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Across the nation, a growing number of federal offices and state organizations offer tools and resources to help older adults find services, benefits, and other forms of aid that may be available to them. In addition, many of these resources provide resources on legal issues, health care, LGBT community centers, housing services and locators, and more. Please read our disclaimer policy.

General Resources

    AARP's Pride Homepage
    This is AARP's online home for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The page is designed to spotlight articles on news, personal finance, relationships, travel and other topics of concern to older gay Americans, and their family and friends.

    African Americans In Gerontology
    Gerontology is the comprehensive study of how people age sociologically, psychologically, and biologically. AAIG's mission is to provide guidance and professional development opportunities, encourage networking, and promote community activism for African American professionals and students in the field of gerontology, in order to improve the quality of life for African American elderly.

    Benefits.gov
    The official benefits website of the U.S. government that informs citizens of benefits they may be eligible for and provides information on how to apply for assistance.

    Beta Phi Omega Sorority, Inc.
    National, African American/Multicultural Lesbian sorority in Tallahassee, Florida, for feminine lesbian and bisexual women.

    Brothers Network
    The Brothers Network envisions a future where black men of the African Diaspora are fully engaged in a culture characterized by generosity, compassion and intellectual discourse.

    CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers
    CenterLink: The community of LGBT centers exists to support the development of strong, sustainable LGBT community centers and to build a unified center movement.

    Eldercare Locator
    Searchable database from the Administration on Aging on issues such as Alzheimer's, Caregiving, Elder Abuse, Financial Assistance, Food & Nutrition, Health Insurance, Healthy Aging, Home Repair & Modification, Housing, In-Home Services, Legal Assistance, Long Term Care, Nursing Home, Transportation, Volunteerism.

    Family Equality Council
    The Family Equality Council is America's foremost national advocate dedicated to family equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) parents, guardians and allies. It has grown into the leading policy advocate on federal and state issues that impact today's modern families, including foster care and adoption, safe schools, family medical leave, parenting protections, domestic partnership and marriage.

    Funeral Consumers Alliance
    The Funeral Consumers Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting a consumer's right to choose a meaningful, dignified, affordable funeral. The Alliance provides education and advocacy to consumers nationwide and is not affiliated with the funeral industry.

    Human Rights Campaign's Aging Resources
    Human Rights Campaign's issue area page providing links to various topics on LGBT aging.

    LGBT Aging Issues Network
    American Society on Aging's constituent group who are professionals working to raise awareness about the concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elders.

    N4A
    Listing of the Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and Title VI agencies nationwide.

    National Adult Day Services
    Provides a connection to 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.

    National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs
    The National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP) is a national membership organization for persons across the country working to provide older adults healthful food and nutrition through community-based services.

    The National Center on Elder Abuse
    The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) serves as a national resource center dedicated to the prevention of elder mistreatment. NCEA serves as a national clearinghouse of information for elder rights advocates, law enforcement, legal professionals, public policy leaders, researchers, and others working to ensure that all older Americans will live with dignity, integrity, independence, and without abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

    The National Center on Elder Abuse Administration on Elder Abuse's Links to State Hotlines and Other Resources
    State Directory of Helplines, Hotlines, and Elder Abuse Prevention Resources including government agencies, state laws, state-specific data and statistics, and other resources.

    National Gay and Lesbian Task Force: Aging Issues
    The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The Task Force focuses on aging as one of their delineated issue areas.

    National Hunger Hotline
    The National Hunger Hotline refers people in need of emergency food assistance to food pantries, government programs, and model grassroots organizations that work to improve access to healthy, nutritious food and build self-reliance. Help is available on Monday through Friday from 9am-6pm EST. 1-866-3 HUNGRY and 1-877-8 HAMBRE (1-866-348-6479 and 1-877-842-6273). Hablamos Español.

    The National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center
    The National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center provides support, technical assistance and training to the 53 State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs and their statewide networks of almost 600 regional (local) programs. The Center's objectives are to enhance the skills, knowledge, and management capacity of the State programs to enable them to handle residents' complaints and represent resident interests (individual and systemic advocacy).

    Old Lesbian Organizing for Change (OLOC)
    Provides Old Lesbians with the chance to meet like-minded women in our common struggle to confront ageism, to share mutual interests, and to experience the joy and warmth of playing and working together.

    Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
    Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.

    Prime Timers Worldwide
    The Prime Timers is a social organization that provides older gay and bisexual men the opportunity to enrich their lives. Prime Timers are older gay or bisexual men (and younger men who admire mature men). Their members are men who choose to have their social lives enriched by the diverse activities in which our members engage. No single definition can describe Prime Timers, as they come from all walks of life. Prime Timers involve themselves in their community with volunteerism, politics, gay issues, arts, entertainment, and every other facet of healthy living.

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's LGBT Information
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers resources for LGBT people and providers that aim to improve the quality of care provided to LGBT people including a summary of actions taken so far,  recommendations for future actions  and updates on improving data collection in healthcare for the LGBT community.

Disability

    American Foundation for the Blind Senior Site
    A searchable directory of agencies and local organizations that offer services to older adults who are blind or visually impaired.

    Disability.gov
    A federal website that that provides an interactive network of disability-related programs, services, laws and benefits. Lists resources in areas such as housing, transportation or health. Search by topic area, state or both. For instance, you can search "Nebraska" and then click on all local/community resources for "transportation" or housing.

Health Care

    Benefits Check-Up
    An informative website form the National Council on Aging. Helps older adults find benefits programs, apply for extra Medicaid help, and find options for paying for groceries, utility bills and prescription drugs.

    The Body
    TheBody.com's mission is to use the web to lower barriers between patients and clinicians, demystify HIV/AIDS and its treatment, improve the quality of life for all people living with HIV/AIDS, and foster community through human connection.

    Compare Care Quality
    A tool from healthcare.gov that allows users to search and compare hospitals and nursing facilities by state or city.

    Find a Health Center
    Search for hospitals and other health care providers near you.

    Flu.gov
    U.S. government website that gives information related to the flu including: options to find state-specific resources; links to state H1N1 response pages; and, information on state planning and preparation efforts.

    Gay and Lesbian Medical Association Provider Directory
    Directory of LGBT-friendly/specific/competent medical providers, including dentists, mental health specialists, general practitioners, and OB-GYNs. Other searchable areas include specialties (orthopedics, oncology) and alternative medicine (aromatherapy, yoga, herbal medicine, acupuncture, etc.).

    GMHC
    GMHC is the world's first and leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy. Building on decades of dedication and expertise, we understand the reality of HIV/AIDS and empower a healthy life for all.

    Guttmacher Institute's HIV/AIDS and STIs Resources
    The Guttmacher Institute advances sexual and reproductive health and rights through an interrelated program of research, policy analysis and public education. This page links to a number of articles and fact sheets about HIV/AIDS.

    Healthfinder.gov
    An informational clearing house that helps folks find doctors, dentists, nursing homes, hospice care, as well as community health centers.

    Health Assistant Partnership
    This manual provides an introduction to the original Medicare program, eligibility, Medicare coverage issues, and related health insurance programs, such as supplemental coverage. It is one of three HAP Medicare training manuals in a series that also contains manuals on the Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug (Part D) programs. Updated in January 2010.

    Health Insurance Options
    A customizable search that locates health insurance options and their availability based on population and location. Also allows older adults to search for coverage options based on specific medical conditions, financial limitations, and special needs.

    HIV & Aging Blog
    This HIV & Aging Blog is presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine, (AAHIVM), and its partners, ACRIA, (the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America) and the American Geriatrics Society, (AGS) as a "go to" place for information and resources to assist providers, researchers, journalists, clients and the general public to find resources like; relevant journal articles, case histories, up and coming HIV & Aging Conferences, and links to other HIV organizations who include aging programs. In addition, the site contains editorials from experts in the field on emerging topics and trends, and spotlights on "hot topics."

    Kaiser Foundation's HIV/AIDS Resources
    The Kaiser Foundation operates a large-scale health news and information service on the Web and a series of specialized websites, featuring both data they produce as well as the latest and best data from others in the field.

    Mautner Project: The National Lesbian Health Organization
    The Mautner Project educates sexual minority women about their health and trains health-care providers about their LBT patients, providing tools and insights on how to achieve better health outcomes.

    MedicareInteractive.org
    This website, created by the Medicare Rights Center, is geared toward the consumer and helps to answer a number of questions about Medicare.

    Medicare Plan Finder
    Use this tool to search for and compare coverage options available in your area. Do a general or a customized search.

    Medicare's Quality Finder
    The Quality Care Finder on Medicare.gov offers tools such as Hospital Compare, Nursing Home Compare, and Plan Finder in one place that show objective information about the quality of health care providers and plans.

    National AIDS Education & Services for Minorities, Inc.
    NAESM educates communities of color on the facts about HIV/AIDS (Education/Prevention) and to make health care and social services available to people of color with early or advanced stages of HIV/AIDS regardless of their sexual orientation.

    National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners
    The goal of the National Council of Certified Dementia Practioners is to develop and encourage comprehensive standards of excellence in the health care profession and delivery of dementia care. NCCDP is committed to providing quality Alzheimer's Training and Dementia Training program.

    National LGBT Health Education Center
    The National LGBT Health Education Center provides trainings, educational resources, and technical assistance to health organizations with the goal of optimizing quality, cost-effective care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.  Issues of aging in LGBT populations are highlighted in the Education Center's continuing education programs and publications.

    National HIV/AIDS Clinician Consultation Center's 2011 Compendium of State HIV Testing Laws
    The National HIV/AIDS Clinician Consultation Center offers information regarding testing policies by state. The Compendium of State HIV Testing Laws describes key state HIV testing laws and policies. Each state's HIV testing laws are unique and many have undergone revision or supplementation since the release of the CDC's 2006 HIV testing recommendations. The Compendium is designed to help clinicians understand HIV testing laws and to implement sound HIV testing policies. It should not, however, be used as an official legal document.

    National SHIP Resource Center (State Health Assistance Programs)
    The State Health Insurance Assistance Program, or SHIP, is a national program that offers one-on-one counseling and assistance to people with Medicare and their families. Use of the SHIPtalk web site is also intended for people who work with the State Health Insurance Assistance Program.

    National Suicide Hotline
    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone feeling desperate, alone or hopeless in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, for yourself or someone you care about.

    NeedyMeds
    NeedyMeds makes information about assistance programs available to low-income patients and their advocates at no cost. Databases such as Patient Assistance Programs, Disease-Based Assistance, Free and Low-Cost Clinics, government programs and other types of assistance programs are the crux of the free information offered online.

    Pride Institute
    PRIDE Institute strengthens resiliency and enhances the wellness of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and/or Transgender (LGBT) people through treatment programs grounded in the traditions of recovery while incorporating current evidence-based practices. The PRIDE Institute Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is an option for clients who have stable living environments, and/or do not require extensive residential programming. PRIDE also has programs such as PRISM (which offers mental health assistance) and residential treatment.

    Red Nacional de Prevetión del Suicido
    La supervivencia de prevención de suicidio nacional 1-800-273-TALK (8255) es una línea de prevención de suicidio gratuito, confidencial, 24 horas disponible para cualquier persona en crisis suicida o angustia emocional.

    CareLike, formerly SNAP for seniors.
    This tool allows you to search for "Home Health Care" and "Home Care," with an additional option to refine your search further by Skilled Nursing Care, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Home Health Aides, and Speech Therapists. The site also provides a search by zip code for housing (see Housing).

    State-by-State Help for Family Caregivers
    A thorough, interactive map that locates caregiving services in each state. Searchable categories: General Information & Assistance, Services for Family Caregivers, Services for Care Receivers Living at Home, Resources on Living Arrangements for Care Recipients, Government Health & Disability Programs, Legal Help & Advocacy, Disease-Specific Organizations, and Family Caregiver Organizations.

    University of California at San Francisco - HIV InSite
    The goal of this site is to provide comprehensive, up-to-date information on HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention and policy from the University of California at San Francisco. Along with other resources, it has a page dedicated to HIV and Aging and HIV and Transgender People.

    U.S. Administration on Aging's Older Adults and HIV Resources
    Through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Administration on Aging offers several resources for aging professionals and others interested in designing programs for older adults about the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS, including fact sheets, downloadable and adaptable PowerPoints and downloadable posters.

    Whitman-Walker Health
    Whitman-Walker Health has provided health care services for the LGBT community for four decades.

Housing

    Alzheimer's Association's Senior Housing Finder
    This web site provides in-depth information to help determine the best type of care and housing for an individual with dementia.

    SNAP for Seniors
    A website dedicated to helping older adults find housing resources and options based on location (zip code). Housing options include: Assisted Living, Adult Family Home, Residential Care, Alzheimer's Living, Independent Living, Skilled Nursing, Nursing Home, Continuing Care (CCRC). Offers phone numbers and addresses. This site also has a search for health care providers (see Health Care).

    U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development's Guide to Section 8
    This website helps senior citizens, people with disabilities, families and individuals find low-rent apartments.

    U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development's Housing Offices Locator
    HUD sponsors housing counseling agencies throughout the country that can provide advice on buying a home, renting, defaults, foreclosures, and credit issues. There is a list of agencies for each state to search more specifically for a reverse mortgage counselor or if you are a foreclosure avoidance counselor.

Legal Support

    ACLU's LGBT Project
    Fights discrimination and moves public opinion through the courts, legislatures and public education in the areas of relationships, youth and schools, parenting, gender identity and expression, employment, housing and more.

    The Center for HIV Law and Policy
    The Center for HIV Law and Policy is a national legal and policy resource and strategy center for people with HIV and their advocates. CHLP works to reduce the impact of HIV on vulnerable and marginalized communities and to secure the human rights of people affected by HIV.

    FindLaw
    A for-profit site that helps users find attorneys in their city, county, state or metropolitan area.

    Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders
    New England's leading legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression.

    Lambda Legal
    A national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

    Lambda Legal: In Your State
    A list of each state's policies and laws on three LGBT areas: relationship recognition; employment protections; and parenting laws.

    Lambda Legal: Nationwide Same-Sex Relationship Statuses
    Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights LGBT people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. This link provides a list of legal relationship recognition statuses across the country.

    Lambda Legal Regions
    Contact information for Lambda Legal's five regional offices. Staff answers questions from those who are seeking legal information and assistance with discrimination related to sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and HIV status.

    LawHelp.org
    Helps low and moderate income people find free legal aid programs in their communities, and answers to questions about their legal rights.

    LegalOut
    A for-profit resource for LGBT people that provides online legal document preparation and access to lawyers.

    Legal Services Corporation: Map of Legal Service Providers
    LSC is the single largest provider of civil legal aid for the poor in the nation. LSC promotes equal access to justice and provides grants for high-quality civil legal assistance to low-income Americans.

    National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)
    A national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.

    National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR): Legal Information Helpline
    Provides basic information about laws that affect LGBT people, including family law, and about resources available for people who are facing discrimination or other civil rights issues. Hotline does not provide legal advice or legal representation.

    The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE)
    The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is a social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment.

    The National Legal Resource Center
    The National Legal Resource Center providing legal support to the aging advocacy network.

    The National Legal Resource Center: Links to Service Providers
    The National Legal Resource Center's map with links to every state's legal service corporations, legal hotlines, and Pension Rights offices.

    The National LGBT Bar Association: LGBT-owned firms and law partners
    The National LGBT Bar Association is a national association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, law students, activists, and affiliates of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender legal organizations. This link provides a list of LGBT-owned firms and LGBT law partners.

    The National LGBT Bar Association: Local Chapters
    The National LGBT Bar Association is a national association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, law students, activists, and affiliates of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender legal organizations. This link provides a list to all local LGBT bar chapters.

    National Senior Citizen's Law Center
    The National Senior Citizens Law Center is a non-profit organization whose principal mission is to protect the rights of low-income older adults.

    Sylvia Rivera Law Project
    Works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence.

    Transgender Law Center
    Connects transgender people and their families to technically sound and culturally competent legal services, increases acceptance and enforcement of laws and policies that support California's transgender communities, and works to change laws and systems that fail to incorporate the needs and experiences of transgender people.

    Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund
    Works to end discrimination based upon gender identity and expression and to achieve equality for transgender people through public education, test-case litigation, direct legal services, community organizing and public policy efforts.

    U.S. Living Will Registry
    A for-profit website that allows you to store your living will and health care proxy so that health care providers can access it if you become incapacitated.

LGBTI Community Resources

    Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists
    This website helps people find a Psychiatric Referral in their area using keywords such as city, state, or zip code.

    Bisexual.org
    Bisexual.org is a project of The American Institute of Bisexuality (AIB) and the Bisexual Foundation. It supports and sponsors projects likely to promote understanding and visibility about bisexuality through education, research, training and media outreach. The American Institute of Bisexuality raises awareness about the diversity of sexual orientation. The AIB is dedicated to the support of the bisexual community and the education of the public at large about the bisexual community.

    CenterLink Community Directory
    A worldwide directory of LGBT community centers.

    Intersex & Genderqueer Recognition Project (IGRP)
    The Intersex & Genderqueer Recognition Project (IGRP) is the only legal organization in the United States addressing the right of non-binary adults to gender-self-identify on legal documents. IGRP's goal is to allow non-binary adults to self-identify as something other than male or female on their driver's license, passport, and other government issued identification.

    National Black Justice Coalition
    NBJC is a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering African American same-gender-loving, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

    National Online Resource Center for Violence Against Women: Special collection on sexual violence in the LGBTQ community
    This website defines terms, provides articles and publication and directs to community-based resources about sexual violence in the LGBTQ community.

    Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (QWOCMAP)
    Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (QWOCMAP) promotes the creation, exhibition and distribution of new high-caliber films/videos. The group actively invests in, develops and nurtures the leadership and creativity of Asian/ Pacific Islander, Black/African descent, Chicana/Latina, Native/ American Indian/Indigenous and Mixed-Race lesbians, bisexual, queer and questioning women. They also provide free programs to guarantee full access for our underserved community, especially low-income and immigrant queer women of color.

    SAGENet
    SAGENet is the local affiliate network of SAGE (Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders). SAGENet affiliates provide community programs, social services and more to LGBT older adults in several locations around the country.

    Two Spirit Press Room
    2SPR is a catalyst for media literacy for Native GLBT organizations and organizers, as well as cultural literacy and competence for our allies. The group builds community through information sharing and strives to build human, material, information and policy - as well as philanthropic- resources by, for and about Native people.

Veterans

    IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
    And Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Programs
    The VITA Program generally offers free tax help to people who make $51,000 or less and need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. The TCE Program offers free tax help for all with priority assistance to people who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement issues unique to seniors.

    OutServe-SLDN
    OutServe-SLDN empowers, supports, and defends the Department of Defense and military service LGBT community, LGBT veterans, and their families, while working to strengthen our military's culture of inclusion.

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - LGB Servicemembers and Veterans
    This section of the VA website gives information for lesbian, gay and bisexual servicemembers and veterans.

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