Directory of Senior Resources

Virtual VillageBrethren Village Retirement Community has compiled a comprehensive list of organizations, companies, and websites that help provide information to adults planning their retirement, seniors looking for various types of information, and senior caregivers. Brethren Village Retirement Community is not responsible for content published on these third-party websites.

AARP — Retirement Planning

A section of the AARP website which focuses on retirement planning options, financing retirement and other important issues.

Agencies on Aging

Department of Aging

Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance

400 Market Street

Rachel Carson State Office Building

Harrisburg, PA 17101

1.800.783.7067 helps caregivers of aging parents find resources that will help them deal with the stress of aging parents and elder care (senior care). Whether mom or dad needs long-term elder care, help to recover after a hospital stay, or is living with you, this website can help you find information caregivers need. It offers information on senior health conditions, answers to your elder care (senior care) questions and has an online community to chat with other caregivers who are facing similar problems as they care for elderly aging parents.


An information and referral network designed to communicate information about products and services that are important to enhancing the quality of life of older adults and their families. Topics include: geriatric health, geriatric drugs, legal, insurance, financial, helpful products and caregiver support.

Aging Parents & Elder Care

This website includes a wealth of information (articles, comprehensive checklists and links to key resources) designed to make it easier for people caring for an aging parent or elderly spouse. It enables caregivers to quickly find the information they need and avoid missing things that are important in the care they provide for their loved one.

Alzheimer’s Communities Regulations

Department of Public Welfare,

Division of Personal Care Homes


Alzheimer’s Association

Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline: 1.800.272.3900 (TDD: 1.866.403.3073)


The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Their mission 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.


Developed and maintained by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and is the nation’s most comprehensive web-based service to screen for benefits programs for seniors with limited income and resources.

The Capsule

A bimonthly newsletter published by the nonprofit organization, Children of Aging Parents. It provides advice for caregivers on everything from retrofitting old houses to gift ideas for seniors.

Children of Aging Parents

1609 Woodburne Road, Suite 302A

Levittown, PA 19057

Tel: 800-227-7294

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

This site has information related to Medicare and Medicaid services. Key topics include Medicare; Medicaid; the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP); information about the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS); information on CMS regulations & program guidance; information on CMS research, statistics, data & systems; information on CMS program outreach & education, and tools and resources. People with Medicare, family members, and caregivers should visit, the official U.S. Government site for people with Medicare, for the latest information on Medicare enrollment, benefits, and other helpful tools.

Disability Information

This is a U. S. government website for people with disabilities. Disability.Gov is part the President’s New Freedom initiative that provides one-stop access to information and programs that facilitate day-to-day living. It is a multi-agency initiative with information on civil rights, education, employment, housing, and transportation.

This site features a comprehensive list of drugs and medications that are currently on the market, or were previously available worldwide. The site focuses on educating the public about the details of prescription and over-the-counter medications, as well as aiding in the protection of patients and consumers by informing them of any associated side effects. It also features updated information concerning drug recalls, medication approvals, and current developments in the medical field. The goal is to enable patients to fully understand the benefits, as well as the risks associated with the use of certain medications.

Eldercare Locator

The Eldercare Locator is a national toll-free referral number funded by the U. S. Administration on Aging to assist older people and their families find community services anywhere in the country. Administered by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging in cooperation with the National Association of State Units on Aging, the Eldercare Locator connects callers to the best state and community sources of information and assistance to address the issues, needs, or concerns of elder persons and their caregivers. To get help, call 800-677-1116 Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM (ET).

Created by a nationwide network of attorneys, provides consumers with clear information on legal issues facing seniors. Consumers may find qualified elder law attorneys by searching by telephone area code. The site offers primers on Medicaid, Medicare, estate planning and long-term care planning. Handy tools include calculators and checklists.

Extended Care Information Network

This site offers a database of 24,000 extended care providers and over 9,000 home health care agencies. It is designed to match patient needs with providers or agencies that can accommodate them.

Family Caregiver Alliance

This organization offers programs to support and sustain the important work of families and friends caring for love ones with chronic, disabling health conditions, and provides programs at the national and local level. Its website provides a wealth of caregiving advice, resource listings, newsletters, fact sheets, research reports, policy updates and discussion groups.

Fellowship of Brethren Homes

Brethren Village Retirement Community is an active member of the Fellowship of Brethren Homes. FBH fosters the ministry of giving and receiving care, as modeled by Jesus and embraced by the Church of the Brethren, through the development of resources, programs, events and leadership that connect persons and communities in their lifelong journeys toward wholeness. Brethren Village is one of 23 retirement centers that are committed to providing care for older adults as a ministry to those who are aging and their families. FBH works together with Brethren Village on issues of mutual concern, such as establishing connections between the homes and congregations and districts.


This site is a gateway to consumer health and human services information from the U.S. government. It can lead you to publications, clearinghouses, databases, websites, and support and self-help groups, as well as government agencies and not-for-profit organizations that produce reliable information for the public. is an online resource for seniors searching for information on mental/emotional health, aging well, and eldercare. It is a joint community project of the Rotary Club of Santa Monica and the Center for Healthy Aging. The latter has gained a national reputation for innovative and effective programs and services to assist aging adults and their families with physical, emotional and financial challenges that come with aging.


IAHSA is an international, not-for-profit educational and charitable organization with multi-national composition, both in governance and membership. As a global network of provider organizations, businesses, researchers, individuals and government officials, IAHSA has representation in approximately 30 countries. The mission of IAHSA is connecting and supporting care and service providers worldwide to enhance the quality of life for the ageing.

LeadingAge (formerly AAHSA)

LeadingAge is a national association of not-for-profit organizations dedicated to providing high quality health care, housing and home and community-based services primarily to the elderly. It offers a number of publications and has a website listing its members and their facilities, as well as links to a wide range of other useful sites.

Long-Term Care

Welcome to the National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information. This website was developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide information and resources to help you and your family plan for future long-term care (LTC) needs.

Mature Workers (National Council on Aging)

The National Council on the Aging operates a Workforce Development Division which provides leadership and training for workforce professionals nationwide. It also sponsors the Senior Community Service Employment Program (with Federal money) to help older workers find part-time jobs and receive training in transferable skills. Also under the NCOA umbrella is the National Association of Older Worker Employment Services, an organization for employment service professionals.


MealCall is a non-profit organization that provides the necessary resources to local senior meal delivery organizations and congregate meal sites through direct financial support, helping to find volunteers, and providing online contact support between organizations and the people that need their services. The website enables consumers to find a meal program, i.e. Meals on Wheels or other meal delivery services, in their local area.

Medic Alert

The MedicAlert Foundation is a non-profit healthcare informatics organization dedicated to providing services to our members that protect and saves lives. MedicAlert® services are built around a repository of health information that enables members to manage their personal health records while maintaining security, privacy and confidentiality. As the trusted third party custodian of comprehensive personal health information, the MedicAlert® repository can connect to and provide critical medical information between patients, providers, payers, and first responders 24 hours a day anywhere in the world.

This is the official U.S. Government site for people with Medicare. It is loaded with links and search tools to help you find important information. Topics include the prescription drug plan, Medicare billing, Medicare appeals, Long-term care, plan choices, preventive services, enrollment information, and the ombudsman center. It also includes tools enabling you to compare Medicare prescription drug plans, hospitals in your area, health plans and Medigap polices, nursing homes, and much more. It also has the latest information on Medicare enrollment and benefits.

The Merck Manual of Geriatrics

The Merck Manual of Geriatrics focuses on the medical problems of the elderly, providing clinical information to physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other health professionals involved in the care of elderly patients.

Mesothelioma Group

Support community provides treatment options and the resources seniors need to understand their prognosis and improve life expectancy.

Support community provides treatment options and the resources seniors need to understand their prognosis and improve life expectancy.

This website gives registered beneficiaries the ability to view eligibility and entitlement information, enrollment information including prescription drug plans, deductible and address of record information. Additionally, it provides beneficiaries with the ability to order replacement Medicare cards, access to online forms and publications, preventive service information and the option for web chat assistance for any technical questions. Users of the site can access and view the status of adjudicated claims as well as search for a specific claim.

The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

An organization that offers referrals of attorneys, judges, and other legal professionals dedicated to helping elders with housing, health and long-term care planning, estate planning, and other legal issues related to aging.

The National Alliance for Caregiving

A national partnership that includes the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, the American Society on Aging, and other groups. It conducts research on aging and caregiving, promotes reliable resources, and increased public awareness of aging issues.

The National Alliance for Caregiving

4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 642

Bethesda, MD 20814

Tel: 301-718-8444

National Council on the Aging

The National Council on the Aging, Inc., a private, non-profit association, is a center of leadership and nationwide expertise on the issue of aging.

National Family Caregivers Association

The National Family Caregivers Association educates, supports, empowers and speaks up for the more than 50 million Americans who care for loved ones with a chronic illness or disability or the frailties of old age. NFCA reaches across the boundaries of diagnoses, relationships and life stages to address the common needs and concerns of all family caregivers.

National Institute of Health: Senior Health

NIHSeniorHealth makes aging-related health information easily accessible for family members and friends seeking reliable, easy to understand online health information. This site was developed by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) both part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIHSeniorHealth features authoritative and up-to-date health information from Institutes and Centers at NIH. In addition, the American Geriatrics Society provides expert and independent review of some of the material found on this Web site. Health topics include general background information, open-captioned videos, quizzes and frequently asked questions (FAQs). New topics are added to the site on a regular basis.

National Legal Resource Center

The National Legal Resource Center (NLRC), part of the U.S. Administration on Aging, aims to more effectively protect the rights, financial security, and independence of seniors most in need. Funded as a special project, the program involves five national non-profit organizations known for their work in legal and aging services support who have teamed up to better help people in need. The purpose of the NLRC is to empower legal and aging services advocates with the resources necessary to provide high quality, free legal help to seniors who are facing direct threats to their ability to live independently in their homes and communities.

Next Avenue

Next Avenue is a website from PBS stations that inspires America’s 50+ generation to live the most meaningful, vibrant life possible. Their site features thousands of articles, videos and slideshows all designed to help you make the most of your life’s second half.

Personal Care Regulatory Information

Department of Public Welfare, Division of Personal Care Homes


The Sandwich Generation

A quarterly magazine designed to help people deal with the dearth of information available on the challenges of juggling parent and child care. It offers legal, financial, medical and psychological advice.

As a leading career website for job-seekers aged 50+, provides opportunities, inspiration, community and counsel to people over 50 seeking work to match their lifestyle. Their job board connects experienced workers with tens of thousands of job listings from “Age-Friendly certified employers. The company has partnered with Franchise Solutions and set up a Franchise Center that will have access to hundreds of the world’s leading franchises and business opportunities. The data base can be searched by industry, investment range, and various categories that are important to individuals seeking self-employment, such as opportunities to work from a home office.


An Internet drug index which allows visitors to look up a drug by either generic or brand name, find out about side effects, read about new drugs and learn the results of clinical studies.

State Department of Insurance

Insurance regulations differ from state to state. Need help with an insurance company provider?
Want to know who writes Medigap insurance in your state?

Insurance Department

Consumer Services Bureau

1321 Strawberry Square

Harrisburg, PA 17120


National Council for Aging Care

A wide-ranging website with information designed for older Americans and their families as well as those concerned about providing opportunities and services to enrich the lives of older persons and support their independence. It includes many website links to government and non-government resources.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

This is the primary site for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and provides access to a vast array of health and medical programs offered by its 12 agencies. It is organized as a consumer guide to the more than 300 programs it administers. Included is a special section for seniors as well as resource information on nursing homes, Medicare, health issues, long term care, Eldercare Locator, elder abuse, coping and caring, and a resource directory for older people.

If you need information from the U.S. government, you find a good part of it on It is loaded with online information, services, and resources. Included is a special section call Senior Citizens’ Resources which covers a wide range of Web links that can be very helpful. It includes such topics as: consumer Protection for Seniors; Education, Jobs, and Volunteerism for Seniors; End-of-Life Issues; Federal and State Agencies for Seniors; Health for Seniors; Housing for Seniors; Laws and Regulations Concerning Seniors; Mondey and Taxes for Seniors; Retirement; and Travel and Recreation for Seniors.