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Online Resources


General online resources

  • Age in Place is a website sponsored by the National Aging in Place Council where you can find resources for older adult housing and care needs.
  • The Current Awareness in Aging Report (CAAR) is a weekly email report that helps researchers keep up to date with the latest developments in the field.
  • Next Avenue is a website and e-newsletter affiliated with PBS that offers articles and other content targeted to adults over 50. Next Avenue's tag-line, "Where Grown-ups Keep Growing," speaks to the issues they address about staying active and healthy during the "bonus years" — health and well-being, money and security, work and purpose, living and learning, as well as caregiving.
  • Senior Newswire provides a weekly link to national 50+ news and information from newspaper and magazine publications, news organizations and web resources nationwide.
  • Wyandotte Communicator is published bi-monthly by the Wyandotte/Leavenworth Area Agency on Aging and is funded by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services through the Older Americans' Act. It provides news articles and updates on services for older adults in the Kansas City, Kan. and Leavenworth areas.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Federation on Aging have created Age Friendly World, a website It is a place that enables people of all ages to actively participate in community activities. 

Transportation online resources


Caregiving online resources

  • AARP offers caregiver information on the national website under "Relationships" (left-hand side of home page).
  • A Place for Mom (APFM) helps seniors and their families find senior housing and senior care based on their unique needs and budget. Founded in 2000, we are the nation's largest senior living referral service.
  • AssistedLiving.com provides information on the costs of living in each senior community in Kansas, details about state laws affecting these facilities and legal resources. 
  • The Assisted Living Directory is an online resource that provides information on numerous facilities and, at times, other senior care options, organized by state, and then by city. 
  • Care Connection offers a free, online directory dedicated to providing older adults and their caregivers quality information and resources to maintain independence and provide quality care. Care Connection was developed by the Eastern Jackson County Community for All Ages Coalition, and developed in partnership with the Mid-Continent Public Library and Shepherd's Center Central. The directory provides 20 service categories including home repair and maintenance, home modification, end of life/hospice and palliative care, senior activities, respite care and more. 
  • The Caregiver Assistance News offers topics of interest to caregivers. Sponsored by the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging, the newsletter may be accessed online (click on Caregiver Resources under Quick Links). To receive the newsletter by mail, call 913.715.8860. 
  • Eldercare Locator, a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging, connecting individuals to services for older adults and their families. Or, call 1-800-677-1116.
  • Lotsa Helping Hands offers free online caring communities that provide tools to organize daily life during times of medical crisis or caregiver exhaustion.
  • National Alliance for Caregiving focuses on issues of family caregiving. Coalition members include grassroots organizations, professional associations, service organizations, disease-specific organizations, government agencies and corporations.
  • The National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers is a non-profit professional development organization whose mission is to advance professional geriatric care management through education, collaboration and leadership.
  • The National Family Caregiver Association watch-words are: educate, support, empower and advocate. Core Caring Every Day messages include: Believe in Yourself, Protect Your Health, Reach Out for Help and Speak Up for Your Rights.
  • Mesothelioma.com offers helpful resources for caregivers and families of mesothelioma sufferers.
  • SeniorAdvisor.com is the nation's largest senior living review site. 
  • Strength for Caring: A Place for Caregivers is sponsored by Johnson & Johnson and recognizes that each caregiving situation is unique. This site offers information that is just for caregivers, general information about caring for others, and works to connect caregivers and offers resources.
  • This Caring Home is a project of the Weill Cornell Medical College and is a wealth of information for family members caring for a loved one with a diagnosis of dementia. 
  • Today's Caregiver has been a strong advocate for many years and annually recognizes someone with a "Fearless Caregiver Award." 

Social and civic engagement online resources

  • Coming of Age: Kansas City is a metro-wide initiative, led by Shepherd's Center Central, which promotes civic involvement, life-long learning and community leadership in the 50+ population.
  • Encore helps people searching for an encore career by connecting them with people who have encore careers and employers looking to hire them. 
  • Entrepreneur maybe the place for you if have ever dreamed about starting your own business or if you are considering a franchise. 
  • Generations United works to improve the lives of children youth and older people through intergenerational collaboration, public policies, and programs for the enduring benefit of all.
  • Idealist is a project of Action Without Borders, an interactive site where people and organizations exchange resources and locate paid and unpaid opportunities. 
  • Opportunity Knocks is a national job site focused exclusively on the nonprofit community. 
  • Next Chapter Kansas City exists to provide individuals age 50+ opportunities for learning, employment and meaningful community engagement on a volunteer or paid basis as they discover the next chapter of their lives.
  • VOLUNTEERING
    • Civic Ventures is a think tank that acts as a catalyst for engaging people over fifty in the community through volunteer opportunities, paid work and recognition programs.
    • Network For Good makes it easy to donate and volunteer online. 
  • ENRICHMENT/LIFESTYLE
    • Life Planning Network is a community of professionals from diverse fields that provides a broad spectrum of life-planning services and resources. 
    • Second Journey offers sugegstions on how to craft the next phase of your life. 
    • Third Age offers tips, tools, blogs and more on health, relationships, money, work, beauty, fun and classes for people over fifty. 
    • AARP’s Public Policy Institute periodically publishes reports on older adult retirement and employment issues.
  • TRAVEL
    • Elder Treks provides adventurous and off-the-beaten-path trips for people fifty and over. 
    • Grand Travel is a tour agency offering luxury trips for grandparents and grandchildren traveling together. 
    • Road Scholar (formerly known as Elderhostel) -  Nonprofit educational travel program for older adults.

Housing online resources

  • American Society of Interior Design is a helpful resource for interior designers on aging design issues, marketing strategies and other useful resources. The Center for Universal Design at North Carolina State University offers up-to-date information and technical assistance to provide information to improve the built environment. Many articles and resources are available in PDF format for easy printing. 
  • Elder Web is a comprehensive web resource that offers an extensive and well-organized library of information that includes housing, home care services, assessments, etc., which can help "connect the dots" to help an older adults continue to live safely and independently. 
  • The Home Advisor Disability Accommodation Cost Guide offers information on customizing your home your home to accommodate people with disabilities.
  • The Home Fit Guide from AARP offers information and tips to keep your home in top form for comfort, safety and livability. 
  • Independent for Life: Homes and Neighborhoods for an Aging America — This publication covers a wide range of smart solutions, including remodelling current housing and building new homes for accessibility and safety, retrofitting existing neighborhoods to connect needed services and amenities, and planning new communities that work well for people of all ages and provides lists of essential resources, including a detailed to-do list of aging in place priorities and an individual home assessment.
  • National Association of Homebuilders - Aging in Place Certification — This website provides details on the Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation program that teaches the technical, business management and customer service skills essential to competing in the fastest growing segment of the residential remodeling industry: home modifications for those aging in place.
  • Shared Solutions America is a national, non-profit organization and resource center for education, technology and funding alternatives for older adults and people of all ages with disabilities. A comprehensive checklist is offered to help families think through all the considerations when building a new home or considering modifications. 
  • The Center for Universal Design — North Carolina State University offers a variety of resources, included publications on principles of universal design, emerging technologies, step-less entrances, residential rehabilitation and remodeling, accessible multifamily housing, home features, bathroom options and product design.
  • Universal Design Partners provides a variety of web-based resources on Universal Design and Easy Living Homes.

Financial online resources

  • Benefitscheckup.org, run by the National Council on Aging, can help you find out if older adults qualify for special programs to help pay for medications, health care, food, utilities and more.
  • Medicare.gov is filled with information about how the program works, how to qualify for benefits, how to lower your drug costs, and how to find a provider who accepts Medicare. The Plan Finder helps you choose a Medicare Part D or Medicare Advantage plan during open-enrollment season every fall, and it's a good idea to review Medicare plans each year because programs change their coverage and costs.
  • State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIP) provide free counseling and assistance by telephone and face-to-face sessions. SHIP counselors can help you with your Medicare and Part D choices; they also offer educational workshops on Medicare.
  • The Medicare Rights Center can help answer questions about benefits and coverage. The Web site is filled with information about the Medicare program, and the helpline (800-333-4114) is a great source for personalized assistance.
  • The Department of Veterans Affairs' geriatrics and extended care website can help you learn about special long-term-care programs and benefits available to veterans. The Guide to Long Term Care includes a lot of helpful information about care options.
  • The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys' "find an attorney" database can help you locate an elder-law attorney in your area who specializes in helping seniors and their families with their special legal issues, such as setting up powers of attorney and health care proxies, understanding eligibility laws for Medicaid and other benefits, and estate planning.
  • The Alzheimer's Association provides information about the warning signs of Alzheimer's, care options, financial planning for Alzheimer's patients, and support groups and other local resources. For more information about resources to help with Alzheimer's, see Top Web Sites on Alzheimer's Disease. Also see Planning for Alzheimer's and Alzheimer's: Get Your Finances in Order.

Health online resources