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Community Resources

Below is a list of the most utilized elder care resources, for both local and long distance support.


Adult Protective Services

For concerns about, or to report the abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an elder:

Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia

Further information and resources available at:

End of Life

Grief & Loss

Health / Disease

National Health Websites

  • American Psychological Association: This national site has extensive information about psychology-related topics and developments within psychology.
  • Health Finder: Healthfinder, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is a gateway to more than 1,800 agencies and organizations.
  • The Mayo Clinic: The site offers an index of diseases listed A-Z, 11 Condition Centers (Alzheimer's for example), and eight Healthy Living Centers (such as Women's Health).
  • Medline: For information about diseases and conditions, pharmaceutical drugs, and other helpful resources.
  • Mental Health America (MHA)
  • Mental Help
  • Women's Health: Part health encyclopedia, part women's advocate, this National Women's Health Information Center site draws on thousands of publications from a federal clearinghouse.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)/Lou Gehrig's Disease

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.


Arthritis is not a single disease; it is an informal way of referring to joint pain or joint disease. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions.


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a term used to describe progressive lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory (non-reversible) asthma, and some forms of bronchiectasis.


Fall Prevention

Hearing Prevention

Heart Disease


Also known as ‘high blood pressure;’ it happens when the force of the blood pumping through your arteries is too strong.

Pulmonary hypertension is high blood pressure only in the arteries of the lungs


Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.


Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones that happens when you lose too much bone, make too little bone or both.

Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive disease of the nervous system marked by tremor, muscular rigidity, and slow, imprecise movement, chiefly affecting middle-aged and elderly people.


A stroke occurs when blood flow to an area of brain is cut off. When this happens, brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die. When brain cells die during a stroke, abilities controlled by that area of the brain such as memory and muscle control are lost.

Vision Impairment

Hoarding, Clutter & Disorganization

Home Care


Independent, Assisted, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing

Nursing Homes

Information & Referral

  • National Elder Care Locator Tel: 800.677.1116 Elder Care Locator is a free nationwide assistance service which helps elders and their caregivers locate support resources or give information about long-term care planning. You may call this number with the city, state, zip code of a town an elder lives in and they will connect you with the Aging Information and Referral Services Agency for that area. This is an excellent resource for long-distance caregivers.
  • Oklahoma Department of Aging Website provides resource information on services and programs available to seniors and adults with disabilities throughout Oklahoma.
  • Oklahoma Department of Human Services Address: 190 S. 31st, Clinton, OK 73601, Phone 580.331.1900. Website provides information for Human Services including adult protective services, nursing home comparisons, and other elder issues.

Legal, Financial & Advocacy


Financial & Advocacy

Long Distance Caregiving

Meals & Nutrition

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Mental Health

Public Benefit Programs


National Council on Aging

Social Security Administration


This website is designed to provide education and support to caregivers at SWOSU. The referrals to community health providers and agencies are listed as a convenience. Their inclusion here does not constitute endorsement by Southwestern Oklahoma State University.