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New Spanish Language Resources are available through the National Institute on Aging (NIA). The fact sheet, Conversando con su médico (Talking with Your Doctor), offers helpful suggestions for caregivers who communicate with doctors on behalf of loved ones. For more information about this publication, contact the NIA information center at (800) 222-2225 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. EST or go online at http://www.niapublications.org. Information in Spanish is offered by the NIA at the Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) website. Click here to download, La Enfermedad de Alzheimer: Desentrañando el misterio (Alzheimer’s Disease: Unraveling the Mystery).
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Aging Awareness. The Lesbian and Gay Aging Issues Network (LGAIN) of the American Society on Aging works to raise awareness of the concerns of elderly members of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. LGAIN focuses on the unique barriers LGBT elders encounter in accessing many needed social services such as housing, healthcare, long-term care and other needed services. LGAIN publishes a comprehensive newsletter, lists books, videos and other resources on the web, offers a full track of LGBT related sessions at the ASA-NCOA joint conference, and seeks to create links between researchers, providers, and media to promote sensitivity and understanding in issues facing the aging LGBT population. For more information, go to http://ww.asaging.org/networks/LGAIN/about.cfm.
A free library service is available to help people of all ages whose low vision, blindness, or physical disability makes it difficult to read or use standard printed pages such as those in newspaper. The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress and its network of regional libraries bring books and magazines on audiocassettes and in braille to eligible readers, many of whom are seniors. The program loans members a wide selection of recorded and braille books and magazines, and music scores in braille and large print. Application may be requested from the regional or subregional library closest to the eligible reader. A searchable list of locations is available at http://www.loc.gov/nls. The application requires the signature of a certifying authority such as a doctor, caseworker, or an NLS regional librarian. Materials are shipped and returned at no cost. For more information or additional assistance, call (888) NLS-READ or (888) 657-7323.
California long-term care options can be found online at http://www.CalNHS.org. The site allows caregivers and families to search for in-depth information about home health agencies, licensed hospice programs and comprehensive information about California’s 1,400 nursing homes. It also allows users to search based on payment options, such as Medi-Cal, Medicare and private pay. Additionally, users can compare information about long-term care options side-by-side.
Online prescription drug help for California Residents is available at http://www.RxHelpForCa.org. The website links low-income Californians to programs that offer free or low-cost brand name drugs to those who qualify. Eligibility for programs is determined through a brief questionnaire that asks about medicines taken and income level. Separate questionnaires provide appropriate information to caregivers, patients and providers.
The International Conference on Aging, Disability and Independence (ICADI) will convene February 1-5, 2006 at the Hilton Hotel in St. Petersburg, Florida. Topics from assistive technologies and universal design to injury prevention and transportation options for aging and disabled populations will be discussed. The deadline for early registration is December 1, 2005. Register online at http://www.icadi.phhp.ufl.edu.
On the Center for Personal Assistance Services (PAS) website is the disaster preparedness section of “Working Together: Personal Assistance Training and You.” It covers preparing for emergencies, preparing yourself, and evacuating your home. It also includes forms for Emergency Contacts and Emergency Medical Information that can be critical. To get this information, go to http://www.pascenter.org/pas_users/index_old.php, under Health and Safety, Disaster Preparedness.
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