Outside Resources

Listed below are links that the UMRA Cares Committee thinks are useful and interesting for members.  The links are listed in the following categories:  General Information, Medicine and Health, Caregiving and Other Services, Education/Classes, Housing, and Travel. If you have comments or additions, please Contact Us.

 

General News and Information for Seniors.

Nextavenue Produced by Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) Next Avenue is perhaps the most comprehensive and current compilation of news and features for people over 50.  Subscribe to its Facebook feed for daily updates.

AARP The AARP is the premiere advocacy group for those over 50. Their web site is full of tips on such topics as avoiding fraud and scams.

Minnesota Gerontological Society (MGS)  The goal of MGS is “to provide educational and professional development for practitioners,  students, educators, researchers and others to enhance services for the aging  in Minnesota.”  The UMRA Board feels the free webinars listed on the MGS  site may be of particular interest to our members.  To get notices of all upcoming workshops, and MGS news and events, sign up for their mailing list.

Vital Aging Network (VAN). VAN is one of the largest and most active organizations in Minnesota addressing the challenges of aging well. A number of UMRA members also belong to VAN. You can watch their webinars without being a member. They also have a lot of good public lectures around the Twin Cities. It is an independent, membership run organization.

MN Seniors Online.  A site that offers a wide range of information for seniors about services, events, and opportunities in Minnesota, as well as blogs and columns.

Suddenly Senior A site with a wide variety of articles for seniors including advocacy, advice, nostalgia, and lots of jokes. 

Senior Forums  Senior Forums is an internet discussion board for seniors all around the country.  You can ask questions and have fun interacting with all kinds of other people.

Medicine and Health

The Mayo Clinic One of the most comprehensive medical sites on the Web, and the first stop for researching medical questions.

Web MD.  Another comprehensive site for all things medical, and a good second stop in researching medical issues.

Medicare This is the official U.S government site for Medicare.  Compare drug and health plans. Find doctors and medical facilities. See if that test is covered.

National Institute on Aging.  Provided by the National Institute of Health, this comprehensive site reports offers information on a wide range of health issues for seniors.

Center for Spirituality & Healing (CSH). The CSH is a University of Minnesota center that enriches health and wellbeing by providing exemplary inter-professional education and advancing innovative models of care. In addition to a wellbeing lecture series, they teach workshops and run a very popular short course in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.

Blue Zones This site reports on the research and projects of the Blue Zones group.  Led by National Geographic Explorer Dan Buettner, the group has identified areas of the world where people live the longest (“blue zones”), and worked to understand the reasons for their longevity.  A great place for healthy recipes for both meals and general living.

DrMirkin This site offers advice for senior health, fitness, and nutrition. Each week, retired physician Dr. Gabe Mirkin (80+ years old and very active) reviews medical journals each and abstracts advice from them.  Especially helpful for those who strive to be fit and physically active as they age.

Caregiving and Other Services

Wilder Caregiving Services. Associated with the Wilder Community Center for Aging in St. Paul are a wide variety of services available for caregivers including free webinars and support groups on different topics. In addition, they offer a variety of seminars on caregiving, and offer daycare services for the elderly at their Center. A popular service they offer is “Respite” care to give the home caregiver a chance to have some free time to go to the store or get away for a few hours.

Senior LinkAge Line A joint service of the Minnesota Board on Aging and area service agencies, the Senior LinkAge Line and telephone helpline are a one-stop gateway for connecting with a wide variety of state and community services for seniors

MN Senior Services A directory of services for seniors by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

Metroaging. A directory and gateway to senior services in the Twin Cities metropolitan area by the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging.

Caregiver.org Founded in the late 1970s, Family Caregiver Alliance is the first community-based nonprofit organization in the country to address the needs of families and friends providing long-term care for loved ones at home. Their website contains lots of resources related to family caregiving.

Caregiver.com  This is a national organization that runs the large Fearless Caregiver Conferences on caregiving, distributes a popular online newsletter called Today’s Caregiver, and runs a book club on caregiving. Their website also has lots of tips and advice for caregivers.

Caring Connections  This site, CaringInfo.org, is a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). It is a national consumer and community engagement initiative to improve care at the end of life. It is supported by a grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and has no advertising.

LeadingAge Minnesota Leading Age Minnesota is an association of organizations serving seniors.  This site also offers webinars and other information for seniors.

ElderLawAnswers This is a good place to start with any age-related legal questions. You do not need a law degree to understand the answers to your legal questions.

Housing

Senior Housing Guide The Senior Housing Guide applies to the Twin Cities and is published in print form as well. The Guide includes 1,450 senior housing facilities classified in 9 types of facilities with 850 separate addresses serving 42,000 serving those over age 55. It is remarkably extensive in its coverage of all types of housing, with and without care services. Unfortunately it does not cover nursing homes.

Seniorliving. A directory and information site on all kinds of senior housing including independent living, assisted living, nursing homes and home care.

APlaceforMom.com. At this diverse, informative site you will find the “Senior Living Blog,” of timely ideas and resources; a collection of articles on trends in senior living; advice on retirement financial and legal issues, and Alzheimer’s and Dementia News.

Assisted Living Directory: Facilities, Information & Senior Care -- lists numerous facilities and, at times, other senior care options, organized by state, and then by city.

Administration for Community Living  The Administration for Community Living is a federal government program that funds and promotes housing initiatives for older adults and people with disabilities. The site includes a variety of information about housing programs and options.

Education/Classes

LearningLife (CCAPS) and  Encore Transitions, hosted by LearningLife (CCAPS)  LearningLife offers an innovative portfolio of short courses, seminars, and one-day immersions feature a range of topics and approaches to learning and taught by University faculty, and scholars and professionals from the community.  Encore Transitions is an annual series of courses designed to help you prepare and navigate for a successful post-career life by focusing on personal, professional, and social satisfaction, as well as timely financial and health matters.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) offers a wide variety of classes for older adults at a wide variety of locations around the Twin Cities.  Attendees pay a flat annual fee that entitles them to all the classes they want. Many UMRA members both teach and take courses at OLLI. 

Selim Center The Selim Center for Lifelong Learning is a unit of the University of St. Thomas that offers classes and single event programs especially for seniors.  Most events are held at the St. Paul campus, but some are in Minneapolis and Edina.

Travel

Road Scholar  Formerly known as Elderhostel, Road Scholar offers a wide range of trips all over the world especially geared to seniors of various physical abilities.

UM Alumni Association Trips. The University of Minnesota Alumni Association offers a number of cruises and other trips each year.

Evergreen Club  The Evergreen Club offers: a network of low-priced B&Bs, guest rooms and other accommodations for seniors.