AARP is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for older adults. AARP promotes positive social change and provides its members with information, advocacy, and services.
American Society on Aging
The American Society on Aging is the largest organization of professionals in the field of aging. Its resources, publications, and educational opportunities are geared to enhance the knowledge and skills of people working with older adults and their families.
National Council on Aging
The National Council on Aging is a nonprofit organization whose members form a variety of support networks, including senior centers, area agencies on aging, adult day service centers, faith-based service organizations, senior housing facilities, employment services, and consumer groups.
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The American Health Quality Association
The American Health Quality Association works to share information about best practices with physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, and home health agencies to improve the quality of health care in communities across America.
Community Emergency Preparedness Information Network (CEPIN)
The CEPIN website promotes awareness among emergency responders and all people with disabilities.
Geriatric Mental Health Foundation
The Geriatric Mental Health Foundation is a nonprofit established by the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry to raise awareness of psychiatric and mental health disorders affecting seniors, eliminate the stigma of mental illness and treatment, promote healthy aging strategies, and increase access to quality mental health care for seniors.
Hearing Loss Association of America
Hearing Loss Association of America is a national organization that represents people with hearing loss. It provides assistance and resources for people with hearing loss and their families to help them learn how to adjust to living with hearing loss.
National Association of the Deaf
The National Association of the Deaf is a national civil rights organization by and for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. It emphasizes the importance of sign language for mental health services.
National Organization on Disability
National Organization on Disability is a private nonprofit organization that promotes the participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of life.
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Administration on Aging
The Administration on Aging provides specific information for older adults and families on a variety of aging-related topics. This website has a helpful section on area agencies in every state.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Emergency Preparedness for Older Adults
CDC has numerous guidance documents for health, mental health, and public health officials related to disasters and older adults.
Emergency Preparedness: Disability.gov
This webpage contains information for people with disabilities, their families, employers, and first responders regarding actions to take before, during, and after emergencies. It provides comprehensive information on emergency preparedness, response, and recovery plans that take into account the needs of people with disabilities.
Federal Emergency Management Agency
The Federal Emergency Management Agency provides information on declared disasters and emergencies, as well as useful information about different types of disasters and hazards.
National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
The National Center for PTSD provides information about the potential mental health effects of disasters and offers Psychological First Aid handouts for helping older adults after disasters.
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
NIA, one of the 27 institutes and centers of the National Institutes of Health, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. NIA provides leadership in aging research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs relevant to aging and older people.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC)
SAMHSA DTAC supports the efforts of states, territories, tribes, and local entities to be prepared, so they are better able to deliver an effective behavioral health (mental health and substance abuse) response to disasters. SAMHSA DTAC provides guidance pertaining to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program by facilitating information exchange and knowledge brokering by connecting technical assistance requestors to their peers and experts in the field. Last, SAMHSA DTAC has useful print and electronic materials in the Resource Collection about disaster behavioral health preparedness and response.
SAMHSA Publication Ordering
SAMHSA Publication Ordering offers free publications and tip sheets on older adults and disaster issues.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Interagency Coordinating Council on Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disabilities
The Interagency Coordinating Council on Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disabilities was established to ensure that the federal government appropriately supports safety and security for individuals with disabilities in disaster situations.
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Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event
A Guide for Parents, Teachers and Care-Givers.
Immediate Disaster Response: Hurricane Sandy-Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series (DBHIS)
This installment of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series (DBHIS) focuses on first responders and, currently, Hurricane Sandy.