The Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults identifies medications that pose potential risks outweighing potential benefits for people 65 and older. Medication-related problems are common, costly, and often preventable in older adults and lead to poor outcomes. Avoiding the use of inappropriate and high-risk drugs is an important, simple, and effective strategy in reducing medication-related problems and ADEs in older adults. Learn more about the criteria or find the printable pocket card.
The private, not-for-profit Alliance for Aging Research is a national citizen advocacy organization working to improve the lives of Americans as they grow older by advancing biomedical and behavioral research in aging and health.
TheAmerican Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to support and advance healthy aging through biomedical research.
The The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is a not-for-profit organization of over 6,000 health professionals devoted to improving the health, independence and quality of life of all older people. The Society provides leadership to healthcare professionals, policy makers and the public by implementing and advocating for programs in patient care, research, professional and public education, and public policy.
Many adults over 55 need help paying for prescription drugs, health care, utilities, and other basic needs. There are over 2,000 federal, state and private benefits programs available to help. But many people don’t know these programs exist or how they can apply. Through a series of questions, Benefits Checkup identifies benefits that could save you money and cover the costs of everyday expenses, including medications, food, utilities, legal, health care, housing, in-home services, taxes, transportation and more. The site provides a custom report describing the programs you may get help from. You can apply for many of the programs online or you can print an application form. Benefits Checkup is free service of the National Council on Aging (NCOA), a nonprofit service and advocacy organization in Washington, DC.
Geriatrics At Your Fingertips is a resource for healthcare professionals or trainees caring for older adults with complex, chronic diseases and disorders. The site includes 100 tables focused on current medication use and clinical guidelines, interactive calculators, assessment instruments, and algorithms and much more. Provided by the The American Geriatrics Society.
Created by the American Geriatrics Society Foundation, the Health in Aging website provides consumers and caregivers with up-to-date information on health and aging, including information about common diseases, disorders that affect older adults and special considerations for older adults with multiple health conditions.
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization whose mission is to improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged. The NCOA brings together nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults. The Council works with thousands of organizations across the country to help seniors find jobs and benefits, improve their health, live independently, and remain active in their communities. Learn more »
National Institute on Aging (NIA), one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads the federal government in conducting and supporting research on aging and the health and well-being of older people. The Institute seeks to understand the nature of aging and the aging process, and diseases and conditions associated with growing older, in order to extend the healthy, active years of life.
Provides general information about the VCU/Reynolds Partnership in Geriatric Education, a program generously funded by Virginia Commonwealth University and the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. The site also provides information about the Grand Rounds Lecture Series, plus geriatric and gerontology resources for medical students and residents.
The Virginia Geriatric Education Center prepares health professionals in Virginia for the impending rapid growth in the geriatric patient population. Funded by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, the VGEC focuses on training healthcare professionals to effectively manage geriatric patients through a series of needs-based initiatives, including professional student education in geriatrics, faculty development and in-service training of healthcare providers. Based at the Virginia Center on Aging, the VGEC is a consortium composed of Virginia Commonwealth University, Eastern Virginia Medical School and the University of Virginia.
The Virginia Center on Aging is a statewide agency created by the Virginia General Assembly. Its mission is to define and protect the quality of life for older Virginians so that they may remain autonomous, contribute to their communities, and have access to resources for continued learning and personal growth. In addition, the Virginia Center on Aging provides data, resources and insightful recommendations to decision makers (legislators, practitioners, service providers and caregivers) to enable them to make informed decisions about our elderly.