Valuable Website Resources
Below are links to organizations and agencies that hold research information in many areas surrounding aging and funding for grantmakers. These resources can be useful in answering questions you may have and assisting you in research.
AARP is a membership organization for people age 50+. Most of the site has consumer-oriented information on economic, retirement, health, and family issues, but there is also a research section with policy and issue research that can be helpful in identifying funding areas.
Administration for Community Living
The U.S. Administration for Community Living, which incorporated the former Administration on Aging, administers federal funding for supportive services for older adults, people with disabilities, and their families and friends. The site contains an extensive section on data and research related to aging issues.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
AHRQ is a government agency that fosters health care quality and efficiency. The site has research and statistical information on such topics as healthcare utilization, evidence-based medicine, and patient safety.
Alliance for Aging Research
The Alliance for Aging Research advances biomedical and behavioral research in aging and health. The website has research information on a variety of health and medical issues related to aging, and an extensive database of research information and statistics from 200+ organizations.
American Federation for Aging Research
The American Federation for Aging Research is a grantmaking organization that supports and advances healthy aging through biomedical research. The website has an Infoaging section with research-based information on healthy aging and diseases affecting the older population.
American Geriatrics Society
This membership association for geriatrics health professionals has a site that include a Where We Stand section with information on the association’s efforts to shape programs and policies that are important to older people, their families, and healthcare professionals. AGS sponsors Healthinaging.org, a website for consumers and non-medical professionals with extensive information on medication use, healthy aging, and age-related diseases.
American Society on Aging
A membership organization for practitioners, researchers, and educators in the field of aging. Its website pulls together research information on such issues as business and aging, housing, multicultural issues, and mental health (see the “Education” tab on the site). The ASA’s Aging in America annual meeting has been a popular event for grantmakers to learn more about aging issues and program models.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC Healthy Aging website provides statistics and research on aging and preventing disease, aging and mental health, and other health-related topics.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
CMS is the federal government agency that oversees the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The site has an extensive research and data section on such issues as health care financing and expenditures, health outcomes, and Medicare enrollment.
Commonwealth’s website has resources related to its areas of funding: health care quality and delivery, health care reform, long-term care, and health policy issues. The site has an excellent surveys and data center with links to publications, data sources, research studies, and multimedia resources on health issues.
The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives
Sponsored by the Dana Foundation, the Dana Alliance promotes brain health and research on healthy brain aging, with an emphasis on making neuroscience research information accessible to the general public. The site has research reports, web and podcasts, multimedia, and consumer information available.
Diverse Elders Coalition
The Diverse Elders Coalition is comprised of the Asociación Nacional Pro Personas Mayores, the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging, the National Caucus & Center on Black Aged, Inc., the National Hispanic Council on Aging, the National Indian Council on Aging, Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders, and the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center. The Coalition addresses policy and research issues relevant to its membership, and its learning center has multimedia resources and useful publications on diversity issues.
A national nonprofit organization focused on redefining aging as an opportunity for individual and social renewal
Family Caregiver Alliance/National Center on Caregiving
This policy and advocacy group representing caregivers and caregiving issues has a site with a caregiver education section that includes condition-specific information; caregiving issues and strategies; fact and tip sheets; videos, webinars, online classes, and support; and caregiving resources nationally and by state.
Generations United members are organizations representing the interests of youth and seniors—all of whom promote intergenerational programs and policies. The site has a large library of publications on intergenerational and grandparenting issues.
Gerontological Society of America
Membership association for researchers, teachers, and professionals in aging. GSA’s website policy information from its National Academy on an Aging Society.
Kaiser Family Foundation
An operating foundation focusing on communicating major health care issues, Kaiser’s site has extensive research and polling data and multimedia resources on such issues as health reform, Medicaid and Medicare, global health, minority health issues, and health policy. It also has a page with extensive, searchable state health data.
LeadingAge is a membership association of senior care organizations in the fields of adult day services, home health, hospice, community-based services, PACE, senior housing, assisted living residences, continuing care communities, and nursing homes (formerly known as the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging). The site has resources from LeadingAge’s Center for Applied Research and its Center for Aging Services Technologies.
Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging
The mission of the Center is to improve lives and strengthen societies by promoting healthy, productive and purposeful aging. Through research, convening and educating, the Center seeks to change the perception of older adults in business, media, and other domains; promote policies and practices to enable lifelong productivity and engagement; make the case for investment and innovation in the longevity economy; encourage prevention, wellness, and scientific advancement to extend healthy life; and elevate purposeful activity for older adults to benefit the broader society.
National Alliance for Caregiving
The National Alliance for Caregiving is a coalition of organizations focused on family caregiving issues. The site includes research publications on caregiving and allows you to search on specific caregiving issues or conditions.
National Aging and Disability Transportation Center
This program of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration is administered by Easterseals and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), with guidance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’s Administration for Community Living. The center promotes the availability and accessibility of transportation options for older adults, people with disabilities, caregivers, and communities. The website offers resources, publications, training, and webinars.
National Council on Aging
A service and advocacy organization for older adults and aging issues, NCOA conducts a wide range of economic security, health, and advocacy initiatives. The website includes information, online tools and tips for professionals, older adults and caregivers, and advocates.
National Institute on Aging
This government research institute focuses on health and social issues related to aging. The site has extensive research information online, and publications oriented to consumers.
Next Avenue is a consumer-oriented site supported by PBS, which provides in-depth and research-based examinations of issues affecting midlife and older adults, including health, money, retirement, caregiving, and personal growth.
Terra Nova Films
This is a source for films, streaming video, and video clips on aging issues.
U.S. Census Bureau
Along with the Administration for Community Living, the Census Bureau is the definitive source for demographic data on aging. The “People and Households” section is a good starting point. Once a year, the Census Bureau provides an updated profile of older adults, including statistics on education, jobs, income and wealth, homeownership, voting, and population distribution.