65 Incorporated: Learn About Medicare

65 Incorporated is a private company that is basically a one-stop-shop for all Medicare needs. The site provides answers to medicare questions through videos and white papers. They also provide private consulting services. They're not affiliated with any insurance company and they don't sell insurance nor do they make money from insurance companies or Medicare.


Center for Hearing and Communication

With offices in New York City and Florida, CHC meets all your hearing and communication needs through professional services that provide the highest level of clinical expertise and technical know-how available in the hearing healthcare field. The center offers State-of-the-art hearing testing; free hearing screenings; haring aid fitting, sales and repairs; assistive devices training; cochlear implant support groups and more. CHC also serves as an educational resource to consumers and healthcare professionals worldwide seeking information on hearing loss and hearing conservation. The center is a participating provider in many insurance programs including Medicare and Medicaid.


Division of Agent and Agency Services: Florida Department of Financial Services

Recommended by the Constitutional Revision Commission, and passed into law by voters in 1998, the Florida Legislature carried out an amendment to the state's constitution by merging the Department of Insurance, Treasury, State Fire Marshal and the Department of Banking and Finance into the Department of Financial Services effective January 2003. Using this website you can verify the license status of all insurance agents in the state as well as view the individual companies that they are authorized to sell.


Florida Adult Day Services Association

Since its inception in 1983, the Florida Adult Day Services Association (FADSA) has provided leadership, education, planning and development of adult day services across Florida. Through the promotion of quality day services ranging from respite programs to adult day health centers, FADSA has established a reputation as a leader in education, training and advocacy within the long-term care industry.


Alliance for Aging, Inc

The Alliance for Aging, was designated by the State of Florida, and is the community leader responsible for serving as the focal point on aging in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. The Alliance provides oversight of the wide range of programs and services that it funds. It operates the Aging Resource Center, a new initiative that provides seniors and their caregivers with information and referrals. For more information, please view the website.


Jewish Community Services (JCS) of South Florida

Provides assistance, information and referrals to JCS senior assistance programs


65 Incorporated

65 Incorporated is a private company that is basically a one-stop-shop for all Medicare needs. The site provides answers to medicare questions through videos and white papers. They also provide private consulting services. They're not affiliated with any insurance company and they don't sell insurance nor do they make money from insurance companies or Medicare.


ALZConnected

ALZConnected is a unique online community for those impacted by Alzheimer's Disease. It launched in 2011. Created by the Alzheimer's Association it is the first dedicated online social networking community where people with Alzheimer's, their caregivers, family members and others affected by the disease can share answers, opinions, ideas and support. It's free and offers a safe place for people to connect with others in a similar situation 24/7. It uses message boards, where members can pos questions and offer advice to one another, community solutions that include both public and private groups focused on topics of shared experience, and personal inboxes that lets members communicate directly with one another.


Alzheimers Association

Leading voluntary health organization for Alzheimer's Disease for Alzheimer's care, support, and research.


American Diabetes Association (ADA)

The ADA funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes. It delivers services to many communities and provides objective and credible information.


American Federation on Aging Research

Plays a pivotal role in the science of healthy aging. Has an additional website, www.infoaging.org that presents the latest in aging information and research.


American Parkinson Disease Association

Large grassroots organization. Has national network of 50 chapters and many information and referral centers as well as over 1000 support groups. Has a large scientific board that funds research.


Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA)

Professional association for companies operating professionally managed assisted living communities for seniors.


CareFlash

Careflash contains links to videos on topics including medical conditions and treatment. This resource allows you to: Create a blog for sharing updates and well wishes, share photos and provides an ihelp calendar to plan and organize help and assistance.


CarePages

One of the pioneer sites using social networking to help caregivers. Offers message boards and other communication tools. It is easy to use and one can create a community of support.


CaringBridge

CaringBridge is a nonprofit organization providing free websites that connect family and friends during a serious health event, care and recovery. A CaringBridge website is personal, private and available 24/7. It helps ease the burden of keeping family and friends informed. The websites are easy to create and use. Authors add health updates and photos to share their story while visitors leave messages of love and support in the guestbook.


Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CMS is the federal agency that administers the Medicare program and monitors the Medicaid programs offered by each state.


Consumer Protection for Seniors

Official information from the US Government on Consumer Protection for Seniors. Topics include: Elder abuse, Elder rights and Social Security fraud.


Ecarediary

Ecarediary simplifies life for caregivers. It is an online resource that makes caregiving easier by providing medication and appointment tools, many useful resources, and a community of caregivers. They are also on facebook: www.facebook.com/ecarediary


Keeping Us Safe (Driving Program for Seniors)

Keeping Us Safe is a program that keeps elderly drivers safe and provides services to their families and caregivers. It was founded by Matt Gurwell, who after retiring from a very successful 24-year career with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, recognized that he was still filled with a desire for improving highway safety and more specifically, a passion to help keep older drivers, safe drivers.


Medicare

MEDICARE This is the official US Government website for Medicare, and contains detailed information on all parts of Medicare, and answers for your questions. The website is available in English and Spanish.


Medicare Made Clear

A website from United Healthcare that provides answers to the difficult questions about Medicare that you need to make good, informed decisions.


Medicare Rights Center

The Medicare Rights Center is a national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs and public policy initiatives.


National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA)

This association is the voice of the growing adult day services industry. Its members include adult day center providers, State associations of providers, corporations, educators, students, retired workers and others who are interested in working to better the lives of adults who use adult day programs.


Caregiving.com

Caregiving.com is a community of supportive individuals caring for family members and friends who have a chronic illness, disease or injury. Once you create an account you can share your information with like-minded individuals. The site is run by Denise Brown. She provides many online support groups for caregivers. As Denise states: "The beauty of online support groups is that you don't need to fill up your gas tank to get there, you don't have to organize care so you can go, and you don't have to change out of your pajamas to participate. However you are, wherever you are, you simply join in. You can access the support at 3 a.m. or 3 p.m. It’s an easy solution and you’ll feel understood, heard and accepted.”


National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)

The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. (NAELA) was founded in 1987 as a professional association of attorneys who are dedicated to improving the quality of legal services provided to seniors and people with special needs. The NAELA membership is comprised of attorneys in the private and public sectors who deal with legal issues affecting seniors and people with disabilities. Members also include judges, law professors, and students. NAELA members assist their clients with public benefits, probate and estate planning, guardianship/conservatorship, and health and long-term care planning, among other important issues.


Social Security Administration: EXTRA PRESCRIPTION HELP

To learn more about Medicare’s low-income subsidy to help with the cost of medications – known as Extra Help, go to www.socialsecurity.gov/prescriptionhelp or call 1-800-772-1213.


Tax Help

Taxes can be stressful, and sometimes it’s best to turn to the experts. If you have a difficult question about your taxes or a unique financial situation, a CPA or other tax professional can save you money and time. Tax Help will help you find a certified and reputable local accountant or just answer your most common tax questions. TaxHelp, has gathered what you need to know in one place.


National Association for Hispanic Elderly (NAHE)

NAHE serves the needs of Hispanic elderly and low income individuals. It's recognized as the pioneer and leading organization in the field of Hispanic Aging.


National Cancer Institute (NCI)

The NCI website provides information on Cancer. Part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Information can be found on different cancer types, cancer prevention and treatment as well as statistics, research and funding


National Clearinghouse of Long-Term Care Information

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services developed this website to provide information and resources to help you and your family plan for future long-term care (LTC) needs. We want to help you understand what long-term care is, how and where you can get information and services you need - now or in the future, and how to pay for services.


National Association of Long-Term Care Insurance

The Association's website is devoted to educating consumers and providing the most current and objective information to help make smarter decisions. They do not sell or push for any particular solution--- They do not sell insurance. You can "chat" directly with the association's director.


National Institute of Health (NIH) Senior Health

Official US Government website (recently updated) that provides information on many topics related to Senior health. Current topics cover healthy aging, memory and mental health, medical care, caregiving, and safety issues. Visitors to the site can also learn about ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat aging-related diseases and conditions such as COPD, arthritis, cancer, and glaucoma. When you visit the site, be sure to sign up for free updates.


National Institute of Aging (NIA)

NIA is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Their mission is to understand aging and to extend active years of life.


National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

Nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals. The organization is committed to improving end of life care and expanding access to hospice care.


Needy Meds

NeedyMeds is a national non-profit that has information on programs that help people who can't afford their medications and health care costs. We have data on over 2400 programs and nearly 11,000 free/low-cost/sliding-scale clinics. All data are free, easy to access, and updated regularly.


Partners For Prescription Assistances

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need through the program that is right for them. Many will get their medications free or nearly free. It offers access to more than 475 public and private prescription-assistance programs, including nearly 200 offered by pharmaceutical companies.


Oral Health America

Tooth Wisdom is an online tool to connect and educate older adults and their caregivers to care. Use our Health Resources to learn why it is so important to care for your mouth as you age. There's a clickable map that you can use to find affordable, low-cost dental care in your area.


US Department of Veterans Affairs

Official website for Veterans Affairs.


Alzheimer's Disease Resources in South Florida

We at Seniority Matters, make it a priority to keep our Alzheimer's Disease resource list up-to-date. It includes local resources (Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach), adult day care programs, as well as books and articles that can make the caregiving journey easier. You can view it here.


Division of Agent and Agency Services: Florida Department of Financial Services

Recommended by the Constitutional Revision Commission, and passed into law by voters in 1998, the Florida Legislature carried out an amendment to the state's constitution by merging the Department of Insurance, Treasury, State Fire Marshal and the Department of Banking and Finance into the Department of Financial Services effective January 2003. Using this website you can verify the license status of all insurance agents in the state as well as view the individual companies that they are authorized to sell.


Florida Adult Day Services Association (FADSA)

Since its inception in 1983, the Florida Adult Day Services Association (FADSA) has provided leadership, education, planning and development of adult day services across Florida. Through the promotion of quality day services ranging from respite programs to adult day health centers, FADSA has established a reputation as a leader in education, training and advocacy within the long-term care industry.


Florida Department of Elder Affairs

Organization that oversees government funded services for seniors.


Florida Health Finder

The Florida Health Finder can help you find health care information and tools to compare Florida health care facilities and pro- viders. The website is presented by the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), the state agency that regulates health care facilities and manages the Florida Medicaid Program. ***Highlights include tips to locate Home Healthcare Agencies, Assisted Living Facilities, Physicians, Podiatrists, Optometrists and other health professionals in Florida.


SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of the Elderly)

SHINE is the state health insurance assistance program for elder Floridians. SHINE provides educational materials and free unbiased insurance counseling to Florida elders, caregivers and family members. The goal is to help elders understand and receive the health insurance coverage they need through Medicare, Medicaid, Prescription Assistance, Long-Term Care Planning & Insurance, and other health care issues. If you have questions about insurance you can call the Elder Helpline at 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337) or email them information@elderaffairs.org. It is staffed with educated and trained volunteers.


Safeguard our Seniors Task Force

This website identifies critical issues for seniors and provides a comprehensive list of resources that can act as safeguards for them. Helpful resources in areas such as life insurance, variable annuities, reverse mortgages, estate planning, long-term care and free lunch are included, as well as lists of names of agents and individuals with disciplinary actions.


Alliance For Aging

The Alliance for Aging, was designated by the State of Florida, and is the community leader responsible for serving as the focal point on aging in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. The Alliance provides oversight of the wide range of programs and services that it funds. It operates the Aging Resource Center, a new initiative that provides seniors and their caregivers with information and referrals. For more information, please view the website.


Miami Lighthouse for Blind and Visually Impaired

Provides vision rehabilitation and eye health services that promote independence. The Lighthouse has recently opened a new Low vision clinic and solution store on the first floor of the building


Miami-Dade County: Adult Day Care Centers

Website provides names and contact information of Adult Day Care Centers administered by Miami-Dade County. Participants receive nutritious meals and transportation (if the family cannot provide it) to and from the center. Staff includes professional Social Workers, Registered Nurses, and well as rehabilitation specialists (physical, occupational and speech therapists).


Special Transportation Services (STS)

STS is available to people with a physical, mental or intellectual disability who cannot ride public transportation. Residents with temporary disabilities may also be eligible for this service. For more information on how to qualify and apply for the service, please check the website and/or call (786) 469-5000. Fees are $3 per one-way trip. STS offers share-rides, and door-to-door service throughout most of Miami-Dade County as well as some parts of South Broward County, and in Upper Monroe County


Age and Disability Resource Center of Broward County

Broward County's website for finding information regarding services available for seniors, persons with severe and persistent mental illness, ages 18 and over, their families, and caregivers.


Broward County Department of Health


Alzheimers Family Center

Provides respite care to family members and caregivers of alzheimers' patients who reside in Broward County. The center recruits and trains volunteers. (954) 971-7155


Leeza's Place

A place for family caregivers offload ones with any chronic illness or diseases to receive education, energy, empowerment for their overwhelming daily challenges.


Alzheimers Community Care

Alzheimer’s Community Care, Inc. is a Florida based 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization founded in 1996 to provide specialized care to Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders patients and caregivers. It's an innovative model of care that providing services and resources that are accessible, affordable, and individualized. Professionals are educated and trained in dementia-specific services. Services include specialized adult day service centers, family nurse consultants, 24-hour Alzheimer's crisis line, support groups, case management, education, training and advocacy. It is our purpose to ensure patients’ and caregivers' well-being while preserving their dignity within a community-based environment. Serving Palm Beach, Martin, and St. Lucie counties.


Palm Beach County: Area on Aging (Dept of Elder Affairs)

Serves seniors and caregivers by providing education, information, and referrals to community-based programs.


Lighthouse for the Blind of Palm Beach County

Promotes independence for the blind and visually impaired. Visit the website where you can sign up for a newsletter and learn of additional resources in the area. To email: info@lighthousepalmbeaches.org


Palm Beach County: Department of Health


American Grandparents Association (AGA)

The (AGA), established by Grandparents.com, is a non-political group dedicated to enhancing the lives of grandparents and their families. With nearly 2 million members, the AGA recognizes that grandparenting today is like at no other time in history. They offer a host of services and discounts that help grandparents live their happiest, healthiest lives.


University of Miami's Center on Aging

The University of Miami Center on Aging is an independent University-wide initiative whose mission is to enhance the quality of life for the aging population through research, education, and services to our community and globally. Within this broad mission, the Center on Aging faculty conducts basic and clinical research, trains future scientists and professionals, offers information to the aged and the families caring for them. The Center also provides leadership for the development and improvement of health and human services for the aging in South Florida. For more information please go to their website or cal 305-355-9092.


Jewish Community Centers Throughout South Florida

There are many Jewish Community Centers in South Florida, each one offering their own mix of classes, lectures, programs, and fitness. For more information please click below on the link to the center closest to you or your family member in South Florida.

The Adolph and Rose Levis Jewish Community Center in Boca Raton.

The Jewish Community Center of the Greater Palm Beaches in Boynton Beach and Palm Beach Gardens.

The Soref Jewish Community Center of Greater Fort Lauderdale in Plantation.

The David Posnack Jewish Community Center in Davie.

Michael-Ann Russel Jewish Community Center in Aventura.

Miami Beach Jewish Community Center  in Miami Beach

Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center in Kendall.


Transportation Safety Administration : TSA CARES

Assists travelers with medical conditions, such as Alzheimer's disease, as they prepare for travel prior to getting to the airport. Provides answers to questions about screening policies, procedures, and what to expect at the security checkpoint.


Family Caregiver Alliance

Family Caregiver Alliance supports and sustains the important work of families nationwide caring for loved ones with chronic, disabling health conditions. They partner with many local organizations to provide information and resources for family caregivers.


Better Health While Aging

This is a really great website for those who may be searching for more clinical information on caregiving. Dr. Kernisan is Geriatrician at University of California at San Francisco. She provides information on caregiving from a more clinical perspective and communicates in a very thorough and detailed style, yet in a way that's easy for caregivers to understand.


IdentityTheft.gov

Last tax season I wrote about my own experience with Identity Theft,  I went to file my tax returns online, only to find that someone had beat me to it, and had already filed using my Social Security Number.  What transpired that day was a nightmare. By the end of the day, however, I had learned a lot and passed on helpful tips via my blog.  I just learned about IdentityTheft.gov. The site offers an easy to follow step-by-step plan in reporting and recovering from Identity Theft, and is easier then most government other sites to follow.  In reviewing the site, it provides you with the information I learned over an aggravating 48 hours. And the best part? You don't have to wait on a telephone queue for someone that will never answer.


I AM FINE (Iamfine)

The Iamfine service provides an easy way for people who are living alone to check in every day, letting their loved ones know they are all right.  No technology is required other than a telephone.  Each day, the service makes a call to the person living alone.  By simply answering the phone and pressing "1", the loved one informs members of a customizable "care circle" that things are fine.  If no one answers, calls are repeated throughout the day, and care circle members are notified that someone may need to check on the loved one.