Related Links
Information about Medicare
Benefits check-up tool available from the National Council on Aging
The Administration on Aging’s Eldercare Locator

Smart Aging Matters: August 2005
The Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act established new insurance coverage for prescription drugs. Denys Lau, PhD, recently authored an article on the update to Medicare Part D. It can be found at [full article - pdf]
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Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Health Learning Center
The Health Learning Center located at Northwestern Memorial Hospital is a health information library that offers various services related to health and health care, including books, journals, audio and video tapes, and online resources. The center is open to the public and all services are free of charge.
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.
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.
The Family Institute
The Family Institute at Northwestern University is the Midwest's oldest and largest center devoted to marital and family therapy, professional education, and research. Their goal is to strengthen and heal families through clinical treatment, teaching, and research.
The American Association of Retired Persons
The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people who are 50 years of age and older.
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.
On the run
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 also 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.
The National Institute on Aging
The National Institute on Aging is one of the 27 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.

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 approved 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.