National Links: (Note: Federal Government Links are preceded by "U.S.")
of the Alzheimer's Association is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the
advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all
affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain
health. See New York State Links, below, for local
Association's Guide to Legal Help on the Internet
Have a Legal Problem?
This page will help you find legal help from a lawyer or other source if you
need to resolve a legal matter. The page includes information about free legal
help for the needy, legal self-help, hiring an attorney, legal fees and general
AARP Legal Services Network
members can get a free initial consultation of up to 30 minutes with an attorney
who meets AARP LSN standards. Members can also receive significant discounts on
other legal services.
U.S. Administration on Aging
Administration on Aging (AoA), an agency in the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services, is one of the nation's largest providers of home- and
community-based care for older persons and their caregivers. Their mission is to
promote the dignity and independence of older people, and to help society
prepare for an aging population.
The Brennan Center for Justice (NYU School
Promotes equality and human dignity through nonpartisan
scholarship, public education and legal action.
Brookdale Center on Aging
Brookdale Center on Aging's multidisciplinary team of social
workers, nurses, lawyers, educators and ethicists provides training and
technical assistance to staff at all levels within the aging network.
Additionally, the Center helps non-aging agencies and businesses with their
concerns for older clients, older workers or caregiver employees.
Medicare Advocacy, Inc.
The Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc. is a
private, nonprofit organization which provides education, advocacy, and legal
assistance to help elders and people with disabilities obtain necessary
U.S. Centers for
Medicare & Medicaid Services
CMS maintains oversight of the
survey and certification of nursing homes and continuing care providers
(including home health agencies, intermediate care facilities for the mentally
retarded, and hospitals), and provides information about survey activities and
nursing home quality to beneficiaries, providers, researchers and State
surveyors. CMS also provides health insurance for over 74 million Americans
through Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP (State Children's Health Insurance
Families USA is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization
dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health and long-term
care for all Americans.
Society of America
The GSA was established in 1945 to promote the
scientific study of aging, to encourage exchanges among researchers and
practitioners from various disciplines related to gerontology, and to foster the
use of gerontological research in forming public policy.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Office of Disability, Aging and
Long-Term Care Policy
Contains a collection of policy and regulatory materials
related to health care. The site provides direct links to federal law,
regulations, the federal register, GAO reports, legislation/testimony, new and
reports, and cases on a wide range of issues.
The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is a private,
non-profit corporation established by Congress to seek to ensure equal access to
justice under the law for all Americans by providing civil legal assistance to
those who otherwise would be unable to afford it. LSC was created in 1974 with
bipartisan congressional sponsorship and the support of the Nixon
administration, and is funded through congressional
The Medicare Rights Center is a national
nonprofit organization that helps ensure that older adults and people with
disabilities get good, affordable health care.
The Consumer Voice for Quality Long Term Care (formerly National Citizen's
Coalition for Nursing Home Reform)
The Consumer Voice for Quality Long Term Care is a group of consumers and
advocates who define and achieve quality for people with long-term care needs.
NCCNHR provides information and leadership on federal and state regulatory and
legislative policy development and models and strategies to improve care and
life for residents of nursing homes and other long-term care
Institute on Aging
NIA leads the national scientific effort
to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of
life. In 1974, Congress granted authority to form NIA to provide leadership in
aging research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs
relevant to aging and older people. Subsequent amendments to this legislation
designated the NIA as the primary Federal agency on Alzheimer's disease
U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) - Healthcare 411
Healthcare 411 is a multimedia health care news Web site created by AHRQ that provides podcasts, videos, and advice columns on the latest health care news and research findings. A new podcast is released each week, and new videos and advice columns are added each month.
National Senior Citizen Law
The National Senior Citizens Law Center advocates
nationwide to promote the independence and well-being of low-income elderly
individuals and persons with disabilities.
PHI is addressing
the direct-care staffing crisis in long-term care by designing and implementing
innovations in provider practice; building multistakeholder coalitions to
support public policies responsive to the needs of workers, consumers, and
long-term care providers and collecting, analyzing, and disseminating
information and resources related to direct-care workforce issues.
DrugAlert.org is a website that alerts Seniors about potential health risks that may exist with medication and treatments that are currently sold worldwide.
New York State Links (State links are indicated
Alzheimer's Association NY City
The New York Chapter is a founding member of the national Alzheimer's Association. The mission of the New York City Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association is to create and promote comprehensive and humane care and treatment for persons with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders, and to provide support for their family and professional caregivers. The Chapter meets this mission in the community through increasing public awareness, providing education, creating and encouraging replication of model programs, collaborating with research centers, and undertaking advocacy.
Coalition of Institutionalized Aged & Disabled
CIAD is a non-profit organization of nursing home and adult home resident councils. CIAD is governed by a Board of Directors of residents from facilities throughout the New York City area. Formed in 1973, CIAD is dedicated to protecting the rights of residents and improving the quality of their life and care.
New York Safety Net
New York Safety Net is a Website which provides information and resources for people living in New York City on a range of issues including
worker’s rights, family health, education, and housing. The Website includes audio interviews on different issues, including one featuring Richard Mollot, LTCCC's executive director, discussing nursing home safety.
NY Office for the
The mission of the Office for the Aging (SOFA) is to "help
older New Yorkers to be as independent as possible for as long as possible
through advocacy, development and delivery of cost-effective policies, programs
and services which support and empower the elderly and their families, in
partnership with the network of public and private organizations which serve
NY Office of the
As New York State's Chief Legal Officer,
the Attorney General defends and protects the people of New York. In recent
years the attorney general's office has played a significant role in fighting
nursing home abuse and fraud.
NY Department of
DOH has principal responsibility
for regulating healthcare in New York,
including oversight of the state's nursing homes and licensed assisted
living/adult home communities.
StateWide Senior Action
The New York StateWide Senior Action Council is a
grassroots membership organization made up of individual senior citizens and
senior citizen clubs from all parts of New York State. StateWide
was organized in 1972 from War on Poverty funds with the goal of developing a
statewide organization of older New Yorkers who could advocate for their
interests and needs regarding services, programs and policies effecting older