Resources for Health Professionals

This section of the UNE-MGEC web site is targeted specifically to health care professionals who work in the field of geriatrics or are training to do so.

The links and information presented here will be of interest to geriatric health care providers as well as to older adults and families.

The links below are all senior-related sites. 

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  • 2014 AARP Survey of Maine Registered Voters Age 50 and Older: Maine registered voters age 50+ are concerned about their financial security and maintaining their independence as they grow older, and they are more likely to vote for candidates who are committed to working on their issues of concern.
  • Administration on Aging: A website designed to provide a comprehensive overview of a wide variety of topics, programs and services related to aging.
  • AGHE: Association for Gerontology in Higher Education is an international leader in advancing education on aging and is the only institutional membership organization devoted primarily to gerontology and geriatrics education since 1974
  • Affordable Care Act: In March 2010, President Obama signed comprehensive health reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), into law. The law makes preventive care-including family planning and related services-more accessible and affordable for many Americans. While some provisions of the law have already taken effect, many more provisions will be implemented in the coming years. Get ready for ACA enrollment which begins October 1, 2013for coverage beginning January1, 2014. Up-to-date information about enrollment and implementation can be found at
  • Aging With Dignity: A privately-funded, non-profit organization that advocates for the needs of elders and their caregivers, with a particular emphasis on improving care for those at the end of life.
  • Aging and Down Syndrome: A Health & Well-Being Guidebook for Adults with Down Syndrome and Alzheimer's Disease, produced by The National Down Syndrome Society. 
  • Alzheimer's Association: Increase your understanding about the disease and find answers to commonly asked questions. For 25 years, this donor-supported, not-for-profit organization has been dedicated to finding prevention methods, treatments and an eventual cure for Alzheimer’s, and has provided reliable information and care consultation; created supportive services for families; increased funding for dementia research; and influenced public policy changes.
  • American Academy of Family Physicians: Patient oriented information and/or handouts.
  • American Association of Retired Persons (AARP): Links to services for the retired.
  • American Geriatrics Society: Patient Education Online Forum.
  • American Health Assistance Foundation: A nonprofit charitable organization that has dedicated over 30 years to funding research on age-related and degenerative diseases, educating the public about these diseases, and providing emergency financial assistance to Alzheimer's disease patients and their caregivers.
  • AMDA: American Medical Directors Association - Resource guide dedicated to long term care medicine.
  • American Pharmaceutical Association: The American Society on Aging has created strategies and materials to enhance the capacity of national, state and local organizations in serving the health promotion and disease prevention needs of older adults. Funded through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these strategies and materials are designed to increase understanding of the changing health and social service needs of an aging and more diverse population. The strategies provide tools for professionals in stand-alone modules available for free on the Internet. Each module is designed to complement existing health promotion programs.
  • American Society on Aging: Developing leadership, knowledge and skills to address challenges and opportunities of a diverse aging society
  • Area Health Education Centers(AHEC): The goal of decentralizing health professions educational training in order to improve the distribution, supply, quality utilization and efficiency of health care personnel.
  • Area Agency on Aging: Area Agencies on Agings in Maine.
  • Assisted Living: A guide for selecting an assisted living facility, retirement community, or other personal care facility anywhere in the United States.
  • Assisted Living Directory: A guide for selecting an assisted living facility, retirement community, or other personal care facility anywhere in the United States.


  • Benefits Check-Up: Patient oriented information and/or handouts to help seniors, and younger people with disabilities, to find lower costs for their prescription drugs and to help with paying for these medications.
  • Bipolar Disorder: Comprehensive overview of biopolar disorder
  • Bureau of Insurance: Laws, rules and FAQ.


  • Caregiver Alliance: Information resource on long term care.
  • Senior care referrral service
  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: Formerly known as the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), CMS is the federal agency responsible for administering the Medicare, Medicaid, SCHIP (State Children's Health Insurance), HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments), and several other health-related programs.
  • Children of Aging Parents: A nonprofit, charitable organization whose mission is to assist the nation's nearly 54 million caregivers of the elderly or chronically ill 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.
  • Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs: Patient oriented information and/or handouts
  • Consumer Safety: An official Guide to Dietary Supplements   



  • Elder Abuse Institute of Maine: An integrated and comprehensive community system to meet the needs of elder abuse victims, including older victims of domestic violence in Maine.
  • ElderCare Online: for people caring for aging loved ones. Whether you are caring for a spouse, parent, relative or neighbor, we are committed to providing an online community where supportive peers and professionals help you improve quality of life for yourself and your elder.
  • Eldercare Locator: a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging which connects older Americans and their caregivers with sources of information on senior services. The service links those who need assistance with state and local area agencies on aging and community-based organizations that serve older adults and their caregivers.
  • Elderhostel: Elderhostel is a nonprofit organization providing educational adventures all over the world to adults aged 55 and older.
  • Eden Alternative: To improve the well-being of elders and those who care for them by transforming the communities in which they live and work.
  • Ethnic Elders Care Network: A site designed specifically for people who are currently or will be caregivers to ethnic elders with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.


  • Family Caregiver Alliance: the first community-based nonprofit organization in the country to address the needs of families and friends providing long-term care at home. FCA  now offers programs at national, state and local levels to support and sustain caregivers.


  • Gerontology Society of America: Is the oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging.
  • GriefNet: A system that can connect you with a variety of resources related to death, dying, bereavement and major emotional and physical losses.
  • Geriatric Nursing: Geriatric Nursing degree programs


  • Health Care Costs: Look at the Interactive Map " Variations in Health Care Costs."
  • Healthcare Law and You: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the new law that requires everyone to get health insurance and there are some new health insurance choices starting October 2013.
  • Healthy Aging: World Health Organization Video
  • Harnessing the Demographic Dividend: Population aging has benefits and students might want to think about this dimension of gerontology
  • HomeCare Online: The nation's largest trade association representing the interests and concerns of home care agencies, hospices, home care aide organizations and medical equipment suppliers.
  • Health Administration Degrees: Gerontology




  • KeepMEWELL: Is an online tool that can help you learn how to improve your health and stay well. It will give you a personal report that can help you take action and find local support. KeepMEWELL can also help you learn about low-cost healthcare services close to your home.



  • Maine Aging and Disability Services: A resource for older adults and any individual with disabilities on a wide range of in-home, community- based and institutional services.
  • Maine Council on Aging Is a membership based organization formed to address broad public policy concerns facing older adults in Maine. Members form the core of Maine's Aging Network and span all of the sectors that help older adults thrive in their homes and communities.
  • Maine CDC: Facebook website you will find topics such as, Healthy Swimming video contest, Injury, TBI, Concussion, Sports, Keep kids safe & healthy in the summer and much more.
  • Maine Center for Elder Law: Assists clients with Medicaid (MaineCare) Planning, Planning for VA Aid and Attendance Eligibility, Special Needs Planning, Estate Planning, and Probate, Estate & Trust Administration matters in York County, Cumberland County and nearby Maine counties.
  • Maine Gerontological Society: Fellows program information and application.
  • Mass General Ask Yourself: A website where experts answer your health questions.
  • Maine Health Care Association: Obtain the latest information on long term care in Maine.
  • Maine Long Term Care Ombudsman Office: An advocacy program for Long Term Care consumers.
  • Founded by volunteers to help people find local senior meal programs, help local meal programs recruit volunteers, and to help businesses develop corporate sponsorship and volunteer programs for senior meal programs.
  • Medical Assistant Programs: A comprehensive resource for medical assistant career and education information.
  • MedicalAssisting-EDU: Medical careers and resources for caring individuals.
  • Medicare: The official US Government Medicare Information Site; includes Medicare Compare, a database of managed care plans and the Medicare & You 2000 booklet.
  • Medicare Rights Center: The largest independent source of health care information and assistance in the United States for people with Medicare. Founded in 1989, MRC helps older adults and people with disabilities get good, affordable health care.
  • A free, comprehensive, authoritative, up-to-date health information Website from world's largest medical library, the National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health.


  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys: A non-profit association that 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 deal with the many specialized issues involved with legal services to the elderly and people with special needs.
  • National Alliance on Mentally Illness: The nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has become the nation’s voice on mental illness, a national organization including NAMI organizations in every state and in over 1100 local communities across the country who join together to meet the NAMI mission through advocacy, research, support and education.
  • National Center for Assisted Living: The assisted living voice of the American Health Care Association (AHCA), the nation’s largest organization representing long term care providers. Serving the assisted living profession with consumer education, networking opportunities, public affairs, professional development and a respected voice in public policy advocacy.
  • National Center for Creative Aging: Is dedicated to fostering an understanding between creative expression and the quality of life in older people.
  • National Center of Elder Abuse: A national resource for elder rights, law enforcement and legal professionals, public policy leaders, researchers and the public. The Center’s mission is to promote understanding, knowledge sharing, and action on elder abuse, neglect and exploitation.
  • National Center on Women & Aging: Newsletter for midlife and older women.
  • National Council on the Aging: A national network of organizations and individuals dedicated to improving the health and independence of older persons and increasing their continuing contributions to communities, society and future generations.
  • National Institute on Aging: Devoted to improving the health of older people. 
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the American Society of Addiction Medicine offers peer-to-peer consultations and resources about screening and follow-up care for patients. For questions involving alcohol, drugs, and tobacco abuse physicians can call 877-630-8812 or register online at .
  • National PACE Association: Programs of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (known as PACE) are innovative because they provide continuous care and services offering individuals eligible for nursing home care the option of continuing to live in the community.
  • National Public Health and Hospital Institute (NPHH) Serving Diverse Communities in Hospitals and Health Systems from the experience of Public Hospitals and Health Systems.
  • National Senior Citizens Law Center: Advocates nationwide to promote the independence and well-being of low-income elderly individuals, as well as persons with disabilities, with particular emphasis on women and racial and ethnic minorities.
  • National Senior Service Corps: Volunteer opportunities for seniors.
  • New England Rural Health Roundtable: Serves as a regional rural advocate to improve the health and well being of communities throughout New England
  • New Long Term Supports and Services Chartbook: A  Chartbook for Adults Using Long Term Services and Supports




  • POGOe: Portal of Geriatric Online Education.
  • Primary Care Access: 30 Million New Patients and 11 Months to Go: Who Will Provide Their Primary Care? A Report from Chairman Bernard Sanders, Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging, U.S. Senate Committee on Helath, Education, Labor & Pensions, January 29, 2013.



  • Rural Oral Health Toolkit: Rural Assistance Center (RAC) - Provides the Rural Oral Health Toolkit to help rural communities improve access to oral health care.


  • Senior Dogs Project: Documents the strong, loving bonds that many people have with their older dogs; encourages the adoption of older dogs; and provides current information on the special care that older dogs need so that they and their human companions may fully enjoy their golden years.
  • Senior Comprehensive information on all nursing homes, assisted living, memory care and retirement communities as well as articles on important senior housing topics to help you through your search.
  • Senior Living Assistant: A nationwide directory of senior living facilities.
  • Senior A guide to senior living facilities in Maine.
  • Senior Living Map: This site allows you to search and sort through a nationwide directory of senior living communities to find the best option, each listing includes a facility description, list of amenities and services offered, monthly rates and contact information.
  • SeniorNet: Provides adults 55 and older with information and instruction about computer technologies so that they can use their new skills for their own benefit and to benefit society.
  • Senior Times: An online senior newspaper.
  • Sigma Theta Tau International: Honor Society of Nursing.
  • Social Security: Has answers which include how to file. Find forms. Disability information.


  • Together RX Access Card Program (The): This program is scheduled to begin in February of 2005. It will provide savings of 25 to 40 percent off on the retail price of more than 275 band name prescription drugs offered by sponsoring pharmaceutical companies. Eligibility criteria includes: legal U.S. residency, under 65 years of age, ineligible for Medicare, and having no public or private insurance coverage for drug benefits. Income must be less than $30,000 if single, and less than $60,000 for a family of four. Information is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by calling (800) 444-4106, or at the above website.




  • Will and Estate Planning: Answers to your questions about planning for death, from writing a basic will to organ donation.




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