified optometrists and for publications such as Driving Tips for Older Adults, Contact Lenses After 40, and fact sheets on floaters, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.

American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
Address: 6300 North River Rd., Suite 510
Rosemont IL 60018
Telephone: 1-800-235-4855 (toll free) 847-698-4654
Fax: 847-692-3315
The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society is a medical specialty society whose members are orthopaedic surgeons specializing in surgical and medical treatment of injuries, diseases, and other conditions of the foot and ankle.

American Osteopathic Association
Address: 142 East Ontario Street
Chicago IL 60611
Telephone: 1-800-621-1773 (toll-free) 312-202-8000
Fax: 312-202-8200
The American Osteopathic Association represents osteopathic physicians (D.O.'s, doctors of osteopathic medicine), promotes public health, encourages scientific research, and is the accrediting agency for all osteopathic medical schools and health care facilities.

American Parkinson's Disease Association (APDA)
Address: 135 Parkinson Ave.
Staten Island NY 10305
Telephone: 1-800-223-2732 (toll-free) 718-981-8001
Fax: 718-981-4399
A nonprofit organization, APDA funds research to find a cure for Parkinson's disease. APDA's toll-free line refers callers to local chapters for information on community services, specialists, and treatments. Publications and educational materials are available on Parkinson's disease, speech therapy, exercise, diet, and aids for daily living.

American Pharmacists Association (APhA)
Address: 1100 15th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington DC 20005-1707
Telephone: 1-800-237-2742 (toll-free) 202-628-4410
Fax: 202-783-2351
Formerly American Pharmaceutical Association, APhA is the national society of licensed pharmacists, providing information, education, and advocacy to empower its members to improve medication use and advance patient care.

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
Address: 1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria VA 22314
Telephone: 1-800-999-2782 (toll-free) 703-684-2782
Fax: 703-684-7343
APTA is an organization of physical therapists providing referrals to APTA geriatric-certified therapists and information on debilitating ailments like arthritis, stroke, scoliosis, and sudden onset of illness. APTA's Section on Geriatrics offers publications on topics such as osteoporosis; incontinence; neck pain; carpal tunnel syndrome; hip, knee, or shoulder care; and what physical therapists can offer older adults.

American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA)
Address: 9312 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda MD 20814
Telephone: 301-581-9200; for foot heath information call 1-800-FOOT-CARE (366-8227) (toll-free); for brochures call 1-800-ASK-APMA (toll-free)
Fax: 301-530-2752
APMA is an association of podiatrists providing services and information on foot problems and foot health. Contact APMA for information on local chapters and referrals to certified podiatrists. Publications on proper foot care and effects of arthritis and diabetes on feet are available.

American Psychiatric Association (APA)
Address: 1000 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1825
Arlington VA 22209-3901
Telephone: 703-907-7300
Fax: 703-907-1085
APA is an association of psychiatrists, physicians specializing in diagnosing and treating people with mental and emotional disorders. Its Council on Aging establishes standards for psychiatric care of older people. Contact the APA for information on elder care issues, including medication use by older people, treatment of Alzheimer's disease, and nursing homes. Contact APA for referrals to local psychiatrists.

American Psychological Association (APA)
Address: 750 First Street, NE
Washington DC 20002-4242
Telephone: 1-800-374-2721 (toll-free) 202-336-5500
APA is a professional society of psychologists that provides assistance and information on mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders. Contact the APA for a list of State chapters, information on the psychosocial aspects of aging, and referrals to APA- member psychologists. The APA's Office of Aging produces publications on topics such as dementia and dementia research. Publications include a quarterly subscription magazine, Psychology and Aging.

American Red Cross
Address: 2025 E Street, NW
Washington DC 20006
Telephone: 202-303-4498; for donations call 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767) (toll-free); 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish)
The Red Cross offers health information programs, health services, blood donation services, disaster relief, and emergency services to the public and the Armed Forces. Local chapters provide programs for older people, including retirement planning, crime prevention instruction, safety courses, health screening clinics, and home nurse care instruction. Publications about programs, information, and services are available.

American Self-help Group Clearinghouse
Address: 100 E. Hanoer Avenue, Suite 202
Cedar Knolls NJ 07927-2020
Telephone: 973-326-8853 (group information hotline)
Fax: 973-326-9467
The website provides a keyword-searchable database of over 1,100 national, international, and model self-help support groups; a listing of non-profit self-help group clearinghouses worldwide; and information on research of self-help groups.

American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA)
Address: 1424 K Street, NW, Suite 302
Washington DC 20005
Telephone: 202-293-3650
Fax: 202-293-3656
The American Sleep Apnea Association focuses on reducing injury, disability, and death from sleep apnea, and enhancing the well-being of those affected by this common disorder.

American Social Health Association
Address: P.O. Box 13827
Research Triangle Park NC 27709
Telephone: 919-361-8400; call the STI Hotline at 1-800-227-8922 (toll-free)
Fax: 919-361-8425
The American Social Health Association is a nonprofit organization providing support and resources, referrals, and information about sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

American Society on Aging (ASA)
Address: 833 Market Street, Suite 511
San Francisco CA 94103
Telephone: 1-800-537-9728 (toll-free) 415-974-9600
Fax: 415-974-0300
ASA is a nonprofit organization providing information about medical and social practice, research, and policy pertinent to the health of older people. Membership and subscriptions to Generations, a quarterly journal, and Aging Today, the Society's bimonthly news magazine, are available to the public. A catalog of books for sale and other educational materials is available on the website.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
Address: 10801 Rockville Pike
Rockville MD 20852
Telephone: 1-800-638-8255 (toll-free)
Fax: 240-333-4705
ASHA represents the interests of medical specialists in speech, language, and hearing science and advocates for people with communication-related disorders. Contact ASHA's toll-free telephone line for information on speech-language legislation, communication disorders, or referrals to specialists. ASHA produces publications and fact sheets on topics such as communication disorders and hearing aids.

American Stroke Association (ASA)
Address: American Heart Association National Center
Dallas TX 75231
Telephone: 1-888-4STROKE (478-7653) (toll-free) 1-800-AHA-USA-1 (242-8721) (toll-free)
Fax: 214-570-5930
ASA, a division of the American Heart Association, provides the Stroke Family Warmline, a toll-free information and referral service offering lists of certified doctors who are stroke specialists and volunteer stroke survivors or family members. Callers receive support and can request free information. ASA publishes Stroke Connection, a priced subscription magazine for survivors and families.

American Tinnitus Association (ATA)
Address: PO Box 5
Portland OR 97207
Telephone: 1-800-634-8978 (toll-free); 503-248-9985
Fax: 503-248-0024
ATA is a volunteer organization supporting research and providing information on tinnitus, a constant buzzing or ringing in the ears or head. ATA sponsors self-help groups nationwide each offering information, assistance, and referrals to community services and tinnitus specialists.

American Urological Association Foundation, Inc.
Address: 1000 Corporate Blvd., Suite 410
Linthicum MD 21090
Telephone: 410-689-3700 1-866-746-4282 (toll free)
Fax: 410-689-3800
The Foundation works toward the prevention and cure of urologic disease in part by keeping patients, family members, and friends informed about these disorders, treatment options, and recent research findings. AFUD operates six national health education councils that distribute patient education materials on a variety of urologic topics. A specific website addresses prostate health. Online publications are free; publications are available by mail for a fee.

Americans for Better Care of the Dying
Address: 1700 Diagonal Road, Suite 635
Alexandria VA 22314
Telephone: 703-647-8505
Fax: 703-837-1233
Americans for Better Care of the Dying is dedicated to improving the care of Americans who are at the end of their lives. ABCD produces a variety of publications. Check the website or call for more information.

Aplastic Anemia And MDS International Foundation, Inc.
Address: P.O. Box 610
Churchton MD 20733
Telephone: 410-867-0242 Toll-free: 1-800-747-2820
Fax: 410-867-0240
AA&MDS is a patient advocate and support organization for aplastic anemia, myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), and other bone marrow failure diseases, providing information and support to patients and their families.

ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center
Address: 800 Eastowne Drive, Suite 105
Chapel Hill NC 27514
Telephone: 919-490-5577
Fax: 919-490-4905
This national resource center provides information on respite care and a respite locator program, technical assistance to State organizations, and an information clearinghouse.

Arthritis Foundation (AF)
Address: P.O. Box 7669
Atlanta GA 30357
Telephone: 1-800-283-7800 (toll-free); 404-965-7888; 404-872-7100
Fax: 404-872-0457
AF is a nonprofit, volunteer organization focusing on research and information to cure, prevent, or better treat arthritis and related diseases. Contact AF for information on arthritis, related diseases (such as lupus erythmatosus and rheumatism), and referrals to local chapters, specialists, or support groups. Publications and videos are available on topics such as self-help and exercise therapy.

Assisted Living Directory
An online-only service, the Assisted Living Directory provides information on assisted living facilities by state. Facilities of any size can submit information for inclusion on the site at no charge; information is not verified by the website owners. Visitors to the website are encouraged to investigate facilities of interest.

Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA)
Address: 1650 King St., Suite 602
Alexandria VA 22314
Telephone: 703-894-1805
Fax: 703-894-1831
ALFA represents for-profit and nonprofit providers of assisted living, continuing care retirement communities, independent living, and other forms of housing and services. The Federation works to advance the assisted living industry and enhance the quality of life for consumers.

Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE)
Address: 1220 L Street, NW, Suite 901
Washington DC 20005
Telephone: 202-289-9806
Fax: 202-289-9824
AGHE's members are organizations and institutions of higher education. Through conferences, publications, technical assistance, research studies, and consultation with policymakers, AGHE, an educational unit of the Gerontological Society of America, seeks to advance gerontology as a field of study at institutions of higher education.

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
Address: 1233 12th Street, NW, Suite 402
Washington DC 20036
Telephone: 1-800-7-ASTHMA (1-800-727-8462, toll-free), or 202-466-7643
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is a nonprofit organization offering information, services, and support groups.

B'nai B'rith
Address: 2020 K St, NW, 7th Floor
Washington DC 20006
Telephone: 202-857-6600
Fax: 202-857-1099
B'nai B'rith is the world's oldest and largest Jewish service organization, providing community service, education, and advocacy. Its Center for Senior Housing and Services sponsors housing and travel for senior citizens. A list of publications is available.

A free online service provided by the National Council on Aging, this program allows people to find programs that can help them meet health care and other costs.

Better Hearing Institute
Address: 515 King St., suite 420
Alexandria VA 22314
Telephone: 1-800-EAR-WELL (327-9355) (toll-free) (Hearing Helpline) 703-684-3391
Fax: 703-684-6048
The Institute is a nonprofit, educational organization providing information on medical, surgical, and rehabilitation options for improving hearing loss and on hearing aids. Contact the Institute's Hearing Helpline for facts on hearing loss and a list of publications.

Better Sleep Council
Address: 501 Wythe Street
Alexandria VA 22314
Telephone: 703-683-8371
Fax: 703-683-4503
The BSC offers information about the importance of a good night's sleep and the value of sleep, the sleep system, and the sleep environment.

Beverly Foundation
Address: 566 El Dorado St., #100
Pasadena CA 91101
Telephone: 626-792-2292
Fax: 626-792-6117
The Foundation focuses on mobility and transportation for older people within the community, service delivery within home and institutional settings, and overall life enrichment. It engages in research and education projects and provides information for professionals and caregivers.

Brookdale Center on Aging (BCOA) of Hunter College
Address: 425 East 25th St., 13th Floor North
New York NY 10010-2590
Telephone: 212-481-3780
Fax: 212-481-3791
BCOA sponsors a variety of programs including the Institute on Law and Rights of Older Adults which fights for grandparent rights. Other programs focus on elder care services, guardianship, caregiving, Medicare, intergenerational activities, and Alzheimer's disease. Contact BCOA about publications (some available in Spanish) including Senior Rights Reporter, Benefits Checklist for Seniors, Help for Seniors, and Help for Grandparent Caregivers, which are for sale.

Care Planner
Address: Clinical Tools, Inc.
Chapel Hill NC 27516
Telephone: 919-960-8118
Fax: 919-960-7745
Care Planner is a free website to help older people and caregivers choose between different living options.
Address: 2600 South El Camino Real, Suite 220
San Mateo CA 94403
Web: is a website and online community for individuals caring for aging parents, with information about health, financial, legal, housing, caregiving, and other issues. The site also features "To-Do Lists," a question and answer forum with "expert" as well as community responders, and moderated discussion groups.

Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA)
Address: 1731 King Street
Alexandria VA 22314
Telephone: 703-549-1390
Fax: 703-549-1656
CCUSA is a network of organizations offering nationwide services to older people, including counseling, homemaker and caregiver services, emergency assistance, group homes, and institutional care. CCUSA advocates for older people's Social Security benefits, employment opportunities, and housing. Publications describe Catholic Charities' programs for older people.

Catholic Golden Age (CGA)
Address: National Headquarters
Olyphant PA 18447
Telephone: 1-800-836-5699 (toll-free)
Fax: 570-586-7721
CGA sponsors charitable work and helps older people meet their social, physical, economic, intellectual, and spiritual needs. Contact CGA for various group insurance plans, discounts on eyeglasses, prescription drugs, and travel. Local CGA chapters provide activities for members, including disease prevention and health promotion programs.

Census Bureau
Address: 4600 Silver Hill Rd.
Washington DC 20233
The Census Bureau, part of the Federal Government, collects and provides timely, relevant, and quality data about the people and economy of the US. Contact the Census Bureau for age-related data and statistics about the older populations in the United States.

The Center for Social Gerontology (TCSG)
Address: 2307 Shelby Avenue
Ann Arbor MI 48103
Telephone: 734-665-1126
Fax: 734-665-2071
TCSG is a nonprofit research, training, and social policy organization. Particular attention is focused on law and aging, tobacco use and older people, guardianship service providers, and adult guardianship. Contact the Center for information on publications, videos, training, and technical assistance.

Center for the Advancement of State Community Services Programs (CASCSP)
Address: National Association of State Units on Aging (NASUA), 1201 15th St., NW, Suite 350
Washington DC 20005
Telephone: 202-898-2578
Fax: 202-898-2583
The Center, part of NASUA, provides information and support for community-based care for older people. The Center also helps State and Area Agencies on Aging design, develop, and manage these care systems and develop State policies. A list of publications and materials on long-term and community-based care is available.

Center for the Study of Aging/International Association of Physical Activity, Aging and Sports (IAPAAS)
Address: 706 Madison Avenue
Albany NY 12208
Telephone: 518-465-6927
Fax: 518-462-1339
The Center is a free-standing, nonprofit organization promoting research, education, and training in the field of aging. IAPAAS is the Center's membership division. It organizes programs on health, fitness, prevention, and aging. Contact the Center for a list of publications and information about the quarterly newsletter, Lifelong Health and Fitness.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Address: 1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta GA 30333
Telephone: 1-800-311-3435 (toll-free) 404-639-3311
The CDC, part of the Federal Government, is the lead agency for protecting the health and safety of people at home or abroad. The CDC produces fact sheets that help people make informed decisions about their health and health care. Contact the CDC for public information, health statistics, funding opportunities, and prevention guidelines. Spanish language resources are available.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Address: 7500 Security Boulevard
Baltimore MD 21244
Telephone: 1-800-MEDICARE (633-4227) (toll-free) (Medicare hotline); 877-267-2323 (toll-free) (headquarters); 410-786-3000
Fax: 202-690-7675
CMS, part of the Federal Government, administers health insurance through Medicare and Medicaid. CMS regulates hospitals, nursing homes, and home health agencies. Contact CMS for The Medicare Handbook and other publications on related topics.

Children of Aging Parents (CAPS)
Address: P.O. Box 167
Richboro PA 18954
Telephone: 1-800-227-7294 (toll-free)
CAPS is a nonprofit organization that provides support services to caregivers of older people. It serves as a clearinghouse for information on elder care resources and issues, including Instant Aging workshops to help communities understand the needs of older people. Links to support groups and other resources plus an online newsletter are available on the website.

Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly (CANE)
Address: University of Delaware, Department of Consumer Studies,
Newark DE 19716
Telephone: 302-831-3525
Fax: 302-831-6081
CANE, funded by the Administration on Aging, is a database of elder abuse materials and resources operated by the University of Delaware's National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA). CANE staff will conduct customized information searches and provide resources and referrals to elder abuse support groups. NCEA Exchange, CANE's newsletter, is available free.

Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA)
Address: 1341 G Street, NW, 10th Floor
Washington DC 20005
Telephone: 1-800-891-0590; 202-628-1480
Fax: 202-737-9197
CTAA is a national association committed to removing barriers to isolation and improving mobility for all people. It offers educational programs and advocates making community transportation available, affordable, and accessible. CTAA provides information on transportation in medical emergencies and van conversions.

Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (CCAC)
Address: 1730 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Suite 209
Washington DC 20036
Telephone: 202-587-5001 1-866-888-1122
Fax: 202-587-5009
CCAC helps consumers identify quality retirement options. CCAC also accredits aging services that meet or exceed industry-generated standards of excellence in three areas: governance and administration; financial resources and disclosure; and resident life, health, and wellness.

Corporation for National & Community Service (CNS)
Address: 1201 New York Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20525
Telephone: 202-606-5000; contact Senior Corps at 1-800-424-8867 (toll-free)
Fax: 202-565-2791
CNS oversees volunteer community enhancement programs including: the National Senior Services Corps (a network of Federally-supported programs helping older people get involved in community service); the Foster Grandparent Program (encouraging older people to work with children with special needs); and the Senior Companion Program (volunteers assisting older people with special needs in hospitals, social service agencies, or home health care agencies). Contact CNS for pamphlets, brochures, fact sheets, and program handbooks.

Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB)
Address: 4200 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 800
Arlington VA 22203
Telephone: 703-276-0100
Fax: 703-525-8277
CBBB is a national organization promoting ethical practices between business and the public. Local BBBs can offer consumers help resolving complaints against companies. Publications available online include the Tips On series and booklets with advice on how to make wise buying decisions on a broad range of products and services.

The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives
Address: 745 Fifth Avenue, Suite 900
New York NY 10151
Telephone: 212-223-4040
Fax: 212-317-8721
The Dana Alliance promotes public education about brain research. The Alliance links the public, press, and policymakers with experts and resources in the field of neuroscience. It also hosts conferences on the brain and brain diseases. Contact the Dana Alliance for publications on brain research and diagnosis and treatment of brain disorders.

Delta Society
Address: 875 124th Ave. NE, Ste 101
Bellevue WA 98055
Telephone: 425-679-5500
Fax: 425-679-5539
The Delta Society is a national, nonprofit organization whose mission is improving human health through service and therapy animals. Its program, Pet Partners, brings volunteers and their pets to nursing homes, hospitals, and schools. The Society website has information and resources about the human-animal-health connection.

Department of Justice (DOJ)
Address: 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20530-0001
Telephone: 202-514-2000
DOJ, part of the Federal Government, works to protect older Americans in a variety of ways, including the Nursing Home Initiative and elder justice efforts to prosecute institutions whose wrongdoing results in harm or death for residents. DOJ prosecutes health care and consumer fraud and enforces civil rights addressing discrimination against older people. Publications and statistics on victimization of older people are available.

Department of Labor (DOL)
Address: Frances Perkins Building, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20210
Telephone: 202-693-4650; 1-866-4-USA-DOL (487-2365)
DOL, part of the Federal Government, protects workers' rights. Contact DOL for information and assistance on pensions, employment, wages, discrimination, and occupational safety. The Senior Community Service Employment Program helps low-income older people through part-time employment and job training. The website includes links to information for employers, employees, and job seekers.

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Address: Office of Public Affairs
Washington DC 20420
Telephone: 1-800-827-1000 (toll-free)
The VA, part of the Federal Government, provides benefits for eligible veterans and their families in outpatient clinics, medical centers, and nursing homes across the US. Contact the VA for information and publications on service locations and benefits, including comprehensive medical and dental care, other insurance benefits, vocational rehabilitation compensation, and pension.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
Address: 730 North Franklin St., Suite 501
Chicago IL 60610
Telephone: 1-800-826-3632 (toll-free)
Fax: 312-642-7243
This nonprofit organization provides information written in plain language about depression and bipolar disorder. DBSA supports research on diagnosis, effective and tolerable treatments, and a possible cure.

DES Action
Address: 158 S. Stanwood Rd.
Columbus OH 43209
Telephone: 1-800-DES-9288 (337-9288) (toll-free)
DES Action is a nonprofit organization providing information about the risks of exposure to diethylstilbestrol (DES), a hormone prescribed for pregnant women from the 1940s through 1971 that caused health problems in mothers and their children. Contact DES Action for referrals to specialists familiar with medical complications resulting from DES use. Free publications on the risks of DES are available.

Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP)
Address: National Association of the Deaf (NAD), 1447 E. Main Street
Spartanburg SC 29307
Telephone: 1-800-237-6213 (toll-free); 864-585-1778
Fax: 1-800-538-5636; 864-585-2611
DCMP is a free video lending program funded by the Department of Education and administered by the National Association of the Deaf (NAD). DCMP provides open-captioned videos (i.e., they display English text with any TV/VCR). Videos are available for deaf or hard of hearing Americans, their parents, families, teachers, counselors, interpreters, or others. DCMP has a wide variety of videos ranging from travel to classic movies; from sign language to hobbies.

Diabetic Connect
Address: 224 South 200 West, Suite 250
Salt Lake City UT 84101
Telephone: 801-355-6002
Fax: 801.355.5198
An online community for inidividuals with diabetes. Includes news articles, blogs, discussions lists, a national calendar of events, product and book reviews by members. Find information and tools to help manage diabetes, and network with other individuals.

Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
Address: PO BOX 14301
Cincinnati OH 45250
Telephone: 202-554-3501; 877- I AM A VET (426-2838) (toll free)
Fax: 202-554-3581
DAV is a nonprofit organization representing disabled veterans and providing volunteer services and programs. DAV offers veterans job search training and help seeking their disability compensation and pension benefits. A list of free publications is available.

Elder Care Online
Address: Prism Innovations, Inc., 50 Amuxen Court
Islip NY 11751
Elder Care Online offers information, education, and support for caregivers, safety advice, and links to additional caregiver resources on their website.

Elder Craftsmen (EC)
Address: 307 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1401
New York NY 10001
Telephone: 212-319-8128
Fax: 212-319-8141
EC offers programs and services that promote the skills and creativity of older people. Training programs are available for many types of crafts. Intergenerational programs, community service programs, and artist-in- residence are also offered.

Eldercare Initiative in Consumer Law (EICL)
Address: National Consumer Law Center, Inc. (NCLC)
Boston MA 02110
Telephone: 617-542-8010
Fax: 617-542-8028
The Initiative provides assistance on legal issues of older people. The EICL conducts regional and national legal workshops focusing on aging issues, including threats to loss of shelter and financial exploitation. Contact the Initiative for publications and references.

Eldercare Locator
Address: National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, 1730 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Suite 1200
Washington DC 20036
Telephone: 1-800-677-1116 (toll-free)
Fax: 202-872-0057
The Eldercare Locator is a nationwide, directory assistance service helping older people and caregivers locate local support and resources for older Americans. It is funded by the Administration on Aging.

Address: 11 Avenue de Lafayette
Boston MA 02111
Telephone: 1-877-426-8056 (toll-free) 1-800-454-5768 (toll-free)
Fax: 1-877-426-2166 (toll-free)
Elderhostel is a nonprofit organization providing educational travel programs to people over age 55. Their catalog, published 10 times a year, lists thousands of national and international programs.

Address: 1305 Chadwick Drive
Normal IL 61761
Telephone: 309-451-3319
Elderweb is a research website for older people, professionals, and families seeking information on elder care and long-term care. Visit Elderweb for news and information on legal, financial, medical, and housing issues for older people and provides links to other websites.

Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA)
Address: Department of Labor, Frances Perkins Building, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20210
Telephone: 215-861-5300; 866-444-3272 (toll-free)
EBSA, part of the Federal Government, protects the integrity of private pension, health, and other employee benefits plans. The Administration assists workers in obtaining inappropriately denied benefits. Contact EBSA for assistance with technical questions and publications on topics such as pension and health care benefits, 401(k) and cash balance plans, planning for retirement, simplified employee pensions, and retiree health benefits. Most publications are also found on the website.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Address: Ariel Rios Building, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington DC 20460
Telephone: 1-800-490-9198 (toll-free) (publications)
Fax: 301-604-4308
EPA, part of the Federal Government, is responsible for controlling environmental pollution. The PIC provides non-technical information about environmental issues such as clean air, clean water, pesticides, radon, and pollution. EPA's website has links to other health and environment-related websites. The toll-free number offers printed and audiovisual information on environmental issues.

Epilepsy Foundation
Address: 8301 Professional Place
Landover MD 20785
Telephone: 1-800-332-1000 (toll-free); 1-800-332-4050 (toll-free) (National Epilepsy Library); 301-459-3700
Fax: 301-577-2684
The Foundation is a national volunteer health organization supporting research, education, advocacy, and services for people with seizure disorders. Contact the Foundation for a list of local chapters, referrals to local specialists, support groups, camps, travel assistance, respite care, and employment assistance. Videos and a catalog of publications are available.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Address: 1801 L Street, NW
Washington DC 20507
Telephone: 1-800-669-3362 (toll-free) (publications) 202-663-4900 (headquarters) 1-800-669-4000 (nearest field office)
The EEOC, part of the Federal Government, promotes equal opportunity in employment. It enforces the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), conducts investigations, makes determinations, and effects reconciliations in age discrimination actions. Contact EEOC for information and referrals.

Experience Works (formerly Green Thumb, Inc.)
Address: 4401 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1100
Arlington VA 22203
Telephone: 1-866-EXP-WRKS (1-866-397-9757) (toll-free); 703-522-7272
Fax: 703-522-0141
EW is a national, nonprofit organization helping older, low-income workers train for and find work, particularly in rural areas. EW's Senior Community Service Employment Program, funded by the Department of Labor, provides training, work experience, educational opportunities, and placement in community service jobs. The website has information to help seniors supplement their income, launch new businesses, and market their handcrafted goods. Contact EW for a fact sheet and list of publications.

Family Caregiver Alliance
Address: 180 Montgomery Street, Suite 1100
San Francisco CA 94104
Telephone: 1-800-445-8106 (toll-free), or 415-434-3388
The Family Caregiver Alliance is a community-based nonprofit organization offering support services for those caring for adults with AD, stroke, traumatic brain injuries, and other cognitive disorders. Programs and services include an information clearinghouse for publications, as well as a variety of online services.

Federal Citizen Information Center (FCIC)
Address: Room G-142, (XCC), 1800 F Street, NW
Washington DC 20405
Telephone: 1-888-8 PUEBLO (1-888-878-3256) (toll-free) (for free print copies); 1-800 FED INFO (1-800-333-4636) (toll-free) (contact center); 202-501-1794 (Washington DC office)
Fax: 719-948-9724
FCIC, part of the Federal Government, distributes a wide range of consumer-oriented publications from many Federal agencies. The Consumer Information Catalog lists more than 200 publications on topics ranging from health and housing to food and nutrition; from money management to employment. The National Contact Center answers questions and provides referral information on Federal programs, benefits, and services.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
Address: CRC-240
Washington DC 20580
Telephone: 1-877-FTC-HELP (382-4357) (toll-free) 202-326-2222 (General Information Locator)
FTC, part of the Federal Government, regulates trade and protects consumers from unfair and deceptive business practices. Its consumer protection programs include truth in advertising, packaging and labeling of products, product reliability, direct mail advertising, and nursing home business practices. Publications are available on refinancing a home, collecting a debt, buying a used car, and finding out credit history.

Fifty-Plus Lifelong Fitness
Address: 2483 East Bayshore Road, Suite 202
Palo Alto CA 94303
Telephone: 650-843-1750
Fax: 650-843-1758
Fifty-Plus Lifelong Fitness is a nonprofit organization that promotes an active lifestyle for older people. Fifty-Plus publishes a newsletter, distributes books and videos, and sponsors physical activity events for mid-life and older adults.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Address: 5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville MD 20857
Telephone: 1-888-INFO-FDA (463-6332) (toll-free); 1-888-723-3366 (toll-free, Food Information Line); 1-800-822-7967 (toll-free, Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System); 1-800-838-7715 (toll-free, Mammography Information Service).
FDA, part of the Federal Government, regulates the safety and effectiveness of food products, additives, drugs, medical devices, and cosmetics. Contact FDA for information on safe drug use and side effects, vitamins, and laws regulating medicines and foods. FDA has information for older people on topics including cancer, health fraud, nutrition, buying medicines online, and food safety. The FDA online newsletter, Maturity Matters, is specially designed for older people. It provides information about FDA regulated products for older adults, their families and their caregivers, and can be found at

Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC), Department of Agriculture
Address: Agricultural Research Service/National Agriculture Library
Beltsville MD 20705-2351
Telephone: 301-504-5719
Fax: 301-504-6409
FNIC, part of the Federal Government, provides information, publications, and audiovisual materials on nutrition. Resource guides on nutrition and older people, heart disease, diabetes, vegetarianism, food safety, and food labeling are available.

Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR)
Address: 818 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 900
Washington DC 20006
Telephone: 202-457-0654
Fax: 202-457-0659
FBR is a national organization advocating the ethical use of animals in scientific and medical research. Contact the Foundation for information and publications on how animal research helps scientists understand human health and aging.

Generations Online
Address: 108 Ralston House
Philadelphia PA 19104
Telephone: 215-222-6400
Fax: 215-222-6401
Generations Online is a nonprofit website offering resources for older people unfamiliar with computers or the Internet. Generations Online provides self-training software for senior centers, libraries, retirement homes, and other locations for a one-time fee. The program is free for seniors. Its feature, Memories, links older people with school children for cultural, experiential, and personal exchanges on aging.

Generations Together (GT)
Address: Sally Newman
Pittsburgh PA 15260
Telephone: 412-648-7155
Fax: 412-624-4810
GT promotes mutually beneficial interaction between young and old through community outreach, education, research, and dissemination of knowledge. GT develops, supports, and studies intergenerational programs and related issues. GT sponsors the annual International Intergenerational Training Institute, which furthers collaboration between generations in workshops and resource development. Contact GT for a catalog of publications.

Gerontological Society of America (GSA)
Address: 1030 15th Street, NW, Suite 250
Washington DC 20005
Telephone: 202-842-1275
Fax: 202-842-1150
GSA is a professional organization providing information, advocacy, and support for research into the study of aging. GSA has a database of information on biological and social aspects of aging, links to aging information resources, and referrals to researchers and specialists in gerontology. GSA distributes publications on a variety of aging-related topics.

Glaucoma Research Foundation (GRF)
Address: 251 Post St., Suite 600
San Francisco CA 94108
Telephone: 1-800-826-6693 (toll-free) 415-986-3162
Fax: 415-986-3763
GRF is a national, nonprofit organization providing information and advocacy for people with glaucoma. Contact GRF for information on the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of glaucoma, referrals to specialists, and coping strategies for patients. Publications include the quarterly newsletter, Gleams, and a glaucoma patient guide.

Gray Panthers (GP)
Address: 1612 K Street, NW, Suite 300
Washington DC 20006
Telephone: 1-800-280-5362 (toll-free) 202-737-6637
Fax: 202-737-1160
Gray Panthers is a national advocacy organization of activists concentrating on social and economic issues. Local chapters organize intergenerational groups to address issues including universal health care, Medicare, preserving Social Security, affordable housing, and discrimination. Contact the national office for referrals to chapters, information on issues, links to resources for older people, and a list of publications.

The Hartford Alzheimer’s Disease Driving Guide
Address: Hartford Plaza
Hartford CT 06115
Telephone: 860-547-5000
The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., offers a guide to Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia and Driving as a tool to help individuals with dementia and caregivers determine when it is time to stop driving.

Hill-Burton Free Care Program
Address: Department of Health and Human Services; Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA); 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 10-105
Rockville MD 20857
Telephone: 1-800-638-0742 (toll-free) 1-800-492-0359 (toll-free) (Maryland residents) 301-443-5656
Fax: 301-443-0619
Hospitals and other health care facilities receive Federal funds for construction or modernization under the Hill-Burton Program. In return, these facilities provide a specific amount of free or below cost health care services to eligible people. Contact the program for a list of participating facilities as well as information on eligibility.

Huntington's Disease Society of America (HDSA)
Address: 505 Eighth Ave., Suite 902
New York NY 10018
Telephone: 1-800-345-HDSA (4372) (toll-free) 212-242-1968, Ext.10
Fax: 212-239-3430
The Society is a nonprofit organization providing information, services, and advocacy for people with Huntington's disease (HD) and their families. Contact HDSA for research information on causes, diagnosis, and treatment of HD as well as referrals to testing centers, specialists, self-help groups, and social services. Publications and audiovisual materials on HD are available.

Hysterectomy Educational Resources and Services Foundation (HERS)
Address: 422 Bryn Mawr Avenue
Bala Cynwyd PA 19004
Telephone: 610-667-7757 1-888-750-HERS (4377) (toll free)
Fax: 610-667-8096
HERS Foundation is a nonprofit organization providing information on hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus) and oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries). Contact HERS for telephone counseling and support services. A lending library contains medical literature on topics such as fibroids, hyperplasia, and ovarian conditions. A list of publications is available on request.

Indian Health Service (IHS)
Address: The Reyes Building
Rockville MD 20852-1627
Telephone: 301-443-3593
Fax: 301-443-0507
The IHS, part of the Federal Government, operates a comprehensive health service program for American Indians and Alaska Natives. Services include hospital and community-based medical care, rehabilitation, and disease prevention. The IHS strives for maximum tribal involvement in all aspects of its services.

Institute for Cancer Prevention (IFCP)
Address: 1 Dana Road
Valhalla NY 10595
Telephone: 914-592-2600
Fax: 914-592-6317
IFCP is a nonprofit organization conducting research on cancer; preventive medicine; and the effects of lifestyle, environment, and nutrition on health. Contact IFCP for information and publications on healthy living, heart disease, cancer, and high cholesterol.

International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF)
Address: PO Box 14005
Lenexa KS 66285-4005
Telephone: 888-387-3667 (toll-free) 913-341-3880
Fax: 913-341-1296
ITF is an international, nonprofit organization providing support, information on medication use and surgical treatment, research, and other resources for people diagnosed with essential tremor. Contact ITF for referrals to medical specialists, a list of support groups by State, and information on more than 20 tremor disorders. Members may write or call for background literature and answers to specific questions.

International Hearing Society (IHS)
Address: 16880 Middlebelt Road, Suite 4
Livonia MI 48154
Telephone: 1-800-521-5247 (toll-free) (Hearing Aid Helpline) 734-522-7200 (outside the US and Canada)
Fax: 734-522-0200
IHS is a professional organization providing assistance to consumers in locating a hearing aid specialist, support, and repair services. The Hearing Aid Helpline offers information and publications on how hearing works, types of hearing loss, and design and use of hearing instruments.

Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)
Address: National Headquarters
San Francisco CA 94115
Telephone: 415-921-5225
Fax: 415-931-4671
JACL is a nonprofit educational organization fighting discrimination against Japanese Americans and their families by providing information, education, and advocacy. Contact JACL for assistance to retired people and information on programs on equal rights, racial violence, immigration, and fair employment. Pacific Citizen, a weekly newspaper, and other publications are available.

John Douglas French Alzheimer's Foundation
Address: 11620 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 270
Los Angeles CA 90025
Telephone: 1-800-477-2243 (toll-free) 310-445-4650
Fax: 310-479-0516
The Foundation funds scientific research into the causes and cure for Alzheimer's disease. Contact the Foundation for the free publication Caring for a Person with Memory Loss and Confusion.

Kansas Geriatric Education Center (KS-GEC)
Address: Center on Aging
Kansas City KS 66160-7177
Telephone: 913-588-1549
Fax: 913-588-1201
KS-GEC provides information and support for developing community-based, long-term care for rural older people. The Center works closely with State and Area Agencies on Aging. Contact the Center for a list of publications.

Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center
Address: Gallaudet University 800 Florida Avenue, NE
Washington DC 20002
Telephone: 202-651-5000

Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE)
Address: American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
Washington DC 20049
Telephone: 202-434-2120 1-888-OUR-AARP (687-2277) (toll-free)
Fax: 202-434-6464
LCE, part of AARP, works to expand the availability of legal services to older people and to enhance the quality of those services. The National Volunteer Lawyers Project matches legal cases affecting large numbers of older people with volunteer law firms. The Senior Lawyers Project tests ways retired lawyers can provide free legal services to older people in need. The National Elderlaw Studies Program provides individual home study courses as well as a paralegal certificate from the Department of Agriculture Graduate School. Publications are available.

Legal Services for the Elderly (LSE)
Address: 130 West 42nd Street, 17th Floor
New York NY 10036
Telephone: 212-391-0120
Fax: 212-719-1939
LSE is an advisory center for lawyers specializing in legal problems of older people. While LSE does not provide direct services to clients, staff lawyers offer advice and write memoranda and briefs to lawyers who serve older clients on issues including Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, disability, voluntary and involuntary commitment, age discrimination, pensions, rent-increase exemptions for older people, and nursing home care. A list of publications is available.

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Inc. (LLS)
Address: 1311 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains NY 10605
Telephone: 1-800-955-4572 (toll-free) 914-949-5213
Fax: 914-949-6691
LLS provides information, advocacy, and assistance for patients with leukemia and related cancers such as lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and Hodgkin's disease. Contact LLS for information, referrals to specialists and local chapters offering financial assistance to patients with leukemia, and support groups. Publications on leukemia and related cancers are available.

Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA)
Address: PO Box 451429
Atlanta GA 31145-9429
Telephone: Caregiver Helpline: 800-LEWYSOS (800-539-9767); National Office: 404-935-6444
Fax: 480-422-5434
LBDA is a national nonprofit organization that provides information and support for individuals affected with Lewy body dementias, the second most common type of dementia after Alzheimer's disease, and their caregivers. Visit the website for educational resources, medical research updates, discussion forums, lists of local LBD support groups, and links to related organizations.

Lighthouse National Center for Vision and Aging (LNCVA)
Address: The Sol & Lillian Goldman Building 111 East 59th Street
New York NY 10022
Telephone: 1-800-829-0500 (toll-free) 212-821-9200
Fax: 212-821-9707
LNCVA provides advocacy, support, information, and resources on vision impairment and blindness. Contact the Lighthouse for referrals to specialists and resources on visual disability, vision rehabilitation, links to related services, as well as information on eye diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy. Publications and audiovisual materials are available on topics including vision, vision disorders, treatment options, and rehabilitation strategies.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program - National Energy Assistance Referral Hotline
Telephone: 1-866-674-6327 (toll-free)
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a Federally-funded program that helps low-income households with home energy bills. LIHEAP can help in both winter and summer to reduce the risk of health and safety problems. The Federal Government does not provide direct energy assistance to the public. Instead, LIHEAP operates in the 50 States, the District of Columbia, within Indian tribes or tribal organizations, and the U.S. territories.

Lupus Foundation of America (LFA)
Address: 2000 L Street, NW, Suite 710
Washington DC 20036
Telephone: 1-800-558-0121 (toll-free) (information line) 202-349-1155
Fax: 202-349-1156
LFA is a nonprofit organization supporting research and distributing information about diagnosis and treatment of lupus erythematosus, a chronic autoimmune disease. Contact the LFA for referrals to specialists, information about treatment and research, a listing of local chapters and support groups, other resource organizations, and a list of publications.
Address: 200 First St. S.W.
Rochester MN 55905
Telephone: 507-284-2511
Fax: 507-284-0161
The Mayo Clinic offers information on symptoms and treatment options for urinary incontinence. The first web address given links to general incontinence information, while the second web address links to information on stress incontinence. also offers up-to-date information in more than 35 disease and lifestyle categories.

Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA)
Address: 203 S. Union St.
Alexandria VA 22314
Telephone: 703-548-5558
Fax: 703-548-8024
MOWAA is a national, nonprofit organization providing training and grants to programs that provide food to older people, and those who are frail, disabled, at- risk, or homebound.

MedicAlert Foundation
Address: 2323 Colorado Avenue
Turlock CA 95382
Telephone: 1-888-633-4298 (toll-free) 209-668-3333 (outside the US)
Fax: 209-669-2450
MedicAlert is a nonprofit, membership organization providing identification and medical information in emergencies. Contact MedicAlert for information about its membership services and costs.

Medicare Rights Center (MRC)
Address: 1460 Broadway, 17th Floor
New York NY 10036
Telephone: 212-869-3850
Fax: 212-869-3532
MRC is a national, nonprofit service helping older adults and people with disabilities get good, affordable health care. Available educational materials include a train-the-trainer manual, booklets on Medicare basics, and Medicare home health.

Narcolepsy Network, Inc.
Address: P.O. Box 294
Pleasantville NY 10570
Telephone: 1-888-292-6522 (toll free) 401-667-2523
Fax: 401-633-6567

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. (NAELA)
Address: 1604 North Country Club Road
Tucson AZ 85716
Telephone: 520-881-4005
Fax: 520-325-7925
NAELA is a nonprofit association assisting lawyers, bar associations, and others who work with older people and their families. Contact NAELA for information on lawyers specializing in issues pertinent to older people, resources to legal information, assistance, and education. A list of publications is available.

National Adult Day Services Association, Inc.
Address: 85 South Washington, Suite 316
Seattle WA 98104
Telephone: 1-877-745-1440 (toll free)
Fax: 206-461-3218
A professional trade association for centers providing adult day care, day health and/or respite. Formerly named The National Institute on Adult Daycare (NIAD), a unit of the National Council on the Aging (NCOA), the NADSA promotes advocacy, education, technical assistance, research and communications services for adult day services providers.

National Alliance for Caregiving
Address: 4720 Montgomery Lane, 5th Floor
Bethesda MD 20814
The National Alliance for Caregiving is a nonprofit coalition focusing on issues of family caregiving. The Alliance offers information for caregivers as well as supporting the Family Care Resource Connection.

National Alliance for Hispanic Health
Address: 1501 16th Street, NW
Washington DC 20036
Telephone: 202-387-5000
Fax: 202-797-4353
The Alliance is a network of health and human service providers fostering the health, well-being, and prosperity of Hispanics. Network members provide consumer information, help formulate culturally competent standards of care, support research into specific health concerns facing Hispanics, and promote appropriate use of technology. Spanish language resources are available.

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)
Address: Colonial Place Three
Arlington VA 22201
Telephone: 1-800-950-NAMI (950-6264) (toll-free) NAMI Helpline 703-524-7600
Fax: 703-524-9094
NAMI offers support groups, education, advocacy, and research to help people with mental illness. The Alliance seeks to educate all people about severe and persistent mental illnesses to eliminate stigma and promote access to services. Search the website for lists of local affiliates and state organizations.

National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA)
Address: 1511 3rd Avenue, Suite 914
Seattle WA 98101
Telephone: 206-624-1221 1-800-33-NAPCA (1-800-33-62722) (toll-free)
Fax: 206-624-1023
NAPCA is a nonprofit agency dedicated to serving aging Asian and Pacific Islanders. It offers employment programs, multilingual community forums and health care education. The Center works with elders, policy makers, program administrators, and community leaders. Publications include a newsletter and translated health care materials.

National Association for Continence (NAFC)
Address: PO Box 1019
Charleston SC 29402
Telephone: 1-843-377-0900 1-800-BLADDER (252-3337) (toll-free) (ordering line)
Fax: 843-377-0905
NAFC, formerly Help for Incontinent People, is a nonprofit organization providing advocacy, education, and support to people with incontinence and their families. Contact NAFC for referrals to specialists, resources, and information about the causes, prevention, diagnosis, treatments, and management alternatives for incontinence. Publications are available.

National Association for Health & Fitness (NAHF)
Address: c/o Be Active New York State 65 Niagra Square, Room 607
Buffalo NY 14202
Telephone: 716-583-0521
Fax: 716-851-4309
NAHF is a nonprofit organization promoting physical fitness, sports, and healthy lifestyles. The Association supports State Governor's Councils on Physical Fitness and Sports. NAHF supports employee health and fitness programs including Let's Get Physical, an interactive educational program based on the Surgeon General's 1996 report recommending moderate physical activity most days of the week.

National Association for Hispanic Elderly (Asociaci¢n Nacional Por Personas Mayores)
Address: 234 East Colorado Boulevard, Suite 300
Pasadena CA 91101
Telephone: 626-564-1988
Fax: 626-564-2659
The Association is a national, private, nonprofit organization providing a variety of services for older Hispanic people. Resources include a national Hispanic research center, research and consultation for organizations seeking to reach older Spanish-speaking people, and dissemination of written and audiovisual materials in English and Spanish. The Association administers Project AYUDA, a program providing employment counseling and placement services.

National Association for Home Care (NAHC)
Address: 228 7th Street, SE
Washington DC 20003
Telephone: 202-547-7424
Fax: 202-547-3540
NAHC promotes hospice and home care, sets standards of care, and conducts research on aging, health, and health care policy. Association publications include How to Choose a Home Care Provider and other free consumer guides on home care and hospice care.

National Association for Human Development (NAHD)
Address: 1705 Besales St., NW, Suite 300
Washington DC 20036
Telephone: 202-328-2191
Fax: 202-265-6682
NAHD is a nonprofit organization providing information and materials for national, State, and local groups helping people maintain their physical, mental, and social well-being. Contact NAHD program specialists for slides, videos, booklets, posters, and training manuals on health and physical fitness. Program materials focusing on older people include topics such as wellness, physical fitness, preventive medicine, self- care, and retirement planning.

National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Services (NAPNES)
Address: PO BOX 25647
Alexandria VA 22313
Telephone: 703-933-1003
Fax: 703-940-4089
NAPNES is a professional organization of licensed practical nurses, other nurses, physicians, nursing home administrators, and the general public specializing in direct long-term care of older people. NAPNES offers long-term care certification to practical/vocational nurses. Contact NAPNES for information on practical nursing and referrals to member nurses and resource organizations.

National Association of Activity Professionals (NAAP)
Address: PO Box 5530
Sevierville TN 37864
Telephone: 865-429-0717
Fax: 865-453-9914
NAAP is a professional organization providing activity education, advocacy, industry standards, and programming for long-term-care facilities, retirement living communities, and adult day care centers. Contact NAAP for referrals to specialists and information on therapeutic and restorative activities, regulation and policy updates, and program models. Publications are available.

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A)
Address: 1730 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Suite 1200
Washington DC 20036
Telephone: 1-800-677-1116 (toll-free) (Eldercare Locator) 202-872-0888
Fax: 202-872-0057
N4A is the umbrella organization for the AoA-funded Area Agencies on Aging. It also represents the interests of Title VI Native American aging programs. The Association administers the AoA-sponsored Eldercare Locator, a toll-free number linking older adults and their family members with local aging resources. N4A publishes the National Directory for Eldercare Information and Referral.

National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC)
Address: 7200 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 210
Bethesda MD 20814
Telephone: 301-347-0400
Fax: 301-347-0459
NACHC is a national association representing community health centers nationwide. Contact NACHC for referrals to local health centers and information on the Association's programs as well as health care regulation and policy updates.

National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP)
Address: 1612 K Street, NW, Suite 400
Washington DC 20006
Telephone: 202-682-6899
Fax: 202-223-2099
NANASP, a membership organization, supports a broad range of nutrition and related services for community- dwelling older people by training nutrition providers and advocating for older people. Publications include a Legislative Action Manual and The Washington Bulletin.

National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM)
Address: 1604 North Country Club Road
Tucson AZ 85716
Telephone: 520-881-8008
Fax: 520-325-7925
NAPGCM is a nonprofit organization representing the interests of elder care practitioners and advocating for older peoples' independence, autonomy, and quality of health care. Contact NAPGCM for resources, referrals to local Association chapters, and information on counseling and treatment programs. Publications and referrals to professional care managers are available through the website.

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Address: 750 First Street, NE, Suite 700
Washington DC 20002-4241
Telephone: 1-800-638-8799 (toll-free) 202-408-8600
Fax: 202-336-8310
NASW is a membership organization promoting, advocating, developing, and protecting social workers and the practice of social work. Contact NASW for referrals to counseling resources and specialists, information about social work, and information from the members section focusing on aging issues and health care.

National Association of State Units on Aging (NASUA)
Address: 1201 15th St, NW, Suite 350
Washington DC 20005
Telephone: 202-898-2578
Fax: 202-898-2583
NASUA is a public-interest organization providing information, assistance, and advocacy on behalf of older people. Contact NASUA for information on rights of older people, health care and social services regulations, and referrals to lawyers specializing in elder law and aging issues. Publications are available on topics such as the Older Americans Act, long-term care, older worker issues, elder abuse, and nutrition programs. The Association cooperates in administering the Eldercare Locator, AoA's toll-free information service.

National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
Address: 8630 Fenton St., Suite 820
Silver Spring MD 20910
Telephone: 301-587-1788
Fax: 301-587-1791
NAD is a private, nonprofit organization representing the interests and rights of people who are deaf or hearing impaired. It advocates for greater access to education, employment, health care, and social services. Contact NAD for information on legal assistance, public policy on deafness and disabilities, and referrals to products that assist deaf and hearing impaired people. Publications are available.

National Association on HIV Over Fifty (NAHOF)
Address: 23 Miner St.
Boston MA 02215
Telephone: 617-233-7107
Fax: 617-262-5667
NAHOF is a membership organization promoting the availability of a full range of educational, prevention, service, and health care programs for people over age 50 and affected by HIV. NAHOF provides a forum to exchange information and share concerns about HIV and older adults.

National Bar Association (NBA)
Address: 1225 11th Street, NW
Washington DC 20001
Telephone: 202-842-3900
Fax: 202-289-6170
NBA uses its national membership, statewide minority bar programs, minority law students, minority bar group alliances, and private attorneys, to form links with community groups providing legal assistance to low- income, minority older people. Publications include Saving The Home and Defending Against Fraud and Scams, a resource book on second mortgages.

National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Address: NCI Public Inquiries Office 6116 Executive Blvd.
Bethesda MD 20892
Telephone: 1-800-4-CANCER (422-6237) (toll-free) (Cancer Information Service-CIS)
NCI, part of NIH, is the lead agency for cancer research and statistics, treatments, clinical trials, patient education, and public information on all types of cancer, risk factors, and prevention. NCI's toll-free Cancer Information Service provides accurate, up-to-date, science-based answers. Information Specialists can answer questions in English, Spanish, and on TTY. The CIS provides referrals to cancer specialists and other related resources, including where to find survivor groups. Many free publications are offered.

National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, Inc. (NCBA)
Address: 1220 L Street, NW, Suite 800
Washington DC 20005
Telephone: 202-637-8400
Fax: 202-347-0895
NCBA is a national, nonprofit organization providing health and social service information, advocacy, and assistance to African Americans and low-income older people. Contact NCBA for information on its local chapters and programs including senior employment and training, housing, health promotion, and advocacy. Publications include:

A History of the National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, Inc.,
A Profile of Black Elderly, The Health Status of Older African Americans,
and a
Support-Services Reference Guide.

National Center for Assisted Living
Address: 1201 L Street, NW
Washington DC 20005
Telephone: 202-824-4444
The National Center for Assisted Living offers publications, educational programs, a website and public policy advocacy.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Clearinghouse (NCCAM)
Address: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Gaithersburg MD 20898
Telephone: 1-888-644-6226 (toll-free) 301-519-3153
Fax: 1-866-464-3616 (toll-free) (Fax-on-demand
The Clearinghouse, funded by NCCAM, provides information on alternative medical therapies not commonly used or previously accepted in conventional Western medicine. Contact the Clearinghouse for information on holistic healing traditions, including acupuncture, herbs, homeopathy, therapeutic massage, and traditional oriental medicine. NCCAM does not recommend specific therapies. Publications are available by fax-on-demand and on the website.

National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)
Address: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Hyattsville MD 20782
Telephone: 301-458-4000 1-866-441-NCHS (441-6247) (toll-free)
NCHS, part of the Federal Government, is the agency that monitors and compiles information on the Nation's health. NCHS statistical programs on aging collect information on the health of older people, their lifestyles, exposure to unhealthy influences, diagnosis and age of onset for illnesses or disabilities, and patterns of health care service use. Contact NCHS for reports on trends in health and aging.

National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)
Address: 1201 15th St. NW, Suite 350
Washington DC 20005-2842
Telephone: 202-898-2586 Available between 9:00 AM and 5:30 PM EST
Fax: 202-898-2583
NCEA is operated jointly by the National Association of State Units on Aging, the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, and the University of Delaware to disseminate information about abuse and neglect of older people. NCEA operates the Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly and can provide referrals to agencies and specialists. Publications are available on prevention of abuse, neglect, and State regulations.

National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD)
Address: National Institutes of Health (NIH), 6707 Democracy Boulevard, Suite 800,MSC 5465
Bethesda MD 20892-5465
Telephone: 301-402-1366
Fax: 301-480-4049
NCMHD, part of NIH, conducts and supports research, training, dissemination of information, and other programs with respect to minority health conditions and other populations with health disparities.

National Center on Poverty Law, Inc. (NCPL)
Address: 50 East Washington Street, Suite 500
Chicago IL 60602
Telephone: 312-263-3830 Available between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM (Mon-Fri) Central
Fax: 312-263-3846
NCPL is a professional organization advocating for low-income people and providing assistance, resources, and information on poverty law. Contact NCPL for referrals to poverty law specialists, program information on welfare, work force, housing, and community development. Publications are available on topics such as grandparents' visitation, access to home health care for older people, protecting older homeowners from refinancing scams, and the needs of multigenerational low-income families.

National Center on Senior Transportation
Telephone: 866-528-NCST (6278)
The NCST offers extensive resources for transportation options for older adults. Based in Washington, D.C., the NCST is a partnership of Easter Seals Inc. and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging. Staff from NCST answer questions about ADA rights and responsibilities, direct callers to additional resources, and help members of the aging services and transportation communities address diverse accessibility issues.

National Citizen's Coalition for Nursing Home Reform (NCCNHR)
Address: 1828 L Street, NW, Suite 801
Washington DC 20036-2211
Telephone: 202-332-2275
Fax: 202-332-2949
NCCNHR provides information on nursing home reform, promotes quality standards, and works to empower residents. Contact NCCNHR for information on community-based, consumer/citizen action, and long-term care ombudsmen groups. Publications on nursing homes and long-term care are available.

National Coalition for Adult Immunization (NCAI)
Address: National Foundation for Infectious Diseases 4733 Bethesda Avenue, Suite 750
Bethesda MD 20814
Telephone: 301-656-0003
Fax: 301-907-0878
NCAI is a network of organizations formed to achieve better health through immunizations and support for science-based recommendations. NCAI helps coordinate National Adult Immunization Awareness Week, an annual observance in the fall. Check the website for a chart outlining the NCAI-recommended adult immunization schedule. Spanish language resources are available.

National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM)
Address: 10 G Street, NE, Suite 600
Washington DC 20004
Telephone: 1-800-966-1935 (toll-free) 202-216-0420
Fax: 202-216-0451
NCPSSM, an advocacy and education membership organization, works to protect and enhance Federal programs vital to seniors' health and economic well-being. Contact NCPSSM for details on membership as well as information on seniors' rights, Medicare, Social Security, long-term care, and disability issues. Free informational brochures are available.

National Consumer's League (NCL)
Address: 1701 K Street, NW, Suite 1200
Washington DC 20006
Telephone: 1-800-876-7060 (toll-free) (National Fraud Information Center- NFIC)
Fax: 202-835-0747
NCL is a private, nonprofit advocacy group representing consumers on marketplace and workplace issues, providing government, businesses, and other organizations with consumer's perspectives on social issues. Contact the NCL for information on topics such as privacy, consumer credit, food safety, and drug safety. NFIC supports victims of telemarketing and Internet fraud, and informs law enforcement of fraud cases. Publications are available.

National Council Against Health Fraud (NCAHF)
Address: 119 Foster Street
Peabody MA 01960
Telephone: 978-532-9383
Fax: 978-532-9450
NCAHF is a nonprofit agency that provides a website listing reliable sources of health information on the Internet. Contact the Council for information on health fraud, misinformation, and quackery, or to report fraud and investigate health claims by companies or organizations. NCAHF provides information on legitimate health groups, sponsors discussion groups that evaluate new health organizations, and suggests alternative medical techniques. A free weekly email newsletter is available online.

National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
Address: Raul Yzaguirre Building 1126 16th St., NW
Washington DC 20036
Telephone: 202-785-1670
Fax: 202-776-1794
NCLR is a private, nonprofit organization established to reduce poverty and discrimination, and improve opportunities for Hispanics. NCLR health programs develop culturally-relevant, bilingual health education and promotional materials. The Hispanic Health Project works to lower the incidence of a variety of preventable conditions.

National Council on Aging (NCOA)
Address: 1901 L Street, NW, 4th floor
Washington DC 20036
Telephone: 202-479-1200
Fax: 202-479-0735
NCOA is a private, nonprofit organization providing information, training, technical assistance, advocacy, and leadership in all aspects of aging services and issues. Contact NCOA for information on training programs and in-home services for older people. NCOA publications are available on topics such as lifelong learning, senior center services, adult day care, long-term care, financial issues, senior housing, rural issues, intergenerational programs, and volunteers in aging.

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD)
Address: 22 Cortlandt Street, Suite 801
New York NY 10007
Telephone: 1-800-NCA-CALL (622-2255) (toll-free 24-hour "Hope line") 212-269-7797
Fax: 212-269-7510
NCADD is a nonprofit organization providing advocacy, assistance, and information on alcoholism and drug addiction. Contact NCADD for information on causes, diagnosis, and treatments; referrals to specialists; lists of community resource centers; and NCADD-affiliated organizations nationwide. Fact sheets, brochures, and videotapes also are available.

National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE)
Address: 4915 Saint Elmo Avenue, Suite 505
Bethesda MD 20814-6082
Telephone: 301-656-8565
Fax: 301-656-4464
NCPIE is a nonprofit coalition providing advocacy, information, and services to educate and empower consumers to make sound decisions about use of prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Contact NCPIE to discuss drug safety or facts about specific drugs. NCPIE's website and publications provide information on medications, side effects, and manufacturers' recalls.

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC)
Address: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Bethesda MD 20892-3560
Telephone: 1-800-860-8747 (toll-free) 301-654-3327
Fax: 703-738-4029
NDIC, funded by NIDDK, part of NIH, provides referrals to diabetes specialists and organizations, and searches from its database of patient and professional education materials. Call for publications on topics such as alternative therapies, controlling diabetes, complications of diabetes, and diabetes in Asian, Hispanic, and other ethnic groups. Spanish- language publications are available.

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC)
Address: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Bethesda MD 20892-3570
Telephone: 1-800-891-5389 (toll-free) 301-654-3810
Fax: 703-738-4929
NDDIC, funded by NIDDK, part of NIH, provides referrals to digestive diseases organizations and support groups, as well as searches from its database of patient and professional education materials. Fact sheets are available on gastroesophageal reflux disease, hemorrhoids, constipation, ulcers, and irritable bowel syndrome.

National Domestic Violence Hotline
Address: P.O. Box 161810
Austin TX 78716
Telephone: 1-800-799-7233 (toll-free)
The National Domestic Violence Hotline, open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, provides crisis intervention, information about domestic violence, and referrals to local service providers to victims of domestic violence and those calling on their behalf. The Hotline provides information on such topics as domestic violence, sexual assault, battering intervention and prevention programs, and the criminal justice system.

National Drug and Treatment Referral Routing Service
Address: SAMHSA'S National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information P.O. BOX 2345
Rockville MD 20847
Telephone: 1-800-729-6686 1-877-767-8432 (in Spanish)
Fax: 301-468-6433

National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP)
Address: National Eye Institute Information Center (NEIIC)
Bethesda MD 20892-3655
Telephone: 301-496-5248
Fax: 301-402-1065
NEHEP, funded by the NEI, part of NIH, is a partnership of professional, CIvic, and voluntary organizations and Federal agencies. NEHEP provides referrals to vision professionals and other health resources. The Program offers free materials to educate the public about how to protect eye health and prevent vision loss, and distributes information on such topics as preventing diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, and low vision.

The National Eye Institute
Address: National Institutes of Health
Bethesda MD 20892
Telephone: 301-496-5248
The National Eye Institute (NEI) conducts and supports research that helps prevent and treat eye diseases and other vision disorders. This research leads to sight-saving treatments to reduce visual impairment and blindness. Part of the NEI mission is to develop public and professional education programs that help prevent blindness, reduce visual impairment, and increase awareness of services and devices that are available for people with low vision.

National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA)
Address: 10400 Connecticut Avenue, #500
Kensington MD 20895-3944
Telephone: 1-800-896-3650 (toll-free) 301-942-6430
Fax: 301-942-2302
NFCA is a grass roots organization providing advocacy, support, and information for family members who care for chronically ill, older, or disabled relatives. There is no charge for family members to be on the mailing list and to receive the newsletter, Take Care! Contact NFCA for help finding resources.

National Foundation for the Treatment of Pain
Address: P.O. Box 70045
Houston TX 77270
Telephone: 713-862-9332
Fax: 713-862-9346
The National Foundation for the Treatment of Pain is a nonprofit organization providing resources for medical and other professionals concerned with treatment of pain.

National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA)
Address: 7794 Grow Drive
Pensacola FL 32514
Telephone: 1-800-723-0560 (toll-free) 850-473-1174
Fax: 850-484-8762
NGNA, an organization of nurses specializing in care of older adults, informs the public on health issues affecting older people, supports education for nurses and other health care practitioners, and provides a forum to discuss topics such as nutrition in long-term care facilities and elder law for nurses. NGNA offers information on gerontological nursing and conducts nursing research related to older people.

National Health Information Center (NHIC)
Address: Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP)
Washington DC 20013-1133
Telephone: 1-800-336-4797 (toll-free) 301-565-4167
Fax: 301-984-4256 Faxback: 301-468-1204
NHIC, a service of the Federal Government, links consumers and health professionals with resources and information. The Center provides health information, contacts for Federally-supported health information centers, lists of national health observances, and toll-free numbers sponsored by the Federal Government.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Information Center
Address: PO Box 30105
Bethesda MD 20824-0105
Telephone: 1-800-575-WELL (9355) (toll-free) (recorded information) 301-592-8573
Fax: 240-629-3246
The Information Center, funded by NHLBI, part of NIH, provides referrals to resource organizations and information on elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, exercise, risk of and recovery from stroke, chronic cough, asthma, cystic fibrosis, and sleep disorders. Publications include two newsletters, HeartMemo and AsthmaMemo.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Address: 400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington DC 20590
Telephone: 1-888-327-4236 (toll-free)
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, part of the US Department of Transportation, is responsible for monitoring safety defects in motor vehicles; helping States and local communities reduce the threat of drunk drivers; promoting the use of safety belts, child safety seats and air bags; and providing consumer information on motor vehicle safety topics. NHTSA has a toll-free Auto Safety Hotline, 888-327-4236, to provide recall information; receive motor vehicle safety complaints; and furnish consumers with a wide range of information on auto safety.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
Address: 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, West Building
Washington DC 20590
Telephone: 1-888-327-4236 (toll-free)
The NHTSA is responsible for reducing deaths, injuries, and economic losses resulting from car accidents. It sets standards, investigates safety defects, and conducts research on driver behavior. Contact NHTSA for information on older drivers.

National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCoA)
Address: 1341 Connecticut Avenue 4th Floor, Suite 4.2
Washington DC 20036
Telephone: 202-429-0787
Fax: 202-429-0789
NHCoA is a national organization providing advocacy, education, and information for older Hispanic people. Contact the Council for facts and resources on health, employment, housing, strengthening families, and building communities, as well as referrals to local Council chapters. Publications in English and Spanish are available.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)
Address: National Hospice Foundation (NHF); 1700 Diagonal Road, Suite 625
Alexandria VA 22314
Telephone: 1-800-658-8898 (toll-free Helpline) 703-837-1500
Fax: 703-837-1233
NHPCO is a nonprofit, membership organization working to enhance the quality of life for individuals who are terminally ill and advocating for people in the final stage of life. In addition, the organization offers Caring Connections (, providing resources and information to help people make decisions about end-of-life care and services, including care planning, caregiving, pain, financial issues, hospice, palliative care, grief, and loss. Publications, fact sheets, and website resources are available on topics including how to find and evaluate hospice services.

National Hospice Foundation (NHF)
Address: 1700 Diagonal Road, Suite 625
Alexandria VA 22314
Telephone: 1-800-658-8898 (toll-free Helpline); 703-516-4928
Fax: 703-837-1233
NHF, a nonprofit, charitable organization affiliated with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, provides support and information about hospice care options. NHF publications include Hospice Care: A Consumer's Guide to Selecting a Hospice Program,Communicating Your End-of-Life Wishes, and Hospice Care and the Medicare Hospice Benefit.

National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
Address: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Bethesda MD 20892
Telephone: 301-402-0911
Fax: 301-402-2218
NHGRI, part of NIH, coordinates the Human Genome Project, an international research effort to characterize the genetic makeup (genomes) of human and selected model organisms through complete mapping and sequencing of their DNA.

National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA)
Address: 10501 Montgomery Boulevard, NE, Suite 210
Albuquerque NM 87111-3846
Telephone: 505-292-2001
Fax: 505-292-1922
NICOA provides services, advocacy, and information on aging issues for older American Indian and Alaska Native people. Contact NICOA for information about its resources and support groups serving the national Indian community, and NICOA's clearinghouse for issues affecting older Indian people. Publications are available, including the newsletter Elder Voices.

National Information and Referral Support Center (NIRSC)
Address: 1225 I Street, NW, Suite 725
Washington DC 20005-3914
Telephone: 202-898-2578
Fax: 202-898-2583
NIRSC provides technical assistance, consultation, and training to State and Area Agencies on Aging and to local information and referral providers funded under the Older Americans Act. Contact the Center for referrals, resources, and information on how to locate services for older people. A list of Center publications is available.

National Institute Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse
Address: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
Bethesda MD 20892-3675
Telephone: 1-877-22-NIAMS (226-4267) (toll-free) 301-495-4484
Fax: 301-718-6366
NIAMS Information Clearinghouse is funded by NIAMS, part of NIH. The Clearinghouse provides information and resources on all forms of arthritis, musculoskeletal diseases such as fibromyalgia, as well as skin diseases. Contact the Clearinghouse for information on research and referrals to research programs and community resources. Publications are available on the causes, treatments, and prevention of arthritis, lupus, musculoskeletal disorders, and diseases of bones, joints, and skin.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Address: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Bethesda MD 20892-6612
Telephone: 301-496-5717
Fax: 301-402-3573
NIAID, part of NIH, conducts and supports research on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of HIV/AIDS and other infectious and allergic diseases. Contact NIAID for information on allergies, as well as viral and bacterial illnesses. The Institute provides referrals to specialists, support groups, and other resources; publications and fact sheets are available, some in Spanish.

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Information Clearinghouse
Address: PO Box 3006
Rockville MD 20847
Telephone: 1-800-370-2943
Fax: 301-984-1473
The Clearinghouse, funded by NICHD, part of NIH, is a resource for publications and health issues related to NICHD research. The Institute conducts and supports research on neurobiologic, developmental, and behavioral processes that determine and maintain the health of children, Adults, families, and populations. Spanish language resources are available.

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
Address: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Bethesda MD 20892-2290
Telephone: 301-496-4261 301-402-7364 (National Oral Health Information Clearinghouse - NOHIC)
Fax: 301-408-4098
NIDCR, part of NIH, conducts and supports research on the causes, treatment, and prevention of diseases of the teeth, gums, and facial bones. Contact NOHIC for facts about oral health in people with disabling conditions and referrals to specialists and related resources. Contact NIDCR for information on available publications, audiovisual materials, and fact sheets.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
Address: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Research Triangle Park NC 27709
Telephone: 919-541-3345
NIEHS, part of NIH, conducts and supports research on potential environmental contributors to human illnesses and dysfunction, including asthma, Alzheimer's, bronchitis, cancer, lead poisoning, Parkinson's and other chronic diseases. NIEHS also studies variable human susceptibilities to these environmental factors. The National Toxicology Program, headquartered at NIEHS, tests natural and man-made chemicals for safety.

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
Address: 45 Center Drive, MSC 6200
Bethesda MD 20892-6200
Telephone: 301-496-7301
Fax: 301-402-0224
NIGMS, part of NIH, conducts and supports research in medical fields such as genetics, cellular and molecular biology, and pharmacology. Publications include Medicines for You (also available in Spanish), and Inside the Cell.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Address: National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda MD 20892-9663
Telephone: 1-866-615-6464 (toll-free) 301-443-4513
Fax: 301-443-4279
NIMH, part of NIH, conducts and supports mental health research including mental disorders of aging. Contact NIMH for information on mental health and aging, Alzheimer's disease, anxiety disorders, depression, and suicide.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Address: NIH Neurological Institute
Bethesda MD 20824
Telephone: 1-800-352-9424 (toll-free) (information service) 301-496-5751
Fax: 301-402-2186
NINDS, part of NIH, conducts and supports research on stroke and neurological disorders. NINDS provides information on its research targets, including stroke, head and spinal injuries, tumors of the central nervous system, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's disease. A directory of voluntary health agencies is available.

National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
Address: Office of Science Policy and Public Liaison
Bethesda MD 20892-2178
Telephone: 301-496-0207
Fax: 301-480-8845
NINR, part of NIH, conducts and supports basic and clinical research to establish a scientific basis for the care of individuals across the life span. Studies addressed by nurse researchers inlcude the management of chronic diseases, health disparities, improving palliative end-of-life care, and telehealth technology.

National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Address: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Bethesda MD 20892-2292
Telephone: 1-800-222-2225 (toll-free) (NIA Information Center - NIAIC) 1-800-438-4380 (toll-free) (Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center-ADEAR) 301-496-1752
Fax: 301-496-1072 (NIAIC) 301-495-3334 (ADEAR)
NIA, part of NIH, conducts and supports biomedical, social, and behavioral research on aging processes, disease, and the special problems and needs of older people. NIA develops and disseminates publications on topics such as the biology of aging, exercise, doctor/patient communication, and menopause. The Institute produces the Age Pages - a series of fact sheets for consumers on a wide range of subjects including nutrition, medications, forgetfulness, sleep, driving, and long- term care. Information, publications, referrals, resource lists, and database searches on Alzheimer's disease are available through the Institute-funded ADEAR Center.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Address: 5635 Fishers Lane, MWC 9304
Bethesda MD 20892-9304
Telephone: 301-443-3860
Fax: 301-443-6077
NIAAA, part of NIH, conducts and supports research on alcoholism and alcohol abuse. Contact the NIAAA for information on genetic and behavioral aspects of alcoholism, physiologic effects of alcohol abuse, and diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of alcohol-related problems.

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
Address: National Institutes of Health (NIH) 31 Center Drive, MSC 2320
Bethesda MD 20892-2320
Telephone: 1-800-241-1044 (toll-free) (NIDCD Information Clearinghouse) 301-496-7243
Fax: 301-402-0018
NIDCD, part of NIH, conducts and supports research on normal mechanisms as well as diseases and disorders of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language. NIDCD develops and disseminates health information to the public based on scientific discovery.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Address: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Bethesda MD 20892-9561
Telephone: 1-800-729-6686 (toll-free) (National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information–NCADI) 301-443-1124
Fax: 1-888-644-6432 (toll-free) (NIDA Infofax) 1-888-889-6432 (toll-free) (TTY NIDA Infofax) 301-443-7397
NIDA, part of NIH, conducts and supports research on the physiology of specific drug addictions, effects of abused substances, and current and potential treatments. Contact NIDA for scientific information, and patient and public education materials on drug abuse, its causes, consequences, prevention, and treatment. Spanish language resources are available.

National Interfaith Coalition on Aging (NICA)
Address: National Council on Aging (NCOA)
Washington DC 20024
Telephone: 1-800-424-9046 (toll-free) 202-479-1200
Fax: 202-479-0735
The Coalition, a constituent unit of NCOA, consists of individuals and organizations of various faiths concerned with issues of religion, spirituality, and aging. NICA provides networking opportunities and educational programs.

National Kidney and Urological Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC)
Address: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Bethesda MD 20892-3580
Telephone: 1-800-891-5390 (toll-free) 301-654-4415
Fax: 703-738-4929
NKUDIC, funded by NIDDK, provides referrals to specialists, resource organizations, and support groups. Publications and information on subjects such as kidney stones, prostate gland problems, urinary incontinence, and urinary tract infections are available.

National Kidney Foundation (NKF)
Address: 30 East 33rd Street
New York NY 10016
Telephone: 1-800-622-9010 (toll-free) 212-889-2210
Fax: 212-689-9261
NKF is a nonprofit organization providing information on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of kidney and urinary tract diseases. The Foundation supports research and organ donation programs. Contact the NKF for a list of local chapters that provide services, including blood and drug banks, screening programs, transportation assistance, publications, and referrals to specialists.

National Legal Support for Elderly People with Mental Disabilities Project
Address: Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
Washington DC 20005-5002
Telephone: 202-467-5730
Fax: 202-223-0409
The Project focuses on legal issues of older people, training legal aid lawyers, organizing workshops, and providing information on legal issues facing older people with mental disabilities. Contact the Project for publications on disability rights for older people.

National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Address: National Institutes of Health (NIH) 8600 Rockville Pike
Bethesda MD 20894
Telephone: 1-888-FIND-NLM (346-3656) (toll-free) 301-594-5983
Fax: 301-402-1384
NLM, part of NIH, is the world's largest medical library. The collection can be consulted in the reading room or requested on interlibrary loan. NLM offers nationwide access to information through a National Network of Libraries of Medicine. The database, MEDLINE, is available via the worldwide web. MEDLINEplus links the public to many sources of consumer health information.

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLSBPH)
Address: Library of Congress
Washington DC 20011
Telephone: 1-800-NLS-READ (657-7323) (toll-free) 202-707-5100
Fax: 202-707-0712
NLSBPH, funded by the Library of Congress, is a network of regional and local libraries that provide free library services to blind and physically disabled people. Contact NLSBPH about programs such as postage-free delivery and return-mailing of audio-books and books and magazines in Braille. Specially designed Talking Books and cassette players also are lent to the public free. NLSBPH provides information on blindness and physical disabilities.

National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center (NLTCORC)
Address: ORC Office 1828 L Street, NW, Suite 801
Washington DC 20036
Telephone: 202-332-2275
Fax: 202-332-2949
NLTCORC is operated by the NCCNHR in collaboration with the National Association of State Units on Aging. The Center supports groups under Federal mandate to identify and resolve residents' problems at long-term care facilities. Contact the Center for information and publications on nursing home reform and adult care.

National Long-Term Care Resource Center (NLTCRC)
Address: Division of Health Services, Research and Policy
Minneapolis MN 55455
Telephone: 612-624-5171 or 612-624-1185
Fax: 612-624-8448 or 612-624-5434
The Center assists State and Area Agencies on Aging and other community- based service agencies to monitor, develop, and refine community long- term care systems through legal reform. NLTCRC provides information on long-term health care, rehabilitation and acute care reform, ethics, and quality of life issues in nursing homes. A list of publications is available.

National Medical Association (NMA)
Address: 1012 10th Street, NW
Washington DC 20001
Telephone: 202-347-1895
Fax: 202-898-2510
NMA promotes the interests of doctors and patients of African descent. NMA offers a physician referral service and the brochure Looking for Dr. Right: Guide to Choosing a Physician Using 1-888-NMAPHYSicians.

National Mental Health Association (NMHA)
Address: 2000 N. Beauregard Street 6th Floor
Alexandria VA 22311
Telephone: 1-800-969-NMHA (6642) (toll-free) (National Mental Health Information Center) 703-684-7722
Fax: 703-684-5968
The NMHA Information Center provides referrals to mental health specialists, as well as publications such as Coping with Growing Older, Answers to Your Questions About Clinical Depression.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS)
Address: 733 3rd Avenue, 6th Floor
New York NY 10017-3288
Telephone: 1-800-FIGHT-MS (344-4867) (toll-free)
Fax: 212-986-7981
The Society is a nonprofit organization providing support and information on the diagnosis and treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS). Contact NMSS for referrals to specialists and local chapter offices. A list of free publications and films on MS is available from local chapters.

National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)
Address: 55 Kenosia Avenue
Danbury CT 06813-1968
Telephone: 203-744-0100 1-800-999-6673 (toll free)
Fax: 203-798-2291
NORD is a federation of voluntary health organizations and individuals, dedicated to helping people with rare diseases and assisting the organizations that serve them. NORD is committed to the identification, treatment, and cure of rare disorders through education, advocacy, research, and service.

National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA)
Address: 510 King Street, Suite 424
Alexandria VA 23314
Telephone: 703-535-NOVA (6682) 800-TRY-NOVA (information and referrals for victims of crime and disaster)
Fax: 703-535-5500
NOVA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving services to survivors of violent crimes or disasters. NOVA offers a toll-free, 24-hour crisis counseling hotline that refers victims to support services throughout the country. NOVA provides a list of publications on subjects, including older crime victims, victim assistance, and victim rights.

National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF)
Address: 1232 22nd Street, NW
Washington DC 20037-1292
Telephone: 202-223-2226
Fax: 202-223-2237
NOF is a nonprofit, voluntary health organization dedicated to promoting lifelong bone health to reduce the widespread prevalence of osteoporosis and related fractures. NOF works to find a cure for osteoporosis through research, education, and advocacy. The Foundation provides general information on osteoporosis; its quarterly newsletter and booklets are available through membership.

National Policy and Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging
Address: Department of Dietetics and Nutrition
Miami FL 33199
Telephone: 305-348-1517
Fax: 305-348-1518
The FIU Center, funded primarily by the Administration on Aging, works to reduce malnutrition and promotes good nutritional practices among older adults nationwide. The Center provides information dissemination, training and technical assistance, and policy analysis.

National Policy and Resource Center on Women and Aging (NPRCWA)
Address: The Heller School for Social Policy and Management
Waltham MA 02454-9110
Telephone: 1-800-929-1995 (toll-free) 781-736-3866
Fax: 781-736-3865
NPRCWA focuses on older women's issues and provides policy analysis, research, and assistance to the network of Administration on Aging- funded State and Area Agencies on Aging. The Center provides information and publications on women's health, caregiving, income security, and housing as well as prevention of crime and violence toward older women.

National Prevention Information Network (NPIN)
Address: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Rockville MD 20849-6003
Telephone: 1-800-458-5231 (toll-free) 919-361-4892
Fax: 1-888-282-7681 (toll-free)
NPIN, sponsored by the CDC, is a national reference, referral, and distribution service for information on HIV/AIDS, other sexually transmitted diseases, and tuberculosis. NPIN's services are designed to facilitate information sharing about prevention, treatment, and support services. NPIN does not provide medical advice.

National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF)
Address: 6600 SW 92nd Avenue, Suite 300
Portland OR 97223-7195
Telephone: 1-800-723-9166 (toll-free) 503-244-7404
Fax: 503-245-0626
NPF is a nonprofit organization providing free information on psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis research and treatment. NPF provides directories of specialists and products, opportunities to volunteer for research projects, links to support groups, and educational newsletters and booklets.

National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC)
Address: 4200 Forbes Boulevard, Suite 202
Lanham MD 20706
Telephone: 1-800-346-2742 (toll-free) 301-459-5900
Fax: 301-459-4263
NARIC, funded by the Department of Education, provides information on rehabilitation of people with physical or mental disabilities. Contact NARIC for database searches on all types of physical and mental disabilities, as well as referrals to local and national facilities and organizations. All of NARIC's database information is available online, free.

National Resource and Information Center (NRIC)
Address: Women's Bureau (WB)
Washington DC 20210
Telephone: 1-800-827-5335 (toll-free) 202-693-6710
Fax: 202-693-6725
NRIC, funded by the WB, provides information on issues of concern to working women, their families, and employers. Contact NRIC for facts on programs such as the Fair Pay Clearinghouse, which provides updates on efforts to identify and eliminate sexism, ageism, racism, and other forms of workplace discrimination. Single copies of publications, including Work and Elder Care and Hiring Someone to Work in Your Home, are available free.

National Resource Center: Diversity and Long-Term Care (NRCDLTC)
Address: Schneider Institute for Health Policy The Heller School for Social Policy & Management
Waltham MA 02454-9110
Telephone: 781-736-3900
Fax: 781-736-3905
NRCDLTC, a partnership between Brandeis University and San Diego State University, provides information on methods, resources, systems, and services for caring for older people. The Center provides referrals to health policy resources and information on issues of diversity in aging, including disabilities, race, ethnicity, gender, generations, and chronic diseases. A list of publications is available on request.

National Resource Center on Native American Aging (NRCNAA)
Address: PO Box 9037
Grand Forks ND 58202-9037
Telephone: 701-777-3848
Fax: 701-777-6779
The Resource Center, funded by the Administration on Aging, provides support, advocacy, and information for older Native Americans, including American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. Contact the Center for legal information and references, geriatric leadership training, cultural awareness, and a variety of publications.

National Resource Center on Supportive Housing & Home Modifications
Address: USC Andrus Gerontology Center
Los Angeles CA 90089-0191
Telephone: 213-740-1364
Fax: 213-740-7069
The Center is funded in association with The Archstone Foundation and The California Endowment. Contact the Center for information on government- assisted housing, assisted living policies, home modifications for older people, training and education courses, and technical assistance. Publications and fact sheets are available.

National Rural Health Association (NRHA)
Address: 521 E. 63rd St.
Kansas City MO 64111
Telephone: 816-756-3140
Fax: 816-756-3144
NRHA is a nonprofit, professional organization targeting health care problems unique to rural areas and serving as a liaison between rural health care providers and older people. Contact NRHA for information on health care delivery to rural providers and for its quarterly Journal of Rural Health.

National Self-Help Clearinghouse (NSHC)
Address: Graduate Shcool and University Center of the City University of New York
New York NY 10016-4309
Telephone: 212-817-1822
Fax: 212-817-1561
NSHC collects and distributes information about support and self-help groups nationwide. Contact NSHC for publications or referrals to self-help groups, helping networks, and support systems.

National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC)
Address: 1101 14th Street, NW, Suite 400
Washington DC 20005
Telephone: 202-289-6976
Fax: 202-289-7224
NSCLC offers assistance to Legal Aid Offices and private lawyers working on behalf of low-income older and disabled people. The Center does not accept individual clients but acts as a clearinghouse of information on legal problems such as age discrimination, Social Security, pension plans, Medicaid, Medicare, nursing homes, and protective services.

National Senior Games Association (NSGA)
Address: P.O. Box 82059
Baton Rouge LA 70884-2059
Telephone: 225-766-6800
Fax: 225-766-9115
NSGA is a nonprofit organization promoting healthy lifestyles for older people through education, fitness, and sports. Its website announces Association events and activities and offers videotapes of group activities.

National Sleep Foundation (NSF)
Address: 1522 K Street, NW, Suite 500
Washington DC 20005
Telephone: 202-347-3471
Fax: 202-347-3472
NSF is a nonprofit organization providing services and information about sleep disorders. Contact the Foundation for a list of accredited sleep centers and local specialists. A variety of NSF publications on sleep, sleep disorders, and related topics are available.

National STD and AIDS Hotlines
Address: American Social Health Association P.O. Box 13827
Research Triangle Park NC 27709
Telephone: 1-800-342-AIDS (2437) (toll-free) (English) 1-800-227-8922 (toll-free) (English) 1-800-344-SIDA (7432) (toll-free) (Spanish)
The Hotlines offer information, referrals, and free publications about prevention, risks, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

National Stroke Association (NSA)
Address: 9707 East Easter Lane, Building B
Englewood CO 80127
Telephone: 1-800-STROKES (787-6537) (toll-free)
Fax: 303-649-1328
The Association provides information about stroke prevention, acute treatment, recovery, and rehabilitation to the public. NSA offers referrals to support groups, care centers, and local resources for stroke survivors, caregivers, and family members.

National Urban League, Inc.
Address: 120 Wall Street, 8th Floor
New York NY 10005
Telephone: 212-558-5300
Fax: 212-344-5332
The Urban League is a nonprofit, community service organization helping older African Americans through advocacy and service programs which include health awareness, nutrition, housing, and intergenerational activities. Contact the League for information about its Seniors in Community Service Program, which provides training and part-time employment to low-income, older people. The Health Promotion Project helps local groups plan and carry out disease prevention activities in communities nationwide. Newsletters and bulletins are available.

National Women's Health Information Center (NWHIC)
Address: 8550 Arlington Blvd., Suite 300
Fairfax VA 22031
Telephone: 1-800-994-WOMAN (96626) (toll-free)
NWHIC, part of the Federal Government, is a health and referral center for women. Spanish language resources are available.

National Women's Health Network (NWHN)
Address: 514 10th Street, NW, Suite 400
Washington DC 20004
Telephone: 202-347-1140
Fax: 202-347-1168
NWHN works to ensure that women have access to quality, affordable health care, serving as a clearinghouse of information on women's health issues. The Network also lobbies for increased governmental support for women's health care. Contact NWHN for information and publications on women's health issues.

Native Elder Health Care Resource Center (NEHCRC)
Address: American Indian & Alaska Native Programs University of Colorado Health Sciences Center Department of Psychiatry Nighthorse Campbell Native Health Building P.O. Box 6508
Aurora CO 80045
Telephone: 303-724-1414
Fax: 303-724-1474
NEHCRC promotes the health of older Native people, including Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians by increasing cultural competence among health care professionals. The Center focuses on four target areas: determining health status, improving medical standards, increasing access to care, and mobilizing community resources. Contact NEHCRC for information on its programs and publications.

NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center (NIH-ORBD- NRC)
Address: 2 AMS Circle
Bethesda MD 20892
Telephone: 1-800-624-BONE (2663) (toll-free) 202-223-0344
Fax: 202-293-2356
The Resource Center provides patients, health professionals, and the public with resources and information on osteoporosis, Paget's disease of the bone, osteogenesis imperfecta, and other metabolic bone diseases. The Center is supported by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases and six other Institutes and Offices.

North American Menopause Society (NAMS)
Address: PO Box 94527
Cleveland OH 44101
Telephone: 440-442-7550
Fax: 440-442-2660
NAMS is a nonprofit multidisciplinary organization promoting women's health during midlife and beyond through an understanding of menopause. The Society supports research and serves as a resource for women and health care professionals. Spanish language resources are available.

Office of Dietary Supplements
Address: National Institutes of Health
Bethesda MD 20892
Telephone: 301-435-2920
Fax: 301-480-1845
The Office of Dietary Supplements helps the public understand dietary supplements by evaluating scientific information, supporting research, disseminating research results, and educating the public. The ODS offers a wide variety of dietary supplement information on frequently asked questions, tips, decision-making, and food labeling and claims.

The Office of Minority Health, part of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services
Address: P.O. Box 37337
Washington DC 20013
Telephone: 1-800-444-6472 (toll-free)
The Office of Minority Health develops health policies and programs to eliminate health disparities. It also provides consumer publications and health professional materials, many of which are in other languages, including Spanish, and makes referrals.

Office of Research on Women’s Health
Address: 900 Rockville Pike, Building 1, Room 201
Bethesda MD 20892
Telephone: 301-402-1770
Fax: 301-402-1798
The Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), supports efforts to improve the health of women through biomedical and behavioral research on the roles of sex and gender in health and disease.

Office on Smoking and Health (OSH)
Address: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta GA 30341
Telephone: 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636) (toll-free)
OSH, part of the Federal Government, develops and distributes the annual Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health. Contact OSH for information on tobacco and details about the smoking and health database which is available on CD-ROM. Print publications on smoking also are available.

Older Women's League (OWL)
Address: 1828 L Street NW, Suite 801
Washington DC 20036
Telephone: 1-800-TAKE-OWL (825-3695) (toll-free) 703-812-7990
Fax: 703-812-0687
OWL is a national organization advocating for the special concerns of older women. OWL helped develop the Campaign for Women's Health and the Women's Pension Policy Consortium. Contact OWL's 24-hour PowerLine for information about legal and political activity related to health care, access to housing, economic security, individual rights, and violence against women and older people. OWL newsletters are available.

Opticians Association of America (OAA)
Address: 441 Carlisle Dr.
Herndon VA 20170
Telephone: 703-437-8780
Fax: 703-437-0727
OAA represents the optometric industry and provides information on eye health and industry regulation. OAA sets industry standards for prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses, and low-vision aids and can give referrals to qualified opticians. Contact the OAA for publications on optometry news and information.

Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA)
Address: 1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 601
Washington DC 20036
Telephone: 202-223-5500
Fax: 202-296-0540
OCA advocates for the rights of Chinese Americans. Contact OCA for referrals to legal specialists and legislative information on age discrimination, education, and employment opportunities for Chinese Americans, as well as access to health care and Social Security. OCA also publishes a national directory of Asian and Pacific American organizations.

Paget Foundation for Paget's Disease of Bone and Related Disorders
Address: 120 Wall Street, Suite 1602
New York NY 10005-4001
Telephone: 212-509-5335 1-800-23-PAGET (23-72438) (toll-free)
Fax: 212-509-8492
PF provides information and programs for consumers and medical professionals about Paget’s disease of bone and other bone disorders including primary hyperparathyroidism, fibrous dysplasia, osteoporosis, breast cancer metastatic to bone, and prostate cancer metastatic to bone.

The Paget Foundation for Paget's Disease of Bone and Related Disorders (PF)
Address: 120 Wall Street, Suite 1602
New York NY 10005-4001
Telephone: 212-509-5335 1-800-23-PAGET (72438)
Fax: 212-509-8492
PF provides information and programs for consumers and medical professionals about Paget's disease of bone and other bone disorders including primary hyperparathyroidism, fibrous dysplasia, osteoporosis, breast cancer metastatic to bone, and prostate cancer metastatic to bone.

Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF)
Address: 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509
New York NY 10018
Telephone: 1-800-457-6676 (toll-free) 212-923-4700
Fax: 212-923-4778
PDF is a nonprofit organization providing research funding, information, and supportive services to people with Parkinson's Disease. Contact the Foundation for referrals to specialists. Publications are available.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance
Telephone: 1-888-477-2669 (toll-free)
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance is an organization of pharmaceutical companies, doctors and other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations, and community groups who help people who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through public or private programs, if they are qualified.

Pension Rights Center (PRC)
Address: 1350 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 206
Washington DC 20036
PRC's Legal Outreach Program advocates for the pension rights of workers, retirees, and their families. Contact the PRC for referrals to pension attorneys or for publications on pension law, divorce, Federal retirement plans, self-help guides on pension problems, or pension plan handbooks. Spanish language resources are also available.

President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (PCPFS)
Address: Department W
Washington DC 20201
Telephone: 202-690-9000
Fax: 202-690-5211
PCPFS is an advisory body to the President and Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. The Council promotes opportunities in physical activity, fitness, and sports for all Americans. Contact PCPFS for information on physical activity/fitness, nutrition, health, and Council programs. Publications on physical education and health are available on the website.

Prevent Blindness America (PBA)
Address: 211 West Wacker Drive, Suite 1700
Chicago IL 60606
Telephone: 1-800-331-2020 (toll-free)
PBA sponsors community services and public education about eye care, safety, and the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of eye diseases. Local chapters offer community services, including vision screenings and self-help groups for those with glaucoma. Contact PBA for information and a list of publications.

Project Aliento
Address: National Association for Hispanic Elderly (Asociaci├│n Nacional Pro Personas Mayores)
Pasadena CA 91101
Telephone: 626-564-1988
Fax: 626-564-2659
Project Aliento works to make the Administration on Aging-funded network of State and Area Agencies on Aging accessible to older Hispanic people and their families. Contact Project Aliento for information, publications, and videos about community care and in-home support issues, as well as links to the formal aging network. Publications are available in English and Spanish.

Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF)
Address: 1332 North Halsted St., Suite 201
Chicago IL 60622
Telephone: 312-587-9272
Fax: 312-587-9273
PFF is a private, nonprofit organization providing assistance, resources, and information on pulmonary fibrosis and its related illnesses. Contact PFF for information on the diagnosis and treatment of PF and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, as well as referrals to specialists, resources, and support groups. Publications are available.

Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation
Address: 819 Second Street, SW
Rochester MN 55902
Telephone: 507-287-6465
Fax: 507-287-6312
The Foundation is a nonprofit agency that provides information about restless legs syndrome. It develops support groups and seeks to find better treatments and a definitive cure.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
Address: P.O. Box 2316
Princeton NJ 08543
Telephone: 1-888-631-9989 (toll-free)
Fax: 609-627-6401
The RWJ Foundation is a private, philanthropic organization that supports basic health services and pursues improved services for people with chronic illnesses, prevention of substance abuse, and control of health care costs. Publications about the Foundation's programs on health care issues are available.

SAMHSA’s National Clearinghouse for Alcohol & Drug Information
Address: P.O. Box 2345
Rockville MD 20847
Telephone: 1-800-729-6686 (toll-free)
SAMHSA's National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) is a resource for information about substance abuse prevention and addiction treatment. English- and Spanish-speaking information specialists can send materials; conduct customized searches; provide grant and funding information; and provide referrals.

Self Help for Hard of Hearing People, Inc. (SHHH)
Address: 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1200
Bethesda MD 20814
Telephone: 301-657-2248
Fax: 301-913-9413
SHHH provides information and services for people who are hard of hearing, including assistance on education, legal issues, and self-help. Local SHHH chapters can provide information on community references and referrals to specialists. Contact SHHH for information on coping with hearing problems, hearing aids, and educational workshops for older people with hearing loss. A list of publications and materials is available.

Self-Reliance Foundation
Address: 1126 16th St., NW, Suite 350
Washington DC 20036
Telephone: (202) 360-4131 Spanish line: 1-800-473-3003
Fax: (202) 637-8801
Offers a free service, Linea Nacional de Recursos Hispanicos. Bilingual Information Specialists will help Spanish-speaking clients free of charge. They have a database of community-serving organizations. SRF's mission is to support Hispanics throughout the US and Puerto Rico who need public information, education, healthcare resources, civil services, all all forms of community information.

Senior Action in a Gay Environment
Address: 305 7th Ave., 16th Floor
New York NY 10001
Telephone: 212-741-2247
Senior Action in a Gay Environment (SAGE) is a social service organization offering programs and services to supporting and advocating for the rights of senior gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.

Senior Job Bank
Address: PO Box 30064
Savannah GA 31410
Senior Job Bank is an online resource that provides free job information and resources for members. Contact the Job Bank to find listings for occasional, part-time, flexible, temporary, or full-time jobs for older people.

Senior Service America (SSA)
Address: 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1200
Silver Spring MD 20910
Telephone: 301-578-8900
Fax: 301-578-8859
SSA is a nonprofit organization providing employment opportunities, conducting research programs and workshops, and publishing its research findings.

SeniorNet (SN)
Address: 900 Lafayette St., Suite 604
Santa Clara CA 95050
Telephone: 408-615-0699
Fax: 408-615-0928
SeniorNet is a nonprofit, educational organization that provides information and services to help older people become computer literate. Locally funded SN teaching sites offer introductory computer classes on various topics, providing older people with discounts on computer hardware, software, and publications. Members can access SN from any online computer and order publications on buying and using computers.

Simon Foundation for Continence
Address: PO Box 815
Wilmette IL 60091
Telephone: 1-800-23-SIMON (1-800-237-4666) (toll-free) 847-864-3913
Fax: 847-864-9758
The Simon Foundation is a nonprofit, educational organization providing information on urinary and bowel incontinence. It offers support to people with incontinence and publications on its diagnosis and treatment. A guide booklet and videotapes are available.

The Skin Cancer Foundation
Address: 245 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1403
New York NY 10016
Telephone: 1-800-SKIN-490 (754-6490) (toll-free)
Fax: 212-725-5751
The Skin Cancer Foundation is a nonprofit organization providing information on the detection and treatment of skin cancer. The Foundation's brochures, newsletters, posters, and a new membership program give medical information and practical guidance on skin cancer. Send a self- addressed, stamped envelope for a list of publications.

Social Security Administration
Address: Office of Public Inquiries
Baltimore MD 21235
Telephone: 1-800-772-1213 (toll-free)
The Social Security Administration pays retirement, disability, and survivor's benefits, administers the Supplemental Security Income Program, and issues Social Security numbers.

Society for Neuroscience
Address: 1121 14th St., Suite 1010
Washington DC 20005
Telephone: 202-962-4000
Fax: 202-962-4941
The Society is an organization of scientists and physicians interested in the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nervous system. Contact the Society for the fact sheet series called Brain Briefings, short newsletters explaining how basic neuroscience research leads to clinical applications.

SPRY Foundation
Address: 10 G Street, NE, Suite 600
Washington DC 20002
Telephone: 202-216-8466
Fax: 202-216-0779
SPRY–Setting Priorities for Retirement Years–is a nonprofit foundation that develops research and education programs to help older adults plan for a healthy and financially secure future. The website links consumers to national health resources.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Address: 1 Choke Cherry Rd.
Rockville MD 20850
Telephone: 1-800-729-6686 (toll-free) (National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information-NCADI)
Fax: 301-468-6433
SAMHSA, part of the Federal Government, is responsible for improving the quality and availability of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation services in order to reduce the illness, death, disability, and cost resulting from substance abuse and mental illness. Spanish language resources are available from NCADI.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Address: 4330 East West Highway
Bethesda MD 20814
Telephone: 1-800-638-2772 (toll-free)
Fax: 301-504-0124
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is an independent Federal regulatory agency working to ensure the safety of consumer products, such as toys, cribs, power tools, and household chemicals. CPSC provides a variety of publications and makes referrals.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Address: 451 Seventh Street, SW
Washington DC 20410
Telephone: 202-708-1112
The Department of Housing and Urban Development supports community development through home ownership plans, and helps increase access to affordable housing. HUD provides information for seniors about how to remain independent and stay in your home, finding an apartment, staying active and protecting yourself against fraud. HUD also administers housing counselors for seniors in need.

United States Postal Inspection Service (USPS)
Address: Criminal Investigations Service Center ATTN: MAIL FRAUD 222 South Rverside Plaza, Suite 1250
Chicago IL 60606

United Way of America
Address: 701 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria VA 22314
Telephone: 1-800-892-2757 (toll-free) 703-836-7112
Fax: 703-683-7840
United Way is a philanthropic organization providing support for community programs. Contact the United Way to find local chapters linking people with resources such as dental and health services for low-income people or to volunteer for service programs in the community.

University of Maryland Center on Aging
Address: 2367 HHP Building
College Park MD 20742-2611
Telephone: 301-405-2469
Fax: 301-405-2542

University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Address: 20 North Pine Street
Baltimore MD 21201
Telephone: 410-706-7650
Fax: 410-706-4012

Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA)
Address: PO Box 13305
Portland OR 97213-0305
Telephone: 1-800-837-8428 (toll-free) 503-229-7705
Fax: 503-229-8064
VEDA is a nonprofit organization providing information and support for people with disorders such as Meniere's disease, BPPV, and labyrinthitis. The Association provides lists of clinics and vestibular specialists and offers information on disorders of the inner ear and management and diagnosis of dizzy spells. Publications are available on recent advances, rehabilitation, and support therapy.

Vision Council of America (VCA)/Better Vision Institute (BVI)
Address: 1700 Diagonal Road, Suite 500
Alexandria VA 22314
Telephone: 1-800-424-8422 (toll-free) 703-548-4560
Fax: 703-548-4580
VCA provides news and information on vision health and care. Contact the Institute for facts on the detection, treatment, and prevention of eye diseases. Publications include fact sheets on cataracts, nutrition, care of eyeglasses, diabetes, and vision care.

Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA)
Address: 900 19th Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington DC 20006
Telephone: 202-384-1420
Fax: 202-384-1444
VNAA is an association of nonprofit, community-based home health care providers. Visiting nurses offer quality in-home medical care including physical, speech, and occupational therapy; social services; and nutritional counseling. Local agencies operate adult day-care centers, wellness clinics, hospices, and meals-on-wheels programs. A fact sheet and caregiver's handbook are available.

Volunteers of America
Address: 1660 Duke Street
Alexandria VA 22314
Telephone: 1-800-899-0089 (toll-free) 703-341-5000
Fax: 703-341-7000
Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, spiritually-based organization providing local human service programs and opportunities for individual community involvement. Specific programs include housing, assisted living, meals-on-wheels, transportation and health care services.

VZV Research Foundation
Address: 24 E. 64th St., FL 2
New York NY 10021
Telephone: 1-800-472-8478 (toll free) 212-371-7280
Fax: 212-371-7277

Well Spouse Foundation (WSF)
Address: 63 West Main Street, Suite H
Freehold NJ 07728
Telephone: 1-800-838-0879 (toll-free) 732-577-8899
Fax: 732-577-8644
WSF is a not-for-profit association of spousal caregivers. It offers support to the wives, husbands, and partners of chronically ill or disabled people. The Foundation has lists of support groups nationwide and sponsors recreational respite opportunities.

Women’s Health Initiative
Address: 2 Rockledge Centre, Suite 8093, MS 7935
Bethesda MD 20892
Telephone: 301-402-2900
Fax: 301-480-5158
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) established the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) in 1991 to address the most common causes of death, disability, and impaired quality of life in postmenopausal women. The WHI addresses cardiovascular disease, cancer, and osteoporosis. The three major components of the WHI were a randomized controlled clinical trial of promising but unproven approaches to prevention, an observational study to identify predictors of disease, and a study of community approaches to developing healthful behaviors. The WHI website provides information regarding findings.

Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA)
Address: 101 North Wacker Drive
Chicago IL 60606
Telephone: 1-800-USA-YMCA (872-9622) (toll-free)
Fax: 312-279-0416
YMCA is a membership organization providing physical fitness and health programs. Local YMCAs nationwide design Active Older Adult programs to meet the needs of older members, provide volunteer opportunities for senior citizens, and offer intergenerational programs.

Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA)
Address: 1015 18th St., NW, Suite 1100
Washington DC 20036
Telephone: 1-800-YWCA-US1 (992-2871) (toll-free) 202-467-0801
Fax: 202-467-0802
YWCA is a membership organization providing health, fitness, and community services for women. Educational workshops, recreational activities, and counseling services are available. ENCORE programs for women after breast cancer surgery combine group discussion with exercise to promote recovery. Informational brochures are available.