National Associations and Programs

AARP: AARP is dedicated to helping people age 50 and over continue to live lives of independence, dignity, and purpose. AARP has a dynamic presence in every community (searchable by zip code), and offers myriad resources to improve quality of life.

Administration for Community Living: The Administration for Community Living (ACL) provides information for older adults, their families, and those focused on providing opportunities and services to enrich the lives of older persons and support their independence. The mission of ACL is to maximize the independence, well-being, and health of older adults and people with disabilities across the lifespan, and their families and caregivers.

American Federation for Aging Research: The American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) supports and advances healthy aging through biomedical research. AFAR initiatives are focused on assisting scientists begin and further their careers in aging research, attracting physicians to the growing demand in geriatric medicine, and providing information to the public on new medical findings that can help people live longer lives, with less susceptibility to disease and disability.

American Geriatrics Society: The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) has a special interest in protecting the rights of older persons, including those who become unable to make own decisions. While the goal should always be to respect patient preferences, doctors and families are often unsure what the patient would prefer in a given situation. AGS provides leadership to healthcare professionals, policymakers, and the public by implementing and advocating for programs in patient careresearchprofessional and public education, and public policy

American Public Health Association: The American Public Health Association (APHA) brings together researchers, health service providers, administrators, teachers, and other health workers in a unique, multidisciplinary environment of professional exchange, study, and action. APHA is concerned with a broad set of issues affecting personal and environmental health, including federal and state funding for health programs, pollution control, as well as programs and policies related to chronic and infectious diseases.

Family Caregiver Alliance: Through education and advocacy, the Family Caregiver Alliance: National Center on Caregiving offers caregiver education and engages in advocacy for policies and programs that directly benefit family caregivers.

Gerontological Society of America: The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) promotes the scientific study of aging, encourages exchange among researchers and practitioners from various disciplines related to gerontology, and fosters use of gerontological research in forming public policy.

HealthyPeople2020: The Healthy People 2020 initiative was developed in 2010 with goal of meeting science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. Specific to older adults, the focus is on improving health, function, and quality of life. Established benchmarks and monitored progress include development of collaborations across communities and sectors, empowerment of individuals toward making informed health decisions, and measurement of the impact of prevention activities. The website includes links for evidence-based information and recommendations related to older adults.

National Eldercare Locator: The National Eldercare Locator is a public service provided by the U.S. Administration on Aging. This nationwide service connects older adults and their caregivers with resources available in their local community. Search by zip code for support services such as meals, home care, or transportation.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is dedicated to promoting safe behaviors on our nation’s roads. NHTSA provides resources that aid understand of how aging can affect driving and what can be done to continue driving safely in life, such as adapting a vehicle to meet specific needs.

National Institute on Aging: The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is one of 27 institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the principal biomedical research agency of the United States Government. The NIA promotes healthy aging by conducting and supporting biomedical, social, and behavioral research and public education.

Retired Service Volunteer Program: The national Retired Service Volunteer Program (RSVP) is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people 55 and over. Participants can use the skills and talents acquired over their lifetime, or develop new ones, while serving in a variety of volunteer activities supporting their own community.  

S. Department of Transportation: The U.S. Department of Transportation developed the “Safe Mobility for Older People Notebook.” This resource is designed to promote the safe mobility of older persons.