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Books, Magazines and Web Sites About Aging

Administration on Aging
Washington, D.C. 20201
Tel. (202) 619-0724

Alliance for Retired Americans
815 16th Street NW Fourth Floor
Washington, DC 20006
Tel. (202) 637-5399
The alliance has the mission to ensure social and
economic justice and full civil rights for all citizens
so that they may enjoy lives of dignity, personal
and family fulfillment and security.

American Association of Retired Persons
601 E Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20049
Tel. (888) 687-2277
A magazine and website devoted to the many social,
political, legal, health, financial and learning issues
for people over age 50 years.

American Society on Aging

833 Market Street, Suite 511
San Francisco, CA 94103
Tel. (800) 537-9728
A national organization concerned with the
physical, emotional, social, economic and
spiritual aspects of aging. 

McKhann, G., Albert, M., Keep Your Brain Young: The
Complete Guide to Physical and Emotional Health and
Longevity, John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken, N.J. 2002.
Keep Your Brain Young

Meals on Wheels Association of America
1414 Prince Street, Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22314
Tel. (703) 548-5558
Meals on Wheels is the largest and oldest organization
in the United States representing
those who provide
meal services to people
in need.

National Council on Aging
300 D Street, SW
Suite 801
Washington, D. C. 20024
Tel. (202) 479-1200

Numerous resources for senior citizens

Small, Gary, The Memory Bible, Hyperion,
New York, New York,  2002

The Memory Bible

Skinner, B.F. and Vaughan, M.E., Enjoy Old Age,
W. W. Norton & Company, New York, 1983.
Enjoy Old Age
Information for those on limited budgets on help
paying for medications including those
used for Alzheimer's disease: Aricept,
Exelon and

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Older Driver Skills Program
Program designed to improve driving skills and
knowledge related to the effects of aging

AARP driver safety program
Defensive driving techniques and information
on age-related cognitive and physical changes
that affect driving. Take a simple on-line test to
see if your driving skills need brushing up.

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Harshman, Edward J., Clever Lateral Thinking Puzzles,
Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. New York, 1997.
Clever Lateral Thinking Puzzles

Sloane, Paul & Des MacHale, Challenging Lateral
Thinking Puzzles, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. New
York, 1983.

Challenging Lateral Thinking Puzzles

Summers, George J.,
The Great Book of Mind Teasers
&  Mind Puzzlers
, Sterling Publishing Co. Inc. New York,

The Great Book of Mind Teasers & Mind Puzzlers

Srinivas, Kiran, Brain Teasers,  Robert D. Reed Publishers,
San  Francisco. 2002.
Brain Teasers 

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Games and puzzles on-line at the AARP web site.

P.O. Box 922668
Norcross, GA 30010-2668
Tel. (800) 850-8602

Abilitations sells sensory motor supplies geared for
children, but great for individuals with dementia.
Interesting products include: tactile and vibrating
toys and switches which activate music.

The Alzheimer’s Store Ageless Design, Inc.
12633 159th Court
North Jupiter, Florida 33478-6669
Tel.. (800) 752-3238
Respite Tapes: video of babies acting cute, Strolls
down memory lane, sing-a-longs, nature and stress
reduction tapes and spiritual sing-a-longs.
101 Things to do with a Person with Alzheimer's Disease.

Caring Crafts
(888) 246-1104
Creative crafts with therapeutic benefits for those
challenged with fine motor skills or cognitive issues.
Judith Zausner also provides workshops, free project
ideas and related links.

Crossword Puzzle Maker:

101 Things to do with a Person with Alzheimer's Disease.
Giant crossword puzzles. giant, low vision cards,
sensory products, daily living and mobility aids and
adaptive clothing.

Eldersong Publications Inc.:
P.O. Box 74, Mt. Airy, MD 21771
Tel.. 1-800-397-0533

A large variety of videos including sing-alongs,
scenery with music, old time comedians, exercise
videos, old time musicians: such as Andy Williams,
Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and Judy Garland.

Flag House: Activities For Life
601 FlagHouse Drive
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604-3116
Tel.: (800 793-7900)

Flag House sells large print crossword puzzle books,
word searches, simplified crossword puzzles, trivia
books, reminiscing books, books of fashion as pictured
in old Sears catalogs, large print poetry books and more.

Francina, Suza, The New Yoga for People over 50: A
Comprehensive guide for Midlife and Older Beginners
Health Communications, Inc., Florida, 1997.

The New Yoga for People Over Fifty

Geriatric Resources Inc.,
P.O. Box 239
Radium Springs, New Mexico
Tel.: (800) 359-0390
This company sells  books and products for professionals
and caregivers. They have three product catalogs:
Alzheimer’s education, comfort care and sensory stimulation.

Innovative Care giving Resources
P.O Box 17809
Salt Lake City, Utah 84117-0809
United States
Phone: 800-249-5600
This company sells the following videos:

Celebrating African American Culture: looks back
on a variety of childhood
and early adult memories
and reviews major points in African American
Video includes scenes of
church picnics, celebrations
and families
highlighted with traditional songs.

Sentimental Sing-a-longs: an audiotape filled with some
old time favorite songs to prompt sing-a-longs and job
the memory.

Lunch Break with Tony- a production oriented towards men
as Tony visits with them during his work breaks. Subjects
include work days and jobs, work companions, old games
such as stick ball and baseball, first cars and first loves.
A variety of songs are mixed in related to the topics. 

All Sitting Exercise Video: provides seated routines to
accomplish stretching and strengthening.

Maddern, Jan, Yoga Builds Bones: Easy, Gentle Stretches
That Prevent Osteoporosis
, Fair Winds Press, MA, 2000.

Yoga Builds Bones


Activities for People with Memory Loss
Tel: 612- 868-5831
Mind Start

Nasco Senior Activities
901 Janesville Ave.
P.O. Box 901
Fort Atkinson, WI 53538-0901
Tel.: (920) 563-2446
A large variety of  recreational supplies including:music,
exercise tapes, manipulatives, sensory activities and crafts.

Nursery Rhymes
Therapeutic recreational activities

Old Time Music

(lyrics and sheet music)
(lyrics and music to patriotic, children's favorites,
movies/musicals and holiday songs).
(popular songs for boy scouts).
(easy piano music of old time hits
and a walk down memory lane).

Sarah's Song Lyrics
of activity ideas for the geriatric population
A Resource to purchase fidget aprons.
Proverbs from Poor Richards Almanac (for word games)

re-creative resources
Re-Creative Resources, Inc.
Resources, training, articles, activities, forms and inspiration
for activity professionals

S & S Worldwide Company
75 Mill Street
Colchester, CT 06415
Tel.: (800) 288-9941

The S & S worldwide company sells arts and crafts
materials, therapeutic crafts, therapy and rehabilitation
products, adaptive equipment and recreational products
such as giant crossword puzzles and easy, large piece
jig saw puzzles with adult themes.
Tel. (315) 536-2088
Low vision jig saw puzzles, games for reminiscence
and movement, large print cross word puzzles word
searches, large print bingo, trivia games and books.

(for word games)

unlock the memoriesUnlock the Memories
97 Meadow Spring Lane
East Amherst, New York 14051
(716)725-9232 or (716) 861-2891
Entertaining DVD's that encourage
reminiscence and conversation
using the speaker's prompts, music, pictures and graphics.

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Bazan-Salazar, Emilia C., Alzheimer's Activities That
Stimulate the Mind
, McGraw-Hill, New York, 2005.    

Alzheimer's Activities that Stimulate the Mind

Berg, Susan, Adorable Photographs of Our Baby,
Ideas Press, 2006.
Geriatric occupational therapist, Susan Berg COTA/L
collected meaningful photographs of babies designed
to stimulate the dementia patient. Each photograph
is accompanied by ideas on how to use it as a
memory jogger for further discussion. 
Adorable Photographs of Our Baby

Bodkin, Cora,  Leibowitz, Helene and Wiener, Dana, Crafts
for your Leisure Years, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston,
Crafts for Your Leisure Years
This book provides 25 specially designed projects in large
print with tips for individuals with visual handicaps, arthritis,
sensitive skin or respiratory ailments. Projects include: leather,
clay, needlepoint, wood, weaving, tooled foil and decoupage.

Dowling, James R. Keeping busy… A Handbook of
for Persons with Dementia, The John Hopkins
Press, Baltimore and London, 1995.
Keeping Busy

Goodwin, Dennis, The Activity Director’s Treasure
, The Activity Factory, 2227 Rock Island Court,
Snellville, Georgia 30278, 1987.

The Activity Director's Treasure Chest

Hellen, Carly R. Alzheimer’s Disease
(Activity-Focused Care)
, Butterworth Heinemann,
Woburn, Mass  1998.

Alzheimer’s Disease

Nekola, Pat, An Alzheimer’s guide: Activities
and Issues for People who Care
, Catering By
Design, 2002.

An Alzheimer’s Guide

Sheridan, Carmel, Failure-Free Activities for the
Alzheimer’s Patient
, Dell Publishing, New York, 1987.

Failure-Free Activities for the Alzheimer’s Patient

Walker, Susan C. Keeping Active: A Caregiver’s Guide
to Activities with the Elderly
, American Source Books,
Lakewood, Colorado, 1994
Keeping Active

J.M. Zgola, Doing Things: A Guide to Programming
Activities for Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease
and related disorders
, (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins
University Press 1987.

Doing Things

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    6 Industrial Road
      Pequannock, NJ 07440
      Tel.: (800) 541-3311

ActiveForever, Inc.
10799 N. 90th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Tel.: (800) 377-8033

Beyond Barriers
24078 Greenway Road
Suite 12
Forest Lake, MN 55025
Tel.: (800) 561-2223

Clarke Health Care Products Inc.

1003 International Drive
Oakdale, PA 15071
Tel.: (888) 347-4537

Independent Living Aids, Inc.,
P.O. Box 9022
Hicksville, NY 11753
Tel.: (800) 537-2118

Mercer County Rehab Supply, Inc.
202 N. Broad Street
Grove City, PA 16127
Tel.: (800) 258-4212

North Coast Medical, Inc.
18305 Sutter Boulevard
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Tel.: (800)821-9319

Sammons Preston
1000 Remington Blvd.
Suite 210
Bollingbrook, Illinois
Tel. (800) 323-5547

Senior Shops
Facts about assistive devices-what they are, why
use them who
pays for them and where to find them.

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Adaptive Clothing

American Health Care
Apparel Ltd.
302 Town Center Boulevard
Easton, PA 18040
Tel.: (800) 252-0584

Buck & Buck Adaptive Clothing
3111 27th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144-6502
Tel.: (800) 458-0600

Creative Designs Disability Robes 
3704 Carlisle Court
Modesto, CA 95356
Tel.: (800) 335-4852 

Easy Access Clothing
P.O. Box 6521
San Rafael, CA 94903
Tel.: (800) 775-5536

Silverts Adaptive Clothing
Tel. (800) 387-7088
Clothing designed for wheelchair users, the
elderly and caregivers assisting other to dress.

Shop- On The Net
82 Bartley Drive #3
North York, ON Canada M4A 1C4
Tel.: (416) 759-5755
Adaptive clothing, footwear and

Spec-L, Inc.
Tel.: (800) 445-1981
Adaptive apparel

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Well Spouse Foundation
63 West Main Street, Suite H
Freehold, NJ 07728
Tel.: (800) 838-0879
Well Spouse Foundation gives support to
spouses and partners of the chronically ill
and/or disabled. Well Spouse maintains support
groups, publishes a bimonthly newsletter,
and helps organize letter writing programs
to help members deal with the effects of isolation.

Family Caregiver Alliance
690 Market Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94104
Tel.: (415) 434-3388
This organization provides information, education,
services, research and advocacy. 

National Family Caregivers Association
Tel. (800) 896-3650

National alliance for Caregiviing

4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 642
Bethesda, MD 20814
The alliance is a coalition of national organizations
focusing on issues of family care giving. Members
include grassroots organizations, professional associations,
service organizations, disease specific organizations, a
government agency and corporations. They provide many
down loadable brochures on care giving.
Offers resources for caregivers on finding hospice care, arranging
time away from work and handling grief.
Activity guide, management publications, in-services,
educational newsletters, Alzheimer's disease training
manuals and in-service educational reports.

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Books on Care Giving

Bell, Virginia, and Troxel, David, The Best Friends
Approach to Alzheimer’s Care, Health Professions
Press, Baltimore, 1997.

The Best Friends Approach

Haymon,Sandra W., My Turn: Caring for Aging
Parents and Other Elderly Loved Ones, Magnolia
Productions, Inc, P.O. Box 13705, Tallahassee,
Fl 32347-3705, 1-800-2653243. 1996.

My Turn

Mace, Nancy L. and Rabins, Petger V. 
The 36 Hour Day, Warner Books, 1999.

The 36 Hour Day

Markin, R.E. Coping with Alzheimer's: The Complete
Care Manual for Patients and Their Families,
Citadel Press, New York, 1998.
Coping With Alzheimers

Morris, Virginia, How To Care For Aging Parents,
Workman Publishing Company, New York, 2004.

How to Care for Aging Parents

Radin, Lisa, What If It's Not Alzheimers: A Care-givers
Guide to Dementia, Prometheus books, 2003.

What If It's Not Alzheimer's?

Shanks, Lela Knox, Your Name is Hughes Hannibal
Shanks, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln and
London, 1996.

Your Name is Hughes Hannibal Shanks

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National Association for Home Care
228 Seventh Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

Tel.: (202) 547-7424
The National Association of Home Care represents
the interests and concerns of
home care agencies,
hospices and home
care aide organizations.
Information is
provided on how to choose home care.

Care Guide at Home
Tel.: (888) 389-8839

The CareGuide Home Provider Network consists of
many types of health care
providers, facilities and
services. They
screen and check credentials of providers
with performance evaluated twice a year.

National Family Caregiver Support Program
Resources for caregivers, respite, assistance in gaining
access to services and counseling.
Information from the AARP in caring for parents

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Adult Day Care
A list of state nuring home survey agencies and
rankings. Information provided to find long term
care, home care, adult day care and other assistance
for caregivers and a service to bring together health
care professionals seeking jobs and employers or
families seeking staff.

Children of Aging Parents
1609 Woodbourne Road, Suite 302A
Levittown, PA 19057-1511
Tel: (800) 227-7294
Children of Aging Parents provides information and
referrals for nursing homes, retirement communities,
elder law attorneys, adult day-care centers, respite-care,
assisted living centers, and state and county agencies.

Harris, Phyllis, The National Directory of Adult
Day Care Centers, Third Edition, Health Resources
Publishing, 2002.

The National Directory of Adult Day Care Centers
The directory provides information to evaluate and
compare more than 4000 programs nationwide

Lieberman, Trudy and the editors of Consumer
Reports, Complete Guide to Health Services
for Seniors. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2000.

The Complete Guide

National Adult Day Services Association
Tel.: (800) 558-5301 Information on adult day care programs.
Information on adult day care programs.

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Assisted Living and Nursing Homes
Information about  the retirement communities,
assisted living, Alzheimer's care and home
care options that might be best for you or your
loved one

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health care
Organizations (JCAHO)
One Renaissance Boulevard
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
Tel.: (630) 792-5000
JAHO provides local contact information and
accreditation information for nursing homes
and other senior living facilities.

American Health Care Association
Tel.: (202) 842-4444
This is a federation of state organizations representing
more than 10,000 assisted living, nursing facilities,
developmentally-disabled and sub-acute care providers.
AHCA provides information, education and administrative
tools to enhance quality of life.

American Association of Homes and Services
For the Aging

901 E Street, NW., Suite 500
Washington, DC 20004-2037
Tel. (202) 783-2242
Provides information about and lobbies for the nation's
nonprofit residential care facilities and nursing homes.

Eldercare Locater
1112 16th St., NW, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20036
Tel (800) 677-1116
This service of the National Association of Area Agencies
on Aging provides information about
and referrals to respite
care and community care agencies around the country.

National Center for Assisted Living
1201 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Tel. (202) 842-4444
is the assisted living voice of the American Health
Care Association, the nations largest organization
representing long term care. The web site provides
guiding principles of assisted living facilities, consumer
information, resident and facility profiles, news and links.

Assisted Living Facilities Association of America
9411 Lee Hwy.
Plaza Suite J
Fairfax, VA 22031
Tel. (703) 691-8100
Provides information about what to look for in an assisted
living facility.  They work to influence public policy by
advocating for informed choice, quality care and accessibility
for all Americans seeking assistance with long-term care.

Assisted Living Directory
Assisted Living Facilities Information and Senior Care

AssistedLiving Directory

National Long Term Ombudsman Resource Center
1828 L Street, NW
Suite 801
Washington, DC 20036
Tel.: (202 332-2275
Learn about what ombudsmen do and how to locate them.

National Citizen’s Coalition for Nursing Home Reform
1828 L Street, NW
Suite 801
Washington, DC 20036
Tel. (202) 332-2275
The NCCNHR advocates for nursing home quality and
reform by informing and empowering consumers, promoting
ombudsman programs, best practices in care delivery,
public policy responsive to consumer needs and enforcement

for consumer directed living standards.

Ombudsman Information

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
1730 Rhode Island Avenue NW Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20036
Tel. (202) 872-0888

Information on living arrangements for the elderly.

Medicare website with information on choosing a
nursing home.

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Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and Elder Law

Maine telephone number (800) 633-4227
Hotline  (800) 638-6833
Information on state’s role in prescription medication

Medicare Rights Center
1460 Broadway, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10036
Tel.( 212) 869-3850
Independent source of Medicare information and assistance.
Medicare's website with information on prescription drug plans.

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
Tel. (520) 881-4005
Assists those who provide specialized legal services
to the elderly and their caregivers. Points caregivers
to local elder law attorneys.

Legal Services Corporation
Tel. (202) 295-1500
A private nonprofit organization that helps
low income people gain access to legal
help for civil cases.
This is a web site where senior citizens, their families,
attorneys, social workers and financial planners can
access information about elder law, Medicare, Medicaid,
guardianship, estate planning, trusts and the rights of
the elderly and disabled. 

American Bar Association Directory of Pro bono programs.
A searchable on-line directory of free legal services state by state.

National Guardianship Association
Tel. (520) 881-6561
Information and resources on guardianship.

Social Security Administration
Office of Public Inquiries
6401 Security Boulevard
Room 4-C-5 Annex
Baltimore, MD 21235
Tel. (800) 772-1213

Gordon, Harley, How to Protect Your Life Savings
from Catastrophic Illness and Nursing Homes,
Financial Planning Institute, Inc., Boston, MA, 2001.

How To Protect Your Life Savings

Matthews, Joseph, Long-Term Care: How to Plan & Pay
for It, Nolo, 950 Parker Street, Berkeley, CA, 94710, 2006
Long Term Care

Matthews, Joseph, Matthews Berman, Dorothy,
Social Security, Medicare and Government Pensions,
Nolo, 950 Parker Street, Berkeley, CA, 94710, 2005
Social Security, Medicare and Government Pensions
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Geriatric Case Management

The National Association of Professional
Geriatric Care Managers
1604 North Country Club Road
Tucson, AZ 85716
Tel.: (520) 881 8008

American association for Geriatric Psychiatry
7910 Woodmont Ave.
Suite 1050
Bethesda, MD 20814-3004
Tel. (301)-654-7850
Resources to help older people with
mental disorders.

Hospice Foundation of America
2001 s street, NW Suite 300
Washington, DC 20009
Tel. (800) 854 3402
Information on end of life care.

MySeniorCare -- a community on the topic of senior
care providing information on home health care, assisted living,hospice

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Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias

The Alzheimer’s Association
919 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1000
Chicago, IL 60611-1676
Tel.: (800) 272-3900 or (312) 335-8700

Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center
National Institute on Aging
Building 31, room 5C27
31 Center Drive, MSC 2292
Bethesda, MD 20892
Tel.: (301) 496-1752
This organization provides lots of fact sheets and
the latest information on research and treatment and
help for caregivers.
Information on The Mini Mental Exam and Clock Drawing Test.
Information on The Clock Drawing Test.
Tel.: (888) 572-8566
Information and registration on safe return programs.,com_frontpage/Itemid,1/
OT-Innovations provides information on sensory diets, sensory
modulation and sensory rooms for clients in the mental health

The Simon Foundation for Continence
Box 835-F
Wilmette, IL 60091
Tel.: (800) 237-4666
The Simon Foundation for Continence helps individuals
with incontinence, their families and the health professionals
who provide their care. They provide books, pamphlets,
tapes, self-help groups and other resources.

Books about Alzheimer’s Disease
and Other Dementias

Lokvig, Jytte, Becker, John, Alzheimer's A to Z:
A Quick Reference Guide, New Harbinger Publications,
CA, 2004.
Alzheimer's A to Z
This reference guide covers topics ranging from
Acceptance to Validation and Communication to Respite,
told with anecdotes, humor and common sense.

Resse, Pam Britton, The Source for Alzheimer's & Dementia,
LinguiSystems, Inc., 2000.
The Source for Alzheimer's & Dementia
Information on different types of dementia: characteristics,
assessment and interventions with emphasis on
communication skills, visual reminders for social cues
and daily living skills.

Shenk, David, The Forgetting, Anchor books, a division
of Random House, Inc. New York, 2001.
The Forgetting

Smith, Patricia B., Kenan, Mary Mitchel and Kunik,
Mark Edwin, Alzheimer’s for Dummies, Wiley
Publishing, Inc., New Jersey, 2004.
Alzheimers for Dummies 

Memoirs by family members and Victims of Alzheimer's Disease

Cohen, Elizabeth, The House on Beartown Road:
A Memoir of Learning and Forgetting, Random House,
New York, 2003.
The House on Beartown Road
Written by a daughter of an Alzheimer's Disease Victim.

DeBaggiio, Thomasa, Losing My Mind: An Intimate
Look at Life with Alzheimer's, Thorndike Press,
Waterville, Maine, 2002.
Losing My Mind
Written by a victim of Alzheimer's Disease.

Grant, Linda, Remind Me Who I am Again, Granta Books,
London , 1988
Remind Me Who I Am Again
Written by a daughter of an Alzheimer's Disease victim.

Shanks, Lela Knox, Your Name is Hughes Hannibal
Shanks, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln and
London, 1996.
Your Name Is Hughes Hannibal Shanks
Written by the wife of an Alzheimer's Disease victim.

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©2008 Barbara Smith