Benefits Check Up

A search tool developed by the National Council on Aging to determine eligibility for 1,300 benefit programs that help pay for medications, health care, utilities and so forth.

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

Search by location for members of the association. Provides questions to ask lawyers about qualifications and areas of expertise, and a wide-ranging resource list for the elderly.

National Association of Insurance Commissioners

Free fact sheets and shoppers’ guides for long-term care insurance, annuities and Medigap policies.

A separate “how-to” site by the NFCA with advice on time management, asking for help, navigating the health care maze and communicating with insurance companies and hospitals.

Similar calculator and search tool to find local lenders, with links to their Web sites.

U.S. Living Will Registry

The U.S. Living Will Registry is a secure, on-line database where you can store your advance directive. Your document can be easily accessed by you, or by health care providers anywhere.

American Bar Association Aging Tool Kit

Good advance planning for health care decisions is, in reality, a continuing conversation – about values, priorities, the meaning of one’s life, and quality of life. To help you in this process, this tool kit contains a variety of self-help worksheets, suggestions, and resources. There are 10 tools in all, each clearly labeled and user-friendly. The tool kit does not create a formal advance directive for you. Instead, it helps you do the much harder job of discovering, clarifying, and communicating what is important to you in the face of serious illness