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Aging and Caregiving

Selected Websites

  • End of Life Care in Dementia: Dementia: Caring & Coping series (video, 3/9/17)

    "End of Life Care in Dementia" as presented by Julie Benson, MD, Family Physician and Medical Director of Hospice & Palliative Care at Lakewood Health Systems at the Roseville Library on March 9, 2017. Presented in partnership with Roseville Alzheimer's & Dementia Community Action Team, Ramsey County Library - Roseville, and CTV North Suburbs Studios.

  • Living Well with Alzheimer's: Dementia: Caring & Coping series (video, 6/9/16)

    "Living Well with Alzheimer's: A New Perspective" as presented by David A. Tullar, PA-C, MPAS at the Roseville Public Library on June 9th, 2016. David provides a new perspective on topics related to dementia, caregiving and individuals with cognitive impairment. Presented in partnership with Roseville Alzheimer's & Dementia Community Action Team, Ramsey County Library - Roseville, and CTV North Suburbs Studios.

  • Memory Minders: A Kit for Caregivers segment on KSTP-TV (Video, 3/13/17)

    KSTP-TV segment on Memory Minders: A Kit for Caregivers, which are intended to be used by caregivers who are caring for people experiencing memory loss. Find more information about the Memory Minders at our Library News page.

  • Roseville Alzheimer's & Dementia Community Action Team website

    In September 2013, members of the Roseville community formed an alliance to work to improve conditions for Roseville individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia (A/D) and their unpaid caregivers. The alliance is named the Roseville Alzheimer’s and Dementia Community Action Team. Participants in the alliance include community members, municipal staff, aging services professionals, and ISD 623 school district personnel.

  • Understanding Types of Dementia: Dementia: Caring and Coping Series (video, 7/14/16)

    "Understanding the Types of Dementia & Related Caregiving Options" as presented by Lynn Erkkila, MSW, LICSW at the Roseville Public Library on July 14th, 2016. Lynn discusses the different types of Dementia, the evaluation process for diagnosis, what signs to look for along with caregiving and placement options for loved ones. Presented in partnership with Roseville Alzheimer's & Dementia Community Action Team, Ramsey County Library - Roseville, and CTV North Suburbs Studios.

Caregiving

  • Caregivinglink.org

    From Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, this website offers resources for caregiving, including an online forum to connect with other Minnesota caregivers.

  • Eldercare Partners

    Focuses on helping caregivers, including matching them with individual consultants in the Twin Cities area.

  • Leading Age Minnesota

    This organization focuses primarily on housing issues, but includes a city by city search that includes resources for home care, hospice, and adult day care.

Education

  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

    Learning for the joy of it.  Billed as “a health club for the mind,” OLLI is a membership based community of older adults in the Twin Cities who love learning and enjoy spending time with like-minded individuals.  OLLI is affiliated with the University of Minnesota.

  • Publications for Seniors

    The US Food and Drug Administration makes available articles of interest to older adults. Topics include Arthritis, Cancer, Food Safety, Medical Treatment, Nutrition, Osteoporosis, and more.

  • Road Scholar

    Road Scholar, the not-for-profit leader in educational travel since 1975, offers 5,500 educational tours in all 50 states and 150 countries. Alongside local and renowned experts, experience in-depth and behind-the-scenes learning opportunities, from cultural tours and study cruises to walking, biking and more.

Fitness and Exercise

  • Go4Life

    Go4Life from the National Institute on Aging at NIH. The website will help you make a plan to get fit and stay healthy. Includes information on the 4 types of exercise, how to get started for beginners and how to keep up the good work. Also includes healthy eating tips. Share your story and record your progress online, if you wish.

  • Lifelong Fitness Alliance

    Articles and links to sites encouraging both physical and mental fitness.

  • NIH Senior Health - Exercise

    The NIH Senior Health website offers reasons to become active for people who are not already active and reasons to stay active for people who already are.
    For those who are not already active, the NIH offers suggestions on how to start an exercise program and it gives some simple exercises with which to start an exercise program.
    The NIH also offers suggestions on how to remain active for people who already are.
    The site includes short videos that promote active lifestyles

  • Seniors Training Advice

    Explains physical changes associated with aging. Discusses benefits of regular physical activity and offers suggestions for getting started with an exercise program. Includes how-to perform exercises with illustrations.

General Sites

  • Alliance for Aging Research

    Devoted to improving older adults' health and independence through behavioral and medical research, this site covers health topics, research, advocacy, policy, and legislative issues with links to other age-related sites.

  • Elderweb

    One of the first sites devoted to older adults, Elderweb contains 6,000 reviewed links to a wide range of articles including finance & law, housing & care, news, statistics, and links to regional resources.

  • Infoaging.org

    This site provides the latest research on the biology of aging, age-related health conditions, and healthy aging.

  • Minnesota Board on Aging

    Gateway to services for Minnesota seniors. Includes a wide range of services from transportation and housing options to health insurance to internet classes, all with a view toward helping seniors maintain their independence.

Health

  • Alzheimers Disease.com

    Provides information about Alzheimers disease for patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals. Compares normal, age-related forgetfulness with Alzheimers. Gives suggestions for dealing with the disease.

  • Arthritis Foundation

    This site offers information about arthritis and over 50 related diseases. Includes information about medications and exercies.

  • Healthfinder

    An alphabetical listing of health related topics especially for older adults.

  • Merck Manual

    Search for health topics in the full text online version of the Merck Manual.

  • National Osteoporosis Foundation

    Offers brief description of the condition, treatment options, and prevention suggestions. Gives tips on finding a doctor to treat osteoporosis, since no such specialty exists. Provides useful tips for living with osteoporosis.

  • National Stroke Association

    Explains what you need to know about stroke: prevention, symptoms, emergency treatment, rehabilitation.

  • NIHSeniorHealth.gov

    Explores health topics of interest to older adults including a section on medicine: how to take medicines safely, how medicines work, and much more.

  • RERC

    For people considering a hearing aid, this site offers suggestions for everything from "Do I need a hearing aid" to what to expect from a hearing aid dispenser.  This site does not rate hearing aids; but it does give a consumer checklist.

  • Seniors' Health Topics

    Alphabetical guide to health concerns for older adults.

  • Us TOO

    Provides information, counseling and educational meetings to assist men with prostate disease and their spouses/partners in making decisions about their treatment with confidence and support.

Housing

  • Metro Paint-A-Thon

    The Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches will paint your house for free if you meet their guidelines. For disabled people over age 60.

  • Minnesota Nursing Home Inspection Reports

    Provides the most recent inspection reports for most nursing homes. Some previous reports also available.

  • Nursing Home Compare

    Compares nursing homes in your location according to your selected criteria. Offers explanations of why certain items are important when choosing a nursing home.

  • Senior Housing Guide

    The Twin Cities Senior Housing Guide offers information on resources and services that can help you remain in your home or research future housing opportunities.

Legal Resources

  • Elder Law Answers

    Provides information about legal issues facing older adults including retirement and estate planning, grandparents' rights, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, long term care planning and nursing home issues. It includes a listing of elder law attorneys.

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

    Elder law can be complex and can encompass many different fields of law. This site offers a searchable directory of member attorneys plus lists of questions to ask before and after you hire an attorney.

  • Senior Law

    Information for seniors and their advocates and attorneys. Includes links to Senior Law: Elder Law and Legal Resources on the Web.

Minnesota Organizations

  • Meals on Wheels

    Frail, homebound people may get a hot lunch delivered to their door. Special diets are available.

  • Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging

    Comprehensive site for Twin Cities residents. Offers overview of aging; housing options, caregiving tips, addresses and phone numbers of service providers including Meals on Wheels, transportation, home repair and more.

  • Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse

    Fact sheets, articles and links to information about elder abuse.

  • Minnesota Department of Human Services

    Offers help on a wide variety of important topics to Minnesotans of all ages. Includes a link to the Office of the Ombudsman for Older Minnesotans.

  • Minnesota STAR Program

    A System of Technology to Achieve Results (STAR) was created by the Technology Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act , and is funded under the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended Use this site to find out who to contact in your area for your assistive technology needs, and locate funding for assistive technology devices.
    To find or sell previously owned devices, please visit www.mnstarte.org.

National Organizations

  • AARP

    Offers a wide variety of databases providing information for seniors about all aspects of aging.

  • Aging Solutions

    Offers advice for caregivers including daily living solutions, comprehensive checklists, and links to other eldercare sites.

  • BenefitsCheckUp

    National Council on Aging offers an online questionnaire to help you determine the benefits you may be eligible for and tells you how to apply for them.

  • Caregiving.com

    Offers survival guides, weekly tips, and online support groups for caregivers.

  • Eldercare Locator

    Offers referrals to eldercare resources near you.

  • Medicare

    Includes a participating physician directory, nursing home compare, prescription drug assistance programs, dialysis facility compare, medigap compare, supplier directory and more.

  • Medicare Rights

    Explains Medicare benefits for all Americans. Compares Medicare plan options and provides prescription drug assistance information.

  • National Alliance for Caregiving

    The NAC creates reports about caregivers; also fact sheets and tips for caregivers.

  • National Council for Aging Care

    Describes the major types of elder abuse and their symptoms. Discusses legislation affecting elder abuse. Provides links to state & national data and surveys & reports about elder abuse. Offers suggestions for stopping abuse.

  • Owl - Older Women's League

    OWL is a grassroots organization that focuses on issues unique to women as they age.  Issues addressed here are diverse and include how the Medicare drug benefit will affect women; how retirement affects women of color; mental health issues for older women; and more.  Includes link to the Minnesota chapter of OWL.

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News

Prescription Drugs

  • Food and Drug Administration

    Provides information on prescription, generic, and over-the-counter drugs. Discusses Hot Topics, Food , Medical Devices, Biologics (vaccines, blood), Animal Feed and Drugs, and more.

  • MedicineNet.com

    Information on prescription drugs. Includes some information on over-the-counter medicines.

  • RxList

    Prescription drug information for consumers. Gives description of drug plus side effects and drug interactions. Gives a list of "most prescribed" drugs plus a list of new drug additions to the web site.

Search Engines

  • Good50

    Good50 is an elder-friendly search engine that features larger type on both the home page and results page. Includes the ability to easily limit results to .edu and .gov sites plus Facebook. Offers a low vision search alternative.

Transportation

  • Metro Mobility

    Metro Mobility is a shared public transportation service for certified riders who are unable to use regular fixed-route buses due to a disability or health condition. Rides are provided for any purpose.

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