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This list of web resources and internet links will help you expand your knowledge of life care planning and elder care planning in Southern Illinois. We want our long-term care planning clients to be informed and educated about their options, whether they are exploring Medicaid information, Veteran's benefits information, Alzheimer's Disease information, nursing home information, assisted living information, or legal document information.

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Life Care Planning Internet Resources | Elder Care Planning Web Links

This list of Web resources and Internet links will help you expand your knowledge of life care planning and elder care planning in Southern Illinois. We want our long-term care planning clients to be informed and educated about their options, whether they are exploring Medicaid information, Veteran's benefits information, Alzheimer's Disease information, nursing home information, assisted living information, or legal document information.

Memory Loss / Alzheimer's Disease / Dementia / Stroke

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  • ALS Association:

    Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.  No matter what your individual course or situation may be, the ALS Association can help.

  • American Hospice:

    The American Hospice Foundation provides information and supports programs for terminally ill and grieving individuals, their families, and the professionals who care for them.

  • Life Care Planning Law Firms Association:

    This association is a national network of holistic law practices that offer legal services, care coordination and advocacy services to help elderly clients and their families navigate the health care and long-term care maze.  Where traditional elder law firms focus on saving the elder's money for the next generation, the goal of the member firms is to use the elder's money to maximize the elder's qualify of life and independence. Consumers can search the website to locate a life care planning law firm in their area.

  • National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers:

    The National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (GCM) is an association of professional practitioners whose purpose is the development, advancement, and promotion of humane and dignified social, psychological, and health care for the elderly and their families through counseling, treatment, and the delivery of concrete services by qualified, certified providers. GCM is committed to working towards the highest quality of care for the elderly and their families through education, advocacy, and high standards of professional practice.

  • National Elder Care Locator:

    A public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging. The Eldercare Locator 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.

  • National Parkinson Foundation:

    Knowledge is power and hope is everything. Every day at NPF, they strive to provide patients and caregivers with the resources that help you fight back and move forward.

Special Needs & Disability Planning

  • Arthritis Foundation:

    This organization offers information and tools to help people live a better life with arthritis. Whether it's advice from medical experts or specialized arthritis self-management or exercise classes, the Arthritis Foundation can help.

  • Special Needs Alliance:

    This organization is a national, not-for-profit alliance of attorneys dedicated to the practice of disability and public benefits law. Individuals with disabilities, their families and their advisors will find this site helpful in connecting them with attorneys who focus their practices in the disability law arena.

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General

  • Ambest: A third good insurance rating service.
  • American Association of Retired Persons (AARP):

    AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people age 50 and over. AARP is dedicated to enhancing quality of life for all as we age. The association leads positive social change and deliver value to members through information, advocacy and service. AARP also provides a wide range of unique benefits, special products, and services for their members. These benefits include the AARP Web site at www.aarp.org, "AARP The Magazine," the monthly "AARP Bulletin," and a Spanish-language newspaper, "Segunda Juventud."  Active in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP celebrates the attitude that age is just a number and life is what you make it.

  • Answers on Aging:

    Area Agency on Aging for the following 7 counties:
    Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair, and Washington

  • Center for Medicare Advocacy:

    The Center is a private, not-for-profit organization staffed by attorneys, paralegals, a nurse, and computer specialists, and provides legal advice, information, and advocacy for Medicare beneficiaries nationwide. The Center produces a wide array of written material to assist Medicare beneficiaries and their advocates including self-help packets, brochures, and a quarterly newsletter. Much of this information is available on the Center's website. In addition, the Center is involved in education, policy making, important litigation concerning Medicare beneficiaries throughout the country.

  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS):

    This is the CMS page for Medicaid consumer information. Medicaid is a state administered program and each state sets its own guidelines regarding eligibility and services. Read more about your state Medicaid program on this site.

  • Egyptian Area Agency on Aging:

    Area Agency on Aging for the following 13 counties:
    Alexander, Franklin, Gallatin, Hardin, Jackson, Johnson, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union, and Williamson.

  • Elder Law Answers:

    The combination of an informed consumer and a qualified attorney produces the best legal results for the clients.  ElderLawAnswers.com supports seniors, their families and their attorneys in achieving their goals by providing the following services:
         The best information on the Internet about crucial legal issues facing seniors.
         A network of highly qualified elder law attorneys nationwide.
         Online practice tools for elder law attorneys.

  • Hot Links (to many senior resources): This web page is part of the website of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. (NAELA), a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations, and others who work with older clients and their families.
  • IllinoisLawHelp.org:

    Information for Illinois residents about your legal rights and responsibilities, instructions on how to handle common legal problems, court forms and more.

  • Medicare:

    The official U.S. government site for people with Medicare. Search tools include:
          Helpful Contacts
          Help with Home Health Search
          Medicare Eligibility Tool
          Medicare Personal Plan Finder
          Participating Physician Directory
          Prescription Drug and Other Assistance Programs
          Supplier Directory

  • Medicare Rights Center:

    The Medicare Rights Center is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that older adults and people with disabilities get good, affordable health care.  This website offers helpful and reliable Medicare information for professionals in the health care field.

  • Midland AAA:

    Area Agency on Aging for the following 5 counties:
    Clay, Effingham, Fayette, Jefferson, and Marion.

  • Moodys: One of three good insurance rating services.
  • NAELA:

    This web page also is part of the NAELA website. You can search and screen for senior housing options nationwide. This comprehensive, up-to-date and objective decision-support tool includes more than 60,000 listings including all assisted living, nursing & rehabilitation, residential care, continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) and a growing number of independent living retirement communities.

  • National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association:

    This site is for consumers interested in learning more about reverse mortgages. The information provided on this site is provided by the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA). Established in 1997, NRMLA, headquartered in Washington, DC, is the national voice for lenders and investors engaged in the reverse mortgage business.  NRMLA fulfills several roles, which include educating consumers about the opportunity to utilize reverse mortgages, training lenders to be sensitive to the needs of older Americans, developing Best Practices and a Code of Conduct to make sure lenders participating in the program treat seniors respectfully, and promoting reverse mortgages in the media.

  • Social Security Online:

    The official website of the U.S. Social Security Administration. It answers questions about the following topics and has lots of other information as well:
         Benefits
         Changes of address
         Checks and payments
         Disability
         Earnings and employment
         Fees for representatives
         Forms and publications
         Government pension rules
         Hearings and appeals
         Immigration
         International issues
         Internet benefit claims
         Law and regulations
         Medicare
         Online transactions
         Prisoner rules
         Retirement plans
         Services to the public
         Social Security Administration
         Social Security number and card
         Social Security statements
         Supplemental Security Income
         Taxes and Social Security

  • Standard and Poors: A second good insurance rating service.
  • www.seiaoa.com:

    Area Agency on Aging for the following 9 counties:
    Crawford, Edwards, Hamilton, Jasper, Lawrence, Richland, Wabash, Wayne, and White.

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