Community Aging Resources

These websites cover many aging-related topics including advocacy, housing, general heath, financial planning, end-of-life decision making, and long-term care. Inclusion on this list does not constitute the endorsement of the Center on Aging or the University of Minnesota. Note: All links will open in a new window.

General information

AARP - The AARP site contains a wealth of information on a wide variety of topics for all audiences.

ACT on Alzheimer's - This is a statewide collaboration of over 50 organizations formed so that Minnesota will be better prepared to address the impact of Alzheimer's and other dementias.  

Assisted Living Federation of America - ALFA is an organization that seeks to advance excellence in senior living communities. The site has information for providers, residents, and their families. 

Care Providers of Minnesota - Care Providers of Minnesota is a trade association of facilities; the website features a facility finder for consumers.

Experts@Minnesota - This powerful database is maintained by the University of Minnesota. Users may perform searches using several criteria such as the name of the expert and concept, research outputs, projects, activities, and other criteria. - This is a link to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services site that explains options for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.  

Healthcare 411 - Created by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, this site contains current information in a variety of formats-podcasts, videos, and articles on health issues that affect older adults.

Honoring Choices Minnesota - This site provides comprehensive information on end-of-life planning.

Jessica Finlay - This site belongs to University of Minnesota PhD candidate Jessica Finlay. The site outlines her research on aging in place in the Twin Cities area. 

LeadingAge - An association of not-for-profit organizations that serve the elderly. The site has many resources for the general public and for aging services professionals.

LeadingAge™Minnesota (formerly Aging Services of Minnesota) - The state partner of LeadingAge and ALFA, the site has sections for consumers and providers with information on the kinds of housing and care available, and a section about relevant public policies.

Live Well at Home - This is a tool for assessing risk for living well and safely at home. - This site offers tools and information about long-term care.

N. Bud Grossman Center for Memory Research and Care - Dedicated to the care and prevention of Alzheimer's disease.

Minnesota Board on Aging - This site is a gateway to legislative and policy information relevant to Minnesota seniors and their families.

Minnesota Department of Human Services - The Minnesota DHS site has a wealth of information for older adults, caregivers, families, and professionals. - This site contains information for older adults on a variety of issues, plus the Long-term Care Choices Navigator. The toll-free telephone number is 800-333-2433.

Minnesota Home Care Association - The MHCA site has information on home care options and providers. 

National Adult Day Services Association - The NADSA site has information for consumers, providers, researchers, and policymakers as well as for professionals who serve older adults.

National Institute on Aging - This site contains information sections for researchers, providers, and has a special section for the general public in both English and Spanish.

Physician's Guide to Assessing and Counseling Older Drivers - Published by the American Medical Association, this on-line booklet includes state-by-state requirements and other valuable information. Intended primarily for doctors, other professionals and members of the general public will also find it useful.

Tubman - Tubman Family Crisis and Support Services is now home to the EdlerCare Rights Alliance, offering guidance, advocacy, and training about the rights of older adults as well as confidential services to victims of elder abuse.

University of Minnesota Extension - This site contains information for older adults and their families on topics such as nutrition, planning for health care and long-term care, and Who Gets Grandma's Yellow Pie PlateTM, a program to help families discuss the transfer of non-titled property.

Professional organizations

American Society on Aging - The ASA offers a variety of continuing education opportunities for its members and has a division for students, the Students and Emerging Professionals Group.  

The Gerontological Society of America - The GSA site has a wealth of information for researchers and other professionals who serve older adults, plus information about opportunities for students, and information for the general public.

Minnesota Gerontological Society - The MGS site has information for professionals, consumers, and students.