Administration on Aging – The Administration on Aging is an agency of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services. Its webpage offers links to resources, programs and agencies covering a range of topics on substance abuse and mental health in the elderly. Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator – This service from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration can help you find a nearby treatment facility for mental health aging issues. Health in Aging – This service from the American Geriatrics Society provides information for older adults and family members about mental health concerns. Mental Health.gov – This site from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services provides one-stop access to information on mental health and mental health problems. National Council on Aging – This organization offers a range of services and links to services for senior adults, along with a page of helpful resources. National Mental Health Consumers Self-Help Clearinghouse – This directory provides comprehensive information on national and local programs providing mental health services for older adults. Older Adults and Mental Health – Learn about senior mental health and depression in older adults with this resource from the National Institute of Mental Health. Alzheimer’s Disease, Cognitive Impairment and Dementia Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Symptoms – This resource from the National Institute on Aging offers articles and advice for dealing with cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s. Alzheimers.gov – A government-run resource with links to authoritative, current information from agencies and organizations with expertise in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Cognitive Aging Efforts – From the American Psychological Association, this site offers up-to-date publications, webinars and activities related to APA cognitive aging efforts. Anxiety and Stress Anxiety and Older Adults: Overcoming Fear and Worry – This article from the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation discusses anxiety and its treatment. Anxiety in Older Adults – This article from Mental Health America discusses various anxiety disorders, such as panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder, and their treatments. Coping with Stress and Anxiety – Learn more about how stress affects your health and what to do about it, from the American Psychological Association. Community and Engagement engAGED – This site, the National Resource Center for Engaging Older Adults, offers information and resources to remain engaged with other older adults. Senior Community Service Employment Program – This community service and work-based job training program for older Americans offers work experience in a variety of community service activities at non-profit and public facilities, including schools, hospitals, day-care centers, and senior centers. Senior Corps – This organization connects adults 55 and older with volunteer opportunities near them. Online Resource on Assistive Technology for Persons with Dementia AT Dementia is a new online information resource on assistive technology for people with dementia and their caregivers.
Counseling Contacts Crisis Text Line – Send a text from your phone to connect instantly with a crisis counselor. Text HOME to 741741. Disaster Distress Helpline – Access a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration counselor ready to talk to people in emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Connect with a confidential 24-hour suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Treatment Referral Routing Service – This helpline offers treatment referral and information service for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders. Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357). Veterans Crisis Line – This service lets veterans in crisis and their families connect confidentially with qualified Department of Veterans Affairs responders. Text 838255 or call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 or visit the website for online chat.
Elder Abuse National Adult Protective Services Association – This organization provides easy access to information on reporting suspected elder abuse nationwide. National Center on Elder Abuse – This agency offers a resources site that gathers reports, webinars, podcasts and databases on elder abuse. Government Agencies and Services Eldercare Locator – This service of the U.S. Administration on Aging connects older Americans to services and resources. Preventive Services – This Medicare site shows the many preventive and screening services offered to the aged to keep them healthy and find problems early.
Meditation How To Meditate In Twelve Minutes – This YouTube video is a beginner’s guided meditation using mindfulness meditation techniques. Meditation for Older Adults – This article from The Hartford covers basic meditation instructions and techniques. The Honest Guys – This YouTube channel offers guided meditation and sleep meditation experiences. The Omega Institute – This organization’s YouTube channel features a variety of meditation videos, each under five minutes. YellowBrickCinema – This YouTube site offers long meditation music videos, some up to eight hours long.