Senior Resources & Links by Eldercare Sarasota

14 Ways to Help Seniors Avoid Isolation

Social isolation among seniors is alarmingly common, and will continue to increase in prevalence as the older population grows. "A Review of Social Isolation" notes that the prevalence of social isolation among "community dwelling older adults" (seniors who live at home rather than senior communities) may be as high as 43%: "With a prevalence of over 40% and the sheer number of older persons projected to increase exponentially in the near future, social isolation will likely impact the health, well-being and quality of life of numerous older person now and in the foreseeable future."

22 Senior Health Risk Calculators

Whether for yourself or for a loved one, these calculators are a starting point for becoming an advocate for healthy aging.

25 Documents You May Need Before You Die

Design your death dossier soon or you could be setting up your heirs for frustration and financial pain.

Aging Driver's Safety Guide

Millions of aging adults continue to drive in order to keep their independence. This can be a concern for well meaning family, friends, and caregivers; worried about the safety of their loved ones, other drivers, and pedestrians.

Aging Life Care Association

The experts in aging well. Geriatric care management is a holistic, client-centered approach to caring for older adults or others facing ongoing health challenges.

Alliance for Retired Americans

The Alliance for Retired Americans is a nationwide organization, launched in May 2001, with now over 4.3 million members working together to make their voices heard in the laws, policies, politics, and institutions that shape our lives.

Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.

Alzheimer's Disease Education & Referral Center

The NIA has been at the forefront of the Nation's research activities dedicated to understanding the nature of aging, supporting the health and well being of older adults, and extending healthy, active years of life for more people.

Alzheimer's ... Where can you go for help?

Here are some of the best Web sites for Alzheimers Disease, including support groups. Senior Solutions of America, Inc. PO Box 22123 Sarasota, FL 34276.

American Assoc. of Retired Persons (AARP)

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment security and retirement planning.

American Federation for Aging Research

The American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to support and advance healthy aging through biomedical research.

American Geriatrics Society

The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is a not-for-profit organization of more than 6,000 health professionals devoted to improving the health, independence and quality of life of all older people.

American Parkinson Disease Association

The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) was founded in 1961 with the dual purpose to Ease the Burden - Find the Cure for Parkinson's disease.

American Society on Aging

Founded in 1954 as the Western Gerontological Society, the American Society on Aging is an association of diverse individuals bound by a common goal: to support the commitment and enhance the knowledge and skills of those who seek to improve the quality of life of older adults and their families.

Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida, Inc

The Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida was formed in 1978 as a public not-for-profit entity operating under the auspices of the Older Americans Act of 1965.

Arthritis Foundation

Leading the fight for the arthritis community, the Arthritis Foundation helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections.

Automatic Pill Dispensers

An excellent product for individuals with memory loss or Dementia!

The Benefits of Cooking with Alzheimer's:

A Caregiver's Guide We've put together this comprehensive guide encompassing the cognitive, emotional, and other health-related benefits of cooking for people with Alzheimer's disease, how to create a safe environment for cooking and baking, ways caregivers can assist to make the activity enjoyable, and addressing eating challenges that may arise among individuals suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

Better Vision Institute

Serving as the global voice for vision care products and services, The Vision Council represents the manufacturers and suppliers of the optical industry.

Blood Thinner Medication

Doctors prescribe Bayer's billion-dollar blood thinner Xarelto to prevent blood clots and protect people from strokes. But the drug may also cause irreversible internal bleeding that can lead to hospitalization and death.

The Boomer's Roadmap for Aging in Place:

How to Prepare Today for your Senior Years - Aging in place is an attractive option for many baby boomers and retirees who value independence and living life on their own terms. This lifestyle choice is a commitment to remaining in the home that you know and love, rather than relocating to a retirement community or assisted living facility.

Boyer & Boyer, PA

An Elder Law Firm

Was created and is maintained by RNs dedicated to optimizing a families access to valid information and credible services about senior care and housing options.

Caring for Aging Parents

A website to show a variety of ways to find some information, resources, and people that can help.

Children of Aging Parents Support Group (CAPS)

This specialized support group offers emotional support, affirmation, understanding and socialization as well as assistance with community resources for individuals who are serving as caregivers for aging parents, spouse or other family members.

Crimes of Persuasion: Schemes, Scams, Frauds that Prey on Seniors

To inform the public, along with law enforcement personnel, justice officials and victim support groups on the workings and scope of telemarketing and investment fraud so that efforts can effectively be taken to minimize the impact on its victims and ensure that adequate penalties are in place to deter the perpetrators.

Depression in Older Adults and the Elderly

The changes that often come in later life—retirement, the death of loved ones, increased isolation, medical problems—can lead to depression. Depression prevents you from enjoying life like you used to. But its effects go far beyond mood. It also impacts your energy, sleep, appetite, and physical health. However, depression is not an inevitable part of aging, and there are many steps you can take to overcome the symptoms, no matter the challenges you face.

ElderCare Locator

To inform the public, along with law enforcement personnel, justice officials and victim support groups on the workings and scope of telemarketing and investment fraud so that efforts can effectively be taken to minimize the impact on its victims and ensure that adequate penalties are in place to deter the perpetrators.

Elder Rage

To help improve eldercare laws, show healthcare professionals how they can better help families, provide solutions and hope to caregivers.

Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging

Like most people, you've probably heard that physical activity, including exercise, is good for you. If you're already active, keep it up. It may even be time to push yourself a little harder, try a new activity, or find new ways to add exercise to your daily life.

Easing the Transition to Assisted Living

Listening with respect can help an adult child of aging parents understand their wishes and find them the best living arrangement.

Fall Prevention Tips for Seniors | A Home Design Guide

These days, aging in place is easier than ever before, and many people are taking advantage of the option to remain at home as long as possible. In fact, over 90% of adults in retirement say they would prefer to age in their own homes.

FirstGov for Seniors

A comprehensive website maintained by the federal government containing links to a wide variety of resources for seniors.

Florida Department of Elderly

The Department provides most services through its Division of Statewide Community-Based Services, which works through the state’s eleven Area Agencies on Aging and local service providers to deliver essential services to a vital segment of the population.

Florida Elder Care & Senior Health

Eldercare and Senior information resource.

Florida Department of Children and Families

The ACCESS Florida system allows customers to connect with their public assistance information 24/7, through the online application and MyACCESS Account. The Economic Self-Sufficiency Program helps to promote strong and economically self-sufficient communities by determining eligibility for food, cash and medical assistance for individuals and families on the road to economic recovery.

For Patients & Families

The Alzheimer's Association - Florida Gulf Coast Chapter


The Office for Civil Rights enforces the HIPAA Privacy Rule, which protects the privacy of individually identifiable health information.

HIPPA Informational Video

You'll be able to listen in to HIPAA legal and technology experts as they discuss the latest developments and precautions in HIPAA and a practical Q&A session that will address myths and facts that affect your practice and organization.

Home Care for the Elderly (HCE) Program

The Home Care for the Elderly (HCE) program supports care for Floridians age 60 and older in family-type living arrangements within private homes, as an alternative to institutional or nursing home care.

Home Safety and Security for Aging-in-Place Seniors

Aging in place can be a great way to spend your golden years. However, if you've been living in the same house for decades, it may be out of date with security standards. It may also require modifications to accommodate the physical and sensory changes that older adults encounter as they age.

Hospitalization Happens: A Guide to Hospital Visits for Individuals with Memory Loss

A trip to the hospital with a person who has memory loss or dementia can be stressful for both of you. This brochure can relieve some of that stress by helping you prepare for both unexpected and planned hospital visits.

Housing Tips and Advice from The National Aging in Place Council

- Age In Place - by the National Aging In Place Council

How to Care for Your Aging Parents from a Distance

Concern about mom or dad's health and well-being is top of mind for many baby boomers today. Worrisome signs of your parent's frailty, progressive memory loss or the decline in health require more and more of your help and attention. But what if you live a good distance away? Whether you live an hour away, in a different state, or maybe even in another country, caregiving at a distance presents very real challenges.

How to Deal with Your Aging Parents:

A Caring Guide Your parents are getting older. It's inescapable, and brings with it some questions and concerns for the future. If the only question that springs to mind is "When will I have to put them in a nursing home?" you may be missing some necessary information on elder living and care options.

Home Advice Guide

Fraud prevention guide for seniors. The guide focuses on real estate, drug, internet, contest , grandparent and death scams.