For seniors: Body donation to science resources

From health care, to safety, to important conversations with your loved ones, here are some free online resources with helpful information. If you would like to support medical science and research through body donation, you can register today:
Join the registry

Local and national programs

Local senior centers (National Council on Aging)

Many towns and cities have a center for seniors. Meals are offered to go or in person and prices differ in cities.

Eldercare locator

A public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging, connecting you to services for older adults and their families.

HealthCareAgencies.com

Find local in-home care agencies.

State-by-State Help for Family Caregivers

From the Family Caregiver Alliance, this resource helps you locate government, nonprofit, and private programs in your area.

Older Americans Act

Members of the Aging Network, in accordance with this U.S. law, help older individuals to maintain their health and independence at home.

Health care resources

Medicaid state waivers list

Home and community-based services (HCBS) provide opportunities for Medicaid beneficiaries to receive services in their home or community.

Medicare.gov

Find and Compare: Doctors, Nursing Homes, Plans, Hospitals, Medical Supplies, and Home Health Care Services

Doctor visits

This guide from the United Hospital Fund provides practical tips to help patients and family caregivers coordinate agendas before an appointment.

Emergency Room visits

The ER experience can be overwhelming and confusing. This guide provides steps to help you prepare for and avoid ER visits.

Understand chronic conditions

Information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

“I like helping people. If donating my body to science helps to save other lives, then that alone will make my life a success.”
— Timothy D., Florida

Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Resources

Alzheimer’s Association

Information and support for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. Operates a 24/7 helpline and care navigator tools.

Alzheimers.gov

The government’s free information resource about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

National Institute on Aging

Forgetfulness: Knowing when to ask for help.

BrightFocus Foundation

Exercise your mind and have fun with these memory games.

Affordable Services

Meals on Wheels

There are more than 5,000 independently-run local programs. Volunteers help run the program and costs vary on the location branch.

Salvation Army

Some locations provide on-site and meal delivery for the elderly.

Visiting Nurses Associations

Local associations deliver fresh and frozen meals to residents for a low cost.

Area Agency on Aging

The Area Agency on Aging can help you find low-cost personal care services and transportation.

Safety and Well-Being

Home safety for older adults

From the CDC, a home fall prevention checklist for older adults.

CaringBridge.org

This website provides all the tools you need to keep your family and friends updated during a difficult time such as a health crisis.

Also, check out our resources for:

Friends & loved ones