Online Gerontology Training & Resources for Georgia
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Aging Resource List

Click on a topic for a list of resources.

Aging Services

  1. The Georgia Division of Aging Services

  2. Find your local Area Agency on Aging and other services by county or region

  3. National Eldercare Locator

  4. The National Council on Aging (NCOA) offers an online screening service to help you find the benefit programs that may be of help to you

Aging: Realities vs. Expectations

  1. When Does Old Age Begin? (7/2/09) U.S. News & World Report

  2. Growing Old in America: Expectations vs. Reality (2009) Pew Research Center (for more information and the actual report referenced in the article above)

Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia

  1. Guidelines for Alzheimer's Disease Management
    (California Workgroup, State of CA's Dept of Public Health)

  2. Alzheimer's Disease: Unravelling the Mystery

  3. Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter

  4. Health Tips: Dementia, American College of Physicians Foundation

  5. What is Alzheimer's Disease?

  6. NIH State-of-the-Science Conference Statement (April 2010)

  7. Caring for a Person with Alzheimer's Disease: Your Easy-to-Use Guide from the National Institute on Aging (March 2010)

  8. Link to additional resources for family members and friends caring for people with Alzheimer's Disease

  9. New Diagnostic Criteria and Guidelines of Alzheimer's Disease (2011)

  10. Alzheimer's Disease & Other Dementia Course

  11. Your Guide to Coping with Alzheimer's & Dementia

Brain Health

  1. For a variety of brain games to challenge your brain and help keep it healthy (AARP)

  2. Myths about Aging and the Brain, AARP

  3. University of California Memory & Aging Center (Various Topics)

  4. The Aging Brain (Episode 5 from The Secret Life of the Brain), PBS

  5. Regular Exercise May Benefit the Brain as Well as the Body

  6. New Model Reports Released by CDC on Perceived Cognitive Impairment (June 2011)


  1. Eldercare at Home by the American Geriatrics Society Foundation for Health in Aging

  2. For Caregivers 2007 by MetLife Mature Market Institute and National Alliance for Caregiving in cooperation with the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging

  3. Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, Americus, GA

  4. Caring for a Person With Alzheimer's Disease: Your Easy-to-Use Guide from the National Institute on Aging (2009)

  5. How Will I Know Mom and Dad are okay?

  6. Ask Medicare: Resources & Benefits for Caregivers

  7. Broadcast Video:

  8. Family Care Navigator: State-by-State Help for Family Caregivers by the National Center on Caregiving

Chronic Health Conditions

  1. For Health Tips on a variety of chronic health conditions, by the American College of Physicians Foundation, available in English or Spanish.

  2. Take Charge of Your Health: Living with Chronic Disease - National Council on Aging

  3. Online Course: Managing Chronic Health Problems (available for a limited time)

  4. Hearing Loss: It's a Family Aff

Disaster Preparation

  1. Just in Case: Emergency Preparedness for Older Adults and Caregivers (12 pg booklet) from the National Family Caregiver Support Program

  2. Kentucky Preparedness for Aging (eNewsletter Winter 2008)

Elder Abuse and Neglect

  1. Why Should I Care About Elder Abuse? (National Center On Elder Abuse)

  2. What If I Susepect Abuse, Neglect, or Exploitation? (Administration on Aging)

  3. Elder Maltreatment Prevention (CDC)

  4. Report Abuse of Disabled Adults or Elder Persons (Adult Protective Services, Georgia Division of Aging Services)

  5. Elder Justice Now: A National Campaign to Protect Older Americans from Abuse

  6. The MetLife Study of Elder Financial Abuse: Crimes of Occassion, Desperation, and Predation Against America's Elders findings


  1. White Collar, Blue Collar, Gray Hair: The Changing Composition of Georgia's Workforce (AARP 2007)

  2. Geriatric Recruitement (Training Manuals)

End-of-Life & Palliative Care

  1. Improving Palliative and End-of-Life Care for Frail Older Adults

  2. Caring for Georgia's Frail Elders: The State of Palliative and End-of-Life Care in Georgia (Final Technical Report, Video, Online Training Modules)

  3. Deadling With End-of-Life Care Still A Struggle (Dr. Anne P. Glass)

  4. Palliative Care: Care vs. Cure? (PBS Video & Text Interview with Diane E. Meier, MD)


  1. For the new 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines

  2. Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide From the National Institute on Aging

  3. Aerobic Activity May Keep the Brain Young (Science Daily)

  4. NIA Introduced Go4Life Exercise and Physical Activity Campaign

  6. Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging (Text & Audio)

Fall Prevention

  1. American Geriatrics Society/British Geriatrics Society Clinical Practice Guideline: Prevention of Falls in Older Persons (2010)

  2. Recommended on Fall Prevention

  3. Preventing Falls Among Older Adults, Center for Disease Control and Prevention

  4. Falls Prevention Center of Excellence

  5. Home Asessment Tools

  6. Information for families based on research

  7. Falls Among Older Adults (A Cup of Health with CDC)

  8. Falls Among Older Adults (A Minute of Health with CDC)

  9. Adult Falls (A Cup of Health with CDC)

  10. Adult Falls (A Minute of Health with CDC)

  11. 3D Animated Virtual House from Environmental Geriatrics at Cornell University

Financial Planning

  1. A New Perspective on "Saving" for Retirement, AARP (2009)

  2. Financial Security: Retirement Planning (2009), Cooperative Extension System

Grandparents Raising Children 

  1. Georgia GrandFacts


  1. GET-AGE Glossary of Aging Terms

  2. The Glass Compendium of Web Resources on Aging (2007 Edition)

  3. Acronyms in Aging (AARP, 2005)

  4. AARP has developed and maintains an extensive database of internet resources (they claim over 900 links) related to aging

  5. Health Implications of Caregiving - Satellite Broadcast Resource List (2008)

Health, Healthcare, and Prevention

  1. Premier government website developed by the National Institutes of Health

  2. Finding Your Way: Checklists May Help You Stay Healthy, August 2006, AARP

  3. Health Information for Older Adults from the CDC

  4. Pocket Guide to Staying Healthy at 50+ for Men and Women From AHRQ

  5. Talking to Your Doctor: A Guide for Older People (2005), National Institute on Aging

  6. Health Tips (en espanol) from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

  7. Enhancing Use of Clinical Preventive Services Among Older Adults (2011), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Administration on Aging, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

  8. Escape From the Hospital Bed, New York Times (2011)

  9. Heart Insight: Healthy Living for Patientts, Their Families & Caregivers (AMA)

  10. SeniorHealth: Health & Wellness Information for Older Adults (National Institute of Health)

Healthcare Reform

  1. Straight Talk for Seniors on Health Reform (2010). National Council on Aging

  2. Health Care Reform and the CLASS Act Summary (April 2010)

  3. What is 'CLASS'? and Will it Work? Policy Brief from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. Munnell, A. H. & Hurwitz, J. (2011)

  4. Health Policy Brief: The Class Act. The Long-Trm Care Insurance Program Created by the Affordable Care Act Will Be Reshaped to Address Concerns About Solvency

Healthy Weight

  1. Best Way to Measure Body Fat (February 2009), CNN

  2. For a Healthy Weight, Find Your Balance Between Food and Physical Activity

  3. The secret to losing weight from WebMD: Food and Fitness Planner

High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

  1. High Blood Pressure Age Page (2007) National Institute on Aging

  2. High Blood Pressure Age Page (Spanish)

  3. High Blood Pressures, from National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Home Modifications

  1. ARP Home Design

  2. Home Modification Fact Sheet, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging (2003)

  3. National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modifications: Georgia Listings

  4. WELLcome Home...Keeping You Where You Want to Be


  1. Hospitalization, American Geriatrics Society Foundation for Health in Aging

  2. Hospitalization Happens: A Guide to Hospital Visits for Individuals with Memory Loss(18 page booklet) from the Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center of the National Institute on Aging


  1. Housing for Seniors: Georgia

  2. Housing Options

  3. A Guide to Making Housing Decisions for Older Adults

  4. Who Gets Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate? Your Guide to Passing On Personal Belongings

Long-Term Care

  1. Georgia Long-Term Care Ombudsman

  2. Nursing Home Five-Star Quality Rating

  3. Where to Begin a Search Among Nursing Homes in Georgia

  4. Culture Change Network of Georgia

  5. Getting Ready: Focusing on Cultural Competence in Long-Term Care Organizations;_Products/8_

Long-Term Care Insurance

  1. Do You Need Long-Term Care Insurance? (2003). Consumer Reports

  2. 4 Ways to Cover the Cost of Long-Term Care, U.S. News & World Report, 3/11/09

  3. 7 Tips for Buying Long-Term Care Insurance, U.S. News & World Report, 3/11/09

Medicaid in Georgia

  1. For information about long-term care, home and community-based services, and eligibility,2094,31446711_31944826,00.html


  1. General Information

  2. My Medicare - allows you to access your personal Medicare information

  3. Medicare Cost-Sharing Requirements for 2009, AARP

  4. Medicare Interactive, a resource provided by the Medicare Rights Center

  5. Medicare Basics: A Guide for Families and Friends of People With Medicare, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (July 2009) (56 pages)

  6. Senior Health: Medicare Basics for Caregivers, National Institute of Health

  7. Just For You: What Medicare Means for You - National Council on Aging

  8. Resource Website for Professional & Vounteers Who Help Those Medicare Recipients


  1. Samples of Medication Lists or

  2. List of Medications With Photos

  3. Medicines: Use Them Safely Age Page (2007) National Institute on Aging

  4. Updating the Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults (2012)

  5. Identifying Medications that Older Adults Should Avoid or Use with Caution: 2012 American Geriatrics Society Updated Beers Criteria

  6. How to Avoid Drug Interactions in the Elderly

  7. PainSAFE: Education About the Safe Use Of Pain Therapies

  8. Your Medicine: Be Smart. Be Safe. (with wallet card)

Mental Health

  1. The State of Mental Health and Aging in America (CDC)


  1. It's Too Darn Hot: Planning for Excessive Heat Events by the Environmental Protection Agency

  2. Heat Stress in the Elderly, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  3. Hyperthermia: Too Hot For Your Health by the National Institute on Aging

Planning Ahead

  1. The National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information offers an information and planning resource, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

  2. A House in Order: A Planning Guide (2007), Ozaukee County Aging Services Department, Wisconsin

  3. The Five Wishes document is available from Aging With Dignity  

  4. End-of-Life: Helping With Comfort and Care (2008), National Institute on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  5. List of for Improving Palliative and End-of-life Care (includes GA Advance Directives)
  6. 10 Conversations to Plan for Aging with Dignity and Independence


  1. Policy Center for the National Academy on an Aging Society (GSA)

Service to Others

  1. Volunteer Opportunities


  1. Sexuality in Later Life, National Institute on Aging

  2. Study Finds Many Older Americans Sexually Active, by Joseph Shapiro (8/22/07)

  3. Falling in Love Again: It's Never Too Late (By Abigail Trafford, The Washington Post, February 10, 2009)


  1. Getting Your Zzzzzzz's: How Sleep Affects Health & Aging

  2. Explore Insomnia (National Heart Lung and Blood Institute)

  3. Explore Narcolepsy (National Heart Lung and Blood Institute)

  4. Explore Restless Legs Syndrome (National Heart Lung and Blood Institute)

  5. Explore Sleep Apnea (National Heart Lung and Blood Institute)

  6. Your Guide to Healthy Sleeping (National Heart Lung and Blood Institute)

  7. In Brief: Your Guide to Healthy Sleep(National Heart Lung and Blood Institute)


  1. Smoking Cessation for Older Adults: It's Not Too Late!

  2. Health Tip: Smoking, American College of Physicians Foundation

  3. Smoking Among Older Adults Fact Sheet (September 2008), American Lung Association

  4. Smoking and Older Adults
  5. Transcript:

Social Networks

  1. Aging: Remaining Socially Active Aids Motor Skills (6/29/09), New York Times

  2. Social Support, Networks, and Happiness (2009), Population Reference Bureau

 Social Security

  1. Social Security: 2008 Georgia Quick Facts, AARP

  2. Fast Facts & Figures About Social Security (2008), Social Security Admnistration

  3. Social Security Finances: Findings of the 2009 Trustees Report, National Academy of Social Insurance


  1. Explaining Stroke, National Stroke Association (2007)

  2. Types of strokes and animated comparison of hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke

  3. Heart Insight: Healthy Living for Patientts, Their Families & Caregivers (AMA)

Veteran's Information

  1. Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors (2009)

Volunteering and Civic Engagement

  1. Civic Ventures and Awards

  2. Late-life Civic Engagement Enhances Health for Individuals and Communities (2006), The Journal on Active Aging

  3. National Senior Service Corps

  4. Senior Service Corps in Georgia


  1. Making Work More Flexible: Opportunities and Evidence (November 2008), AARP

  2. White Collar, Blue Collar, Gray Hair: The Changing Composition of Georgia's Workforce (2007), AARP

If you have comments or suggestions about this resource list, please send an email to or call Anne Glass, Ph.D., at the Institute of Gerontology at The University of Georgia at 706-425-3222.