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How Shepherd's Center Helped Pyllis Find Resources in Her Community

"Phyllis lives alone and did not know what direction to take to resolve financial and health issues. After contacting our Shepherd's Center in Missouri, she was introduced to the Benefits Counseling program. During the assessment interview, a Medicare Review and Benefits CheckUp screening identified programs that could alleviate some of her concerns. We were also able to help her with applications for LIS, MORx and local utilities to further reduce her monthly cost of living."


AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to making life better for people 50 and over. AARP provides information and resources; engages in legislative, regulatory and legal advocacy; assists members in serving their communities; and offers a wide range of benefits, special products, and services for its members.

Families USA—
A national nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans. Working at the national, state, and community levels, we have earned a national reputation as an effective voice for health care consumers for over 20 years.

Medicare Rights
Medicare Rights Center (MRC) is 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.

National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM)
The mission of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, a membership organization, is to protect, preserve, promote, and ensure the financial security, health, and the wellbeing of current and future generations of maturing Americans.

National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC)
The National Senior Citizens Law Center advocates nationwide to promote the independence and well-being of low-income elderly individuals and persons with disabilities.

The Social Security
A source for information, analysis and expert commentary on the Social Security debate. p)

Aging Organizations

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to making life better for people 50 and over. AARP provides information and resources; engages in legislative, regulatory and legal advocacy; assists members in serving their communities; and offers a wide range of benefits, special products, and services for its members.

Administration on Aging--
The Administration on Aging (AoA), an agency in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is one of the nation's largest providers of home- and community-based care for older persons and their caregivers. Its mission is to promote the dignity and independence of older people, and to help society prepare for an aging population.

Alliance for Retired Americans—
The mission of the Alliance for Retired Americans is to ensure social and economic justice and full civil rights for all citizens so that they may enjoy lives of dignity, personal and family fulfillment and security.

American Geriatrics Society—
A professional organization of health care providers dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all older adults. With an active membership of over 6,800 health care professionals, the AGS has a long history of effecting change in the provision of health care for older adults.

ASA American Society on Aging—
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. The membership of ASA is a multidisciplinary array of professionals who are concerned with the physical, emotional, social, economic and spiritual aspects of aging. They range from practitioners, educators, administrators, policymakers, business people, researchers, students, and more.

Gerontological Society of America (GSA)--
A non-profit professional organization with more than 5000 members in the field of aging. GSA provides researchers, educators, practitioners, and policy makers with opportunities to understand, advance, integrate, and use basic and applied research on aging to improve the quality of life as one ages.

Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO)—
The Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO) is a coalition of national nonprofit organizations concerned with the well-being of America's older population and committed to representing their interests in the policy-making arena.

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (NAAAA)
The umbrella organization for the 655 area agencies on aging (AAAs) and more than 230 Title VI Native American aging programs in the U.S., advocating on behalf of the local aging agencies to ensure that needed resources and support services are available to older Americans. AAAs and Title VI programs provide services which make it possible for older individuals to remain in their home, thereby preserving their independence and dignity.

National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs—
A professional membership organization with members drawn primarily from persons working in or interested in the field of aging, community-based services, and nutrition and the elderly.

National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, Inc.—
Strives to improve the lives of elderly African Americans and low income minorities.

National Council on the Aging, Inc. (NCOA)--
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 Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCoA)—
An advocate organization with the primary purpose of improving the quality of life for Latino elderly, families and communities. Since its inception, the NHCOA has focused on the importance and functions of the family to assist the elderly in every aspect of living and to provide needed care in old age.

National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA)--
Advocate for improved, comprehensive health and social services to American Indian and Alaska Native Elders. NICOA is a 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation that employs more that 30 full time staff.

Older Women’s League (OWL)—
As the only national grassroots membership organization to focus solely on issues unique to women as they age, OWL strives to improve the status and quality of life of 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.

Senior Net—
SeniorNet is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization of computer-using adults, age 50 and older. SeniorNet's mission is to provide older adults education for and access to computer technologies to enhance their lives and enable them to share their knowledge and wisdom. p)


BenefitsCheckUp— or
Operated by the National Council on the Aging, this Web-based service identifies federal and state assistance programs for older Americans in each community. You must fill out a short questionnaire which is used only to determine which programs an older person qualifies for.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services—

The official U.S. government website for those with Medicare.


Caregivers Marketplace—
A free service for family caregivers that offers savings and education on a wide range of goods and services needed and used by anyone who "gives, gets or needs care." Toll Free 1-866-327-8340.

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.

Interfaith Care Partners—
Non-profit organization that works with partner congregations to assist their development of service programs that manifest each congregation's commitment to member care that serves both its own families and as an outreach program in the wider community.

National Alliance for Caregiving—
Dedicated to providing support to family caregivers and the professionals who help them and to increasing public awareness of issues facing family caregivers.

National Family Caregivers Association—
Information and resources for caregivers.

National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM)--
Care managers are professionals who coordinate caregiving services. They can be helpful when family members are not able to play an active role. Locate a Geriatric Care Manager.

Rosalyn Carter Institute for Caregiving—
Through research, education, and training, the RCI promotes the mental health and well-being of individuals, families, and professional caregivers; promulgates effective caregiving practices; builds public awareness of caregiving needs; and advances public and social policies that enhance caring communities.

Civic Engagement/volunteering

Coming of Age -
Coming of Age is developing an online course to help nonprofits build their capacity to offer compelling volunteer opportunities to people age 50+. 

Through grants and other resources—including the energy and efforts of citizens age 55 and over—Senior Corps helps meet the needs and challenges of America’s communities. Grants administered through Senior Corps provide funding for three special programs: Foster Grandparents connects volunteers age 60 and over with children and young people with exceptional needs; Senior Companion Program brings together volunteers age 60 and over with adults in their community who have difficulty with the simple tasks of day-to-day living; RSVP offers “one stop shopping” for all volunteers 55 and over who want to find challenging, rewarding and significant service opportunities in their local communities.

Energize International—
Resources and information for directors of volunteers

Post jobs, events, and volunteer opportunities

Independent Sector--
A coalition of leading nonprofits, foundations and corporations strengthening not-for-profit initiative, philanthropy and citizen action. The organization publishes reports on the volunteer and charitable activities of older adults.

Leadership Greater Hartford, 3rd Age Initiative—
Develop potential for those 50+ so that they can share their experience, knowledge and talents for the community.

Points of Light Foundation—
The Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network engages and mobilizes millions of volunteers who are helping to solve serious social problems in thousands of communities. Through a variety of programs and services, the Foundation encourages people from all walks of life — businesses, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, low-income communities, families, youth, and older adults — to volunteer.

Service Leader—, a project of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs of the University of Texas at Austin, provides information on all aspects of volunteerism.

Volunteers of America—
Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, spiritually based organization providing local human service programs and opportunities for individual and community involvement.

Volunteer Match—
Matches volunteers with jobs throughout the United States. p)

End-of-Life Information

Center for Practical Bioethics—
Raises and responds to ethical issues in health and healthcare.
A campaign to improve end-of-life care by a coalition of professional and consumer organizations.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)—
The largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. The organization is committed to improving end of life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones.

On Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying)


Association of Jewish Aging
A unique forum that promotes and supports elder services in the context of Jewish values through education, professional development, advocacy, and community relationships.

Catholic Charities USA—
Catholic Charities USA is the membership association of one of the nation's largest social service networks. Catholic Charities agencies and institutions nationwide provide vital social services to people in need, regardless of their religious, social, or economic backgrounds. Catholic Charities USA supports and enhances the work of its membership by providing networking opportunities, national advocacy and media efforts, program development, training and technical assistance, and financial support.

National Interfaith Coalition on Aging (NICA)—
A constituent group of NCOA, NICA provides practical guidance in addressing the central role spirituality plays in the lives of senior adults. Clergy and lay persons from various faiths add to NICA’s network to study and advance the role of spirituality in the aging process.

National Volunteer Caregiving Network (NVCN)
The National Volunteer Caregiving Network (NVCN) is a membership network of local community volunteer caregiving programs, regional and state collaboratives, and individuals who support the work of volunteer caregiving.

Interfaith Care Partners—
Interfaith CarePartners is a non-profit organization that works with partner congregations to assist their development of service programs that manifest each congregation's commitment to member care that serves both its own families and as an outreach program in the wider community.

National Council of Churches—
The National Council of Churches, founded in 1950, is the leading force for ecumenical cooperation among Christians in the United States. The NCC's member faith groups — representing a wide spectrum of Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox, historic African American and Living Peace churches — include 45 million persons in more than 100,000 local congregations in communities across the nation. )


Health Ministries Association—
International membership organization that encourages, supports, and develops leaders in emerging practices that integrate faith and health.

Healthline Networks Inc.—
Building better connections to health.

Drug Watch Health News—
Providing information on medications and their management.

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Elder Law Answers—
The combination of an informed consumer and a qualified attorney produces the best legal results for the clients. ElderLawAnswers supports seniors, their families and their attorneys in achieving their goals by providing information about crucial legal issues.

National Consumer Law Center—
The National Consumer Law Center is the nation's consumer law expert, helping consumers, their advocates, and public policy makers to use powerful and complex consumer laws to assure justice for vulnerable, low income Americans.

National Senior Citizens Law
The National Senior Citizens Law Center advocates nationwide to promote the independence and well-being of low-income elderly individuals and persons with disabilities. Top)


AARP's Age Line--
A searchable electronic database containing detailed summaries of publications about older adults and aging, including books, journal and magazine articles, research reports, and videos.

Alliance for Aging Research—
Dedicated to supporting and accelerating the pace of medical discoveries to vastly improve the universal human experience of aging and health.


Easter Seals—

Volunteer Transportation Solutions

Beverly Foundation—
New ideas and options are fostered to enhance mobility and transportation for today's and tomorrows' older population.