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Helpful Web Resources and Links

The Midwest Quality Home Care, Inc recognizes the difficulty you face in choosing the best care options for your loved ones. To alleviate this confusion and avoid the overwhelming process, we are here to guide you through the process so you will feel confident and educated about the care options you select for your loved ones.

We have identified the following resources which may prove helpful in the consideration and educational process.

Administration on Aging – www.aoa.gov
This site is designed to serve you – whether you are an older American, a caregiver, a professional in the field of aging, a member of our national aging network, a member of the media, or anyone with an interest in our nation’s large and growing aging population.

Alliance for Aging Research – www.agingresearch.org
The nation's leading non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and independence of Americans as they age through public and private funding of medical research and geriatric education.

ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Association - www.alsa.org
ALS is a disorder that affects the function of nerves and muscles. Based on U.S. population studies, a little over 5,600 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALS each year.

Alzheimer’s Association – www.alz.org (national); www.alzwa.org (local)
The Alzheimer’s Association, a national network of chapters, is the largest national voluntary health organization committed to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s and helping those affected by the disease.

American Cancer Society - www.cancer.org
Here you'll find medical information, treatment decision tools, news updates, and support resources. You can also read about survivors' experiences, find hope, and inspire others.

American Assoc. for Geriatric Psychiatry – www.aagpgpa.org
The American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry is a national association representing and serving its members and the field of geriatric psychiatry. It is dedicated to promoting the mental health and well being of older people and improving the care of those with late-life mental disorders.

American Parkinson Disease Association – www.apdaparkinson.org
The American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc., founded in 1961, has sought to "Ease the Burden and Find the Cure" for this disease through research, patient and family support and education.

American Society on Aging – www.asaging.org
Thousands of professionals throughout the country rely on the American Society on Aging to keep them on the cutting edge in an aging society. Through renowned educational programming, outstanding publications and state-of-the-art information and training resources, ASA members tap into the knowledge and experience of the largest network of professionals in the field.

Arthritis Foundation – www.arthritis.org
The Arthritis Foundation is the only national not-for-profit organization that supports the more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions with advocacy, programs, services and research.

Caregiver Media Group - www.caregiver.com
Publishes “Today’s Caregiver.” In addition to the online version of the magazine, the site offers articles on long-term care, a discussion group and a care directory.

CarePathways.com – www.carepathways.com
CarePathways.com is an Internet community created and maintained by Registered Nurses (RNs) dedicated to providing seniors and their families access to quality information and creditable services.

Children of Aging Parents – www.caps4caregivers.org
Children of Aging Parents is a nonprofit, charitable organization whose mission is to assist the nation's nearly 23 million caregivers of the elderly with reliable information, referrals and support, and to heighten public awareness that the health of the family caregivers is essential to ensure quality care of the nation's growing elderly population.

Crimes of Persuasion: Schemes, Scams, Frauds that Prey on Seniors – www.crimes-of-persuasion.com
To inform the public, along with law enforcement personnel, justice officials and victim support groups on the workings and scope of telemarketing and investment fraud so that efforts can effectively be taken to minimize the impact on its victims and ensure that adequate penalties are in place to deter the perpetrators.

Elder Rage - www.elderrage.com
How To Survive Caring For Aging Parents, by Jacqueline Marcell. Are You At Your Wit's End?! Trying to cope with an elderly loved one whom: • Makes unreasonable demands, wanting all of your time? • Is obsessed with sickness and death but refuses counseling? • Has become depressed, manipulative, distrustful or hostile?

ElderWeb – www.elderweb.com
This award-winning site is designed to be a research site for both professionals and family members looking for information on eldercare and long term care, and includes links to information on legal, financial, medical, and housing issues, as well as policy, research, and statistics.

Elder Law Answers - www.elderlawanswers.com
Has an extensive information on all aspects of law relating to older adults and their families. Find information on Medicare, Medicaid, estate planning, medical directives, guardianships and trusts. The site also features an attorney referral service.

ElderCare Online - www.ec-online.net
The Internet Community of Elder CareGivers Articles, support groups, advice, and resources.

Family Caregiver Alliance - www.caregiver.org
An information resource on long-term care. Sponsers research on family caregiving.

Multiple Sclerosis Society - www.nmsswas.org (state); www.msa-sea.org (local)
In this section you can access information on a variety of MS-related basics. Information is available for those who are newly diagnosed as well as those who have been living with MS for a while—and for family and friends.

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys – www.naela.org
The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. is a non-profit association which assists lawyers, bar organizations and others who work with older clients and their families. Established in 1987, the Academy provides a resource of information, education, networking and assistance to those who must deal with the many specialized issues involved with legal services to the elderly and disabled.

National Alliance for Caregiving - www.caregiving.org
An umbrella organization for some of the most important national organizations in the field of aging including AARP, the American Society on Aging, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging The Alliance was created to conduct research, develop national projects, and increase public awareness of the issues of family caregiving.

National Association for Home Care – www.nahc.org
NAHC is the nation's largest trade association representing the interests and concerns of home care agencies, hospices, home care aide organizations, and medical equipment suppliers. Simply put, NAHC is the one organization dedicated to making home care and hospice provider’s lives easier. From professional development to fighting for better regulation, from knowing all angles of federal and state regulations to providing the latest information affecting home care and hospice, NAHC stands ready to serve your needs, enabling you to better serve your patients.

National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers – www.caremanager.org
GCM is a non-profit, professional organization of practitioners whose goal is the advancement of dignified care for the elderly and their families. With more than 1,500 members, GCM is committed to maximizing the independence and autonomy of elders while striving to ensure that the highest quality and most cost-effective health and human services are used when and where appropriate.

National Association of Social Workers – www.naswdc.org
NASW is a membership organization that promotes, develops, and protects the practice of social work and social workers. NASW also seeks to enhance the effective functioning and well-being of individuals, families, and communities through its work and through its advocacy.

National Center on Women & Aging – www.heller.brandeis.edu
Women face tremendous challenges as they confront their later years. The mission of the National Center on Women and Aging is to focus national attention on the special concerns of women as they age, to develop solutions and strategies for dealing with these concerns, and to reach out to women and organizations across the country, promoting the changes necessary to improve older women's lives.

National Council on Aging, Inc – www.ncoa.org
Organizations and professionals promoting the dignity, self-determination and well being of older persons.

National Institute on Aging – www.nia.nih.gov
The National Institute on Aging (NIA), one of the 25 institutes and centers of the National Institutes of Health, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life.

National Private Duty Association – www.privatedutyhomecare.org
Formerly known as the National Association for Private Duty Home Care, the National Private Duty Association (NPDA) is the nation's first association for providers of private duty home care, which includes non-medical home care services.

National Stroke Association - www.stroke.org
The NSA is the preeminent organization committed to fighting stroke in this country. NSA is providing unprecedented national expertise and leadership for those at risk, suffering or recovering from this devastating condition.

SeniorClix – www.seniorclix.com
SeniorClix.com is an information and e-commerce site focusing on the needs of seniors, family members and caregivers, and the senior services network. We are owned by CareMedia LLC, which in turn includes three owner groups.

SeniorServices of Seattle/King County – www.seniorservices.org
The best place to start for Seattle/King County public and private resources.