SeniorsPlus' Area Agency on Aging is committed to providing you with valuable and interesting information and resources. We've grouped a wide variety of websites under the following categories:
These links should be useful for those looking to access services for seniors. Local, state and federal agencies and organizations are listed here.
Adult Protective Services (APS) 800-624-8404
Provides or arranges for services to protect incapacitated and dependent adults (age 18 and over) in danger of abuse, neglect or exploitation in Maine.
Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act puts consumers back in charge of their health care. Under the law, a new “Patient’s Bill of Rights” gives the American people the stability and flexibility they need to make informed choices about their health.
Leaders in disability information, services and products.
American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)
Provide a variety of options for seniors to help them remain independent. Maine is covered by 5 Area Agencies on Aging (AAA), with each being assigned to specific counties.
- Aroostook Area Agency on Aging - 800-439-1789 Aroostook County
- Southern Maine Area Agency on Aging - 800-427-7411 Cumberland & York Counties
- Eastern Area Agency on Aging - 800-432-7812 Hancock ,Penobscot, Piscataquis, & Washington Counties
- Spectrum Generations - 800-639-1553 Knox, Lincoln, Waldo, Somerset, Sagadahoc, & Kennebec Counties
- SeniorsPlus - 800-427-1241 Androscoggin, Franklin & Oxford Counties
Office of Aging And Disability Services (OADS) 800-262-2232
Department of Veterans Affairs
Disabled American Veterans
Elder Independence of Maine (EIM) 888-234-3920
Maine's Home Care Coordination Agency connecting people with resources for in-home care.
Federal Poverty Levels
Change HealthCare previously known as Goold Health Systems (GHS) 800-832-9672
Contracted by OADS to provide in-home assessments - statewide - to determine medical eligibility for all Long Term Care programs and Nursing Homes.
Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA)
The federal agency that administers Medicare, Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). Recent name change to The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Health Insurance Marketplace
Starting in October 2013, there will be a new way to get health insurance: The Health Insurance Marketplace. The Marketplace is designed to help you find health insurance that fits your needs and your budget -- in plain language that makes sense. You will be able to shop online or through a toll-free phone line. You will also be able to get free in-person help with applying and understanding your options from a certified Health Navigator.
Legal Services for the Elderly (LSE) 800-750-5353
Provides free legal services for persons 60 years of age and older and often represents consumers in an appeal.
Long Term Care Ombudsman (LTCOP) 800-499-0229
The Ombudsman (a private, non-profit agency) are specially trained advocates who are given authority under Federal and Maine law to investigate and resolve complaints made by, or on behalf of, long term care consumers.
DHHS Office of Integrated Access and Support Formerly known as Maine Bureau of Family Independence (BFI)
Maine Department of Health and Human Services 800-452-1926
Maine Hospice Council
The Council provides education and technical assistance regarding end-of-life care, as well as advocacy for terminally ill and bereaved persons regarding quality-of-life care issues throughout the state.
Maine Medical Assistance Manual
Maine, State Government
Maine, State Homepage
Maine State Housing Authority (MSHA) 800-452-4668
Maine State Legislature
Medicare Fraud Prevention and Awareness Initiatives
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is fighting fraud and abuse and you can help.
Medicare Preventive Services
This is the official government booklet with important information about what disease prevention is and why it’s important
- Which preventive services Medicare covers andhowoften
- Who can get services
- What you pay – you pay nothing for many services
The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan is a federal program to help individuals who have been uninsured for at least the past six months and who have been previously diagnosed with a serious medical condition enroll in the DirigoChoice Program.
Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP)
The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) program provides Medicare beneficiaries with the most current information on Medicare benefits and educates them on ways to identify and prevent errors, waste, fraud and abuse of the Medicare system.
Social Security Online - including "Social Security Office - Find yours by Zip Code"
- National 800#- 1-800-772-1213
- National TTY- 1-800-325-0778
- Portsmouth NH office services the southern tip of the state (Berwick, Cape Nedick, Eliot, Kittery, and York)
These links are intended to help caregivers and others find disease-related information and to identify support systems related to caregiving, specific illnesses or chronic conditions. A more comprehensive list can be found at the Administration on Aging website in the Resource Directory for Older People section.
American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry
American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
American Autoimmune Related Disease Association
American Brain Tumor Association
American Cancer Society
American Dental Association
American Diabetes Association
American Dietetic Association
American Epilepsy Society
American Foundation for the Blind
American Foundation for Urologic Diseases
American Heart Association
American Lung Association
American Menopause Foundation
American Optometric Association
American Pain Foundation
American Parkinson's Disease Association
American Tinnitus Association
Better Hearing Institute
Better Vision Institute
Brain Injury Association
Caregiver Message Board and Blog (This is a wonderful resource!)
Caregiver Survival Resources
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Crohn's and Colitis Foundation
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
Family Caregiver Alliance
Family Caregiver Web
Glaucoma Research Foundation
Hereditary Disease Foundation
HIV/AIDS Treatment Information Service
Huntington's Disease Society of America
Iris Network (formerly Maine's Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired)
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Inc.
Lupus Foundation of America
Myasthenia Gravis Foundation
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
National Association of the Deaf
National Association on HIV Over Fifty
National Cancer Institute
National Family Caregivers Association
National Hospice Foundation
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
National Kidney Foundation
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
National Osteoporosis Foundation
National Parkinson's Disease Foundation
National Psoriasis Foundation
National Stroke Association
Self Help for Hard of Hearing People
Simon Foundation for Continence
The Skin Cancer Foundation
Well Spouse Foundation
The following links cover a variety of topics. Happy surfing! (SeniorsPlus does not endorse any of these sites, but is providing them simply as points of interest.)
A Journalist's Guide: Finding Data on the Internet
A nicely done 'where-do-I-find-it' collection. Includes: basic reference sources, currencies, world population statistics, Census data, CDC and much more. Although designed for journalists and writers, it is useful to all.
Access American for Seniors
This is a federal government wide site for older persons to use to access major federal government services. A range of services are included including Social Security, the US Postal Service, and AoA.
Identifies one's Federal, State, and local government elected officials; enables users to send them email and track voting records of Members of Congress, find contact persons, addresses and telephone numbers for agencies.
Chambers of Commerce
- National Chamber of Commerce
- Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber (Androscoggin County) 207-783-2249
- Franklin County Chamber of Commerce 207-778-2438
- Oxford Hills 207-743-2281
- Rangeley Lakes Region 207-864-5571
- River Valley 207-364-3241
- Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB)
CBBB is a national organization promoting ethical practices between business and the public. Local BBBs can offer consumers help resolving complaints against companies. Publications include the Tips On series and booklets with advice on how to make wise buying decisions on a broad range of products and services.
Navigator is the home page used by the newsroom of The New York Times for forays into the Web. Its primary intent was to give reporters and editors new to the Web a solid starting point for a wide range of journalistic functions. Sections include: Net Search; Journalism; Reference; Directories; Publications; Politics; New York Region; Commerce; Entertainment; Sports; and Miscellany. NOTE: This site requires free registration for a logon and password for the New York Times site.
Educational and travel programs for seniors at home and abroad.
Contains more than 17,000 articles from The Concise Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, Third Edition have been assembled to provide free, quick and useful information on almost any topic. The entries are short with extensive cross-references. Also provides convenient links to related web sites and books.
Sophisticated content on health, finance, travel and more.
Information Please Almanac Site
Reference site for information on many, many topics, organized by topical "almanacs" but includes an encyclopedia and dictionary as well. Searchable by browsing or by a search engine.
Locating Records & Property (from ElderWeb)
May be especially useful for children assisting their aging parents; includes:
- Locating Birth, Death, and Marriage Certificates
- Locating Citizenship Paperwork
- Locating Military Records
- Locating Pension and SS Benefits
- Locating Unclaimed Property
Provides interactive mapping and driving directions which guide users to their destinations as well as many other related services.
Martindale's Calculators On-Line Center
Contains over 3,500 calculators ranging from interest rate repayments to home repair.
My Virtual Reference Desk
Includes dozens of areas to search -- very comprehensive.
My Virtual Newspaper
Links to online newspapers nationwide and around the world.
One Look Dictionaries
Provides a search of multiple on-line dictionaries by specific category.
Provides a user-friendly interface for searching over 60 different web resources in areas of phone and address services, general reference, entertainment, travel, publications, finance, package tracking, and biomedical information.
Senior Living Map for Maine
To view senior and assisted living facilities in a particular area, simply enter the city or zip and click search. The map will zoom into that area and provide an aerial view of facilities located there. Each senior living facility will be marked with a pin on the map. When you click on a pin, you will be provided with details of that community. In the left hand column, there will be five filters. By selecting any of the filters you'll narrow the options displayed to just senior care homes that meet that criteria.
State Taxation Information
A directory of State Tax Offices including links to home pages where available.
A free, searchable, nationwide online directory of residential and business telephone numbers. Users can also add their e-mail addresses to their listings.
For searches of businesses telephone numbers, try:
The American Journal Review's top 50 best news sites on-line
Includes links to: CNN Interactive, New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and others from around the world.
The Internet Public Library
Includes a reference division, a classroom, an exhibit hall, and a reading room. The Ready Reference Collection contains links to selected net documents in such areas as: General Reference, Business/Economics, Computers, Education, Government & Law, Health & Nutrition, Humanities, Internet, News/Current Events, Science, Social Issues & Social Services. You can also search the Ready Reference Collection by keywords. or use the Ask a Question service and visit the IPL Interactive Virtual Environment.
The Virtual Reference Desk
Includes links to a wide variety of resources including dictionaries, telephone directories (e.g., the ATT 800 No. Directory), zip codes, maps & travel information, and many other references materials.
Provides access to thousands of forecasts, images, and the Net's largest collection of weather links; states that it is the most comprehensive and up-to-date source of weather data on the Web. Includes a simple to use search engine for the latest NOAA forecast for each area as well as satellite images and more.
Yahoo! People Search
Permits queries of a database said to contain 90+ million addresses, telephone numbers, and web pages.
States that it provides the world's most comprehensive, and authoritative portal for language, and language-related products and services on the world wide web including the widest and deepest set of dictionaries on the web (more than 1500 dictionaries representing more than 230 languages).