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National Association for Continence (NAFC)

Address: PO Box 1019
Charleston SC 29402

Telephone: 1-843-377-0900 1-800-BLADDER (252-3337) (toll-free) (ordering line)

Fax: 843-377-0905

Web: http://www.nafc.org/



NAFC, formerly Help for Incontinent People, is a nonprofit organization providing advocacy, education, and support to people with incontinence and their families. Contact NAFC for referrals to specialists, resources, and information about the causes, prevention, diagnosis, treatments, and management alternatives for incontinence. Publications are available.




National Association for Health & Fitness (NAHF)

Address: c/o Be Active New York State 65 Niagra Square, Room 607
Buffalo NY 14202

Telephone: 716-583-0521

Fax: 716-851-4309

Web: http://www.physicalfitness.org/



NAHF is a nonprofit organization promoting physical fitness, sports, and healthy lifestyles. The Association supports State Governor's Councils on Physical Fitness and Sports. NAHF supports employee health and fitness programs including Let's Get Physical, an interactive educational program based on the Surgeon General's 1996 report recommending moderate physical activity most days of the week.




National Association for Hispanic Elderly (Asociaci¢n Nacional Por Personas Mayores)

Address: 234 East Colorado Boulevard, Suite 300
Pasadena CA 91101

Telephone: 626-564-1988

Fax: 626-564-2659

Web: http://anppm.org



The Association is a national, private, nonprofit organization providing a variety of services for older Hispanic people. Resources include a national Hispanic research center, research and consultation for organizations seeking to reach older Spanish-speaking people, and dissemination of written and audiovisual materials in English and Spanish. The Association administers Project AYUDA, a program providing employment counseling and placement services.




National Association for Home Care (NAHC)

Address: 228 7th Street, SE
Washington DC 20003

Telephone: 202-547-7424

Fax: 202-547-3540

Web: http://www.nahc.org/



NAHC promotes hospice and home care, sets standards of care, and conducts research on aging, health, and health care policy. Association publications include How to Choose a Home Care Provider and other free consumer guides on home care and hospice care.




National Association for Human Development (NAHD)

Address: 1705 Besales St., NW, Suite 300
Washington DC 20036

Telephone: 202-328-2191

Fax: 202-265-6682

Web:



NAHD is a nonprofit organization providing information and materials for national, State, and local groups helping people maintain their physical, mental, and social well-being. Contact NAHD program specialists for slides, videos, booklets, posters, and training manuals on health and physical fitness. Program materials focusing on older people include topics such as wellness, physical fitness, preventive medicine, self- care, and retirement planning.
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National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Services (NAPNES)

Address: PO BOX 25647
Alexandria VA 22313

Telephone: 703-933-1003

Fax: 703-940-4089

Web: http://www.napnes.org/



NAPNES is a professional organization of licensed practical nurses, other nurses, physicians, nursing home administrators, and the general public specializing in direct long-term care of older people. NAPNES offers long-term care certification to practical/vocational nurses. Contact NAPNES for information on practical nursing and referrals to member nurses and resource organizations.




National Association of Activity Professionals (NAAP)

Address: PO Box 5530
Sevierville TN 37864

Telephone: 865-429-0717

Fax: 865-453-9914

Web: http://www.thenaap.com/



NAAP is a professional organization providing activity education, advocacy, industry standards, and programming for long-term-care facilities, retirement living communities, and adult day care centers. Contact NAAP for referrals to specialists and information on therapeutic and restorative activities, regulation and policy updates, and program models. Publications are available.




National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A)

Address: 1730 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Suite 1200
Washington DC 20036

Telephone: 1-800-677-1116 (toll-free) (Eldercare Locator) 202-872-0888

Fax: 202-872-0057

Web: http://www.n4a.org/



N4A is the umbrella organization for the AoA-funded Area Agencies on Aging. It also represents the interests of Title VI Native American aging programs. The Association administers the AoA-sponsored Eldercare Locator, a toll-free number linking older adults and their family members with local aging resources. N4A publishes the National Directory for Eldercare Information and Referral.




National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC)

Address: 7200 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 210
Bethesda MD 20814

Telephone: 301-347-0400

Fax: 301-347-0459

Web: http://www.nachc.com/



NACHC is a national association representing community health centers nationwide. Contact NACHC for referrals to local health centers and information on the Association's programs as well as health care regulation and policy updates.




National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP)

Address: 1612 K Street, NW, Suite 400
Washington DC 20006

Telephone: 202-682-6899

Fax: 202-223-2099

Web: http://www.nanasp.org/



NANASP, a membership organization, supports a broad range of nutrition and related services for community- dwelling older people by training nutrition providers and advocating for older people. Publications include a Legislative Action Manual and The Washington Bulletin.




National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM)

Address: 1604 North Country Club Road
Tucson AZ 85716

Telephone: 520-881-8008

Fax: 520-325-7925

Web: http://www.caremanager.org/



NAPGCM is a nonprofit organization representing the interests of elder care practitioners and advocating for older peoples' independence, autonomy, and quality of health care. Contact NAPGCM for resources, referrals to local Association chapters, and information on counseling and treatment programs. Publications and referrals to professional care managers are available through the website.




National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

Address: 750 First Street, NE, Suite 700
Washington DC 20002-4241

Telephone: 1-800-638-8799 (toll-free) 202-408-8600

Fax: 202-336-8310

Web: http://www.naswdc.org/



NASW is a membership organization promoting, advocating, developing, and protecting social workers and the practice of social work. Contact NASW for referrals to counseling resources and specialists, information about social work, and information from the members section focusing on aging issues and health care.




National Association of State Units on Aging (NASUA)

Address: 1201 15th St, NW, Suite 350
Washington DC 20005

Telephone: 202-898-2578

Fax: 202-898-2583

Web: http://www.nasua.org/



NASUA is a public-interest organization providing information, assistance, and advocacy on behalf of older people. Contact NASUA for information on rights of older people, health care and social services regulations, and referrals to lawyers specializing in elder law and aging issues. Publications are available on topics such as the Older Americans Act, long-term care, older worker issues, elder abuse, and nutrition programs. The Association cooperates in administering the Eldercare Locator, AoA's toll-free information service.




National Association of the Deaf (NAD)

Address: 8630 Fenton St., Suite 820
Silver Spring MD 20910

Telephone: 301-587-1788

Fax: 301-587-1791

Web: http://www.nad.org/



NAD is a private, nonprofit organization representing the interests and rights of people who are deaf or hearing impaired. It advocates for greater access to education, employment, health care, and social services. Contact NAD for information on legal assistance, public policy on deafness and disabilities, and referrals to products that assist deaf and hearing impaired people. Publications are available.




National Association on HIV Over Fifty (NAHOF)

Address: 23 Miner St.
Boston MA 02215

Telephone: 617-233-7107

Fax: 617-262-5667

Web: http://www.hivoverfifty.org/



NAHOF is a membership organization promoting the availability of a full range of educational, prevention, service, and health care programs for people over age 50 and affected by HIV. NAHOF provides a forum to exchange information and share concerns about HIV and older adults.
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National Bar Association (NBA)

Address: 1225 11th Street, NW
Washington DC 20001

Telephone: 202-842-3900

Fax: 202-289-6170

Web: http://www.nationalbar.org/



NBA uses its national membership, statewide minority bar programs, minority law students, minority bar group alliances, and private attorneys, to form links with community groups providing legal assistance to low- income, minority older people. Publications include Saving The Home and Defending Against Fraud and Scams, a resource book on second mortgages.




National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Address: NCI Public Inquiries Office 6116 Executive Blvd.
Bethesda MD 20892

Telephone: 1-800-4-CANCER (422-6237) (toll-free) (Cancer Information Service-CIS)

Fax:

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



NCI, part of NIH, is the lead agency for cancer research and statistics, treatments, clinical trials, patient education, and public information on all types of cancer, risk factors, and prevention. NCI's toll-free Cancer Information Service provides accurate, up-to-date, science-based answers. Information Specialists can answer questions in English, Spanish, and on TTY. The CIS provides referrals to cancer specialists and other related resources, including where to find survivor groups. Many free publications are offered.




National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, Inc. (NCBA)

Address: 1220 L Street, NW, Suite 800
Washington DC 20005

Telephone: 202-637-8400

Fax: 202-347-0895

Web: http://www.ncba-aged.org



NCBA is a national, nonprofit organization providing health and social service information, advocacy, and assistance to African Americans and low-income older people. Contact NCBA for information on its local chapters and programs including senior employment and training, housing, health promotion, and advocacy. Publications include: A History of the National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, Inc.,
A Profile of Black Elderly, The Health Status of Older African Americans,
and a
Support-Services Reference Guide.




National Center for Assisted Living

Address: 1201 L Street, NW
Washington DC 20005

Telephone: 202-824-4444

Fax:

Web: http://www.ncal.org



The National Center for Assisted Living offers publications, educational programs, a website and public policy advocacy.




National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Clearinghouse (NCCAM)

Address: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Gaithersburg MD 20898

Telephone: 1-888-644-6226 (toll-free) 301-519-3153

Fax: 1-866-464-3616 (toll-free) (Fax-on-demand

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



The Clearinghouse, funded by NCCAM, provides information on alternative medical therapies not commonly used or previously accepted in conventional Western medicine. Contact the Clearinghouse for information on holistic healing traditions, including acupuncture, herbs, homeopathy, therapeutic massage, and traditional oriental medicine. NCCAM does not recommend specific therapies. Publications are available by fax-on-demand and on the website.




National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)

Address: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Hyattsville MD 20782

Telephone: 301-458-4000 1-866-441-NCHS (441-6247) (toll-free)

Fax:

Web: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/



NCHS, part of the Federal Government, is the agency that monitors and compiles information on the Nation's health. NCHS statistical programs on aging collect information on the health of older people, their lifestyles, exposure to unhealthy influences, diagnosis and age of onset for illnesses or disabilities, and patterns of health care service use. Contact NCHS for reports on trends in health and aging.




National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)

Address: 1201 15th St. NW, Suite 350
Washington DC 20005-2842

Telephone: 202-898-2586 Available between 9:00 AM and 5:30 PM EST

Fax: 202-898-2583

Web: http://www.elderabusecenter.org/



NCEA is 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. NCEA operates the Clearinghouse on Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly and can provide referrals to agencies and specialists. Publications are available on prevention of abuse, neglect, and State regulations.




National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD)

Address: National Institutes of Health (NIH), 6707 Democracy Boulevard, Suite 800,MSC 5465
Bethesda MD 20892-5465

Telephone: 301-402-1366

Fax: 301-480-4049

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



NCMHD, part of NIH, conducts and supports research, training, dissemination of information, and other programs with respect to minority health conditions and other populations with health disparities.




National Center on Poverty Law, Inc. (NCPL)

Address: 50 East Washington Street, Suite 500
Chicago IL 60602

Telephone: 312-263-3830 Available between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM (Mon-Fri) Central

Fax: 312-263-3846

Web: http://www.povertylaw.org/



NCPL is a professional organization advocating for low-income people and providing assistance, resources, and information on poverty law. Contact NCPL for referrals to poverty law specialists, program information on welfare, work force, housing, and community development. Publications are available on topics such as grandparents' visitation, access to home health care for older people, protecting older homeowners from refinancing scams, and the needs of multigenerational low-income families.




National Citizen's Coalition for Nursing Home Reform (NCCNHR)

Address: 1828 L Street, NW, Suite 801
Washington DC 20036-2211

Telephone: 202-332-2276

Fax: 202-332-2949

Web: http://www.nccnhr.org/



NCCNHR provides information on nursing home reform, promotes quality standards, and works to empower residents. Contact NCCNHR for information on community-based, consumer/citizen action, and long-term care ombudsmen groups. Publications on nursing homes and long-term care are available.
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National Coalition for Adult Immunization (NCAI)

Address: National Foundation for Infectious Diseases 4733 Bethesda Avenue, Suite 750
Bethesda MD 20814

Telephone: 301-656-0003

Fax: 301-907-0878

Web: http://www.nfid.org



NCAI is a network of organizations formed to achieve better health through immunizations and support for science-based recommendations. NCAI helps coordinate National Adult Immunization Awareness Week, an annual observance in the fall. Check the website for a chart outlining the NCAI-recommended adult immunization schedule. Spanish language resources are available.




National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM)

Address: 10 G Street, NE, Suite 600
Washington DC 20004

Telephone: 1-800-966-1935 (toll-free) 202-216-0420

Fax: 202-216-0451

Web: http://www.ncpssm.org/



NCPSSM, an advocacy and education membership organization, works to protect and enhance Federal programs vital to seniors' health and economic well-being. Contact NCPSSM for details on membership as well as information on seniors' rights, Medicare, Social Security, long-term care, and disability issues. Free informational brochures are available.




National Consumer's League (NCL)

Address: 1701 K Street, NW, Suite 1200
Washington DC 20006

Telephone: 1-800-876-7060 (toll-free) (National Fraud Information Center- NFIC)

Fax: 202-835-0747

Web: http://www.natlconsumersleague.org/

http://www.fraud.org

NCL is a private, nonprofit advocacy group representing consumers on marketplace and workplace issues, providing government, businesses, and other organizations with consumer's perspectives on social issues. Contact the NCL for information on topics such as privacy, consumer credit, food safety, and drug safety. NFIC supports victims of telemarketing and Internet fraud, and informs law enforcement of fraud cases. Publications are available.




National Council Against Health Fraud (NCAHF)

Address: 119 Foster Street
Peabody MA 01960

Telephone: 978-532-9383

Fax: 978-532-9450

Web: http://www.ncahf.org/



NCAHF is a nonprofit agency that provides a website listing reliable sources of health information on the Internet. Contact the Council for information on health fraud, misinformation, and quackery, or to report fraud and investigate health claims by companies or organizations. NCAHF provides information on legitimate health groups, sponsors discussion groups that evaluate new health organizations, and suggests alternative medical techniques. A free weekly email newsletter is available online.




National Council of La Raza (NCLR)

Address: Raul Yzaguirre Building 1126 16th St., NW
Washington DC 20036

Telephone: 202-785-1670

Fax: 202-776-1794

Web: http://www.nclr.org/



NCLR is a private, nonprofit organization established to reduce poverty and discrimination, and improve opportunities for Hispanics. NCLR health programs develop culturally-relevant, bilingual health education and promotional materials. The Hispanic Health Project works to lower the incidence of a variety of preventable conditions.




National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD)

Address: 22 Cortlandt Street, Suite 801
New York NY 10007

Telephone: 1-800-NCA-CALL (622-2255) (toll-free 24-hour "Hope line") 212-269-7797

Fax: 212-269-7510

Web: http://www.ncadd.org



NCADD is a nonprofit organization providing advocacy, assistance, and information on alcoholism and drug addiction. Contact NCADD for information on causes, diagnosis, and treatments; referrals to specialists; lists of community resource centers; and NCADD-affiliated organizations nationwide. Fact sheets, brochures, and videotapes also are available.




National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE)

Address: 4915 Saint Elmo Avenue, Suite 505
Bethesda MD 20814-6082

Telephone: 301-656-8565

Fax: 301-656-4464

Web: http://www.talkaboutrx.org/

http://www.bemedwise.org

NCPIE is a nonprofit coalition providing advocacy, information, and services to educate and empower consumers to make sound decisions about use of prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Contact NCPIE to discuss drug safety or facts about specific drugs. NCPIE's website and publications provide information on medications, side effects, and manufacturers' recalls.




National Council on the Aging (NCOA)

Address: 300 D Street, SW, Suite 801
Washington DC 20024

Telephone: 202-479-1200

Fax: 202-479-0735

Web: http://www.ncoa.org/



NCOA is 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. NCOA publications are available on topics such as lifelong learning, senior center services, adult day care, long-term care, financial issues, senior housing, rural issues, intergenerational programs, and volunteers in aging.
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National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC)

Address: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Bethesda MD 20892-3560

Telephone: 1-800-860-8747 (toll-free) 301-654-3327

Fax: 703-738-4029

Web: http://www.diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/



NDIC, funded by NIDDK, part of NIH, provides referrals to diabetes specialists and organizations, and searches from its database of patient and professional education materials. Call for publications on topics such as alternative therapies, controlling diabetes, complications of diabetes, and diabetes in Asian, Hispanic, and other ethnic groups. Spanish- language publications are available.




National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC)

Address: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Bethesda MD 20892-3570

Telephone: 1-800-891-5389 (toll-free) 301-654-3810

Fax: 703-738-4929

Web: http://www.digestive.niddk.nih.gov/



NDDIC, funded by NIDDK, part of NIH, provides referrals to digestive diseases organizations and support groups, as well as searches from its database of patient and professional education materials. Fact sheets are available on gastroesophageal reflux disease, hemorrhoids, constipation, ulcers, and irritable bowel syndrome.




National Domestic Violence Hotline

Address: P.O. Box 161810
Austin TX 78716

Telephone: 1-800-799-7233 (toll-free)

Fax:

Web: http://www.ndvh.org



The National Domestic Violence Hotline, 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. The Hotline provides information on such topics as domestic violence, sexual assault, battering intervention and prevention programs, and the criminal justice system.




National Drug and Treatment Referral Routing Service

Address: SAMHSA'S National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information P.O. BOX 2345
Rockville MD 20847

Telephone: 1-800-729-6686 1-877-767-8432 (in Spanish)

Fax: 301-468-6433

Web: http://www.health.org








National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP)

Address: National Eye Institute Information Center (NEIIC)
Bethesda MD 20892-3655

Telephone: 301-496-5248

Fax: 301-402-1065

Web: http://www.nei.nih.gov/nehep



NEHEP, funded by the NEI, part of NIH, is a partnership of professional, CIvic, and 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, and distributes information on such topics as preventing diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, and low vision.
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The National Eye Institute

Address: National Institutes of Health
Bethesda MD 20892

Telephone: 301-496-5248

Fax:

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



The National Eye Institute (NEI) conducts and supports research that helps prevent and treat eye diseases and other vision disorders. This research leads to sight-saving treatments to reduce visual impairment and blindness. Part of the NEI mission is to develop public and professional education programs that help prevent blindness, reduce visual impairment, and increase awareness of services and devices that are available for people with low vision.




National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA)

Address: 10400 Connecticut Avenue, #500
Kensington MD 20895-3944

Telephone: 1-800-896-3650 (toll-free) 301-942-6430

Fax: 301-942-2302

Web: http://www.nfcacares.org/



NFCA is a grass roots organization providing advocacy, support, and information for family members who care for chronically ill, older, or disabled relatives. There is no charge for family members to be on the mailing list and to receive the newsletter, Take Care! Contact NFCA for help finding resources.




National Foundation for the Treatment of Pain

Address: P.O. Box 70045
Houston TX 77270

Telephone: 713-862-9332

Fax: 713-862-9346

Web: http://www.paincare.org



The National Foundation for the Treatment of Pain is a nonprofit organization providing resources for medical and other professionals concerned with treatment of pain.




National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA)

Address: 7794 Grow Drive
Pensacola FL 32514

Telephone: 1-800-723-0560 (toll-free) 850-473-1174

Fax: 850-484-8762

Web: http://www.ngna.org/



NGNA, an organization of nurses specializing in care of older adults, informs the public on health issues affecting older people, supports education for nurses and other health care practitioners, and provides a forum to discuss topics such as nutrition in long-term care facilities and elder law for nurses. NGNA offers information on gerontological nursing and conducts nursing research related to older people.




National Health Information Center (NHIC)

Address: Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP)
Washington DC 20013-1133

Telephone: 1-800-336-4797 (toll-free) 301-565-4167

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

Web: http://www.health.gov/NHIC



NHIC, a service of the Federal Government, links consumers and health professionals with resources and information. The Center 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 Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Information Center

Address: PO Box 30105
Bethesda MD 20824-0105

Telephone: 1-800-575-WELL (9355) (toll-free) (recorded information) 301-592-8573

Fax: 240-629-3246

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



The Information Center, funded by NHLBI, part of NIH, provides referrals to resource organizations and information on elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, exercise, risk of and recovery from stroke, chronic cough, asthma, cystic fibrosis, and sleep disorders. Publications include two newsletters, HeartMemo and AsthmaMemo.




National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Address: 400 Seventh Street, SW
Washington DC 20590

Telephone: 1-888-327-4236 (toll-free)

Fax:

Web: http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov



The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, part of the US Department of Transportation, is responsible for monitoring safety defects in motor vehicles; helping States and local communities reduce the threat of drunk drivers; promoting the use of safety belts, child safety seats and air bags; and providing consumer information on motor vehicle safety topics. NHTSA has a toll-free Auto Safety Hotline, 888-327-4236, to provide recall information; receive motor vehicle safety complaints; and furnish consumers with a wide range of information on auto safety.
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National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCoA)

Address: 1341 Connecticut Avenue 4th Floor, Suite 4.2
Washington DC 20036

Telephone: 202-429-0787

Fax: 202-429-0789

Web: http://www.nhcoa.org/



NHCoA is a national organization providing advocacy, education, and information for older Hispanic people. Contact the Council for facts and resources on health, employment, housing, strengthening families, and building communities, as well as referrals to local Council chapters. Publications in English and Spanish are available.




National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)

Address: National Hospice Foundation (NHF) 1700 Diagonal Road, Suite 625
Alexandria VA 22314

Telephone: 1-800-658-8898 (toll-free Helpline) 703-837-1500

Fax: 703-837-1233

Web: http://www.nhpco.org



NHPCO is 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. In addition, the organization offers Caring Connections (http://www.caringinfo.org), providing resources and information to help people make decisions about end-of-life care and services, including care planning, caregiving, pain, financial issues, hospice, palliative care, grief, and loss. Publications, fact sheets, and website resources are available on topics including how to find and evaluate hospice services.




National Hospice Foundation (NHF)

Address: 1700 Diagonal Road, Suite 625
Alexandria VA 22314

Telephone: 1-800-658-8898 (toll-free Helpline) 703-837-1500

Fax: 703-837-1233

Web: http://www.hospiceinfo.org/



NHF, a nonprofit, charitable organization affiliated with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, provides support and information about hospice care options. NHF publications include Hospice Care: A Consumer's Guide to Selecting a Hospice Program,Communicating Your End-of-Life Wishes, and Hospice Care and the Medicare Hospice Benefit.




National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)

Address: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Bethesda MD 20892

Telephone: 301-402-0911

Fax: 301-402-2218

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



NHGRI, part of NIH, coordinates the Human Genome Project, an international research effort to characterize the genetic makeup (genomes) of human and selected model organisms through complete mapping and sequencing of their DNA.




National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA)

Address: 10501 Montgomery Boulevard, NE, Suite 210
Albuquerque NM 87111-3846

Telephone: 505-292-2001

Fax: 505-292-1922

Web: http://www.nicoa.org/



NICOA provides services, advocacy, and information on aging issues for older American Indian and Alaska Native people. Contact NICOA for information about its resources and support groups serving the national Indian community, and NICOA's clearinghouse for issues affecting older Indian people. Publications are available, including the newsletter Elder Voices.




National Information and Referral Support Center (NIRSC)

Address: 1225 I Street, NW, Suite 725
Washington DC 20005-3914

Telephone: 202-898-2578

Fax: 202-898-2583

Web: http://www.nasua.org/



NIRSC provides technical assistance, consultation, and training to State and Area Agencies on Aging and to local information and referral providers funded under the Older Americans Act. Contact the Center for referrals, resources, and information on how to locate services for older people. A list of Center publications is available.




National Institute Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse

Address: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
Bethesda MD 20892-3675

Telephone: 1-877-22-NIAMS (226-4267) (toll-free) 301-495-4484

Fax: 301-718-6366

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



NIAMS Information Clearinghouse is funded by NIAMS, part of NIH. The Clearinghouse provides information and resources on all forms of arthritis, musculoskeletal diseases such as fibromyalgia, as well as skin diseases. Contact the Clearinghouse for information on research and referrals to research programs and community resources. Publications are available on the causes, treatments, and prevention of arthritis, lupus, musculoskeletal disorders, and diseases of bones, joints, and skin.




National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Address: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Bethesda MD 20892-6612

Telephone: 301-496-5717

Fax: 301-402-3573

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



NIAID, part of NIH, conducts and supports research on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of HIV/AIDS and other infectious and allergic diseases. Contact NIAID for information on allergies, as well as viral and bacterial illnesses. The Institute provides referrals to specialists, support groups, and other resources; publications and fact sheets are available, some in Spanish.




National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Information Clearinghouse

Address: PO Box 3006
Rockville MD 20847

Telephone: 1-800-370-2943

Fax: 301-984-1473

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



The Clearinghouse, funded by NICHD, part of NIH, is a resource for publications and health issues related to NICHD research. The Institute conducts and supports research on neurobiologic, developmental, and behavioral processes that determine and maintain the health of children, Adults, families, and populations. Spanish language resources are available.




National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)

Address: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Bethesda MD 20892-2290

Telephone: 301-496-4261 301-402-7364 (National Oral Health Information Clearinghouse - NOHIC)

Fax: 301-408-4098

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

http://www.nohic.nidcr.nih.gov/

NIDCR, part of NIH, conducts and supports research on the causes, treatment, and prevention of diseases of the teeth, gums, and facial bones. Contact NOHIC for facts about oral health in people with disabling conditions and referrals to specialists and related resources. Contact NIDCR for information on available publications, audiovisual materials, and fact sheets.
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National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

Address: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Research Triangle Park NC 27709

Telephone: 919-541-3345

Fax:

Web: http://www.niehs.nih.gov/home.htm



NIEHS, part of NIH, conducts and supports research on potential environmental contributors to human illnesses and dysfunction, including asthma, Alzheimer's, bronchitis, cancer, lead poisoning, Parkinson's and other chronic diseases. NIEHS also studies variable human susceptibilities to these environmental factors. The National Toxicology Program, headquartered at NIEHS, tests natural and man-made chemicals for safety.




National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

Address: 45 Center Drive, MSC 6200
Bethesda MD 20892-6200

Telephone: 301-496-7301

Fax: 301-402-0224

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



NIGMS, part of NIH, conducts and supports research in medical fields such as genetics, cellular and molecular biology, and pharmacology. Publications include Medicines for You (also available in Spanish), and Inside the Cell.




National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Address: National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda MD 20892-9663

Telephone: 1-866-615-6464 (toll-free) 301-443-4513

Fax: 301-443-4279

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



NIMH, part of NIH, conducts and supports mental health research including mental disorders of aging. Contact NIMH for information on mental health and aging, Alzheimer's disease, anxiety disorders, depression, and suicide.




National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

Address: NIH Neurological Institute
Bethesda MD 20824

Telephone: 1-800-352-9424 (toll-free) (information service) 301-496-5751

Fax: 301-402-2186

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



NINDS, part of NIH, conducts and supports research on stroke and neurological disorders. NINDS provides information on its research targets, including stroke, head and spinal injuries, tumors of the central nervous system, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's disease. A directory of voluntary health agencies is available.




National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)

Address: Office of Science Policy and Public Liaison
Bethesda MD 20892-2178

Telephone: 301-496-0207

Fax: 301-480-8845

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



NINR, part of NIH, conducts and supports basic and clinical research to establish a scientific basis for the care of individuals across the life span. Studies addressed by nurse researchers inlcude the management of chronic diseases, health disparities, improving palliative end-of-life care, and telehealth technology.




National Institute on Aging (NIA)

Address: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Bethesda MD 20892-2292

Telephone: 1-800-222-2225 (toll-free) (NIA Information Center - NIAIC) 1-800-438-4380 (toll-free) (Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center-ADEAR) 301-496-1752

Fax: 301-496-1072 (NIAIC) 301-495-3334 (ADEAR)

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

http://www.alzheimers.nia.nih.gov/

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. NIA develops and disseminates publications on topics such as the biology of aging, exercise, doctor/patient communication, and menopause. The Institute produces the Age Pages - a series of fact sheets for consumers on a wide range of subjects including nutrition, medications, forgetfulness, sleep, driving, and long- term care. Information, publications, referrals, resource lists, and database searches on Alzheimer's disease are available through the Institute-funded ADEAR Center.




National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Address: 5635 Fishers Lane, MWC 9304
Bethesda MD 20892-9304

Telephone: 301-443-3860

Fax: 301-443-6077

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



NIAAA, part of NIH, conducts and supports research on alcoholism and alcohol abuse. Contact the NIAAA for information on genetic and behavioral aspects of alcoholism, physiologic effects of alcohol abuse, and diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of alcohol-related problems.




National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

Address: National Institutes of Health (NIH) 31 Center Drive, MSC 2320
Bethesda MD 20892-2320

Telephone: 1-800-241-1044 (toll-free) (NIDCD Information Clearinghouse) 301-496-7243

Fax: 301-402-0018

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



NIDCD, part of NIH, conducts and supports research on normal mechanisms as well as diseases and disorders of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language. NIDCD develops and disseminates health information to the public based on scientific discovery.




National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Address: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Bethesda MD 20892-9561

Telephone: 1-800-729-6686 (toll-free) (National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information–NCADI) 301-443-1124

Fax: 1-888-644-6432 (toll-free) (NIDA Infofax) 1-888-889-6432 (toll-free) (TTY NIDA Infofax) 301-443-7397

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



NIDA, part of NIH, conducts and supports research on the physiology of specific drug addictions, effects of abused substances, and current and potential treatments. Contact NIDA for scientific information, and patient and public education materials on drug abuse, its causes, consequences, prevention, and treatment. Spanish language resources are available.




National Interfaith Coalition on Aging (NICA)

Address: National Council on Aging (NCOA)
Washington DC 20024

Telephone: 1-800-424-9046 (toll-free) 202-479-1200

Fax: 202-479-0735

Web: http://www.ncoa.org/



The Coalition, a constituent unit of NCOA, consists of individuals and organizations of various faiths concerned with issues of religion, spirituality, and aging. NICA provides networking opportunities and educational programs.




National Kidney and Urological Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC)

Address: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Bethesda MD 20892-3580

Telephone: 1-800-891-5390 (toll-free) 301-654-4415

Fax: 703-738-4929

Web: http://www.kidney.niddk.nih.gov/



NKUDIC, funded by NIDDK, provides referrals to specialists, resource organizations, and support groups. Publications and information on subjects such as kidney stones, prostate gland problems, urinary incontinence, and urinary tract infections are available.
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National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)

Address: 55 Kenosia Avenue
Danbury CT 06813-1968

Telephone: 203-744-0100 1-800-999-6673 (toll free)

Fax: 203-798-2291

Web: http://www.rarediseases.org/



NORD is a federation of voluntary health organizations and individuals, dedicated to helping people with rare diseases and assisting the organizations that serve them. NORD is committed to the identification, treatment, and cure of rare disorders through education, advocacy, research, and service.




National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA)

Address: 510 King Street, Suite 424
Alexandria VA 23314

Telephone: 703-535-NOVA (6682) 800-TRY-NOVA (information and referrals for victims of crime and disaster)

Fax: 703-535-5500

Web: http://www.try-nova.org/



NOVA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving services to survivors of violent crimes or disasters. NOVA offers a toll-free, 24-hour crisis counseling hotline that refers victims to support services throughout the country. NOVA provides a list of publications on subjects, including older crime victims, victim assistance, and victim rights.




National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF)

Address: 1232 22nd Street, NW
Washington DC 20037-1292

Telephone: 202-223-2226

Fax: 202-223-2237

Web: http://www.nof.org/



NOF is a nonprofit, voluntary health organization dedicated to promoting lifelong bone health to reduce the widespread prevalence of osteoporosis and related fractures. NOF works to find a cure for osteoporosis through research, education, and advocacy. The Foundation provides general information on osteoporosis; its quarterly newsletter and booklets are available through membership.




National Policy and Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging

Address: Department of Dietetics and Nutrition
Miami FL 33199

Telephone: 305-348-1517

Fax: 305-348-1518

Web: http://nutritionandaging.fiu.edu



The FIU Center, funded primarily by the Administration on Aging, works to reduce malnutrition and promotes good nutritional practices among older adults nationwide. The Center provides information dissemination, training and technical assistance, and policy analysis.




National Policy and Resource Center on Women and Aging (NPRCWA)

Address: The Heller School for Social Policy and Management
Waltham MA 02454-9110

Telephone: 1-800-929-1995 (toll-free) 781-736-3866

Fax: 781-736-3865

Web: http://www.brandeis.edu/heller/national/



NPRCWA focuses on older women's issues and provides policy analysis, research, and assistance to the network of Administration on Aging- funded State and Area Agencies on Aging. The Center provides information and publications on women's health, caregiving, income security, and housing as well as prevention of crime and violence toward older women.




National Prevention Information Network (NPIN)

Address: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Rockville MD 20849-6003

Telephone: 1-800-458-5231 (toll-free) 919-361-4892

Fax: 1-888-282-7681 (toll-free)

Web: http://www.cdcnpin.org/



NPIN, sponsored by the CDC, is a national reference, referral, and distribution service for information on HIV/AIDS, other sexually transmitted diseases, and tuberculosis. NPIN's services are designed to facilitate information sharing about prevention, treatment, and support services. NPIN does not provide medical advice.




National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF)

Address: 6600 SW 92nd Avenue, Suite 300
Portland OR 97223-7195

Telephone: 1-800-723-9166 (toll-free) 503-244-7404

Fax: 503-245-0626

Web: http://www.psoriasis.org/



NPF is a nonprofit organization providing free information on psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis research and treatment. NPF provides directories of specialists and products, opportunities to volunteer for research projects, links to support groups, and educational newsletters and booklets.




National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC)

Address: 4200 Forbes Boulevard, Suite 202
Lanham MD 20706

Telephone: 1-800-346-2742 (toll-free) 301-459-5900

Fax: 301-459-4263

Web: http://www.naric.com/



NARIC, funded by the Department of Education, provides information on rehabilitation of people with physical or mental disabilities. Contact NARIC for database searches on all types of physical and mental disabilities, as well as referrals to local and national facilities and organizations. All of NARIC's database information is available online, free.




National Resource and Information Center (NRIC)

Address: Women's Bureau (WB)
Washington DC 20210

Telephone: 1-800-827-5335 (toll-free) 202-693-6710

Fax: 202-693-6725

Web: http://www.dol.gov/wb



NRIC, funded by the WB, provides information on issues of concern to working women, their families, and employers. Contact NRIC for facts on programs such as the Fair Pay Clearinghouse, which provides updates on efforts to identify and eliminate sexism, ageism, racism, and other forms of workplace discrimination. Single copies of publications, including Work and Elder Care and Hiring Someone to Work in Your Home, are available free.
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National Resource Center: Diversity and Long-Term Care (NRCDLTC)

Address: Schneider Institute for Health Policy The Heller School for Social Policy & Management
Waltham MA 02454-9110

Telephone: 781-736-3900

Fax: 781-736-3905

Web: http://www.sihp.brandeis.edu/



NRCDLTC, a partnership between Brandeis University and San Diego State University, provides information on methods, resources, systems, and services for caring for older people. The Center provides referrals to health policy resources and information on issues of diversity in aging, including disabilities, race, ethnicity, gender, generations, and chronic diseases. A list of publications is available on request.




National Resource Center on Native American Aging (NRCNAA)

Address: PO Box 9037
Grand Forks ND 58202-9037

Telephone: 701-777-3848

Fax: 701-777-6779

Web: http://www.med.und.nodak.edu/depts/rural/nrcnaa



The Resource Center, funded by the Administration on Aging, provides support, advocacy, and information for older Native Americans, including American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. Contact the Center for legal information and references, geriatric leadership training, cultural awareness, and a variety of publications.




National Resource Center on Supportive Housing & Home Modifications

Address: USC Andrus Gerontology Center
Los Angeles CA 90089-0191

Telephone: 213-740-1364

Fax: 213-740-7069

Web: http://www.homemods.org/



The Center is funded in association with The Archstone Foundation and The California Endowment. Contact the Center for information on government- assisted housing, assisted living policies, home modifications for older people, training and education courses, and technical assistance. Publications and fact sheets are available.




National Rural Health Association (NRHA)

Address: 521 E. 63rd St.
Kansas City MO 64111

Telephone: 816-756-3140

Fax: 816-756-3144

Web: http://www.nrharural.org/



NRHA is a nonprofit, professional organization targeting health care problems unique to rural areas and serving as a liaison between rural health care providers and older people. Contact NRHA for information on health care delivery to rural providers and for its quarterly Journal of Rural Health.




National Self-Help Clearinghouse (NSHC)

Address: Graduate Shcool and University Center of the City University of New York
New York NY 10016-4309

Telephone: 212-817-1822

Fax: 212-817-1561

Web: http://www.selfhelpweb.org/



NSHC collects and distributes information about support and self-help groups nationwide. Contact NSHC for publications or referrals to self-help groups, helping networks, and support systems.




National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC)

Address: 1101 14th Street, NW, Suite 400
Washington DC 20005

Telephone: 202-289-6976

Fax: 202-289-7224

Web: http://www.nsclc.org/



NSCLC offers assistance to Legal Aid Offices and private lawyers working on behalf of low-income older and disabled people. The Center does not accept individual clients but acts as a clearinghouse of information on legal problems such as age discrimination, Social Security, pension plans, Medicaid, Medicare, nursing homes, and protective services.




National Senior Games Association (NSGA)

Address: P.O. Box 82059
Baton Rouge LA 70884-2059

Telephone: 225-766-6800

Fax: 225-766-9115

Web: http://www.nationalseniorgames.org



NSGA is a nonprofit organization promoting healthy lifestyles for older people through education, fitness, and sports. Its website announces Association events and activities and offers videotapes of group activities.




National Sleep Foundation (NSF)

Address: 1522 K Street, NW, Suite 500
Washington DC 20005

Telephone: 202-347-3471

Fax: 202-347-3472

Web: http://www.sleepfoundation.org/



NSF is a nonprofit organization providing services and information about sleep disorders. Contact the Foundation for a list of accredited sleep centers and local specialists. A variety of NSF publications on sleep, sleep disorders, and related topics are available.




National STD and AIDS Hotlines

Address: American Social Health Association P.O. Box 13827
Research Triangle Park NC 27709

Telephone: 1-800-342-AIDS (2437) (toll-free) (English) 1-800-227-8922 (toll-free) (English) 1-800-344-SIDA (7432) (toll-free) (Spanish)

Fax:

Web: http://www.ashastd.org/



The Hotlines offer information, referrals, and free publications about prevention, risks, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.




National Stroke Association (NSA)

Address: 9707 East Easter Lane, Building B
Englewood CO 80127

Telephone: 1-800-STROKES (787-6537) (toll-free)

Fax: 303-649-1328

Web: http://www.stroke.org/



The Association provides information about stroke prevention, acute treatment, recovery, and rehabilitation to the public. NSA offers referrals to support groups, care centers, and local resources for stroke survivors, caregivers, and family members.




National Urban League, Inc.

Address: 120 Wall Street, 8th Floor
New York NY 10005

Telephone: 212-558-5300

Fax: 212-344-5332

Web: http://www.nul.org/



The Urban League is a nonprofit, community service organization helping older African Americans through advocacy and service programs which include health awareness, nutrition, housing, and intergenerational activities. Contact the League for information about its Seniors in Community Service Program, which provides training and part-time employment to low-income, older people. The Health Promotion Project helps local groups plan and carry out disease prevention activities in communities nationwide. Newsletters and bulletins are available.




National Women's Health Information Center (NWHIC)

Address: 8550 Arlington Blvd., Suite 300
Fairfax VA 22031

Telephone: 1-800-994-WOMAN (96626) (toll-free)

Fax:

Web: http://www.4woman.gov/
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National Women's Health Network (NWHN)

Address: 514 10th Street, NW, Suite 400
Washington DC 20004

Telephone: 202-347-1140

Fax: 202-347-1168

Web: http://www.nwhn.org



NWHN works to ensure that women have access to quality, affordable health care, serving as a clearinghouse of information on women's health issues. The Network also lobbies for increased governmental support for women's health care. Contact NWHN for information and publications on women's health issues.




Native Elder Health Care Resource Center (NEHCRC)

Address: American Indian & Alaska Native Programs University of Colorado Health Sciences Center Department of Psychiatry Nighthorse Campbell Native Health Building P.O. Box 6508
Aurora CO 80045

Telephone: 303-724-1414

Fax: 303-724-1474

Web: http://www.uchsc.edu/ai/nehcrc/nehcrc_index.htm



NEHCRC promotes the health of older Native people, including Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians by increasing cultural competence among health care professionals. The Center focuses on four target areas: determining health status, improving medical standards, increasing access to care, and mobilizing community resources. Contact NEHCRC for information on its programs and publications.




NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center (NIH-ORBD- NRC)

Address: 2 AMS Circle
Bethesda MD 20892

Telephone: 1-800-624-BONE (2663) (toll-free) 202-223-0344

Fax: 202-293-2356

Web: http://www.osteo.org/



The Resource Center provides patients, health professionals, and the public with resources and information on osteoporosis, Paget's disease of the bone, osteogenesis imperfecta, and other metabolic bone diseases. The Center is supported by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases and six other Institutes and Offices.




North American Menopause Society (NAMS)

Address: PO Box 94527
Cleveland OH 44101

Telephone: 440-442-7550

Fax: 440-442-2660

Web: http://www.menopause.org/



NAMS is a nonprofit multidisciplinary organization promoting women's health during midlife and beyond through an understanding of menopause. The Society supports research and serves as a resource for women and health care professionals. Spanish language resources are available.




Office of Dietary Supplements

Address: National Institutes of Health
Bethesda MD 20892

Telephone: 301-435-2920

Fax: 301-480-1845

Web: http://dietary-supplements.info.nih.gov



The Office of Dietary Supplements helps the public understand dietary supplements by evaluating scientific information, supporting research, disseminating research results, and educating the public. The ODS offers a wide variety of dietary supplement information on frequently asked questions, tips, decision-making, and food labeling and claims.




The Office of Minority Health, part of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services

Address: P.O. Box 37337
Washington DC 20013

Telephone: 1-800-444-6472 (toll-free)

Fax:

Web: http://www.omhrc.gov



The Office of Minority Health develops health policies and programs to eliminate health disparities. It also provides consumer publications and health professional materials, many of which are in other languages, including Spanish, and makes referrals.




Office of Research on Women’s Health

Address: 900 Rockville Pike, Building 1, Room 201
Bethesda MD 20892

Telephone: 301-402-1770

Fax: 301-402-1798

Web: http://orwh.od.nih.gov



The Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), supports efforts to improve the health of women through biomedical and behavioral research on the roles of sex and gender in health and disease
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Office on Smoking and Health (OSH)

Address: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta GA 30341

Telephone: 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636) (toll-free)

Fax:

Web: http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco



OSH, part of the Federal Government, develops and distributes the annual Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health. Contact OSH for information on tobacco and details about the smoking and health database which is available on CD-ROM. Print publications on smoking also are available.




Older Women's League (OWL)

Address: 3300 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 218
Arlington VA 22201

Telephone: 1-800-TAKE-OWL (825-3695) (toll-free) 703-812-7990

Fax: 703-812-0687

Web: http://www.owl-national.org/



OWL is 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.




Opticians Association of America (OAA)

Address: 441 Carlisle Dr.
Herndon VA 20170

Telephone: 703-437-8780

Fax: 703-437-0727

Web: http://www.oaa.org/



OAA represents the optometric industry and provides information on eye health and industry regulation. OAA sets industry standards for prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses, and low-vision aids and can give referrals to qualified opticians. Contact the OAA for publications on optometry news and information.




Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA)

Address: 1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 601
Washington DC 20036

Telephone: 202-223-5500

Fax: 202-296-0540

Web: http://www.ocanatl.org/



OCA advocates for the rights of Chinese Americans. Contact OCA for referrals to legal specialists and legislative information on age discrimination, education, and employment opportunities for Chinese Americans, as well as access to health care and Social Security. OCA also publishes a national directory of Asian and Pacific American organizations.




Paget Foundation for Paget's Disease of Bone and Related Disorders

Address: 120 Wall Street, Suite 1602
New York NY 10005-4001

Telephone: 212-509-5335 1-800-23-PAGET (23-72438) (toll-free)

Fax: 212-509-8492

Web: http://www.paget.org



PF provides information and programs for consumers and medical professionals about Paget’s disease of bone and other bone disorders including primary hyperparathyroidism, fibrous dysplasia, osteoporosis, breast cancer metastatic to bone, and prostate cancer metastatic to bone.
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The Paget Foundation for Paget's Disease of Bone and Related Disorders (PF)

Address: 120 Wall Street, Suite 1602
New York NY 10005-4001

Telephone: 212-509-5335 1-800-23-PAGET (72438)

Fax: 212-509-8492

Web: http://www.paget.org/



PF provides information and programs for consumers and medical professionals about Paget's disease of bone and other bone disorders including primary hyperparathyroidism, fibrous dysplasia, osteoporosis, breast cancer metastatic to bone, and prostate cancer metastatic to bone.




Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF)

Address: 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509
New York NY 10018

Telephone: 1-800-457-6676 (toll-free) 212-923-4700

Fax: 212-923-4778

Web: http://www.pdf.org



PDF is a nonprofit organization providing research funding, information, and supportive services to people with Parkinson's Disease. Contact the Foundation for referrals to specialists. Publications are available.




Partnership for Prescription Assistance

Address:

Telephone: 1-888-477-2669 (toll-free)

Fax:

Web: http://www.pparx.org



The Partnership for Prescription Assistance is an organization of pharmaceutical companies, doctors and other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations, and community groups who help people who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through public or private programs, if they are qualified.




Pension Rights Center (PRC)

Address: 1350 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 206
Washington DC 20036

Telephone:

Fax:

Web: http://www.pensionrights.org



PRC's Legal Outreach Program advocates for the pension rights of workers, retirees, and their families. Contact the PRC for referrals to pension attorneys or for publications on pension law, divorce, Federal retirement plans, self-help guides on pension problems, or pension plan handbooks. Spanish language resources are also available.




President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (PCPFS)

Address: Department W
Washington DC 20201

Telephone: 202-690-9000

Fax: 202-690-5211

Web: http://www.fitness.gov/

http://presidentschallenge.org

PCPFS is an advisory body to the President and Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. The Council promotes opportunities in physical activity, fitness, and sports for all Americans. Contact PCPFS for information on physical activity/fitness, nutrition, health, and Council programs. Publications on physical education and health are available on the website.




Prevent Blindness America (PBA)

Address: 211 West Wacker Drive, Suite 1700
Chicago IL 60606

Telephone: 1-800-331-2020 (toll-free)

Fax:

Web: http://www.preventblindness.org/



PBA sponsors community services and public education about eye care, safety, and the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of eye diseases. Local chapters offer community services, including vision screenings and self-help groups for those with glaucoma. Contact PBA for information and a list of publications.




Project Aliento

Address: National Association for Hispanic Elderly (Asociación Nacional Pro Personas Mayores)
Pasadena CA 91101

Telephone: 626-564-1988

Fax: 626-564-2659

Web: http://anppm.org



Project Aliento works to make the Administration on Aging-funded network of State and Area Agencies on Aging accessible to older Hispanic people and their families. Contact Project Aliento for information, publications, and videos about community care and in-home support issues, as well as links to the formal aging network. Publications are available in English and Spanish.




Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF)

Address: 1332 North Halsted St., Suite 201
Chicago IL 60622

Telephone: 312-587-9272

Fax: 312-587-9273

Web: http://www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org/



PFF is a private, nonprofit organization providing assistance, resources, and information on pulmonary fibrosis and its related illnesses. Contact PFF for information on the diagnosis and treatment of PF and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, as well as referrals to specialists, resources, and support groups. Publications are available.
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Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation

Address: 819 Second Street, SW
Rochester MN 55902

Telephone: 507-287-6465

Fax: 507-287-6312

Web: http://www.rls.org



The Foundation is a nonprofit agency that provides information about restless legs syndrome. It develops support groups and seeks to find better treatments and a definitive cure.




Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

Address: P.O. Box 2316
Princeton NJ 08543

Telephone: 1-888-631-9989 (toll-free)

Fax: 609-627-6401

Web: http://www.rwjf.org/



The RWJ Foundation is a private, philanthropic organization that supports basic health services and pursues improved services for people with chronic illnesses, prevention of substance abuse, and control of health care costs. Publications about the Foundation's programs on health care issues are available.




SAMHSA’s National Clearinghouse for Alcohol & Drug Information

Address: P.O. Box 2345
Rockville MD 20847

Telephone: 1-800-729-6686 (toll-free)

Fax:

Web: http://www.health.org



SAMHSA's National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) is a resource for information about substance abuse prevention and addiction treatment. English- and Spanish-speaking information specialists can send materials; conduct customized searches; provide grant and funding information; and provide referrals.




Self Help for Hard of Hearing People, Inc. (SHHH)

Address: 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1200
Bethesda MD 20814

Telephone: 301-657-2248

Fax: 301-913-9413

Web: http://www.shhh.org/

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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.




Self-Reliance Foundation

Address: 1126 16th St., NW, Suite 350
Washington DC 20036

Telephone: (202) 360-4131 Spanish line: 1-800-473-3003

Fax: (202) 637-8801

Web: http://www.selfreliancefoundation.org/



Offers a free service, Linea Nacional de Recursos Hispanicos. Bilingual Information Specialists will help Spanish-speaking clients free of charge. They have a database of community-serving organizations. SRF's mission is to support Hispanics throughout the US and Puerto Rico who need public information, education, healthcare resources, civil services, all all forms of community information.




Senior Action in a Gay Environment

Address: 305 7th Ave., 16th Floor
New York NY 10001

Telephone: 212-741-2247

Fax:

Web: http://www.sageusa.org



Senior Action in a Gay Environment (SAGE) is a social service organization offering programs and services to supporting and advocating for the rights of senior gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.




Senior Job Bank

Address: PO Box 30064
Savannah GA 31410

Telephone:

Fax:

Web: http://www.seniorjobbank.org/



Senior Job Bank is an online resource that provides free job information and resources for members. Contact the Job Bank to find listings for occasional, part-time, flexible, temporary, or full-time jobs for older people.
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Senior Service America (SSA)

Address: 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1200
Silver Spring MD 20910

Telephone: 301-578-8900

Fax: 301-578-8859

Web: http://www.seniorserviceamerica.org



SSA is a nonprofit organization providing employment opportunities, conducting research programs and workshops, and publishing its research findings.




SeniorNet (SN)

Address: 900 Lafayette St., Suite 604
Santa Clara CA 95050

Telephone: 408-615-0699

Fax: 408-615-0928

Web: http://www.seniornet.org/



SeniorNet is a nonprofit, educational organization that provides information and services to help older people become computer literate. Locally funded SN teaching sites offer introductory computer classes on various topics, providing older people with discounts on computer hardware, software, and publications. Members can access SN from any online computer and order publications on buying and using computers.




Simon Foundation for Continence

Address: PO Box 815
Wilmette IL 60091

Telephone: 1-800-23-SIMON (1-800-237-4666) (toll-free) 847-864-3913

Fax: 847-864-9758

Web: http://www.simonfoundation.org/



The Simon Foundation is a nonprofit, educational organization providing information on urinary and bowel incontinence. It offers support to people with incontinence and publications on its diagnosis and treatment. A guide booklet and videotapes are available.




The Skin Cancer Foundation

Address: 245 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1403
New York NY 10016

Telephone: 1-800-SKIN-490 (754-6490) (toll-free)

Fax: 212-725-5751

Web: http://www.skincancer.org/



The Skin Cancer Foundation is a nonprofit organization providing information on the detection and treatment of skin cancer. The Foundation's brochures, newsletters, posters, and a new membership program give medical information and practical guidance on skin cancer. Send a self- addressed, stamped envelope for a list of publications.




Social Security Administration

Address: Office of Public Inquiries
Baltimore MD 21235

Telephone: 1-800-772-1213 (toll-free)

Fax:

Web: http://www.socialsecurity.gov



The Social Security Administration pays retirement, disability, and survivor's benefits, administers the Supplemental Security Income Program, and issues Social Security numbers.




Society for Neuroscience

Address: 1121 14th St., Suite 1010
Washington DC 20005

Telephone: 202-962-4000

Fax: 202-962-4941

Web: http://www.sfn.org/



The Society is an organization of scientists and physicians interested in the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nervous system. Contact the Society for the fact sheet series called Brain Briefings, short newsletters explaining how basic neuroscience research leads to clinical applications.
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