Additional Research and Information Resources
AgeLine – a unique bibliographic index of the periodical and other literature in the field of aging, was for many years maintained by AARP, who named it in 1983. Until the summer of 2009, this resource was available for searching at no charge on AARP’s website. The database was then sold to EBSCO publishing which now has sole rights and ownership. The PCA Library has access to AgeLine. Contact the Librarian or the Library Assistant to request an AgeLine literature search.
AARP's Internet Resources on Aging - A database of over 900 websites on aging and related subjects. www.aarp.org/research/internet_resources/
Compendium of Community Aging Initiatives (Center for the Advanced Study of Aging Services & School of Social Welfare, University of California at Berkeley, March 2010 http://cssr.berkeley.edu/research_units/casas/documents/Compendium_Final_031110.pdf
health and wellness information for older adults from the National Institutes of Health
- National Library of Medicine's index to periodical literature in the field of medicine.
MedlinePlus, a quality health information source and a service of the National Library of Medicine for both professionals and consumers. Note "Seniors" tab.
The Silver Book database and almanac (Alliance for Aging Research). Note "Recent Facts" section at top of the page.
PCACares News Bulletin - Provides links to articles in public health & aging, action items and information resourcesReceive the News Bulletin every weekday via e-mail. Go to http://www.pcacares.org/News_Bulletin.aspx and under REGISTER NOW click on "Sign Up.".
Resource: The National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center
Aging Network Volunteers
Mayor's Commission on Aging Strategic Plan 2011-2013 (Office of the Mayor, City of Philadelphia)
2008-2012 State Plan Porgress Update Presentation (PA Dept. of Aging)
2010 Survey of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a, Scripps Gerontology Center, July 2011)
You Make a Difference: A Guide for Area Agency on Aging Boards and Advisory Councils (n4a, 2011)
The Costs Associated with Alzheimer’s Disease (NIA, March 2012)
Dementia: a public health priority (World Health Organization and Alzheimer's Disease International, April 2012)
Alzheimer’s from the Frontlines: Challenges a National Alzheimer’s Plan Must Address (Alzheimer's Association, Nov. 2011)
Stages of Alzheimer's Disease (Alzheimer's Association, 2010)
2008 Progress Report on Alzheimer's Disease: Moving Discovery Forward (NIA, ADEAR - 3/10/10)
Alzheimer's Disease: Unraveling the Mystery
(NIA, 2008) - description with link to full report.
Mild Cognitive Impairment
(JAMA Patient Page, Oct. 1, 2008)
"Vanishing Mind" Multimedia compilation by the New York Times.
“Voices of Alzheimer’s Disease: Summary Report on the Nationwide Town Hall Meetings for People with Early Stage Dementia” - link to report summary (Alzheimer's Association, 2008).
The 40-70 Rule: A Guide to Conversation Starters for Boomers and Their Senior Loved Ones (Home Instead, Inc., Dec. 2010)
Family Caregiver Alliance
Health Care Reform and Family Caregivers (Family Caregiver Alliance, 2010) 4p.
Valuing the Invaluable: The Economic Value of Family Caregiving, 2008 Update
, by Ari N. Houser and Mary Jo Gibson (AARP Public Policy Institute Research Report, November 2008).
State of the Science: Professional Partners Supporting Family Caregiving, is a joint endeavor of the AARP Foundation, the American Journal of Nursing, the Council on Social Work Education and its Journal of Social Work Education, Family Caregiver Alliance, and Rutgers Center for State Health Policy (New Jersey).
Evidence-Based Program Summary: Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (Center for Healthy Aging, Revised May 2010) - Site provides link to the summary.
U.S. Trends in Disability in Late-Life
, Population Reference Bureau webcast (September, 2008 - webcast or .mp3: 20 minutes).
Gaps Continue To Exist in Nursing Home Emergency Preparedness and Response During Disasters: 2007-2010 (HHS - OEI, 4/13/12)
Unemployed Older Workers: Many Experience Challenges Regaining Employment and Face Reduced Retirement Security (GAO, 4/25/12) - Summary includes link to full report, related video and podcast.
Doing Without: Economic Insecurity and Older Americans - Briefs on 3 topics: 1) Ranking of the States, 2) Gender, 3) Race (Wider Opportunities for Women -WOW, 2012)
A Snapshot of 2009 Utility Expenditures by Older Consumers (AARP Public Policy Institute, Oct. 2011)
Income Security: Older Adults and the 2007-2009 Recession (GAO, 10/17/11)
A Blueprint for Increasing the Economic Security of Older Adults: Recommendations for the Older Americans Act (NCOA, 3/28/2011)
How Recent Changes in Reverse Mortgages Impact Older Homeowners (AARP, Feb. 2011)
Age: A 21st Century Diversity Imperative—Executive Case Report (Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College, Sept. 2011)
Penn State's "Financial & Consumer Literacy" site
- free publications on managing money in the recession.
Unemployment Statistics on Older Americans (Urban Institute, updated 2/4/11)
Global Age-friendly Cities: A Guide (World Health Organization, 2007
Philadelphia: The State of the City - A 2012 Update (Pew Charitable Trusts)
U.S. EPA Aging Initiative
In Brief: Power of Attorney Abuse: What States Can Do About It
, by Naomi Karp (AARP Research Report, Dec. 2008) - Summary with link to full report.
Medical Identity Theft Environmental Scan
, prepared by BoozAllen Hamilton for HHS, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (Oct. 15, 2008, .pdf format, 39 p.)
National Center on Elder Abuse
Energy Coordinating Agency is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to ensuring that low and moderate income people have access to safe, affordable and reliable sources of energy and water.
Health Affairs - "Health Affairs is the leading journal of health policy thought and research. The peer-reviewed journal was founded in 1981 under the aegis of Project HOPE, a nonprofit international health education organization. Health Affairs explores health policy issues of current concern in both domestic and international spheres. http://
HealthCare.gov - Latest information on the Affordable Care Act.
Federal ACA Funds Tracker (Kaiser Family Foundation, 2012)
Patient Cost-Sharing Under the Affordable Care Act (KFF, 4/23/12)
HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities (HHS, Oct. 2011)
Health Care and Long-Term Care Policy: Concerns Facing Older Women
, an audio slide-show presentation by Alina Salganicoff, Ph.D., vice president and director of women’s health policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation, "provides an overview of health care coverage and cost challenges for women over age.
State and Local Fiscal Challenges: Rising Health Care Costs Drive Long-term and Immediate Pressures
, by Stanley J. Czerwinski, Director Strategic Issues, for the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance (GAO Testimony, 11/19/08, .pdf format, 16 p.)
HeathCareandYou.org - Site intended to help consumers understand the Affordable Care Act, created by a coalition of health care and advocacy group
2011- 2012 Immunizers’ Question & Answer Guide to Medicare Part B & Medicaid Coverage of Seasonal Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccinations: Steps to Promoting Wellness: Immunizations (CMS)
Implementing Healthy People 2020 - MAP-IT: A Guide To Using Healthy People 2020 in Your Community (HealthyPeople.gov, 6/22/11)
The National Prevention Strategy (Community Commons)
Safer Sex for Seniors
Falls and Older Adults (NIHSeniorHealth, Jan. 2011)
Community Gardening Manual: Atlanta Urban Gardening Program (Atlanta Regional Commission)
Car Insurance Tips: Senior Driver Safety (CarInsuranceQuotes.net, 2010)
Celebrating Healthy Aging
- AoA celebrates healthy aging by highlighting evidence-based prevention and wellness projects being conducted in communities across the Nation.
Creating a Family Health History
(NIH SeniorHealth, July 12, 2010)
HealthDay TV: online videos recap current developments in health and provide consumer-oriented spotlights on a wide variety of health issues.
Fitness for Older Adults
(JAMA Patient Page, 9/3/08).
Five Ways Older Adults Can Be More Physically Active
by the National Diabetes Education Program (11/08).
Institute for Safe Medication Practices
Nutrition Assistance for Older Americans Fact Sheet
, by Jean C. Accius (AARP Public Policy Institute, October 2008)
Going from Good to Great: Livable Communities Surveys in OH
, by Brittne M. Nelson and Terri Guengerich (AARP Research Report, September 2008) - Summary with link to full report.
Characteristics and Use of Home Health Care by Men and Women Aged 65 and Over (CDC - National Health Statistics Reports, 4/18/12)
Pilot Program Trains Certified Home Health Aides to Provide Nursing Care to Patients at Home (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Oct. 2011)
Home Health Care Compare - Detailed information about every Medicare-certified Home Health agency in the country. (Medicare.gov)
Home Health Care Directory (HomeHealthCareAgencies.com)
Housing an Aging Population: Are We Prepared? (Center for Housing Policy, 2012)
Housing as a Platform for Improving Outcomes for Older Renters (Urban Institute, 5/7/12)
Hospice Care in America, 2011 ed. (National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, 2012)
Health Care Costs: A Primer (KKF, 5/9/12)
Long-Term Care in an Era of Shrinking Government (Urban Institute video webcast, 11/8/11)
A Report on the Actuarial, Marketing, and Legal Analyses of the CLASS Program (HHS, Oct. 2011)
Creating Long-Term-Care Insurance Options for Elderly People (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Oct. 2011)
Market Survey of Long-Term Care Costs: The 2011 MetLife Market Survey of Nursing Home, Assisted Living, Adult Day Services, and Home Care Costs (October, 2011)
MetLife Study of Women, Retirement, and the Extra-Long Life: Implications for Planning (Sept. 2011)
Compare Cost of Care Across the United States - Genworth Financial
MetLife Market Survey of Nursing Home & Assisted Living Costs
, (October 2008, .pdf format, 28 p.).
Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council
"is an independent state agency responsible for addressing the problem of escalating health costs, ensuring the quality of health care, and increasing access for all citizens regardless of ability to pay."
Paying for Senior Care (American Elder Care Research Organization) - Note disclaimer on site: "This site is for information and support; it is not a substitute for professional advice."
Talking About Medicare: Your Guide to Understanding the Program, 2012 (KFF, 4/26/12)
Health Characteristics of Medicare Traditional Fee-for-Service and Medicare Advantage Enrollees: 1999-2004: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey Linked to 2007 Medicare Data (CDC - National Health Statistics Reports, 5/3/12)
Medicare: Implementation of Financial Incentive Programs under Federal Fraud and Abuse Laws (GAO, 3/30/12)
Accountable Care Organizations in Medicare and the Private Sector: A Status Update (Urban Institute, 11/3/11)
Medicare Part D Data Spotlight: A First Look at Part D Plan Offerings in 2012 (KFF, 10/13/11)
Medicaid’s Long-Term Care Users: Spending Patterns Across Institutional and Community-based Settings (KFF Issue Brief, 10/26/11)
Adverse Events in Hospitals: National Incidence Among Medicare Beneficiaries (HHS -OIG, Nov. 2011)
Disparities in Health and Health Care among Medicare Beneficiaries: A Brief Report of the Dartmouth Atlas Project
, by Elliott S. Fisher, David C. Goodman, Amitabh Chandra, ed. by Kristen K. Bronner (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)
The Future of Medicare: Recognizing the Need for Chronic Care Coordination
- A hearing before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging (5/9/07, .pdf format, 129 p.)
The Kaiser Family Foundation has updated its primers on Medicaid and Medicare.
Access these and other overviews of health care topics and programs by clicking HERE.
Interactive Medicare Health Plan Tracker
Updated With 2009 Medicare Advantage and Stand-Alone Drug Plan Data (Kaiser Family Foundation)
"Medicare Now and in The Future," (Kaiser Family Foundation, October 2008, .pdf and HTML format, 8p.).
Medicare Rights Center: Your Guide Through the Medicare Maze
, which includes the Medicare Interactive Counselor
Millions of Low-Income Americans Can’t Get Medicaid: What Can Be Done?
by Stan Dorn (AARP Research Report, September 2008) - Summary, with link to full report.
Resources on the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit
(Kaiser Family Foundation)
The Revised Medicare Physician Guide: A Resource for Residents, Practicing Physicians, and Other Health Care Professionals
(CMS, October 2008, .pdf format, 95 p.)
Reaching for the Stars: Quality Ratings of Medicare Advantage Plans, 2011 (KFF Issue Brief, 2/17/11).
The Pennsylvania Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition
was formed in 1999 as a statewide coalition of individuals and organizations concerned about the unmet mental health and substance abuse needs of older adults across the Commonwealth.
Promoting Mental Health and Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for Senior Living Communities (SAMSHA - National Mental Health Information Center)
The State of Mental Health and Aging in America: Issue Brief #1: What Do the Data Tell Us?
(CDC & NACDD, 2008, .pdf format, 12 p.). Click here.
Use of Drugs to Treat Depression: Guidelines from the American College of Physicians
(Summaries for Patients, Annals of Internal Medicine, 11/18/08).
2010 National Survey of Residential Care Facilities (CDC - NCHS,4/11/2012)
Residents Living in Residential Care Facilities: United States, 2010 (NCHS, April 2012)
Green Houses Growing in Numbers Across the States
(Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, June 24, 2008).
Nursing Home Compare
website and other useful CMS resources
Database: Which nursing homes overuse antipsychotic drugs? (Boston Globe, 4/28/12)
American Geriatrics Society Updated Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults (JAGS, 2012)
How Prescription Drug Use Affects Health Care Utilization and Spending by Older Americans: A Review of the Literature
, by Cindy Parks Thomas, (AARP Research Report, April 2008) - Summary, with link to full report.
Avoiding Drug Interactions
Statehealthfacts.org (Kaiser Family Foundation)
AgingStats.gov - Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics
The Older Population: 2010 (U.S. Census, Nov. 2011)
Health, United States, (National Center for Health Statistics) The special feature for this year is on "Death and Dying."
Profile of Older Americans (AoA). Includes archive of past editions.
Connecting Generations (Microsoft and AARP, Feb. 2012)
Barriers and Drivers of Health Information Technology Use for the Elderly, Chronically Ill, and Underserved
(AHRQ, Nov., 2008) - Abstract with link to full report.
CMS Fact Sheets on Electronic Health Records
The Aging Services Network and the Use of Online Screening and Application Technology (National Center for Benefits Outreach and Enrollment, n4a, NASUA - Jan. 2010)
Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) - Mission is "...to expedite the development, evaluation and adoption of emerging technologies that can improve the aging experience."
The Connected Patient: Charting the Vital Signs of Remote Health Monitoring (THINK-Health, Feb. 2011) .
Term Living Training Institute of Pennsylvania