If you have lost money from an online scam it is almost impossible to reclaim those funds. As such prevention is the key and not to fall into a trap to begin with is the answer to avoiding online scams. The two most basic rules when dealing with online sites are to never pay cash and to sense check the offer. If it seems too good to be true then more than likely it is.
Includes feature articles from AARP Magazine, up-to-date information on
legislative issues of concern to seniors, listings of local AARP offices
and services, Social Security, and the AARP Driver Safety Program, the
nations first and largest classroom driver improvement course specially
designed for motorists age 50 and older.
Adventures in Lifelong Learning
Elderhostel, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization with 25 years of experience
providing high-quality, affordable, educational adventures for adults who
are 55 and older.
OASIS provides educational and volunteer opportunities to enrich the lives
of mature adults.
The nonprofit SeniorNet provides adults 50+ access to and education about
computer technology and the Internet to enhance their lives and enable them
to share their knowledge and wisdom. This site offers online book discussion
groups, online courses in topics such as Memoir Writing and Web Searching,
craft and hobby how-to information and more.
This research site for professionals and family members offers articles about
eldercare and long term care, including legal, financial, medical, and policy
issues, as well as ElderStats, a searchable
collection of statistics on aging, eldercare, and retirement. Also included
are links to region-specific information and organizations.
- Family Caregiver
A nonprofit organization that helps families who care for loved ones with
Alzheimer's disease, stroke, Parkinson's disease, ALS, head injury and other
adult-onset brain disorders.
- Growth House
Gateway to resources for life-threatening illness and end of life care. Includes
sections on death, dying, grief, bereavement, end-of-life resources and related
- National Council on
Advocacy for the aging, public policy issues, related links.
- New LifeStyles
Lists state licensed senior housing and care providers nationwide.
Information and self-help resources for, and by, widows and widowers. Topics
covered include grief, bereavement, recovery, and other information.
- Administration on
Information designed for Older Americans and their families as well as those
concerned about providing the opportunities and services to enrich the lives
of older persons and support their independence. AoAs network of State
and Area Agencies plan, develop and support comprehensive in-home and community
services that create opportunities for active older persons and meet the
needs of older persons at risk of losing their independence.
- Centers for Medicare
& Medicaid Services (CMS)
Formerly the Health Care Financing Administration, CMS is the federal agency
that administers Medicare, Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance
- FirstGov for
A government sponsored web site covering topic areas on consumer protection,
health, education and training, tax assistance, travel and leisure and retirement
Medicare.gov is a consumer beneficiary website that provides access to
information about Medicare, Medicare health plans, contact information and
publications, as well as information about health care fraud and abuse and
- National Institute
NIA provides leadership in aging research, training, health information
dissemination, and other programs relevant to aging and older people. The
NIA is the primary federal agency on Alzheimers disease research. Includes
NIA publications, the Resource
Directory for Older People, and links to other government programs and
services to the elderly.
York State Senior Citizen Resource Guide
Published by the New York State Office
for the Aging, the Senior Citizen Resource Guide is a consumer's guide
to information, programs and services for older New Yorkers.
The Senior Corps is the national service program that puts the experience
and talents of seniors across the country to work getting things done in
their communities. The three national programs under its umbrella: the Foster
Grandparent Program, which links senior volunteers to children who need their
help; the Senior Companion Program, which places its volunteers with adults
needing extra assistance to live in the community, such as frail older persons;
and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) a one stop
shopping for senior volunteers. Includes links to SERVEnet, a one-stop portal for
information and resources on service and volunteering and IdeaList, a useful resource for
- Social Security
This government site offers answers to frequently asked questions like: how
to request a Social Security Statement (formerly Personal Earnings and Benefit
Estimate Statement)a statement of your lifetime earnings and an estimate
of your benefits; cost of living information (benefit, tax and wage-indexed
changes for 2000); computing your own benefit estimate; how to apply for
Social Security retirement benefits; a searchable Frequently Asked Questions
database; and how to contact a local office.
- Department of Veterans
Information about veterans benefits and services, special events, link to
the Office of Congressional Affairs
Center on Elder Abuse
Definitions, NCEA publications, statistics and how to report elder
- National Senior Citizens
The National Senior Citizens Law Center advocates nationwide to promote the
independence and well-being of low-income elderly individuals, as well as
persons with disabilities, with particular emphasis on women and racial and
- Senior Law Home
A Web site where senior citizens, their families, attorneys, social workers,
and financial planners, can access information about elder law, Medicare,
Medicaid, estate planning, trusts and the rights of the elderly and disabled.
Lots of good links.
- American Association
of Homes & Services for the Aging
AAHSA represents not-for-profit organizations dedicated to providing high
quality health care, housing and services to the elderly. Articles, consumer
tips, online catalog for ordering publications and links to member web sites
and state associations.
- HomeCare Online
Home care and hospice agency locator, facts and statistics. A service of
the National Association for Home Care
York State Long Term Care
Information on assisted living, home health care, and nursing homes in New
Compare nursing homes by looking at nursing home characteristics, state
inspections results, and nursing staff information. Part of the Medicare.gov
for Elder Care
Resources compiled by the National Care Planning Council. Includes lists
of government services and organizations, nursing homes, assisted living
sites, and information for care givers.
Offers a comprehensive web source of non-profit housing and services for
seniors, including links to websites with senior housing resources, information
to guide you in selecting a non-profit housing facility, and a directory
of national and state senior housing associations.