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One Commerce Plaza, Suite 706
Albany, NY 12260
AARP New York is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone: 866-227-7442
Email: nyaarp@aarp.org

Albany County Department for Aging
162 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12210
Phone: (518) 447-7177

Association on Aging (AoA)
Association on Aging in New York
272 Broadway
Albany, NY 12204-2717
Karen Thornton, Director of Member Services
(518) 449-7080, ext. 11

Alzheimer’s Association: Northeastern New York Chapter
4 Pine West Plaza
Suite 405
Albany, NY 12205
24 Hour Helpline: 1-800-272-3900

Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center (ADEAR)
PO Box 8250
Silver Spring, MD 20907-8250
1 (800) 438-4380 (toll-free)
1 (301) 495-3311 (English, Spanish)

Fax: (301) 495-3334

Benefits Check Up
A free online service provided by the National Council on Aging, this program allows people to find programs that can help them meet health care and other costs.

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Albany Stratton VA Hospital 113 Holland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208

Eldercare Locator
National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
1730 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20036
1 (800) 677-1116 (toll-free)

Nationwide directory assistance service helping older people and caregivers locate local support and resources for older Americans; funded by the Administration on Aging.

Family Caregiver Alliance
180 Montgomery Street, Suite 1100
San Francisco CA 94104
1 (800) 445-8106 (toll-free) or (415) 434-3388

Community-based nonprofit organization offering support services for those caring for adults with AD, stroke, traumatic brain injuries, and other cognitive disorders. Programs and services include an information clearinghouse for publications, as well as a variety of online services.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
Washington, DC 20580
1 (877) FTC-HELP (382-4357) (Toll-Free)
1 (202) 326-2222 (General Information Locator)

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857
1 (888) INFO-FDA (463-6332) (toll-free)
1 (888) 723-3366 (toll-free, Food Information Line)
1 (800) 822-7967 (toll-free, Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System)
1 (800) 838-7715 (toll-free, Mammography Information Service)

For FDA regulated products for older adults, their families and their caregivers, visit http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/maturityhealthmatters.

Food and Nutrition Information Center
Agricultural Research Service/National Agriculture Library
Beltsville, MD 20705-2351
(301) 504-5719

Fax: (301) 504-6409

Lighthouse National Center for Vision and Aging
2 Clara Barton Drive
Albany, NY 12208
Annemarie O’Hearn, VP, Education and Training, ohearna@guildhealth.org
Provides advocacy, support, information, and resources on vision impairment and blindness.

200 First St. S.W.
Rochester, MN 55905
(507) 284-2511 Fax: 507-284-0161

Offers information on symptoms and treatment options for urinary incontinence. The first web address given links to general incontinence information, while the second web address links to information on stress incontinence. MayoClinic.com also offers up-to-date information in more than 35 disease and lifestyle categories.

Medicare Rights Center
1460 Broadway, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10036
(212) 869-3850

Fax: (212) 869-3532

National, nonprofit service helping older adults and people with disabilities get good, affordable health care.

National Alliance for Caregiving
4720 Montgomery Lane, 5th Floor
Bethesda, MD 20814

Nonprofit coalition focusing on issues of family caregiving. The Alliance offers information for caregivers as well as supporting the Family Care Resource Connection.

National Association on HIV Over Fifty
23 Miner Street
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 233-7107

Fax: (617) 262-5667

A membership organization promoting the availability of a full range of educational, prevention, service, and health care programs for people over age 50 affected by HIV.

National Caucus and Center on Black Aged
1220 L Street, NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 637-8400

Fax: (202) 347-0895

A national, nonprofit organization providing health and social service information, advocacy, and assistance to African Americans and low-income older people.

National Center on Elder Abuse
1201 15th St. NW, Suite 350
Washington, DC 20005-2842
(202) 898-2586 — Available between 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. EST

Fax: (202) 898-2583

Operated jointly by the National Association of State Units on Aging, the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, and the University of Delaware to disseminate information about abuse and neglect of older people.

National Council on Aging (NCOA)
1901 L Street, NW, 4th floor
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 479-1200

Fax: (202) 479-0735

A private, nonprofit organization providing information, training, technical assistance, advocacy, and leadership in all aspects of aging services and issues. Contact NCOA for information on training programs and in-home services for older people.

National Domestic Violence Hotline
P.O. Box 161810
Austin, TX 78716
1 (800) 799-7233 (toll-free)

Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, provides crisis intervention, information about domestic violence, and referrals to local service providers to victims of domestic violence and those calling on their behalf.

National Drug and Treatment Referral Routing Service
SAMHSA’S National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
P.O. BOX 2345
Rockville, MD 20847
1 (800) 729-6686 or 1(877) 767-8432 (in Spanish)

Fax: (301) 468-6433

National Eye Health Education Program
National Eye Institute Information Center (NEIIC)
Bethesda, MD 20892-3655
(301) 496-5248

Fax: (301) 402-1065

NEHEP, funded by the NEI, part of NIH, is a partnership of professional, civic, voluntary organizations and Federal agencies. NEHEP provides referrals to vision professionals and other health resources. The Program offers free materials to educate the public about how to protect eye health and prevent vision loss.

National Family Caregivers Association
10400 Connecticut Avenue, #500
Kensington, MD 20895-3944
1 (800) 896-3650 (toll-free) or (301) 942-6430

Fax: (301) 942-2302

A grass roots organization providing advocacy, support, and information for family members who care for chronically ill, older, or disabled relatives.

National Health Information Center
Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP)
Washington, DC 20013-1133
1 (800) 336-4797 (toll-free) 0r (301)-565-4167

Fax: (301) 984-4256 Faxback: (301) 468-1204

Provides health information, contacts for Federally-supported health information centers, lists of national health observances, and toll-free numbers sponsored by the Federal Government.

National Hispanic Council on Aging
1341 Connecticut Avenue 4th Floor, Suite 4.2
Washington DC 20036
(202) 429-0787

Fax: (202) 429-0789

A national organization providing advocacy, education, and information for older Hispanic people.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
National Hospice Foundation (NHF);
1700 Diagonal Road, Suite 625
Alexandria, VA 22314
1 (800) 658-8898 (toll-free Helpline) or (703) 837-1500

Fax: (703) 837-1233

A nonprofit, membership organization working to enhance the quality of life for individuals who are terminally ill and advocating for people in the final stage of life. Also offers Caring Connections http://www.caringinfo.org), providing resources and information to help people make decisions about end-of-life care and services.

National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20892-9663
1 (866) 615-6464 (toll-free) or (301) 443-4513

Fax: (301) 443-4279

National Institute on Aging
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Bethesda, MD 20892-2292
1 (800) 222-2225 (toll-free)

NIA, part of NIH, conducts and supports biomedical, social, and behavioral research on aging processes, disease, and the special problems and needs of older people.

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Library of Congress
Washington, DC 20011
1 (800) NLS-READ (657-7323) (toll-free) or (202) 707-5100

Fax: (202) 707-0712

NLSBPH, funded by the Library of Congress, is a network of regional and local libraries that provide free library services to blind and physically disabled people. Contact NLSBPH about programs such as postage-free delivery and return-mailing of audio-books and books and magazines in Braille. Specially designed Talking Books and cassette players also are lent to the public free. NLSBPH provides information on blindness and physical disabilities.

National Senior Games Association
P.O. Box 82059
Baton Rouge, LA 70884-2059
(225) 766-6800

Fax: (225) 766-9115

A nonprofit organization promoting healthy lifestyles for older people through education, fitness, and sports.

National Stroke Association
9707 East Easter Lane, Building B
Englewood CO 80127
1 (800) STROKES (787-6537) (toll-free)

Fax: (303) 649-1328

National Women’s Health Information Center
8550 Arlington Blvd., Suite 300
Fairfax, VA 22031
1 (800) 994-WOMAN (96626) (toll-free)

Health and referral center for women. Spanish language resources are available.

Older Women’s League (OWL)
1828 L Street NW, Suite 801
Washington, DC 20036
1 (800) TAKE-OWL (825-3695) (toll-free) or (703) 812-7990

Fax: (703) 812-0687

A national organization advocating for the special concerns of older women. OWL helped develop the Campaign for Women’s Health and the Women’s Pension Policy Consortium. Contact OWL’s 24-hour PowerLine for information about legal and political activity related to health care, access to housing, economic security, individual rights, and violence against women and older people. OWL newsletters are available.

Parkinson’s Disease Foundation
1359 Broadway, Suite 1509
New York, NY 10018
1 (800) 457-6676 (toll-free) or (212) 923-4700

Fax: (212) 923-4778

Road Scholar (formally: Elderhostel)
11 Avenue de Lafayette
Boston, MA 02111
1 (877) 426-8056 (toll-free) or 1 (800) 454-5768 (toll-free)

Fax: 1 (877) 426-2166 (Toll-Free)

Nonprofit organization providing educational travel programs to people over age 55. Their catalog, published 10 times a year, lists thousands of national and international programs.

Self Help for Hard of Hearing People, Inc.
7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1200
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 657-2248

Fax: (301) 913-9413

SHHH provides information and services for people who are hard of hearing, including assistance on education, legal issues, and self-help. Local SHHH chapters can provide information on community references and referrals to specialists. Contact SHHH for information on coping with hearing problems, hearing aids, and educational workshops for older people with hearing loss. A list of publications and materials is available.

Senior Action in a Gay Environment (SAGE)
305 7th Ave., 16th Floor
New York, NY 10001
(212) 741-2247

A social service organization offering programs and services to supporting and advocating for the rights of senior gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.

Social Security Administration
Office of Public Inquiries
Baltimore, MD 21235
1 (800) 772-1213 (toll-free)

Well Spouse Foundation
63 West Main Street, Suite H
Freehold, NJ 07728
1 (800) 838-0879 (toll-free) or (732) 577-8899

Fax: (732) 577-8644

A not-for-profit association of spousal caregivers. It offers support to the wives, husbands, and partners of chronically ill or disabled people. The Foundation has lists of support groups nationwide and sponsors recreational respite opportunities.