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Rural Aging Organizations

Focused on empowering people to choose how they live as they age. Works at the national, state, and local level on issues important to aging, such as access to adequate, affordable healthcare. Conducts research and publishes reports on topics impacting older adults.
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Administration for Community Living (ACL)
Federal agency responsible for increasing access to community supports to meet the unique needs of older Americans and people with disabilities across the lifespan. Part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
view details Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics
Works to improve both the quality and use of data on the aging population. Includes federal agencies that share a common interest in improving aging-related data.
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American Society on Aging (ASA)
Works to enhance the knowledge and skills of people working with older adults and their families. Provides resources, publications, and educational opportunities.
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Gerontological Society of America (GSA)
Interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. Works to advance the scientific and scholarly study of aging.
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Grantmakers In Aging (GIA)
Membership organization of all types of philanthropies with a common dedication to improving the experience of aging.
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Advocates for policies removing barriers to care, developing new services, improving reimbursement, and making the country a better place to grow old.
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Meals on Wheels America
Works to bring meals to seniors in need including the elderly, homebound, disabled, frail, or those at risk.
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National Aging and Disability Transportation Center
Promotes the availability and accessibility of transportation options for older adults, people with disabilities, and caregivers.
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National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a)
Membership organization for the nation's Area Agencies on Aging and Title VI Native American aging programs. Builds the capacity of member agencies to help older adults and people with disabilities live in their homes and communities for as long as possible.
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National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD)
Represents the state and territorial agencies on aging and disabilities. Works to design, improve, and sustain state systems delivering home and community based services and supports for people who are older or have a disability, and their caregivers.
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National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)
Resource center providing information on elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation, including research, training, best practices, news, and resources. Part of the Administration on Aging.
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National Council on Aging (NCOA)
Serves as an advocate on behalf of older adults, including those living in rural America. Develops, recommends, and promotes social policy to enhance the quality of life for rural older adults.
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National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA)
Works for improved comprehensive health, social services, and economic well-being for American Indian and Alaska Native Elders.
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National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. Provides leadership in aging research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs relevant to aging and older people.
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National PACE Association (NPA)
Supports the efforts of Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), which coordinate and provide all needed preventive, primary, acute, and long-term care services so older individuals can continue living in the community.
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National Resource Center on Native American Aging (NRCNAA)
Addresses the needs of American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian elders. Works to identify and increase awareness of evolving Native elder health and social issues.
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Last Reviewed: 7/10/2017