Links and Resources

Information on Mental Illness

Information, research, policy work and programs designed to reduce loss of life from suicide.  Website: http://www.afsp.org

American Psychiatric Association’s Website on Mental Health Information on common mental health concerns including warning signs of mental disorders, treatment options, and preventative measures. Website: www.healthyminds.org

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. Website: www.nami.org

View the Nami Elk Grove/Schaumburg website for more information about NAMI services in our local community.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) The mission of NIMH is to reduce the burden of mental illness and behavioral disorders through research on mind, brain, and behavior. Website: www.nimh.nih.gov

New Foundation Center They partner with people who have mental illness to support their recovery and pursuit of lives with meaning and purpose. Website: www.newfoundationcenter.org

OCD Resource Center Information and resources available on obsessive compulsive disorder. Website: www.ocdresource.com

Prevent Mental Illness Information and resources available on recognizing the signs of mental illness, prevention techniques, resources, myths, facts and more. Website: http://preventmentalillness.org

Children’s Mental Health and Advocacy Organizations

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law The mission of the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is to protect and advance the rights of adults and children who have mental disabilities. Website: www.bazelon.org

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity-Disorder (CHADD) CHADD is a national organization representing individuals with AD/HD in providing education, advocacy and support to individuals and families. The organization is composed of dedicated volunteers from around the country who play an integral part in the organization by providing resources and encouragement to families, educators and professionals. Website: www.chadd.org

Federation for Families for Children’s Mental Health The Federation of Families is dedicated to providing education, resources and information to children with mental health needs and their families. Website: www.ffcmh.org

Lives in the Balance A website/resource for parents, teachers and caregivers of troubled and difficult teens. Website: www.livesinthebalance.org

Senior Services Resources

Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research.
Website: http://www.alz.org/illinois/

AgeOptions (The Area Agency on Aging for Suburban Cook County)
The purpose of Age Options is to connect older adults, aged 60 and over, with resources and options for care so that they can have a full range of choices and live their lives to the fullest.
Website: http://www.ageoptions.org/#

Benefits Check Up
Benefits CheckUp is the nation’s most comprehensive Web-based service to screen for benefits programs for seniors with limited income and resources.
Website: http://www.benefitscheckup.org/

Circuit Breaker and Illinois Cares RX
The Illinois Department on Aging’s Circuit Breaker program provides grants to senior citizens and persons with disabilities to help them reduce the impact of taxes and prescription medications on their lives.
Website: http://www.cbrx.il.gov/aging/1rx/cbrx/cbrx-main.htm

A Place for Mom (Free Senior Referral Service for Senior housing)
We are a free referral service helping families find nursing homes, assisted living, Alzheimer’s care, retirement communities, home care, and other senior care options.
Website: http://www.aplaceformom.com/

Assisted Living Referrals (Free Senior referral service for senior housing)
Assisted Living Referrals provides complimentary assistance to seniors adults and their families. We promptly provide free personalized referrals to housing communities, senior products, services and community resources.
Website: http://www.assistedlivingreferrals.com/

A Silver Connection (Free senior referral service for senior housing)
Silver Connections is a free referral service for seniors, their families and the professionals that help older adults make the transition from one home to another. A “Senior Care Consultant” will discuss all aspects of moving with you and help you achieve your long term lifestyle goals.
Website:http://www.asilverconnection.com/

Medicare’s Official Website
The official U.S. government website for people with Medicare.
Website: http://www.medicare.gov/

MySeniorCare
MySeniorCare supports families and their aging loved ones as they search for information, resources and providers of senior care.  They provide families with a wide range of support and credible information, and their directory empowers users to search, compare and directly contact local pre-screened providers. 

National Institute on Aging
The National Institute on Aging leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. It’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of older Americans through research.
Website: http://www.niapublications.org/

Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs
Pharmaceutical Manufacturer Patient Assistance Programs provide assistance to Part D enrollees and interface with Part D plans by operating “outside the Part D benefit” to ensure separateness of Part D benefits and PAP assistance. The PAP’s assistance on behalf of the PAP enrollee does not count towards a Part D beneficiary’s true-out-of-pocket cost.
Website: http://www.cms.hhs.gov/PrescriptionDrugCovGenIn/07_PAPData.asp#TopOfPage

US Administration on Aging Website to find community resources for seniors
The Eldercare Locator is the first step to finding resources for older adults in any U.S. community. The service links those who need assistance with state and local area agencies on aging and community-based organizations that serve older adults and their caregivers.
Website: http://eldercare.gov/Eldercare.NET/Public/Index.aspx

The Social Security Administration’s Official Website
The official website of the U.S. Social Security Administration.
Website: http://www.ssa.gov/

Eligibility Guidelines for Government Programs
Eligibility guidelines for government programs.
Website: http://www.egyptianaaa.org/eligibilityguidelines.htm

Information and Assistance for People with Medicare
Illinois Benefits is a free resource for benefits, information and enrollment assistance for people with Medicare, their caregivers and the volunteers and professionals that assist them.
Website: http://www.illinoisbenefits.org/?tr=y&auid=1022285

Illinois Department on Aging The Illinois Department on Aging helps older people live independently in their own homes and communities.  Website: http://www.state.il.us/aging/

The Illinois Supportive Living Program
Illinois developed the Supportive Living Program as an alternative to nursing home care for low-income older persons and persons with disabilities under Medicaid. By combining apartment-style housing with personal care and other services, residents can live independently and take part in decision-making. Personal choice, dignity, privacy and individuality are emphasized.
Website: http://www.slfillinois.com/

Medicare Interactive Counselor
Use the Medicare Interactive Counselor to find expert information and advice on Medicare.
Website: http://medicareinteractive.org/page2.php?topic=counselor&page=Index

Veteran’s Administration
The Department of Veteran’s Affairs website providing information on patient care, veterans’ benefits and customer satisfaction. About a quarter of the nation’s population are potentially eligible for VA benefits and services because they are veterans, family members or survivors of veterans.
Website: http://www.va.gov/

Mesothelioma Guide 
Mesothelioma Guide is a resource for those seeking information about mesothelioma.  They provide information, support and treatment options for the rare disease.
Website: www.mesotheliomaguide.com

Alzheimers.net
Alzheimers.net offers a social network that will be a respite, resource and a way to connnect with others who are suffering with dementia or caretakers for someone with dementia.
Website: Alzheimers.net

Elderwerks
This company help seniors through the transition from one home to another or finding the services they need. They discuss all aspects of moving with you and help you achieve your long term lifestyle goal. They provide informaiton and asisstance to to help families sort through their options.
Website: www.elderwerks.com 

Paxem, Inc.
Paxem’s staff members are Senior Move Managers (senior relocation experts) and are knowledgeable in all aspects of moving. Paxem’s mission is to help families through the transition of moving or right-sizing while respecting each individual’s needs.
Website: http://www.paxem.com

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