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The Elderly and Health Care

A Guide to Selected Government Information Available at WIU's Government Publications Library

Web version of this guide includes links to web resources.

Federal Government Information
Mandatory or Optional? The Truth about Medicaid

The members of this Senate Committee and a panel of witnesses discuss the Medicaid program and its use of mandatory and optional populations and benefits. 2005
Y 4.Ag 4:S. HRG. 109-224

The Impact of Direct-to-Consumer Drug Advertising on Senior's Health and Health Care Costs

This hearing examines the effects that drug company advertisements have on costs and consumers. 2005
Y 4.Ag 4:S. HRG. 109-317

Keeping the Elderly Warm: Help for Seniors and High Home Heating Costs

Held in Pittsburgh, this hearing discusses what the government can do to help those on a fixed income cope with escalating energy prices. 2006
Y 4.Ag 4:S.HRG. 109-340

Preparing Early, Acting Quickly: Meeting the needs of Older Americans During a Disaster

Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, this hearing considers what the government must do better to ensure the health and safety of our vulnerable senior population. 2005
Y 4.Ag 4:S. HRG. 109-339

The U.S. Administration on Aging

This federal government website offers comprehensive information on topics, programs, and services relating to aging, including grant programs, the Older Americans Act, an eldercare locator, and an Alzheimer's Resource Room.

FirstGov for Seniors

FirstGov is a federal government website devoted to the elderly. Here you can find information on federal and state agencies, health and housing, and laws and regulations, to name a few. You can also sign up for a birthday greeting sent from the President if you are 80+ years old.


One of our Topical Info links, the WIU Government Publications website puts you in touch with an assortment of aging-related information, including Agency websites, pubs for professionals, directories, statistics, Social Security and legal information, Alzheimer's Disease data, and material on crimes against the elderly.

Seniors' Health Issues

A Medline Plus website containing information of interest to the elderly. Look here for the latest news, overviews, prevention/screening, specific conditions, and much more.

Mental Health Links--Elderly

As part of SAMSHA's website, the National Mental Health Information Center offers a variety of health-related information geared toward the elderly. Links to many geriatric organizations are included.


This website is intended to help seniors find topical information of interest, including everything from Alzheimer's Disease to Taking Medicines. The website has on/off capabilities for visual contrast and a speech functionality.

Older Americans 2004: Key Indicators of Well-Being

This report is an statistical analysis of the U.S. population age 65 and older. It contains statistics and graphs on health status, risks, and overall care, as well as oral health, obesity, smoking, prescription drugs, and health insurance. There is also a special section devoted to veterans.

Elderly Healthcare

This website contains information from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, including workshop summaries, press releases, evidence reports, and Research in Action issues.

Financing Long-Term Care for the Elderly

This paper created by the Congressional Budget Office for the House Budget Committee summarizes the current state of financing for long-term care, identifies current and future issues, and considers policy alternatives. 2004

Senior Citizen Resources

This Rural Information Center website alphabetically lists agencies, directories, organizations, planning resources, best practices/case studies, funding/program assistance opportunities, contact information, statistics, and publications designed to serve rural seniors and those who serve them.

Illinois Government Information
Illinois Department on Aging

This government agency serves Illinois' elderly population. From this site, applicants can file online for prescription drug and circuit breaker assistance as well as access a great deal of useful information.

How to Select a Nursing Home

This book on the Illinois Department of Public Health website offers guidance in assessing the need for a nursing home as well as alternatives to, steps in acquiring one, and how to file a complaint against a nursing home.

Quarterly Reports of Nursing Home Violators

This list of violators of The Nursing Home Act indicates which nursing homes the Illinois Department of Public Health has initiated action against.

Nursing Homes with No Certification Deficiencies

This list provides the names of all certified nursing homes declared to be free of deficiencies at their last annual survey.

Legal Information
"Lack of Insurance Hinders Recovery in Nursing Home Cases"

This article reports that many nursing homes are deliberately not carrying liability insurance to discourage people from bringing negligence claims against them.
Trial. February 2006. Vol. 42, No. 2. pp. 14,16-17

"Predicating Dignity on Autonomy? The Need for Further Inquiry Into the Ethics of Tagging and Tracking Dementia Patients with GPS Technology"

The author of the article questions the ethics and social implications of using GPS technology to track elderly dementia patients.
The Elder Law Journal. 2005. Vol. 13, No. 2 pp. 387 - 415

"Caring for the Elderly Undocumented Workers in the United States: Discretionary Reality or Undeniable Duty?"

This article argues that history has shown that denying rights to undocumented workers does not decrease immigration by people without documents and that denying undocumented elderly individuals social security benefits when they are entitled to them violates their human rights.
The Elder Law Journal. 2005. Vol. 13, No. 1 pp. 227 - 253

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