Gerontological Society of America
The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is a nonprofit professional organization that has a membership of more than 5000 professionals with expertise in the field of aging. GSA provides researchers, educators, practitioners, and policy makers with opportunities to understand, advance, integrate, and use basic and applied research on aging in order to improve the quality of life of older people.
The Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center
The Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center (CNADC) is a multidisciplinary organization and training center dedicated to conducting research on how the brain coordinates mental functions such as memory, language, attention, and emotion. This research will benefit patients with brain diseases that impair cognitive function and provide training opportunities to researchers and clinicians in the field of aging.
Illinois Department of Public Health
The Illinois Department of Public Health seeks to "promote the health of the people of Illinois through the prevention and control of disease and injury." The department is responsible for the licensure and regulation of long-term care facilities, It also provides health fact sheets and information about advanced directives.
City of Chicago Department on Aging
The City of Chicago Department on Aging creates "options for an aging society." The department provides information on housing, health and fitness, finances, senior centers, transportation, employment, and education in the city of Chicago.
National Institute on Aging
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is one of 25 institutes and centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health. The NIA is at the forefront of a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. In 1974, Congress granted authority to form the National Institute on Aging to provide leadership in aging research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs relevant to aging and older people. Subsequent amendments to this legislation designated the NIA as the primary federal agency for Alzheimer disease research.
The ASSERT Project
The ASSERT (Assistance, Support and Service for Evaluation and Research Training) Project collaborates with Chicago-area social service agencies to build capacity for research and evaluation through workshops, seminars, one-on-one consultations, and other technical assistance.
American Society on Aging
The American Society on Aging is an association of diverse individuals bound by a common goal: to support the commitment and enhance the knowledge and skills of those who seek to improve the quality of life of older adults and their families.
Suburban Area Agency on Aging
The goal of the Suburban Area Agency on Aging is to plan, advocate, coordinate, and fund services for older persons in suburban Cook County, Illinois.
Illinois Department on Aging
The Illinois Department on Aging exists to provide assistance that will enable older people to live independently in their homes and communities. The department provides assistance to seniors, caregiver support, abuse prevention, and legal services. They offer intergenerational and volunteer programs.
The United States Administration on Aging
The United States Administration on Aging provides home and community-based services to millions of older persons through the programs funded under the Older Americans Act.
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Office of the Illinois Attorney General
The Office of the Illinois Attorney General "works to protect all Illinois seniors" through various programs and educational activities. It also sponsors the Senior Citizens Consumer Fraud Hotline.
Assisted Living Directory
For the past 5 years, the Assisted Living Directory has been working to create free and useful resources for help with assisted living, Alzheimer disease, and long-term care.
The Aging Research Registry

The Buehler Center manages a database containing information about older people who are willing to participate in aging-related research projects. About 450 seniors are currently registered, and the data are updated biennially. The following variables are collected on each participant.

Demographic information: name, address, telephone number, date of birth, sex, race, marital status.

Health conditions: high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, lung disease, arthritis, cancer, memory impairment, anemia, thyroid, Parkinson's, incontinence, kidney disease, liver disease, blood disease, stroke, vision impairment, alcohol or drug abuse, emotional disorder, hearing impairment, digestive disorder, falling or balance problem, list of medications.

Willingness to participate in: opinion studies, behavior studies, studies of memory, studies requiring physical exam, studies requiring blood or other body products, studies requiring use of medications.

Willingness to travel: to Evanston or Chicago campuses to participate in research.

Willingness to participate in research with or without payment.

Users request a search of the Registry based on these variables, and are provided with a list of registrants that they may contact, typically by letter.

Projects that use the Aging Research Registry must have prior approval from their ethics review committee (Institutional Review Board). If you would like to request a search of the Aging Research Registry, or are an older person interested in joining the Registry, contact Derek Jarvis at 312-503-2914 or dmjarvis@northwestern.edu.