Links to Senior Resources on the Web
SeniorMentalHealth.org -- Ron Sterling, M.D. -- Bellevue and Seattle, Washington, USA

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    Welcome! The mission of this page is to get you linked to a large selection of reliable and useful information and resources for support and for learning about mental health and substance abuse issues. Although we do our best to keep these links current and to review them, occasionaly you will find a "broken" link. Please feel free to e-mail us to let us know about any links that are not operating correctly.

    Please note that many of the links to archived newspaper articles will require you to register to view the content. It is usually free, does not take much time, and it is worth the effort. You will also find links to .pdf Adobe Acrobat Documents. If you need the Adobe Acrobat Reader, please go to the Adobe Acrobat Reader Web site to download the free and very useful software.

    This page is very comprehensive, so take your time scrolling down. It contains the following major headings:

    • Liz Taylor's Growing Older Column.
    • Alzheimer's Disease Link at DocGuide.com.
    • Older Americans Advocacy Organizations.
    • Large Senior-Related Public and Commercial Web sites.
    • Washington State Senior Sites.
    • Caregiver Concerns and Support.
    • More Alzheimer's Web sites.
    • Prescription Medications, Online Pharmacies, Financial Aid, Medication Advocacy.
    • Large General Health Sites (Women's and Men's).
    • Large General Mental Health Sites.
    • Washington State Mental Health Support Services.
    • Washington State Mental Health Professional Associations.

     Liz Taylor's Growing Older Column.

    Go to Growing Older to get linked to all the articles written by Liz Taylor (no, not "that" Liz Taylor) for the Seattle Times about growing older.

     Links to Elder Care Information and Web Sites.

         Links to Continuously Updated News Feeds.

    • If you go to our Alzheimer's Disease news page powered by Doctor's Guide, you will receive a list of links to 15 current Alzheimer's Disease news items compiled by DocGuide.com. Please note that these news items often contain a large amount of scientific and medical terminology.

         Age-Related Advocacy Organizations and News.

      The "Positive Aging Act of 2004" was introduced by Representative Patrick Kennedy, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Senator Susan Collins and Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in a press conference on Capitol Hill on June 24, 2004. This bi-partisan legislation calls for improved mental health care among the senior population. Read more about this legislation:

    • Older Americans Consumer Mental Health Alliance. One of OACMHA's primary missions is to decrease fear in older persons of mental health stigma by increasing public awareness and knowledge of the special mental health needs and problems of older persons, including alternative solutions and approaches to services and treatments needed by this population group.

    • Older Women's League. See their mental health advocacy pages at Older Americans Mental Health Week. As the only national grassroots membership organization to focus solely on issues unique to women as they age, the Older Women's League (OWL) strives to improve the status and quality of life for midlife and older women. OWL is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that accomplishes its work through research, education, and advocacy activities conducted through a chapter network. Now in its 23rd year, OWL provides a strong and effective voice for the more than 58 million women age 40 and over in America.

    • Alliance of Retired Americans. The Alliance is not a senior citizens social club and it is not an organization formed to sell you things. It is a way for retired union members and others to make their voices heard. We have more than 3 million members and growing with chapters and affiliates all over the country.

    • The National Council on Aging. Founded in 1950, The National Council on the Aging is a national network of organizations and individuals dedicated to improving the health and independence of older persons; increasing their continuing contributions to communities, society and future generations; and building caring communities.

    • The American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) has recently upgraded its site and it contains updated information about elder mental health which will benefit both providers and consumers.

         Larger Public and Commercial Elder Information Web Sites.

    • The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) prides itself on being "the leading organization for those older than 50" and it is the truth. Over the past two years AARP has vastly improved its Web site and its focus on the below-65 crowd.

    • ThirdAge.com has been on the Web since 1997. It is a large senior health care and relationship Web site. If you can overlook the somewhat over-commercialized aspect of ThirdAge.com, you can find some great resources and advice columns.

    • SeniorHealthCare.org is a nicely organized, smaller site, with experts providing articles on various aspects of elder life, including ageism, alcoholism, and depression.

    • About.com's Senior Health Center Web pages are hosted and contain updated information and links.

    • HealthandAge.com is the Novartis Foundation for Gerontology site (Novartis is a large pharmaceutical manufacturer - products include Exelon for Alzheimer's, Tegretol for epilepsy and agitation, Ritalin for ADHD and narcolepsy, among many others).

    • The Administration on Aging (AoA) is a substantial, but slightly disorganized, federal Web site sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services which contains a huge amount of information and links.

    • Seniors is FirstGov's large, federal Web site which lists most elder-related agencies, including links to state agencies, and provides news and advice links about Medicare, retirement, and more.

         Other Recommended Elder Information Web Sites.

    • ElderWeb.com, created by Karen Stevenson Brown, and now eight years old, has grown to include thousands of reviewed links to long term care information, a searchable database of organizations, and an expanding library of articles and reports, news, and events.

    • Elder Hope, developed and maintained by Barb Remakel and Mike Davis, has the mission of providing on-line support and information about aging and caregiving, and their work in the community, which includes a "Caregiver Assistance Program," and a bereavement project.

         Washington State Elder Health Web Sites.

         Caregiver Web Sites.

    • The Family Caregiver Alliance Web site is the Internet home of a San Francisco-based group founded in 1977. It was the first community-based, nonprofit organization in the U.S. to address the needs of families and friends providing long term care.

    • The National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) Web site. There are three NAC partners - the American Society on Aging, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging. The founding sponsor of NAC was Glaxo Wellcome (now GlaxoSmithKline), a large pharmaceutical manufacturer which produces Lanoxin, Wellbutrin, and Zyban, among many others, including an array of antibacterials and antivirals.

         Alzheimer's Disease (AD) Web Sites.

     Want Information About Prescription Medications?

     General Health -- Larger Media and Government Sites.

     Women's Health -- Larger Media and Government Sites.

     Men's Health -- Larger Media and Government Sites.

     Mental Health -- Larger Media and Government Sites.

     Washington State Support Resources.

     Washington State Mental Health Care Provider Associations.

     Other Online Support Groups.

  • PsychForums.com -- "These forums are the support forums of the Mental Health Matters user community. We have a forum dedicated to each Disorder as well as other important issues"

  • Dr. Grohol's Resource page has a very extensive list of online support groups and other mental health resources.

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