We’ve found these to be effective resources to share with our members. We are always interested in adding new ones, so if you’ve found a book or website to be invaluable, let us know!
Below are dozens of helpful Internet sites for RIPEA members.
Health & WellnessReceive HEALTHbeat, Harvard Health Publications' free email newsletter: www.health.harvard.edu
Tuff's University School of Nutrition Science and Policy: www.nutrition.tufts.edu
Nutrition information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture: www.choosemyplate.gov
National Council on Aging—To get answers to your questions about finding benefit programs that can help you pay for medications, health care, food, utilities, and more: www.benefitscheckup.org
American Psychological Association—Over 60 topics to help improve peoples' lives: www.apa.org/topics.
Adult Protective Services
The Adult Protective Services (APS) Program was established to investigate reports and provide intervention and protection to vulnerable adults who are victims of abuse, neglect, or exploitation. ALL PERSONS ARE REQUIRED BY LAW TO REPORT ALL CASES OF SUSPECTED ABUSE, NEGLECT, OR EXPLOITATION TO EITHER THE NEAREST APS OFFICE OR TO LAW ENFORCEMENT. The State Hotline number is: 1 (800) 992-6978. For more information, go to: http://www.in.gov/fssa/da/3479.htm
The Indiana State Department of Health provides an Advance Directives brochure to inform you of ways that you can direct your medical care and treatment in the event that you are unable to communicate for yourself. To view and download the brochure, go to: http://www.in.gov/isdh/files/advanceddirectives.pdf
Hospital Comparison Tool
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services offers data on more than 4,000 hospitals on their Compare tool. To access this outstanding, easy-to-use comparison tool, go to: www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare.
Hospice care is end-of-life care. Professionals and volunteers provides medical, psychological, and spiritual support. The goal of the care is to help people who are dying have peace, comfort, and dignity. Hospice programs also provide services to support a patient's family. To view the U.S. National Library of Medicine – Medline Plus Internet site that contains articles, resources, research, hospice locations, and much more go to: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/hospicecare.html.
Assisted Living – Nursing Homes
When it comes to aging issues, he has been called a visionary, a culture-changer and a prophet. Dr. Bill Thomas has built a reputation as one the most eclectic and creative thinkers working in the field of medicine. Author, entrepreneur, musician, teacher, farmer and physician, Dr. Thomas’ wide-ranging work explores the terrain of human aging. Named by The Wall Street Journal as one of the top ten Americans shaping aging, Dr. Thomas is internationally known for his health care system innovations. To learn about elderhood, his initiative to dramatically change the nursing home industry (aka: The Green House Project) and more information, go to: http://changingaging.org/about/.
Many of the following organizations not only provide excellent information, they often offer free services and or products:
The American Cancer Society, Central Indiana, Great Lakes Division, Inc.
5635 West 96th Street, Suite 100
Indianapolis, IN 46278
Toll Free 1 (800) 227-2345
The American Diabetes Association
The National Kidney Foundation of Indiana, Inc.
911 E 86th St # 100
Indianapolis, IN 46240-1848
The National Kidney Foundation
The American Lung Association in Indiana
Questions about your lung health? Ask an expert. Call 1-800-548-8252.
American Lung Association
1301 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20004
T: 202 785 3355
Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) – Division of Aging
Macular Degeneration Partnership
If you have Macular Degeneration, there is hope and help. Whether you were just diagnosed or have had Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) a long time, you can find the information, resources and support you need right here. Family members and caregivers can learn what it’s like to have age related macular degeneration and how they can help. For more information go to the Macular Degeneration Partnership website at: http://www.amd.org/
The American Heart Association in Indiana
6100 W 96th St # 200
Indianapolis, IN 46278-6020
The American Heart Association
InsuranceMIB, Inc., offers information, suggestions, and a “Policy Locator Service” that helps executors, administrators, or next-of-kin identify lost or unknown life insurance policies for deceased individuals. To read more about this service, go to: http://www.mib.com/facts_about_mib.html.
Several major life insurance companies have established online lost policy finders. If you have reason to believe a policy may have existed with one of these insurers, you can use these websites to search directly by company at no cost. To view these company names and their policy finder Internet pages, go to: http://www.mib.com/lost_policy_finders.html.
Life Insurance – Accelerated Death Benefit: Terminal Illness Insurance (known as Accelerated Death benefit in North America) pays out a capital sum if the policyholder is diagnosed with a terminal illness from which the policyholder is expected to die within 12 months of diagnosis, by a physician who specializes in that illness or condition. Terminal Illness Insurance is a form of insurance that is often added to a life insurance policy or a mortgage life insurance policy by the insurance company issuing the policy. Terminal Illness Insurance is not available as a separate insurance policy.
Most insurance companies offer policies with accelerated benefit options and they are usually added to universal life insurance policies or other permanent life insurance policies. Some insurers are beginning to offer them with term life insurance policies sold to individuals. Accelerated benefits may also be available through group term or group permanent life insurance policies. Accelerated benefit options are usually offered when you purchase a new life insurance policy, but many insurers will also add them to existing policies. Contact your insurance company for additional information. For helpful information about buying insurance, go to the following Indiana Department of Insurance website: http://in.gov/idoi/2576.htm.
Do you need an umbrella insurance policy? To get helpful information about it, go to: http://www.bankrate.com/finance/insurance/what-is-umbrella-insurance.aspx.
The Insurance Information Institute offers free online home inventory software. For more information, go to: https://www.knowyourstuff.org/iii/login.html.
NutritionEDF Seafood Selector Guide: The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Seafood Selector stands apart from other seafood guides because they work with troubled fisheries to improve management and conservation, which can improve their ratings over the long run. The guide covers the kinds of fish and shellfish you are most likely to see in your local supermarket or restaurant. Low-contaminant fish are an important part of a healthy diet, and EDF encourages people to consume fish that are caught or farmed in an environmentally responsible manner. Their scientists collect the latest information on omega-3s and mercury in seafood to provide the best recommendations possible. To view their guide, go to: http://seafood.edf.org/.
The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) “Choose My Plate” Internet site offers ideas and tips to help you create a healthier eating style that meets your individual needs and improves your health. This excellent site offers many helpful tools like their “SuperTracker,” BMI Calculator, quizzes, videos, recipes & menus, food safety, dietary guidelines, advice for older adults, and much more. To view their site, go to: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/.