Outside Resources

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.

Administration for Community Living The Administration for Community Living was created around the fundamental principle that older adults and people with disabilities of all ages should be able to live where they choose, with the people they choose, and with the ability to participate fully in their communities. By funding services and supports provided by networks of community-based organizations, and with investments in research and innovation, ACL helps make this principle a reality for millions of Americans.

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

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.

Center for Spirituality & Healing (CSH). The CSH is a 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.

Elder Fraud Seeking to safeguard the elderly from fraud, the site provide information for dealing with scams and fraud of all kinds.

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.

Elderweb This award winning site offers information on legal, housing, medical, statistics and personal finances. If you are new to the site, click on the "site map" to get an overview of web site.

Grandparents.com Here you’ll find all kinds of tips and ideas on how to spend effective time with your grandchildren.

Grief Support Groups This list, courtesy of Allina Health, has been compiled to help those who may be interested in seeking assistance through grief support goups or individual therapy. It is organized by location and focused primarily on adult grief.

Human Resources (HR).  This is the University of Minnesota’s Office of Human Resources, which has an entire section on Benefits and another on Retirement Savings. On the pages for the latter, you will find some very useful Retirement Videos. You probably got a lot of use from this site when you retired. It has useful information for older retirees too.

Mayo Clinic – Healthy Aging The MayoClinic.com web site has many articles and resources relevant to healthy aging.

Minnesota Board on Aging is a Helping Agengy that advocates. advises, and administers "Age Well, Live Well" programs. It provides a wealth of directoies and links, including links to Health Care Directives forms and questions/answers.

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.

Misc. Grief Support Groups – Allina Health  Allina’s website has many grief support groups listed for different regions of the Twin Cities.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul campus, is a vital community of older adults who are brought together by their intellectual curiosity and love of learning. Many UMRA members both teach and take courses at OLLI. Most of the students and many of the teachers are retired from the University.

RetirementNet  is called the biggest retirement community on the web. This site offers information on seasonal and annual condo and apartment rentals, golf courses, RV living, independent, assisted and nursing care living across the country.

Senior Dating Services Ranked This site reviews the top 10 services for matching mature singles. The service rated highest is match.com, the biggest..

SeniorHealth.About.com This is one of the more popular sites devoted to senior health issues.

Senior Living Map lists senior and assisted living facilities by city, state, or zip in the USA. It appears to be reasonably current.

USA.gov (senior resources) This is a great place to start if you have questions related to federal government services and issues. At this site you will find a set of at least 5-10 links for each of the following 11 topics Caregivers' Resources, Consumer Protection for Seniors, Education, Jobs, and Volunteerism for Seniors, End-of-Life Issues, Federal and State Agencies for Seniors, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Health for Seniors, Housing for Seniors, Laws and Regulations Concerning Seniors, Money and Taxes for Seniors, Retirement, Travel and Recreation for Seniors.

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.

Wilder Caregiving Services. Associated with the Wilder Community Center for Aging in St. Paul are a wide variety of services available for caregivers. To learn more or to find similar services in your area, call 651-280-CARE (2273) or email caregiving@wilder.org. They have free webinars and free 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.

WiredSeniors  This web site has its own search engine that links to senior specific sites. They also offer a home exchange and a buyers club.