Aging -Resources


Search Strategies

Book & Manuscript Tips
  • Search these Library of Congress subject headings in WestCat , the library's online catalog:
    • Tips: Use the Quick Search option and enter the terms below in the search box and select Subject as the search.
    • old age
    • old age assistance
    • older people
    • elder abuse
    • elderly poor
    • retirees
    • social security
    • medicare
    • older driver
    • seniors
    • power of attorney
    • assisted living
    • caregivers
    • dementia
    • conservatorship
    • guardianship
  • Use the Quick Search option and enter aging, ageing or elder? in the search box and select Any Word Anywhere as the search.
  • Use the Advance Search option and search "Older Americans Act" or "Social Security" as phrases.
  • If you are having trouble finding material on your topic, try searching I-Share (through WestCat ), a database of the catalogs of over 70 Illinois libraries or WorldCat , a database of library catalogs from all over the world.
  • Any book you find which we don't have may be requested through Interlibrary Loan. Allow a week to 10 days.
  • Try searching CRS Reports at UNT to find Congressional Research Reports on your topic.
Article Tips

Agency Websites


Alzheimer's Disease Info


Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security & Other Legal Info
The official government Medicare website. Information on medicare plan choices; claims and appeals; publications and much more.
What's Medicare Supplement (Medigap) insurance?
Explanation of Medigap policy and assistance in determination of whether or not it is right for you.
Social Security (
From becoming insured to survivor's benefits to filing a claim, this is the essential guide to Social Security.
Full text of the Older Americans Act (courtesy of Cornell U.)
Title 42 U.S. Code Chapter 35 complete.


Preventing Suicide Among Seniors
This is a SAMHSA guide to dealing with depression in older adults.
Consumer Health Information
This is a nice list of online publications from the National Institutes of Health.
Talking With Your Doctor: A Guide for Older People (NIA)
This guide provides elders with some issues to consider when choosing a doctor and/or discussing their health.
Menopause: Time for a Change (NIA)
What is menopause?...what can I expect? do I keep myself healthy? Answers to these questions and more.

Resources & Directories

Eldercare Locator (DHHS)
This directory assistance service puts you in touch with services for older Americans in your community (or theirs).
Health & Aging Organizations Directory (NIA)
This directory contains names, addresses, and phone/FAX numbers of organizations which provide information and other resources on matters relevant to the needs of older persons. Browse directory by category or view alphabetical listing of links
State and Area Agencies on Aging (AOA)
This is a directory by state of all state agencies on aging with hyperlinks where possible. for Seniors
This listing of resources is from the official search engine of U.S. government.
Hospital Compare (DHHS)
This site provided by Health and Human Services allows you find and compare hospitals anywhere in the U.S.
Nursing Home Compare (DHHS)
This site provided by Health and Human Services allows you find and compare nursing homes anywhere in the U.S.
Home Care Services
This page from Medline Plus links to all kinds of government pages with tips and ideas on keeping older people in their homes.
Tax Guide for Seniors (IRS)
This IRS Publication covers tax issues particular to seniors, such as retirement plans, Social Security, life insurance proceeds and sickness and injury benefits.

Statistics on Older Americans

State of Aging and Health in America (CDC)
This report documents the success of health programs targeting Americans 65-and-over and discusses ideas for improving quality of life.
A Profile of Older Americans (AOA)
The latest statistics on older Americans in 11 key subject areas.
Crimes Against Persons Age 65 or Older, 1993-2002
This report contains statistics on crime victims by age group, and details certain crimes which seem to have older people as targets.
65+ in the United States: 2005
This statistical report includes data on longevity and health, economic characteristics, geographic distribution, and social characteristics.

Legal Materials

Advising Elderly Clients and Their Families
This practice guide covers retirement benefits, Medicare, powers of attorney, guardianship, planning for disability, nursing homes, grandparents' rights, elder abuse and tax planning.
LEGLREF. KFI 1291.A3 A38 2008
Planning for Incapacity : a Self-Help Guide, Advance Directive Forms for Illinois
This guide covers the Health-Care Power of Attorney and living wills.
LEGLREF. KFI 390.A4 P43 1992
Guardianship for Disabled Adults, Advance Directives, and Mental Health Law
LEGLREF. KFI 1306 .A944 2011

Subject Guides