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AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
Address: 607 14th Street, NW, Suite 201
Washington DC 20005
Telephone: 202-638-5944
Fax: 202-638-5943
Web: http://www.seniordrivers.org

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is a nonprofit educational and research organization funding research projects designed to discover the causes of traffic crashes, prevent them, and minimize injuries when they do occur. AAA has used this research to develop educational materials for older drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and other road users.



AARP
Address: 601 E Street, NW
Washington DC 20049
Telephone: 1-888-OUR-AARP (687-2277) (toll-free)
Fax:
Web: http://www.aarp.org/

AARP is a nonprofit organization that advocates for older Americans' health, rights, and life choices. Local chapters provide information and services on crime prevention, consumer protection, and income tax preparation. Members can join group health, auto, life, and home insurance programs, investment plans, or a discount mail-order pharmacy service. The AgeLine database, available on CD-ROM, contains extensive resources on issues of concern to older people. Publications are available on housing, health, exercise, retirement planning, money management, leisure, and travel.




AARP - State and Transportation Guide

Address:

Telephone:

Fax:

Web: http://www.aarp.org/bulletin/yourlife/state_by_state_transportation.html



AARP offers this "State-by-State Guide to Transportation Assistance" on its Web site. Transportation programs help people get rides for essential trips, such as medical appointments, business errands, shopping and other activities. Transportation services vary among communities. Services may be provided by urban and rural transit systems, human service organizations, churches and other providers.




Administration on Aging (AoA)

Address: Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
Washington DC 20201

Telephone: Public Inquiries: 202-619-0724 Eldercare Locator: 1-800-677-1116 (toll-free)

Fax: 202-357-3555

Web: http://www.aoa.gov/



Working in close partnership with its sister agencies in DHHS, the AoA is the Federal agency dedicated to policy development, planning and the delivery of supportive home-and community-based services to older persons and their caregivers. The AoA works through the national aging network of State and Area Agencies on Aging, Tribal and Native organizations, and thousands of service providers, adult care centers, caregivers, and volunteers.
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Ageless Design

Address: 3197 Trout Place Road
Cumming, GA 30041

Telephone: 1-800-752-3238 (toll-free)

Fax:

Web: http://www.agelessdesign.com



Ageless Design offers consultation services, architectural design review, books, articles, brochures, pamphlets, and audiotapes for those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease.




Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ)

Address: Office of Communications & Knowledge Transfer 540 Gaither Rd., Suite 2000
Rockville MD 20850

Telephone: 1-800-358-9295 (toll-free)

Fax:

Web: http://www.ahrq.gov/



AHRQ, part of the Federal Government, provides an information clearinghouse service that distributes Evidence-Based Summaries and Reports, Clinical Practice Guidelines, and other medical statistics and information. Call to order copies of guidelines on topics such as cardiac rehabilitation, treatment of pressure sores, or other publications on elder and long-term health care, health insurance, and minority health data. Visit the website to download Clinical Practice Guidelines on topics such as urinary incontinence, screening for Alzheimer's disease, and post-stroke rehabilitation.




AIDSinfo

Address: PO Box 6303
Rockville MD 20849-6303

Telephone: 1-800-HIV-0440 (448-0440) - (English, Spanish, Portuguese)

Fax: 301-519-6616

Web: http://www.aidsinfo.nih.gov



ATIS, sponsored by the Federal Government, provides current treatment information on HIV and AIDS as well as answering HIV/AIDS related questions. Referrals to national, State, and local organizations are provided. All Information is free and confidential.




Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Address: A.A. World Services, Inc.
New York NY 10163

Telephone: 212-870-3400

Fax:

Web: http://www.aa.org



Alcoholics Anonymous is a nonprofit organization serving men and women who focus their efforts on helping themselves recover from alcoholism. AA’s primary purpose is to help members stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.




Alliance for Aging Research

Address: 2021 K Street, NW, Suite 305
Washington DC 20006

Telephone: 202-293-2856

Fax: 202-785-8574

Web: http://www.agingresearch.org/



The Alliance is a national, citizen advocacy organization offering free publications including Investing in Older Women's Health, Meeting the Medical Needs of the Senior Boom, Delaying the Diseases of Aging, and other aging- related subjects such as menopause, how to age with ease, and health care options under Medicare.




Alzheimer's Association

Address: 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Floor 17
Chicago IL 60601

Telephone: 1-800-272-3900 (toll-free)

Fax: 1-866-699-1246

Web: http://www.alz.org/



The Association is a nonprofit organization offering information and support services to people with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and their families. Contact the 24-hour, toll-free telephone line to link with local chapters and community resources. The Association funds research to find a cure for AD and provides information on caregiving. A free catalog of educational publications is available in English and Spanish.




Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study

Address: University of California, San Diego
La Jolla CA 92093-0949

Telephone: 858-622-5880

Fax:

Web: http://adcs.ucsd.edu



The Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS) is a cooperative agreement between the NIA and the University of California, San Diego, to advance research in the development of drugs to treat AD. The ADCS is a consortium of medical research centers and clinics working to develop clinical trails of medicines to treat behavioral symptoms of AD, improve cognition, slow the rate of decline of AD, delay the onset of AD, or prevent the disease altogether. The ADCS also develops new and more reliable ways to evaluate patients enrolled in clinical trials.




Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center

Address: PO Box 8250
Silver Spring MD 20907-8250

Telephone: 1-800-438-4380 (toll-free) (English, Spanish) 301-495-3311

Fax: 301-495-3334

Web: http://www.alzheimers.org/



The ADEAR Center, funded by the National Institute on Aging, distributes information about Alzheimer's disease (AD) to health professionals, patients and their families, and the public. Contact the Center for information about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of AD; recent research; and referrals to State and other national services. On its website, the Center offers searchable publications and databases, including the AD Clinical Trials Database of studies accepting volunteers.




Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA)

Address: 322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor
New York NY 10001

Telephone: 866-AFA-8484 (232-8484) (toll-free)

Fax: 646-638-1546

Web: http://www.alzfdn.org
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America's Health Insurance Plans

Address: 601 Pennsylvania Ave., NW South building, Suite 500
Washington DC 20004

Telephone: 202-778-3200

Fax: 202-331-7487

Web: http://www.hiaa.org/



AHIP is a trade association representing the interests of the privately-insured health care system. Contact AHIP for insurance information on health, long-term care, dental, disability, and supplemental coverage. AHIP also provides information and publications on health care issues, including continuation of group health benefits, major medical, and Medicare supplements.




American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)

Address: PO Box 4014
Schaumburg IL 60168-4014

Telephone: 886-503-SKIN (7546) (toll-free) 847-240-1280 (International)

Fax: 847-240-1859

Web: http://www.aad.org/



AAD, an association of doctors specializing in dermatology, provides pamphlets and general information about skin cancers, contact allergies (like poison ivy), shingles (herpes zoster), and other skin conditions. Audio-cassettes, news releases, and public service announcements on dermatology topics also are available. Contact AAD for referrals to certified dermatologists.




American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)

Address: P.O. Box 11210
Shawnee Mission, KS 66207-1210

Telephone: 1-800-274-2237 (toll-free); 913-906-6000

Fax: 913-906-6075

Web: http://www.aafp.org/



AAFP, a national association of doctors in family practice, offers referrals to certified doctors via its website at www.aafp.org. Education and information on health care and disease prevention, as well as fact sheets on specific diseases, questions and answers about common health issues, self-care flow charts, and databases on drugs and drug reactions are available through the Academy's website at familydoctor.org.




American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Address: 1080 Montreal Avenue
St. Paul MN 55116

Telephone: 1-800-879-1960 (toll free); 651-695-2717

Fax: 651-695-2791

Web: http://www.aan.com/



The Academy is an association of doctors specializing in disorders of the brain and central nervous system. Contact AAN for information about neurology. Visit the Academy's website for referrals to accredited neurologists. Publications include the AAN's Patient Information Guide on neurological disorders and treatment.




American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

Address: PO Box 7424
San Francisco CA 94120-7424

Telephone: 1-800-222-3937 (toll-free) 415-561-8500

Fax: 415-561-8533

Web: http://www.aao.org



AAO is an association of doctors specializing in eye diseases. The Academy's Eye Care America helpline provides information and publications and connects eligible older people with ophthalmologists who provide free eye care in their community. US citizens qualify for free care at age 65 if they have no health insurance and have not seen an eye doctor for at least 3 years.




American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)

Address: 6300 North River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018-4262

Telephone: 847-823-7186 (toll free) 800-346-AAOS

Fax: 847-823-8125

Web: http://www.aaos.org/



AAOS is a nonprofit organization of doctors specializing in bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Contact AAOS for information on orthopaedic medicine including arthritis, osteoporosis, artificial joints, and prevention of hip fractures. Publications on orthopaedic medicine, many specifically for older people, are available.




American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Inc. (AAO)

Address: 1 Prince Street
Alexandria VA 22314

Telephone: 703-836-4444

Fax: 703-683-5100

Web: http://www.entnet.org/



The Academy is an organization of doctors specializing in ear, nose, and throat problems and diseases of the head and neck. Contact AAO for referrals to specialists and publications on topics such as cosmetic facial surgery, head and neck tumors, treatments for certain types of hearing loss, and balance disorders.




American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR)

Address: 330 North Wabash Ave., Suite 2500
Chicago IL 60611

Telephone: 312-464-9700

Fax: 312-464-0227

Web: http://www.aapmr.org/



The Academy is an organization of physicians who are specialists in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Contact AAPMR for referrals to physiatrists or for information and publications about rehabilitation medicine.




American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP)

Address: 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1050
Bethesda MD 20814-3004

Telephone: 301-654-7850

Fax: 301-654-4137

Web: http://www.aagpgpa.org/



The Association works to improve the mental health and well-being of older people. Contact AAGP for information on geriatric psychiatry and to receive referrals to specialists. Available publications include Growing Older, Growing Wiser: Coping with Expectations, Challenges and Changes in Later Years, and brochures on topics such as Alzheimer's disease, depression, and the role of the geriatric psychiatrist. Some consumer publications are free.




American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

Address: 112 South Alfred St.
Alexandria VA 22314

Telephone: 703-838-9808

Fax: 703-838-9805

Web: http://www.aamft.org/



AAMFT is a professional association of qualified marriage and family therapists. The Association provides referrals to marriage and family therapists and offers publications on topics including divorce, depression, and sexual problems.




American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR)

Address: 401 North Michigan Ave., Suite 2200
Chicago IL 60611

Telephone: 312-321-5146

Fax: 312-527-6635

Web: http://www.aacvpr.org/



AACPR is an organization of certified heart, lung, and blood specialists that provides information on diagnosis, treatment, and disease prevention. Information and publications are available on consumer guidelines for cardiac rehabilitation and purchasing fitness equipment.




American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)

Address: 101 Columbia
Aliso Viejo CA 92656-4109

Telephone: 1-800-899-AACN (2226) (toll-free); 1-800-809-CARE (2273) (toll free - AACN operator)

Fax: 949-362-2020

Web: http://www.aacn.org/



AACN is a nonprofit professional association dedicated to meeting the needs of its members who care for acutely and critically ill patients and their families. The Association provides practice and educational resources as well as professional support for its members. Contact AACN for publications and audiovisual materials on critical care.




American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA)

Address: 2519 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20008-1520

Telephone: 202-783-2242

Fax: 202-783-2255

Web: http://www.aahsa.org/



AAHSA is a national, nonprofit organization providing older people with services and information on housing, health care, and community involvement. Visit the AAHSA website for information for seniors and caregivers.
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American Bar Association (ABA)

Address: Commission on Law and Aging
Washington DC 20005

Telephone: 202-662-8690

Fax: 202-662-8698

Web: http://www.abanet.org/aging



The Commission examines and responds to law-related needs of older people. It makes referrals and maintains a listing of legal aid offices where older people can get free or low-cost legal assistance. The Commission's website lists available publications and videos.





American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA)

Address: 2720 River Road
Des Plaines IL 60018

Telephone: 1-800-886-2282 (toll-free); 847-827-9910 (Patient Line)

Fax: 847-827-9918

Web: http://www.abta.org/



ABTA is a nonprofit organization, offering free social work consultations, a nationwide database of established support groups, mentorship for people who want to start a support group, a resource listing of specialist physicians, and referrals to organizations providing services for brain tumor patients. Publications on brain tumors, treatment, and coping with disease are available.





American Cancer Society (ACS)

Address: Check the ACS website for your local office's address.

Telephone: 1-800-ACS-2345 (227-2345) (toll-free)

Fax:

Web: http://www.cancer.org/



ACS is a national, community-based volunteer health organization, providing information on cancer and its prevention. The Society sponsors a variety of programs such as Man to Man (education and support for men with prostate cancer) and workshops such as Taking Charge of Money Matters which addresses financial concerns arising from cancer treatment. Local ACS offices sponsor services for cancer patients and their families, including self-help groups, transportation programs, and limited financial aid. Contact the ACS for free publications. Spanish language resources are available.





American Chiropractic Association (ACA)

Address: 1701 Clarendon Boulevard
Arlington VA 22209

Telephone: 1-800-986-4636 (toll-free) 703-276-8800

Fax: 703-243-2593

Web: http://www.amerchiro.org/



ACA is a professional organization of chiropractors. It offers educational programs on spinal problems, posture, physical fitness, and occupational safety. Contact the ACA to buy publications and materials on spinal health and safety. Visit the website to find a chiropractor.





American Chronic Pain Association

Address: P.O. Box 850
Rocklin CA 95677

Telephone: 1-800-533-3231 (toll-free)

Fax: 916-632-3208

Web: http://www.theacpa.org



The American Chronic Pain Association offers support and education for individuals with chronic pain and their families.





American College of Health Care Administrators

Address: 300 North Lee Street
Alexandria VA 22314

Telephone: 703-739-7900

Fax: 703-739-7901

Web: http://www.achca.org



ACHCA is a professional society for administrators in long-term care. It offers educational programming, career development opportunities, and certification.





American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)

Address: 409 12th Street, SW ; PO Box 96920
Washington DC 20090-6920

Telephone: 202-638-5577

Fax:

Web: http://www.acog.org/



ACOG is a professional society of doctors specializing in women's health care. Contact ACOG for referrals. For free pamphlets on osteoporosis, menopause, and hormone replacement therapy, send an e-mail to resources@acog.org with the topic name of the information desired, and the mailing address for the location where information should be sent.
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American College of Physicians (ACP)

Address: 190 North Independence Mall West
Philadelphia PA 19106-1572

Telephone: 1-800-523-1546 (toll-free) Ext. 2600; 215-351-2600

Fax:

Web: http://www.acponline.org/



ACP is the nation's largest medical specialty society. Members of ACP specialize in a variety of areas such as in internal medicine, cardiology, infectious diseases, rheumatology, gastroenterology, and oncology. Contact the ACP for referrals. ACP produces Healthscope, a film series on public health.




American College of Rheumatology Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals

Address: 1800 Century Place, Suite 250
Atlanta GA 30345

Telephone: 404-633-3777

Fax: 404-633-1870

Web: http://www.rheumatology.org



The ACR is an organization for physicians, health professionals, and scientists that advances rheumatology through continuing education, research, advocacy, and practice support. Health education materials are available online.




American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

Address: PO Box 1440
Indianapolis IN 46206-1440

Telephone: 317-637-9200

Fax: 317-634-7817

Web: http://www.acsm.org/



ACSM is a scientific and medical association of health professionals interested in exercise. It offers training and certification. ACSM's Active Aging Partnership, focuses on education, research, and improving practice for those committed to working with older adults. For free information on exercise for older people, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope.




American College of Surgeons (ACS)

Address: 633 North Saint Clair Street
Chicago IL 60611-3211

Telephone: 312-202-5000 Toll Free: 1-800-621-4111

Fax: 312-202-5001

Web: http://www.facs.org/



ACS is a national organization offering educational materials and information about qualified surgeons and surgical treatments for many illnesses and injuries. Contact ACS to locate board-certified surgeons. Public education materials are available on frequently performed types of surgery.




American Council of the Blind (ACB)

Address: 1155 15th Street, NW, Suite 1004
Washington DC 20005

Telephone: 1-800-424-8666 (toll-free) 202-467-5081

Fax: 202-467-5085

Web: http://www.acb.org/



ACB is a national organization that advocates for blind and visually impaired people. It provides educational programs, health care services, information about Social Security benefits for visually impaired people, vocational training, and other health and social services. Toll-free information, referrals, and free educational materials are available.




American Counseling Association (ACA)

Address: 5999 Stevenson Avenue
Alexandria VA 22304

Telephone: 1-800-347-6647 (toll-free)

Fax: 800-473-2329

Web: http://www.counseling.org/



ACA offers information to older people on adult psychological development and aging. A catalog of publications and videos is available.




American Dental Association (ADA)

Address: 211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago IL 60611-2678

Telephone: 312-440-2500 Ext: 2593

Fax:

Web: http://www.ada.org/



ADA is a professional organization that conducts dental research and evaluates findings from dental science for the public. State and local ADA chapters provide referrals to dentists. Publications are available on subjects such as tooth decay, dentures, smoking, diet, and mouth care. Online publications cover topics such as gum disease, finding a dentist, and resolving disputes over treatment.
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American Diabetes Association (ADA)

Address: 1701 North Beauregard Street
Alexandria VA 22311

Telephone: 1-800-DIABETES (342-2383) (toll-free)

Fax:

Web: http://www.diabetes.org/



ADA provides information and educational materials on preventing, treating, and living with diabetes. The Association has specific outreach programs for minority communities including the Diabetes Assistance and Resources Program, providing information in English and Spanish to the Hispanic community, the African American Program, and Awakening the Spirit, which disseminates diabetes to the Native American community. Local ADA chapters offer support and referrals to community agencies and services.




American Dietetic Association (ADA)

Address: 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago IL 60606-6995

Telephone: 1-800-877-1600 (toll-free)

Fax:

Web: http://www.eatright.org/



ADA is a professional society of registered dieticians and other dietetic professionals who provide nutrition information, education, counseling, and care. One of ADA's professional practice groups focuses on the special needs of older people and offers nutrition counseling and indirect assistance through State and local meal programs. Call ADA to locate a registered dietician.




American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR)

Address: 50 West 39th Street, 16th Floor
New York NY 10018

Telephone: 212-703-9977; 1-888-582-2327 (toll-free)

Fax: 212-997-0330

Web: http://www.afar.org

http://www.infoaging.org/

AFAR is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting basic aging research. AFAR funds a wide variety of cutting-edge research on the aging process and age- related diseases. Visit the website for a list of free publications.




American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

Address: 11 Penn Plaza, Suite 300
New York NY 10001

Telephone: 1-800-AFB-LINE (232-5463) (toll-free); 212-502-7600

Fax: 212-502-7777

Web: http://www.afb.org/



A national, nonprofit organization, AFB provides services and support for people who are blind or visually impaired. AFB supports technologies such as the Talking Books program and provides information and mentoring on technology assistance for people who are blind. Books, pamphlets, videos, and periodicals about blindness are available.




American Geriatric Society Foundation for Health in Aging

Address: The Empire State Building
New York NY 10118

Telephone: 1-800-563-4916 (toll-free) or 212-755-6810

Fax: 212-832-8646

Web: http://www.healthinaging.org



The AGS Foundation for Health in Aging (FHA) is a national nonprofit organization established in 1999 by The American Geriatrics Society. The AGS aims to build a bridge between the research and practice of geriatrics and the public, and to help older adults with health care needs.




American Geriatrics Society (AGS)

Address: The Empire State Building
New York NY 10118

Telephone: 212-308-1414

Fax: 212-832-8646

Web: http://www.americangeriatrics.org/



AGS is a nonprofit organization of physicians and health care professionals supporting the study of geriatrics. Contact AGS for information on geriatrics, long-term care, acute and chronic illnesses, rehabilitation, and nursing home care. Publications include the AGS Complete Guide to Aging and Health and the AGS Medical Reference Guide.




American Health Assistance Foundation (AHAF)

Address: 22512 Gateway Center Drive
Clarksburg MD 20871

Telephone: 1-800-437-AHAF (437-2423) (toll-free); 301-948-3244

Fax: 301-258-9454

Web: http://www.ahaf.org/



AHAF provides information and supports research on age- related illnesses. The Foundation supports three research programs: Alzheimer's Disease (AD) Research (along with the Alzheimer's Family Relief Program) offers emergency grants of up to $500 to AD patients in need and their caregivers, National Glaucoma Research, and the National Heart Foundation. Contact AHAF for free publications on AD, glaucoma, heart disease, and stroke.
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American Health Care Association (AHCA)

Address: 1201 L Street, NW
Washington DC 20005

Telephone: 202-842-4444

Fax: 202-842-3860

Web: http://www.ahca.org/



AHCA is an organization representing the interests of nursing homes, assisted living centers, and subacute care facilities. Publications are available about nursing homes, guardianship, assisted living, financing, and long-term care services.




American Heart Association (AHA)

Address: National Center, 7272 Greenville Avenue
Dallas TX 75231

Telephone: 1-800-AHA-USA1 (242-8721) (toll-free); 1-888-4-STROKE (478-7653) (toll-free for the American Stroke Association).

Fax: 214-570-5930

Web: http://www.americanheart.org/



AHA is a nonprofit organization funding research and providing information on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of heart diseases and stroke. Contact AHA for its cookbooks, guide to heart attack treatment, and guide to fitness.




American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA)

Address: 201 East Main Street, Suite 1405
Lexington KY 40507-2004

Telephone: 1-800-634-1603 (toll free); 859-514-9177

Fax: 859-514-9166

Web: http://www.ahta.org/



AHTA is a nonprofit, membership organization that promotes and advances horticultural therapy as a therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation option. The Association provides information related to the principles and practices of horticultural therapy.




American Hospital Association (AHA)

Address: One North Franklin Street
Chicago IL 60606-3421

Telephone: 312-422-3000

Fax: 312-422-4591

Web: http://www.hospitalconnect.com



AHA is a national nonprofit association representing all types of hospitals and health care networks, as well as patients and families. AHA provides education for health care leaders and information on health care issues and trends.




American Liver Foundation

Address: 75 Maiden Lane, Suite 603
New York NY 10038

Telephone: 1-800-GO-LIVER (465-4837, toll-free) or 1-888-4HEP-USA (443-7872, toll-free)

Fax: 212-483-8179

Web: http://www.liverfoundation.org



The American Liver Foundation is a nonprofit organization with information on liver-related diseases, including hepatitis.




American Lung Association (ALA)

Address: 61 Broadway, 6th floor
New York NY 10006

Telephone: 1-800-LUNG-USA (586-4872) (toll-free) 212-315-8700 (national headquaters) 1-800-548-8252 (to speak to a lung health professional)

Fax:

Web: http://www.lungusa.org/



ALA is dedicated to the prevention, cure, and control of lung diseases such as asthma, emphysema, tuberculosis, and lung cancer. The Association offers community service, public health education, advocacy, and research.




American Medical Association (AMA)

Address: 515 North State Street
Chicago IL 60610

Telephone: 1-800-621-8335 (toll-free)

Fax:

Web: http://www.ama-assn.org/



AMA is an organization of licensed doctors that distributes scientific information on health and sets standards on medical law and practice. Local AMA associations can provide referrals to qualified doctors. AMA publishes the Journal of the American Medical Association, other subscription medical journals, and books for sale, including an encyclopedia of medicine.




American Medical Directors Association (AMDA)

Address: 10480 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 760
Columbia MD 21044

Telephone: 1-800-876-2632 (toll free); 410-740-9743

Fax: 410-740-4572

Web: http://www.amda.com/



AMDA is a national professional association representing doctors who care for older people in a variety of long- term care settings, including nursing facilities, hospice, home care, continuing care retirement communities, and assisted living. The Association provides education, advocacy, information, and professional development for long-term care professionals. AMDA has information on health care policy, regulations, and clinical practice guidelines.




American Menopause Foundation (AMF)

Address: 350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2822
New York NY 10118

Telephone: 212-714-2398

Fax:

Web: http://www.americanmenopause.org/



The Foundation is a nonprofit health organization providing support and assistance on all issues concerning menopause. AMF has information on scientific research and coordinates a network of volunteer support groups for women.




American Music Therapy Association (AMTA)

Address: 8455 Colesville Road, Suite 1000
Silver Spring MD 20910

Telephone: 301-589-3300

Fax: 301-589-5175

Web: http://www.musictherapy.org/



AMTA is a nonprofit organization that advocates, promotes, and provides resources and information on the uses and benefits of music therapy. Contact AMTA for referrals as well as for publications and audiovisual materials.
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American Nurses Association (ANA)

Address: 8515 Georgia Ave., Suite 400
Silver Spring MD 20910

Telephone: 1-800-274-4ANA (4262) (toll-free); 301-628-5000

Fax: 301-628-5001

Web: http://www.nursingworld.org/



ANA, a national association of registered nurses, serves as an advocate for nursing practitioners as well as sponsors research and continuing education. Contact the Association for Facts About Nursing and other publications. ANA sets standards for the practice of gerontological nursing.




American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (AOTA)

Address: 4720 Montgomery Lane
Bethesda MD 20824-1220

Telephone: 301-652-2682

Fax: 301-652-7711

Web: http://www.aota.org/



AOTA offers information on the role of occupational therapy in promoting functional independence, preventing disability, and maintaining health. Contact AOTA for referrals to local practitioners and therapy programs. The Association publishes two periodicals, OT Practice and the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, as well as many books for educators.




American Optometric Association (AOA)

Address: 243 North Lindbergh Boulevard, 1st floor
St. Louis MO 63141

Telephone: 1-800-365-2219 (toll-free) 314-991-4100

Fax: 314-991-4101

Web: http://www.aoanet.org/



AOA, a national organization of optometrists, evaluates ophthalmic products and sponsors continuing education programs. It offers VISION USA, a free eye-care program for uninsured or low-income older people and their families. Contact AOA for referrals to certified optometrists and for publications such as Driving Tips for Older Adults, Contact Lenses After 40, and fact sheets on floaters, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.




American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society

Address: 6300 North River Rd., Suite 510
Rosemont IL 60018

Telephone: 1-800-235-4855 (toll free) 847-698-4654

Fax: 847-692-3315

Web: http://www.aofas.org








American Osteopathic Association

Address: 142 East Ontario Street
Chicago IL 60611

Telephone: 1-800-621-1773 (toll-free) 312-202-8000

Fax: 312-202-8200

Web: http://www.osteopathic.org

http://www.DC-online.org

The American Osteopathic Association represents osteopathic physicians (D.O.'s, doctors of osteopathic medicine), promotes public health, encourages scientific research, and is the accrediting agency for all osteopathic medical schools and health care facilities.




American Parkinson's Disease Association (APDA)

Address: 135 Parkinson Ave.
Staten Island NY 10305

Telephone: 1-800-223-2732 (toll-free) 718-981-8001

Fax: 718-981-4399

Web: http://www.apdaparkinson.org/



A nonprofit organization, APDA funds research to find a cure for Parkinson's disease. APDA's toll-free line refers callers to local chapters for information on community services, specialists, and treatments. Publications and educational materials are available on Parkinson's disease, speech therapy, exercise, diet, and aids for daily living.




American Pharmaceutical Association (APhA)

Address: 2215 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20037-2985

Telephone: 1-800-237-2742 (toll-free) 202-628-4410

Fax: 202-783-2351

Web: http://www.aphanet.org/

http://www.pharmacyandyou.org/

APhA is the national society of licensed pharmacists providing public health information and referrals to resources on medicine and public policy. Available publications include Managing Medicines As You Grow Older, National Medical Awareness Test, and Self- Medication Awareness Test.




American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

Address: 1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria VA 22314

Telephone: 1-800-999-2782 (toll-free) 703-684-2782

Fax: 703-684-7343

Web: http://www.apta.org/



APTA is an organization of physical therapists providing referrals to APTA geriatric-certified therapists and information on debilitating ailments like arthritis, stroke, scoliosis, and sudden onset of illness. APTA's Section on Geriatrics offers publications on topics such as osteoporosis; incontinence; neck pain; carpal tunnel syndrome; hip, knee, or shoulder care; and what physical therapists can offer older adults.




American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA)

Address: 9312 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda MD 20814

Telephone: 1-800-FOOT-CARE (366-8227) (toll-free) 1-800-ASK-APMA (toll-free) 301-571-9200

Fax: 301-530-2752

Web: http://www.apma.org/



APMA is an association of podiatrists providing services and information on foot problems and foot health. Contact APMA for information on local chapters and referrals to certified podiatrists. Publications on proper foot care and effects of arthritis and diabetes on feet are available.




American Psychiatric Association (APA)

Address: 1000 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1825
Arlington VA 22209-3901

Telephone: 703-907-7300

Fax: 703-907-1085

Web: http://www.psych.org/



APA is an association of psychiatrists, physicians specializing in diagnosing and treating people with mental and emotional disorders. Its Council on Aging establishes standards for psychiatric care of older people. Contact the APA for information on elder care issues, including medication use by older people, treatment of Alzheimer's disease, and nursing homes. Contact APA for referrals to local psychiatrists
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