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There are all kinds of benefits to downsizing in your golden years — lower energy bills, a smaller space to clean and maintain, and the potential of moving closer to loved ones are just a few. It’s a wonderful way to open the door to the next stage of your life. Even so, downsizing can be a difficult and sometimes painful experience for seniors. Saying goodbye to the home they’ve raised a family in doesn’t come easily, even if it’s the right choice from a logical standpoint.

Includes information designed for Older Americans and their families as well as those concerned about providing the opportunities and services to enrich the lives of older persons and support their independence.

As a veteran, you have given your time, energy, and your health to serve our country. A grateful country has many ways in which to give back: veterans’ services are one of those. Overseen by the Department of Veterans Affairs – or the VA, as it’s commonly known – veterans’ services are an important part of preserving a high quality of life for veterans and their caregivers.

Represents not-for-profit organizations dedicated to providing high-quality health care, housing and services to the nation's elderly. Its membership consists of over 5,000 not-for-profit nursing homes, continuing care retirement communities, senior housing facilities, assisted living and community services.

The American Association of Homes for the Aging (AAHA) is the national nonprofit organization representing more than 4,500 not-for-profit nursing homes, continuing care retirement communities, senior housing facilities, and community service agencies for the elderly. AAHA is headquartered in Washington, DC, with regional offices in Albany, Orlando, Chicago, and Denver.

The premier professional organization of health care providers dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all older adults. With an active membership of more than 6,000 health care professionals, the AGS has a long history of effecting change in the provision of health care for older adults.

A foremost provider of professional information in the field of aging, through its Annual Meeting, Summer Series on Aging and other conferences held throughout the country. In recent years, membership constituent units have been developed in the areas of mental health and aging, older adult education, managed care and aging, business and aging, gay and lesbian aging issues, retirement planning, disability and rehabilitation and religion, spiritually and aging. ASA has encouraged the development of new products and technologies to assist older persons in the activities of daily living, produced a video educating the public to the need for "elder-friendly" neighborhoods and developed a CD-ROM training persons in late-life depression and suicide.

Dedicated to assisting senior citizens and their families with health-related legal issues.

When disaster strikes, our first instinct is to check in with our loved ones and make sure they’re okay. But if your loved one is a senior or has a disability, you can’t afford to wait to “check in” — timing is everything during an emergency, and you need to buy them as much time as possible to react independently. You should create an emergency preparedness guide to keep them safe and accessible even as a crisis is unfolding

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Housekeepers generally need to look at the home to be cleaned in order to assess how much to charge. They set up an in-home consultation with prospective employers to get a better understanding of the home, the cleaning requirements, and exactly what they will be expected to do, in order to determine the correct price.

Provides information, technical assistance and professional development to the nation's 57 State and Territorial Agencies on Aging, which are charged by the Older Americans Act and directed by the governors and state legislatures to advance the social and economic agenda of older persons in their respective states.

NCOA is an association of organizations and individuals dedicated to promoting the dignity, self-determination, well-being and continuing contributions of older persons through leadership and service, education, and advocacy. NCOA's members include professionals and volunteers, service providers, consumer and labor groups, businesses, government agencies, religious groups and voluntary organizations. NCOA accomplishes its mission through leadership, education and training, publications, research and development, community services, employment programs, coalition building public policy and advocacy efforts essential in our culturally diverse society.

The Older Women's League (OWL) is a national membership organization addressing the special concerns of midlife and older women. OWL works to provide mutual support for its members to achieve economic and social equity for its constituents, and to improve the image and status of older women. OWL bridges the gap between the women's groups and organizations representing aging to achieve these goals.

SeniorJobBank.org has been committed to bringing together employers with qualified older job seekers.

Before World War II, most homes were built one or two at a time, with each home being built to meet the unique needs of the family it was intended for. After the war, builders met the huge demand for housing by rolling out large subdivisions of standardized homes. The builders wanted to build rooms that met the ergonomic needs of the typical adult.

It’s an old adage, but it’s true: Home is where the heart is. That’s why, according to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), nearly 90 percent of seniors say they want to age in their own home. It’s also the reason that adults with disabilities would rather make accommodations to their own home in order to stay there after experiencing a life-changing disability, than move into a facility that can better accommodate their immediate needs.

 
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