We do our best to share reliable and reputable resources, and invite your suggestions and comments. We are not connected to law firms or other businesses, but want to provide seniors with a wide range of resources so they can be informed consumers. Inclusion in this list does not imply endorsement.
Aging and the Study of Aging
- Aging 2.0: A global innovation platform on a mission to accelerate innovation to improve the lives of older adults around the world, by connecting, educating and supporting innovators through community building, events and programming.
- American Society on Aging: Offering nationally recognized professional education, publications, and online information and training resources.
- Association for Gerontology in Higher Education: AGHE’s mission is two-fold: to advance gerontology and geriatric education in academic institutions; and to provide leadership and support of gerontology and geriatrics education faculty and students at education institutions.
- Changing Aging, with Dr. Bill Thomas: Articles and blogs with a focus on changing the culture of aging.
- National Center for Creative Aging: Dedicated to fostering an understanding of the vital relationship between creative expression and healthy aging, and to developing programs that build upon this understanding.
- NextAvenue: Public media’s first and only national service for America’s 50+ population. Their mission is to meet the needs and unleash the potential of older Americans through the power of media by providing news, information and advice to help their audience navigate their lives and inviting them to join in an ongoing conversation about the issues and transitions we all face.
- Personal Safety Nets: A pragmatic way of preparing for the surprises in life by building a plan to increase resourcefulness and resilience for you and those you care about.
- This Chair Rocks: A website, book, and blog committed to combatting ageism.
- Third Act Magazine—Aging with Confidence: Published quarterly in Western Washington with articles and stories that speak directly to boomers and older adults. Writers and contributors are experts and progressive thinkers in all matters related to navigating this stage of our lives. The website expands on these themes and provides timely articles, a forum, links and valuable resources.
Aging in Place
- Boomer’s Roadmap for Aging in Place: From HomeCity.com, a Texas real estate website, with suggestions applicable to any part of the country.
- Retiring in Your Own Home: A list of suggestions from HomeAdvisor, on how Baby Boomers can age in place, with links to related articles.
- The Village Movement: Redefining Aging in Place: An article on Next Avenue about this new approach that allows people to stay in their homes while easing the burden on their family caregivers.
- Villages: Helping People Age in Place: An article in the AARP Magazine on how villages allow people to stay in their homes longer.
- NEST: Northeast Seattle Together: A non-profit grass-roots community in Northeast Seattle, which provides a strong support network through volunteers and trusted business referrals, so that older residents can stay in their homes, and engaged in their neighborhoods for as long as possible.
- Phinney Neighborhood Association Village: Like NEST, PNA Village is a local organization committed to offering the resources that support people’s ability to age in place.
- Wider Horizons—Central Seattle’s Village for Life: Wider Horizon’s mission is to enable older residents of Central Seattle to participate in an intergenerational community that shares knowledge, experience, and services with each other, so living is easier and more joyful.
- Villages NW: Developing and nurturing a network of sustainable, community-based Villages throughout the region to enable more Pacific NW residents to successfully age in place. Located in Portland, Oregon.
- Village to Village Network: A national peer-to-peer network to help establish and continuously improve management of local villages, whether in large metropolitan areas, rural towns, or suburban settings.
Alzheimer’s & Dementia
- Alzheimer’s Association: Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer’s Association advances research to end Alzheimer’s and dementia while enhancing care for those living with the disease.
- Alzheimer’s Navigator: Helps guide caregivers by creating a personalized action plan and linking you to information, support and local resources.
- Art of Alzheimer’s: Sharing remarkable art by vibrant people, opening hearts and minds to a different way of thinking about Alzheimer’s and dementia, and preparing us all to be better stewards of an aging population.
- Alzheimer Society of Washington: Educating people about dementia related diseases and providing hope to those affected by offering support and resources.
- Elderwise: An Adult Day Center that meets weekdays in Seattle and uses the Elderwise Spirit-centered Care model to provide a structured program of arts, exercise, discussion, and shared community, offering enrichment for the frail elder and respite for caregivers.
- Legal and Financial Planning for People with Alzheimer’s Disease Fact Sheet: From the National Institute on Aging.
- Legal Planning for Dementia and Alzheimer’s: A guide for patients and their families on the Just Great Lawyers website, which helps people locate, compare and contact attorneys.
- Momentia: A grassroots movement empowering people with memory loss and their loved ones to remain connected and active in the community.
- Accessibility and Employment: What People with Disabilities Need to Know: The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) offers a guide to basic understanding of what accessible workplace technology is—and how to use this knowledge to assess and meet one’s own needs.
- Dating When Blind or Visually Impaired: The subtitle of this blog post on the VisionAware website is, From Single and Ready to Mingle to Off the Market.
- Disability Accommodation Cost Guides: A list of home improvement projects for those with disabilities from Home Advisor with average costs and guidance in implementation.
- Disaster Safety for People with Disabilities: What to Do When Emergency Weather Strikes: A guide offered by RedFin.
- Thriving in Trade School with a Disability: A guide that highlights the benefits of vocational education, potential careers, and laws that protect both students and employees with disabilities, including veterans and those with hearing or visual impairment. Employers can also find simple steps for promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Published by Accredited Schools Online.
End of Life Resources
- Aging with Dignity: The Five Wishes: A private, non-profit organization with a mission to safeguard the human dignity of people as they age or face serious illness. Their Five Wishes document helps people plan in advance of a serious illness.
- The Conversation Project: Dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care
- The Death Café: A group-directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. Their intention is ‘to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their finite lives’.
- Death Over Dinner: How we want to die represents the most important and costly conversation America isn’t having. Dozens of medical and wellness leaders have been gathered to cast an unflinching eye at end of life, and created an uplifting interactive adventure that transforms this seemingly difficult conversation into one of deep engagement, insight and empowerment.
- End of Life Blog: Thoughts from an M.D.: Stories about end of life situations encountered by Dr. Jim DeMaine during a 32-year practice in Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine, in which he explores the ethical issues, stresses, successes, and failures.
- End of Life Washington: Guides people in planning for the final days of their lives, by providing free end-of-life counseling and client support services statewide to qualified patients who desire a peaceful death. Formerly Compassion & Choices of Washington.
- My Gift Of Grace: A surprisingly fun game about end of life that families around the world are using to start meaningful conversations.
- OK to Die: End of Life Preparation Checklist: Their mission is to create conditions in which people plan ahead, make their peace, understand that it is OK to die naturally, and make educated choices which allow them to pass away peacefully and comfortably, surrounded by those who love them most.
- Positive Endings: Become comfortable with planning your own death. Dori Gillam engages groups with compassion and humor to share and learn about end of life planning.
- Speaking of Dying: A powerful short film by Trudy James with a message for seniors and others that it’s possible to learn about and discuss end of life choices before a crisis occurs.
- American Cancer Society: A resource for expert information, support of patients, and prevention guidance.
- Medical Malpractice Center: Provides information on different types of medical malpractice, plus state-by-state malpractice laws and limitations in hopes of reducing these types of injuries.
- Mesothelioma Resources: Mesothelioma is a fatal cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos particles and usually affects older adults in their 60’s and 70’s.
- Mesothelioma Guide: Their comprehensive guide includes up-to-date information about living with mesothelioma, top doctors and treatment options.
- Mesothelioma Lawyer Center: Helps families locate local lawyers specializing in this disease.
- Mesothelioma Prognosis Network: Offering a monthly online support group; an on-staff doctor and nurse available to answer any medical-related questions; 24-hour live chat support and Patient Advocates.
- Mesothelioma Support: Suggestions from Mesothelioma.net for patients, their friends, family and caregivers as they struggle to come to terms with and deal with this disease.
- Mesothelioma Veterans Center: Because of the prevalence of asbestos use in the military in the past, 1/3 of all mesothelioma patients are veterans. This organization helps spread awareness to veterans and their families.
- Treat Mesothelioma: An informational website that “aspires to educate the public on the dangers of asbestos and to assist people who may have already been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease.”
- Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation: The Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life of people in the Parkinson’s Disease community, with the goal of bridging the gap between diagnosis and cure with the best evidence-based programming available at no or low cost.
- Quit Smoking Community: A hub where visitors can access information regarding quitting smoking, as well as download resources and tools to help them begin and complete their quit journey.
- Seniors’ Health Resources: A wide-ranging listing of resources compiled by the NIH’s National Library of Medicine and presented by MedlinePlus.
- Sleep and Aging: Senior Sleep Guide: Offered by Tuck Sleep Foundation, a Seattle-based “non-profit community devoted to improving sleep hygiene, health and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources.”
Informational and Advocacy Resources
- Assisted Living Facilities: Tips from HelpGuide.org on choosing a facility and making the transition. Additional topics on Aging Well are also available.
- ConsumerDangers: A website that “strives to provide a comprehensive free resource for the public to learn more about every day products that can potentially cause harm.”
- Consumer Safety: A website that uses a variety of sources to collect data about recent recalls, news stories, and dangerous products.
- Drug Center: An online resource for people experiencing serious side effects from drugs or medical devices.
- Guide to Disability Claims, Insurance and Benefits: From Marc Whitehead & Associates, a national disability benefits law firm.
- Moving Tips, Tricks and Secrets for Seniors: From YourStorageFinder.com, which bills itself as “The #1 website to find self-storage anywhere.”
- Nursing Home Abuse Center: A free online resource “designed to inform and encourage improvements to the status quo.” Not affiliated with any lawyer or law firm.
- Recall Report: An organization “created to alert the public to the latest information on dangerous drugs and products.”
- Senior Veterans Service Alliance: Lists appeals agents, advocates and eldercare services in many areas of the country. These individuals and providers help senior veterans and their survivors understand veterans benefits available to them.
- Transportation Options for Seniors Who Don’t Drive: A breakdown of transportation options, including the pros and cons of each option, from the Neptune Society.
Mental and Physical Activities
- Eight Best Workouts for Older Adults: From Silver Sneakers, a free fitness program provided by many insurers. You can also subscribe to their twice-a-month newsletter.
- Exercise Essentials for Healthy Aging: Some basics from EverydayHealth.
- Exercising with Osteoporosis: Guidance from the Mayo Clinic.
- Grandparent’s Guide to Sharing Your Love of Classic Cars with Your Grandchild: Tips from Professional Motor Sales, “Michigan’s top classic car dealership.”
- Outdoor Elderly Activities: A detailed list of suggestions from ElderOneStop.
- RetiredBrains: An online job and information resource for boomers, retirees and people planning their retirement years.
- Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL): A strength, balance and fitness program for adults 65 and over. The Washington State Department of Health in collaboration with Wellness Place, Inc. administers the SAIL Program in Washington State.
- Volunteer Abroad Programs for Senior Travelers: A list put together by GoOverseas.
Seattle Area Resources
- AgeWise King County: A monthly e-newsletter published by the Seattle-King Advisory Council on Aging and Disability Services.
- Area Agency on Aging for Seattle and King County: Plans, coordinates, and advocates for a comprehensive service delivery system for older adults, family caregivers and people with disabilities in King County.
- Generation to Generation Seattle: Mobilizing adults age 50+ to improve the lives of young people in vulnerable situations, while reinforcing the interdependence that exists between older and younger generations. To find a list of current opportunities to “Serve in Seattle,” scroll down the Seatte Gen2Gen web page.
- Sound Generations—Aging Your Way: An initiative to help Boomers transform their communities and create environments that support them as they age.