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American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) AARP is the leading nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people age 50 and over in the United States. The group is known for providing a host of services to this ever-growing segment of the population by informing members and the public on issues important to this age group, advocating on legislative, consumer and legal issues, promoting community service, and offering a wide range of special products and services to members.
a public service of the US Administration on Aging for finding resources for older adults in any US community.
ElderCare Online is a beacon for people caring for aging loved ones. Whether you are caring for a spouse, parent, relative or neighbor, they are committed to providing an online community where supportive peers and professionals help you improve quality of life for yourself and your elder.
This site is the official US government site for people with medicare and it is filled with information and resources
this site has a multitude of information on many aging issues to help the elderly and their families. You can also find out about research and clinical trials seeking participants.
This is a senior friendly website from the National Institute of Aging and the National Library of Medicine with information on health and wellness. It is simple to use and has options for font size and color, as a function that will read the text out loud.
provides links to all of its members – providing a wealth of information on services and programs in your local area. It’s primary mission is to build the capacity of its members to help older persons and persons with disabilities live with dignity and choices in their homes and communities for as long as possible.
Founded in 1950, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a nonprofit organization with a national network of more than 14,000 organizations and leaders. The members include senior centers, area agencies on aging, adult day service centers, faith-based service organizations, senior housing facilities, employment services, consumer groups, and leaders from academia, business, and labor. The programs help older people remain healthy and independent, find jobs, access benefits programs, and discover meaningful ways to continue contributing to society.
Developed and maintained by The National Council on Aging (NCOA), BenefitsCheckUp is the nation's most comprehensive Web-based service to screen for benefits programs for seniors with limited income and resources.
This site is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of a wide variety of topics, programs and services related to aging. Whether you are an older individual, a caregiver, a community service provider, a researcher, or a student, you will find valuable information provided in a user-friendly way.
Aging The largest organization of multidisciplinary professionals in the field of aging. Their resources, publications, and educational opportunities are geared to enhance the knowledge and skills of people working with older adults and their families.
The official US government site for people with medicare.
This is the official site for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
The official website of the United States Social Security Administration.
The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations and others who work with older clients and their families. The Academy provides a resource of information, education, networking and assistance to those who deal with the many specialized issues involved with legal services to seniors and people with special needs.
International Psychogeriatric Association The International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA), founded in 1982 and representing more than 66 countries, is a unique and diverse professional healthcare community promoting better geriatric mental health – across disciplines, across borders, and across geriatric issues.
This is a government web site where you will find information and tools to help you and those you care about stay healthy. When making decisions about your health, it’s important to know where to go to get the latest, most reliable information. Healthfinder.gov has resources on a wide range of health topics selected from over 1,600 government and non-profit organizations to bring you the best, most reliable health information on the Internet.
ElderCarelink is an internet-based referral service-free to consumers-that specializes in eldercare case matching for elders and their families. ElderCarelink assists families in finding a multitude of services, including assisted living, nursing homes, adult day care, private duty nursing, care management and homecare. With participating providers in all 50 states, ElderCarelink identifies qualified eldercare service providers and product suppliers who meet the specific needs for each family's individual situation. connecting you with eldercare providers.
AgingPro.com is the national one-stop destination that delivers the most comprehensive set of caregiving tools, resources, community support information and access to professionals in aging available on the Web. They bring everything you need to one place and bridge the gaps between those giving, planning and supporting eldercare.
The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Broward County plans, develops, coordinates, and evaluates programs; funds services; and is the prime advocate for residents of Broward County, Florida, 60 years of age or older. They are your one-stop source of informationregarding services in Broward County, Florida, for seniors, persons with severe and persistent mental illness, their families, and caregivers.
HSI is committed to meeting the varied needs of the aging population by recruiting providers from all facets of the long term care continuum, including Home Health Care, Hospice Care, Respite Care, Personal Care, Homemaker Services, Facility Based Services, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Assisted Living Facilities, and Alzheimer and other Specialty Care Services. The provider network continues to expand to meet the needs of their clients.
Elder care services database. The Friendly4Seniors.com database is populated with over 2000 senior related listings that are reviewed and approved as a senior related Web Site prior to listing.
This web site offers the most extensive and helpful source of senior care articles, tools and provider directories in the U.S. What’s more, they tackle the topics that nobody else discusses—from the very pragmatic to the very sensitive—so that the readers come away feeling educated, empowered and understood.
This is your online source for some of America's top elder care experts who can help you plan for and deal with your family's issues of aging. Plus, this is where you will find useful articles, interviews, and information about a wide range of elder care matters.
CareMinds is your senior care resource for nursing homes, assisted living, home care, hospice and geriatric care managers.
The New Old Age.
AARP is the leading nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people age 50 and over in the United States. The group is known for providing a host of services to this ever-growing segment of the population by informing members and the public on issues important to this age group, advocating on legislative, consumer and legal issues, promoting community service, and offering a wide range of special products and services to members.
Founded in 1977, Family Caregiver Alliance was the first community-based nonprofit organization in the country to address the needs of families and friends providing long-term care at home. FCA now offers programs at national, state and local levels to support and sustain caregivers.
As a service of theArea Agencies on Aging, this site provides education and resources for caregivers of older adults.
Widen your care options and help you cope with the challenges of Alzheimers.
The National Caregivers Library is one of the most extensive online libraries for caregivers that exist today. It consists of hundreds of articles, forms, checklists and links to topic-specific external resources.
Faith in Action brings together people of many faiths to help their neighbors in need. Faith in Action volunteers shop, cook, drive or just check in on the millions of Americans with long-term health needs. Look for Faith In Actions volunteers in your area.
The American Academy of Home Care Physicianshas served the needs of thousands of physicians and related professionals and agencies interested in improving care of patients in the home.Academymembers now include home care physicians-physicians who make house calls, care for homebound patients, act as home health agency medical directors, or who refer patients to home care agencies.
The National Respite Locator Servicehelps parents, caregivers, and professionals find respite services in their state and local area to match their specific needs.
Insights, information, and inspirations for families in caregiving roles.
How to survive caring for aging parents.
If you're caring for a loved one who is ill or disabled, this site was created for you. It's a great place to find assistance, answers, new ideas and helpful advice — for you and your loved one.
Children of Aging Parents is a nonprofit, charitable organization whose mission is to assist the nation's nearly 54 million caregivers of the elderly or chronically ill with reliable information, referrals and support, and to heighten public awareness that the health of the family caregivers is essential to ensure quality care of the nation's growing elderly population. In an effort to provide more immediate support, they have established an online support group.
a "safe place for caregivers", including message boards, live chat, a healing circle, and journals. The mission of the National Organization For Empowering Caregivers is to provide assistance; education, support, referrals and respite for informal family caregivers, as well as to promote public awareness about the realities of those who care for loved ones. NOFEC is a charitable non-profit organization deeply committed to helping family caregivers from all walks of life.
The Caring Times is an educational resource for family caregivers, children, friends, and neighbors who provide home care or long distance caregiving to older adults and individuals living with a disability. Their focus is to support Caregivers by featuring topics that encourage independent living through consumer directed, community based home care services.
Caring Today—through its magazine and this website—is the leading provider of practical advice and knowledge for family caregivers. Since 2004, Caring Today has addressed the 50 million American family caregivers with expertise, understanding and answers, delivering valuable and helpful information through its 750,000-circulation bimonthly national magazine and this website, as well as future e-newsletters and custom-publishing projects. Turn to Caring Today for relief from day-to-day stress, support from other caregivers, advice from experts in a wide variety of relevant fields, resources to assist you, and answers to your questions.
Caregiver Media Group is a leading provider of information, support and guidance for family and professional caregivers. Founded in 1995, they produce Today's Caregiver magazine, the first national magazine dedicated to caregivers, the "Sharing Wisdom Caregivers Conferences", and their web site, caregiver.com which includes topic specific newsletters, online discussion lists, back issue articles of Today's Caregiver magazine, chat rooms and an online store. Caregiver Media Group and all of their products are developed for caregivers, about caregivers and by caregivers.
The mission of Families of Loved Ones Magazine is to engage, inform, and support to the fullest the families, friends, professionals and all who care for or interact with loved ones, including those in long term care. By presenting practical as well as spiritual and emotional commentary, Families of Loved Ones' unique style and format provides options for issues families face at an ever-increasing rate.
The mission at SeniorMag is twofold: 1) Provide seniors and caregiver adult children with the tools and resources to manage many of the senior specific circumstances that naturally arise.and 2) Help local businesses connect seniors and adult caregiver children. Phone directories are only of value to someone living in the same town and even a basic listing of services can be quite costly. SeniorMag provides very reasonable services to get local business information out to the more than 70% of adult caregiver children that do not live in the same town as their parents.
The Mesothelioma Center (Asbestos.com). Due to the long latency period of mesothelioma, approximately 20-50 years, most people who are diagnosed with the disease are seniors, about 75 percent. The organization works with these individuals and their families to help them find local doctors, treatment centers and support groups.
In this tool you will find information on how well hospitals care for patients with certain medical conditions or surgical procedures, and results from a survey of patients about the quality of care they received during a recent hospital stay. Hospital Compare was created through the efforts of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Department of Health and Human Services, and other members of the Hospital Quality Alliance: Improving Care Through Information (HQA). The information on this website comes from hospitals that have agreed to submit quality information for Hospital Compare to make public.
The primary purpose of this tool is to provide detailed information about the past performance of every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the country. View a list of nursing homes that have a record of persistently poor survey performance, and have been selected for more frequent inspections and monitoring.
This tool provides you with information on how well the home health agencies in your area care for their patients. Learn about how home health agencies provided care for some of their patients receiving care. Quality information can be used to help you compare home health agencies.
Find and compare information about the services and quality of care provided at dialysis facilities in any state. You can also find addresses and phone numbers for each facility.
Florida's Nursing Home Guide (the Guide) is part of AHCA's ongoing effort to provide information to consumers faced with difficult health care decisions. This web site allows you to search for a nursing home by geographic region or by the characteristics of the nursing homes. When you view the information for a specific nursing home you will see descriptive information about the facility, as well as the facility's performance on past inspections as represented by stars. Under the stars is a link "Inspection Details for this Facility", which will take you to a listing of this facility's deficiencies over the past 30 months. Clicking on any citation will take you to a fuller explanation of that citation.
The American Hospice Foundation supports programs that serve the needs of terminally ill and grieving individuals of all ages. The Foundation advances hospice concepts by training school professionals who work with grieving students, educating employers and managers about the needs of grieving employees, creating tools to help hospices reach out to their communities, promoting improved hospice benefits in managed care organizations, and initiating research on consumer needs and preferences in end-of-life care.
HealthGrades is the leading healthcare ratings organization, providing ratings and profiles of hospitals, nursing homes and physicians to consumers, corporations, health plans and hospitals. Millions of consumers and hundreds of the nation's largest employers, health plans and hospitals rely on HealthGrades' independent ratings, consulting, and products to make healthcare decisions based on the quality of care.
The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) is the assisted living voice of the American Health Care Association (AHCA), the nation's largest organization representing long-term care providers. On the site see the resources for consumers looking for an assisted living facility.
This web site, a university-based and non-profit effort, is dedicated to promoting aging in place and independent living for persons of all ages and abilities. It offers training and education opportunities for professionals who wish to respond to the increasing demand for home modification services. It also serves as an information clearinghouse on home modification to equip professionals and consumers with a comprehensive inventory of resources such as a National Directory of Home Modification and Repair Resources.
This website is designed to help you learn about the full spectrum of resources designed to help older Americans and adults with disabilities be as independent and active as possible. GetCare.com contains a worksheet to help you Assess Your Needs or those of a loved one. You can also Learn About Services that are available in most communities, plus Opportunities to socialize, work, and volunteer. Finally, GetCare's powerful search tools enable you to Search for Services and Opportunities available in your community.
Senior Living Guide was founded several years ago as a senior consultant to the senior population and family members in regards to senior living, senior housing facilities and senior communities. They created this website to provide an online senior housing resource to help familiarize readers with continuously increasing choices in senior living options in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Florida including cities such as Richmond, Raleigh, Orlando, Naples, Miami, Greenville, Greensboro, Durham, Columbia, Charlotte and more.
The Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) is the largest national association exclusively dedicated to professionally operated assisted living communities for seniors. ALFA's member-driven programs promote business and operational excellence through national conferences, research, publications, and executive networks. ALFA works to influence public policy by advocating for informed choice, quality care, and accessibility for all Americans.
The members of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging help millions of individuals and their families every day through mission-driven, not-for-profit organizations dedicated to providing the services that people need, when they need them, in the place they call home. Their new web site will help you find what you need, fast. They've got expanded resources for providers and consumers.
The National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA) is the leading voice of the rapidly growing adult day services (ADS) industry and the national focal point for ADS providers. Our members include adult day center providers, state associations of providers, corporations, educators, students, retired workers and others interested in working to build better lives for adults in adult day programs every day. We are positively impacting the lives of participants, families, communities and our nation.
The apartment industry has developed an effective means to connect individuals with disabilities with apartments that have been designed for them, or adapted to meet their needs. With all of life's challenges, the National Accessible Apartment Clearinghouse (NAAC), believes that finding a place to live should not be one of them.
NAAC maintains the ONLY national database of accessible apartments, with a registration of more than 80,000 units in 50 states. It's a vital resource for the disabled community and an excellent vehicle for apartment owners and managers to effectively market their accessible apartments and reach their target audience.
Always an innovative advocate for families (for example, CareScout created the first quality of care ratings on nursing homes and home health agencies in America) and a reliable partner of some of America’s largest corporations and insurance carriers, CareScout remains a national leader in helping families find quality eldercare resources and providers.
CEAL helps assisted living providers, policymakers, researchers and others interested in the field by building upon the work of Assisted Living Workgroup (ALW) [U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging Initiative], providing information about assisted living policies, programs, and effective practices, identifying and promoting areas for assisted living research, and helping to develop and distribute information about performance measures, effective practices and protocols, functional outcomes, and resident/staff satisfaction.
RetirementLiving.com, operated by the Retirement Living Information Center, is a convenient, easy-to-use resource designed to assist individuals in planning and making decisions about their retirement. The information offered is of particular value when deciding whether or not to move, and if so, finding the right location, lifestyle and housing opportunity. This web site provides access to an array of resource materials, including reports on great places to retire, tax information on each state, monthly reports on new retirement communities, an online newsletter, books and online publications, a guide to state aging agencies, access to information about special assistive products and services, and links to online stores.
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. Their vision is a world without Alzheimer's disease. They provide information, education and support.
The Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center Web site will help you find current, comprehensive Alzheimer's disease (AD) information and resources from the National Institute on Aging (NIA).
Developed in response to the challenges Leeza Gibbons and her family encountered while seeking specific and needed support, Leeza's Place is a potent source of information, strength and purpose. Nestled within your own community, Leeza's Place is a multifaceted reprieve, for both caregivers and the recently diagnosed, that integrates educational programs, connective social activities, emotional support, and intergenerational programming designed to help you navigate through your community's continuum of care. Leeza's Place was designed to ensure that others experiencing what the Gibbons family encountered would have access to new, supportive settings created for the purpose of educating, empowering and energizing.
No one needs to be alone when managing care for someone with dementia. This online suite of services can help you find and plan for care. Use them to widen your care options and help you cope with the challenges of Alzheimer’s.
The Arthritis Foundation is the only national not-for-profit organization that supports the more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions. Founded in 1948, with headquarters in Atlanta, the Arthritis Foundation has multiple service points located throughout the country. The Arthritis Foundation is the largest private, not-for-profit contributor to arthritis research in the world, funding more than $380 million in research grants since 1948. Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, the foundation helps people take control of arthritis by providing public health education; pursuing public policy and legislation; and conducting evidence-based programs to improve the quality of life for those living with arthritis.
The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson's disease within the decade through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson's today. Parkinson's is a complex disease that varies greatly among affected individuals. One section of the site aims to provide clear, easily understood information about issues of concern to PD patients and their families - including how the disease begins and progresses, current treatment options, therapies in development, and involvement in clinical trials.
The American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc. was founded in 1961 to "ease the burden and find a cure" for Parkinson's disease. Headquartered in New York, the organization focuses its energies on research, patient support, education and raising public awareness of the disease.
The mission of the NINDS is to reduce the burden of neurological disease—a burden borne by every age group, every segment of society, and people all over the world. To accomplish this goal the NINDS supports and conducts research, both basic and clinical, on the normal and diseased nervous system, fosters the training of investigators in the basic and clinical neurosciences, and seeks better understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of neurological disorders.
The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is: "Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke."
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) provides leadership for a national program in diseases of the heart, blood vessels, lung, and blood; blood resources; and sleep disorders. The Institute plans, conducts, fosters, and supports an integrated and coordinated program of basic research, clinical investigations and trials, observational studies, and demonstration and education projects.
Tips on how to have a healthy heart. While research is ongoing and not every nutrient is good for everyone, this site is one evaluation of the prevention evidence to date -but with a nutritional bias.
NOF’s Mission is to prevent osteoporosis and related fractures, to promote lifelong bone health, to help improve the lives of those affected by osteoporosis and to find a cure through programs of awareness, advocacy, public and health professional education and research.
Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases, National Resource Center - The National Resource Center provides patients, health professionals, and the public with an important link to resources and information on metabolic bone diseases. The mission of NIH ORBD~NRC is to expand awareness and enhance knowledge and understanding of the prevention, early detection, and treatment of these diseases as well as strategies for coping with them.
The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association that focuses on reducing risk, disability and death from stroke through research, education, fund raising and advocacy. The American Heart Association created the American Stroke Association after many years of increasing emphasis on stroke.
Visit the Know Stroke Website to download and order Know Stroke materials such as brochures, posters, and videos. Health Professional resources, such as the NIH Stroke Scale and interactive training DVD are also available. In addition, you can search clinical trials and find more information on NIH research programs.
Did you know that approximately 15% of newly diagnosed HIV infections are amony Americans over age 50?
There is a National Campaign to promote HIV testing, visit The US Department of Health and Human Servicesto learn more
Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) is the country’s leading nonprofit dedicated to helping ALL people live mentally healthier lives. With our more than 320 affiliates nationwide, we represent a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation – everyday and in times of crisis.
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to research focused on the understanding, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders and the promotion of mental health.
The American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry is a national association representing and serving its members and the field of geriatric psychiatry. It is dedicated to promoting the mental health and well being of older people and improving the care of those with late-life mental disorders. AAGP’s mission is to enhance the knowledge base and standard of practice in geriatric psychiatry through education and research and to advocate for meeting the mental health needs of older Americans.
Based in Washington, DC, the American Psychological Association (APA) is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. With 148,000 members, APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide. The mission of the APA is to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives.
Information for older adults, family members, and caregivers-including brochures, fact sheets, resources, and a find-a-geriatric-psychiatrist feature-can be found on the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation's website.
The American Dietetic Association is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. ADA is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit us often to get timely, science-based food and nutrition information you can trust.
5 a day program - The CDC has updated its fruits and vegetables web site to reflect the new Fruits & Veggies-More Matters TM campaign, which takes the place of the 5 A Day program. Visit the new FruitsandVeggiesMatter.gov web site to get tools and information to help you eat more fruits and vegetables each day!
Topics A-Z - The Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) is a leader in on-line global nutrition information. Located at the National Agricultural Library (NAL) of USDA, the FNIC Web site contains over 2000 links to current and reliable nutrition information.
The National Resource Center on Nutrition promotes active healthy aging by working to reduce nutrition risk among older adults, especially minorities with health disparities. The goals are to support quality of life, improve functionality, promote independence, and decrease early nursing home admissions and hospitalizations, through better nutrition.
offers a driver safety course for seniors - The AARP Driver Safety Program has helped millions of drivers remain safe on today's roads and save money on insurance premiums.
Their Mission, save lives, prevent injuries, reduce vehicle related crashes.
Older road users include drivers, passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists. NHTSA's mission with respect to older road users is to keep them safely mobile through programs directed toward reducing traffic-related injuries and fatalities among older people. Through research and outreach activities, NHTSA's programs help aging individuals recognize their changing abilities and adapt their transportation practices appropriately. Whether driving, walking or cycling, if unsafe choices are made, family, friends, physicians, other health-care providers, and licensing officials can be pivotal in providing older persons with options for maintaining safe mobility. These individuals can also identify drivers with functional limitations that impair driving performance and direct older drivers to safer transportation alternatives
The Glaucoma Foundation is the premier not-for-profit organization committed to leading the fight against glaucoma and to identifying new treatments and cures. Research holds great promise for the 3 million Americans and 67 million people worldwide who suffer from glaucoma.
Eyesight.org continues to be the leading resource for information concerning Macular Degeneration to a growing population of individuals affected by the disease and related low vision conditions.
The American Macular Degeneration Foundation is committed to the prevention and cure of macular degeneration and offers hope and support to those afflicted and their families. They work for the prevention, treatment, and cure of macular degeneration through raising funds, educating the public and supporting scientific research.
This website is supported by the Eyecare Foundation of New York City. It provides information about Macular Degeneration as a public service
The National Eye Institute (NEI) was established by Congress in 1968 to protect and prolong the vision of the American people. As one of the Federal government's National Institutes of Health (NIH), the NEI conducts and supports research that helps prevent and treat eye diseases and other disorders of vision. This research leads to sight-saving treatments, reduces visual impairment and blindness, and improves the quality of life for people of all ages. NEI-supported research has advanced our knowledge of how the visual system functions in health and disease.
A local group of blind persons, volunteers and professionals formed the Lighthouse of Broward in 1973. Since then, they have grown from a small agency created to provide social support and recreational activities for blind people to an accredited, full service educational and rehabilitation agency. Their Mission: To enhance the independence, productivity and quality of life of children and adults who are blind or visually impaired.
FreeHearingTest.com is an online resource for hearing-related products & services, as well as offering you a unique online hearing test.
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 130,000 members and affiliates who are speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists in the United States and internationally.
The Sight & Hearing Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing the needless loss of vision and hearing through effective screening, education, and research. This site provides public information about vision and hearing topics as well as information regarding their products and services.
The Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is a not-for-profit corporation that educates the public about the neglected problem of hearing loss and what can be done about it. Founded in 1973, they are working to erase the stigma and end the embarrassment that prevents millions of people from seeking help for hearing loss, show the negative consequences of untreated hearing loss for millions of Americans, and promote treatment and demonstrate that this is a national problem that can be solved.
The Centers for Disease Control website – What you should know about: Flu Basics, Preventing the Flu, and What to do if you Get Sick.
NAFC is the largest and most prolific consumer education and advocacy organization dedicated to bladder and bowel health.
NKUDIC was established in 1987 to increase knowledge and understanding about diseases of the kidneys and urologic system among people with these conditions and their families, health care professionals, and the general public. To carry out this mission, NKUDIC works closely with a coordinating panel of representatives from Federal agencies; voluntary organizations on the national level; professional groups; and State health departments to identify and respond to informational needs about kidney and urologic diseases.
Alerting the public, healthcare providers and policymakers to the life-and-death importance of adequate sleep is central to the mission of NSF. NSF is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Americans who suffer from sleep problems and disorders. This means helping the public better understand the importance of sleep and the benefits of good sleep habits, and recognizing the signs of sleep problems so that they can be properly diagnosed and treated.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine is the leader in setting standards and promoting excellence in sleep medicine health care, education and research. It serves its members and advances the field of sleep healthcare by setting the clinical standards for the field of sleep medicine, advocating for recognition, diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders, educating professionals dedicated to providing optimal sleep health care, and fostering the development and application of scientific knowledge.
The National Center on Sleep Disorders Research (NCSDR), located within the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), was established in 1993 to combat a serious public health concern. About 70 million Americans suffer from sleep problems; among them, nearly 60 percent have a chronic disorder. Each year, sleep disorders, sleep deprivation, and sleepiness add an estimated $15.9 billion to the national health care bill. Additional costs to society for related health problems, lost worker productivity, and accidents have not been calculated. Sleep disorders and disturbances of sleep comprise a broad range of problems, including sleep apnea, narcolepsy, insomnia, parasomnia, jet-lag syndrome, and disturbed biological and circadian rhythms.