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The following links have been selected and vetted by our librarians for quality, currency and relevance. However, by clicking on any of the links listed on this page you will be REDIRECTED to those web sites which are independent from the City of Palm Springs.

 

AARP
With over 35 million members, AARP is the leading nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people age 50 and over in the United States. The group is known for providing a host of services to this ever-growing segment of the population by informing members and the public on issues important to this age group. 

BenefitsCheckUp
BenefitsCheckUp is the nation's most comprehensive online service to screen for federal, state and some local private and public benefits for older adults (ages 55 and over). It contains over 1,350 different programs from all fifty states (including the District of Columbia). On average there are 50 to 70 programs available to individuals per state.

California Department of Aging
The California Department of Aging serves as both a unifying force for services to seniors and adults with disabilities and as a focal point for federal, state and local agencies which serve the elderly and adults with disabilities in California.  It fulfills the goals outlined in the Older Americans Act and also acts as an advocate for seniors and adults with disabilities by striving to develop an environment which respects and values the state's older residents and adults with disabilities.

California End of Life Option Act
Information about the California End of Life Option Act from Compassion and Choices. Lays out  basic information about the California End of Life Option Act as well as resources for doctors and information in Spanish.

Library Services for People with Print Disabilities from the California State Library
Library Services for People with Print Disabilities allows California’s blind, low-vision and otherwise print-disabled individuals—and the organizations and institutions who serve them—to select a county of residence and be directed to the appropriate National Library Service for the Bind and Physically Handicapped Network Regional or Subregional library serving their geographical area.  These libraries provide Braille and audio books and magazines, audio playback equipment and descriptive videos at no charge to blind, visually impaired or otherwise print-disabled individuals—such as people with dyslexia and other organic reading disabilities or those physically unable to read conventional print. This service is provided free by California’s Library Services for People with Print Disabilities, in association with the Library of Congress.

Medicare.gov: Nursing Home Compare
Nursing Home Compare allows consumers to compare information about nursing homes. It contains quality of care information on every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country, including over 15,000 nationwide.

Nursing homes aren't included on Nursing Home Compare if they aren't certified to participate in Medicare or Medicaid. These Nursing Homes can be licensed by the state. For information about nursing homes not on this website, contact the State Survey Agency for California.

Information on Nursing Home Compare isn’t an endorsement or advertisement for any nursing home and should be considered carefully. Use it with other information you gather about nursing homes facilities. Talk to your doctor or other health care provider about the information on Nursing Home Compare.

Medicare Rights Center
Medicare Rights Center (MRC) is the largest independent source of health care information and assistance in the United States for people with Medicare. Founded in 1989, MRC helps older adults and people with disabilities get good, affordable health care.

Mizell Senior Center Of Palm Springs
"To support independence and self-sufficiency through an inclusive network of education, information, and assistance with problem solving." 

National Council on Aging
A national, nonprofit group of people and organizations dedicated to promoting the dignity, independence, well-being, and contributions of older people. NCOA believes that benefits are important and useful tools to help seniors be independent and healthy. NCOA is proud to work with national sponsors and government agencies to make services free to anyone who wants to see if they may be eligible for public programs and services. 

Nursing Home Abuse
The Nursing Home Abuse Center is an informational website committed to providing comprehensive information on nursing home abuse and neglect for the elderly and their loved ones. Also includes information on how to find the right nursing home, and financing nursing home care.

Road Scholar
Road Scholar, the not-for-profit leader in educational travel since 1975, offers 5,500 educational tours in all 50 states and 150 countries. Alongside local and renowned experts, experience in-depth and behind-the-scenes learning opportunities, from cultural tours and study cruises to walking, biking and more.

Riverside County Office on Aging
Riverside County Office on Aging is charged to provide leadership in developing a system of care services for older persons and adults with disabilities in Riverside County.

Social Security Administration
Official website for all Social Security services

Your Living Will: The Advance Health Care Directive
California Medical Association's detailed information with examples of Durable Powers of Attorney for Health Care and Living Wills.