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   Aging Resources and Information  
 
The Pasadena Village is committed to connecting members and friends to resources already available in the community and online. We have collected a few resources below and will update this page as more resources become available. You will find links to local and national organizations, blogs, and other information that may help you learn more about aging in place.*
 
Please be sure to consult with appropriate professionals and family members regarding any important decisions relating to your health or living situation.  
 
 
 
     
 
 Transportation Services
 
This shared ride service is designed for people who have difficulty using public transportation in Los Angeles County. Visit their website to learn more about eligibility.
 
(800) 827-0829
 
This website provides guidance for those wondering how they should make their case for ADA Paratransit eligibility.
 
Dial-a-Ride
 
 
 
 
 
Learn how to travel on your own via public transportation! This website offers safety tips, provides information on getting a "TAP" card, and more!
 
Metro "On the Move" Riders Club
This special training program teaches people how to master LA County public transportation--and help others do the same

Local Organizations
 
Loaning durable medical equipment to San Gabriel Valley residents for free since 1923.
 
Episcopal Communities & Services - Aging Services
Another list of resources for our community.
 
 
Offering health screenings, Senior Day Camp, recreational activities, and senior advocacy for residents of Northwest Pasadena.
 
Working to end poverty in Southern California.

The Senior Center offers countless activities and programs to keep people active. They also maintain an excellent resources directory of local social services, including affordable housing.
 
 
Offering referrals, care coordination, and educational programs.
 
Pasadena Hot Meals
This volunteer organization partners with local restaurants to provide free, hot meals once a week to Pasadena residents with limited resources. They serve at two locations:
Wednesdays, 5-7 PM
Jackie Robinson Center
1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena
Thursdays, 5-7 PM
Villa-Parke Community Center
363 E. Villa Street, Pasadena
 
 
Medical Malpractice Assistance
Lauren Lancaster

Community Outreach Team

Medical Malpractice Center

Medical Malpractice Center


http://www.malpracticecenter.com/
Medical malpractice is a very serious problem that can cause people to experience serious medical problems that could have been easily prevented. This occurs in many serious forms and in some cases entails more than just the doctor working on a patient.


The Simple Dollar

 

http://www.thesimpledollar.com/disability-benefits-guide/

 

TheSimpleDollar.com was created to help people make truly better decisions by clearly laying out their options with content topics spearheaded by leading industry professionals. Because of their unbiased approach, they have been a trusted source for government entities and organizations throughout the US. They are also proud to be one of Google’s Experts! Many publications and businesses already use their guides as resources for their readers.

 

Guide to Social Security/disabiltiy/benefits
https://www.moneysavingpro.com/blog/ultimate-guide-to-social-security-disability-benefits

The Sobering Cost of Long-Term Care: A Guide to Paying for Care Without Breaking the Bank
https://www.moneygeek.com/seniors/resources/paying-for-long-term-care-guide/

Protecting Mom and Dad: A Practical Guide to Help Seniors and Their Loved Ones Spot and Prevent Elder Financial Fraud 
https://www.moneygeek.com/seniors/resources/elder-financial-abuse-prevention-guide/
Protecting Your Parents’ Finances: An Action Plan for Caring for Your Aging Parents’ Money  https://www.moneygeek.com/seniors/resources/managing-elderly-parents-finances/Social Security
Aging in Place: Your Guide to Staying Safely at Home 
https://www.moneygeek.com/seniors/resources/aging-in-place-independent-living/
When Independent Living is No Longer a Good Option: A Guide to Help Ease the Transition to Assisted Living 
https://www.moneygeek.com/seniors/resources/how-to-move-to-assisted-living-guide/
Caregiving 101:The Everything-You-Need-To-Know Guide for Family Caregivers 
https://www.moneygeek.com/seniors/resources/caregiving-guide/
Car Insurance for Seniors: Protecting Yourself and Others While on the Road 
https://www.moneygeek.com/insurance/auto/resources/car-insurance-basics-for-seniors/
The Survivor’s Guide to Life Insurance Death Benefits: Expert Advice for Grieving Beneficiaries 
https://www.moneygeek.com/insurance/life/resources/death-benefits-guide/

Disability Benefits

In the unfortunate event you contract an illness or suffer an injury and are unable to work, Social Security disability benefits provide you with supplemental income during this difficult time. However, applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be a confusing process if you haven't done it before. Luckily, this guide will go in-depth to provide which conditions qualify for benefits, how to apply and even how to calculate your disability benefit if you receive approval.

 
Financial Fraud

 

Healthcare Resources
 
Forever Active specializes in Aging In Place Home Solutions & Universal Design. We promote safety and independence within the home environment for all individuals who want to maintain their active lifestyle. We provide products and services that are designed to minimize the impact aging and disability have on quality of life within the home environment.
 
 
Where can I get my flu shot?
Most healthcare providers offer the flu shot, but they are also available at many pharmacies. Click this link to view a map of local flu shot clinics:  http://flushot.healthmap.org/  

http://www.consumerdangers.com/
Across the world, death and serious injuries occur from Consumer Products all too often.  This site is dedicated to helping raise awareness of these products that we hope will decrease the amount of these tragedies.  Education is the key to consumer protection, and we hope to be the best resource available.
  
Medline Plus
 
 
The American Heart Association's online tool to help you assess your heart health and take steps toward a healthier lifestyle.
 
 National Institutes of Health: Senior Health website
 
Health and wellness information for older adults.
 
VA Greater Los Angeles:     http://www.losangeles.va.gov/
 

NUTRITION GUIDE FOR THE AGING
 

Mesothelioma Prognosis Network 

Brianna Meewes

Public Outreach

Mesothelioma Prognosis Network


CEREBRAL PALSY GROUP
https://cerebralpalsygroup.com/resources/legal/medical-malpractice/
Cerebral Palsy Group is a national organization that was created so that it may serve the individuals and families who have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy. We are here to provide information and support so that we may help provide resources and education to those affected by CP.


https://www.cerebralpalsyguidance.com/

https://www.cerebralpalsyguidance.com/cerebral-palsy/symptoms/


Cerebral Palsy Guidance was created to provide answers and assistance to parents of a child with cerebral palsy. Our goal is to reach as many members of the cerebral palsy community as possible, building up a network of support, as well as providing necessary assistance.

Chelsea Montanaro

 

We offer help to those suffering from asbestos-related diseases, as well as raise awareness about these diseases, and the dangers of asbestos. We have an on-staff doctor and nurse available to answer any medical-related questions and 24-hour live chat support, so those who need it can get assistance immediately.

A COMPASSIONATE COMMUNITY THAT CAN GIVE YOU ANSWERS

MesotheliomaHelp.org is a comprehensive resource for those affected by asbestos-related diseases. A diagnosis of mesothelioma cancer can feel overwhelming, but you don’t have to deal with it alone. On this site you can find solutions and connect with others in our community.

https://mesothelioma.net/mesothelioma-assisted-living/

Assisted living is a type of residence for adults that have trouble doing everyday tasks by themselves. Many people in assisted living are seniors, but it is not just aging that makes ordinary activities difficult; illness can impair people too. Adults of any age with advanced mesothelioma may struggle to get household chores done or even just to get dressed, bathe, or eat.

 

If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestos-related lung cancer, you may be entitled to considerable compensation. Use our free Asbestos Attorney Locator Tool today to find a leading mesothelioma attorney in your area. With over $30 billion currently in asbestos trust funds, now is the right time to take the first step in determining what you may qualify for.
 
 
 
ABOUT ASSISTED LIVING
Assisted living facilities differ in such details as number of residents, housing style, type of food service, extra amenities, and cost. Licensed facilities provide the basics of all meals, housekeeping, laundry, transportation to errands and appointments, recreational activities, and exercise and wellness programs. They also provide help when needed for activities of daily living, and some medical assistance.
To find out more about resources in Pasadena:
 
 

The Complete Guide to Disability Claims,
Insurance and Benefits

 
 

A guide to California’s new End of Life Option Act

for patients and families

 
Comprehensive Guide to Legal Planning for Dementia & Alzheimers
 
https://www.justgreatlawyers.com/legal-planning-dementia-alzheimers


https://quitsmokingcommunity.org/
Whether you want to learn how to handle the intense nicotine cravings or about various tools you can use to help you remain smoke-free, this website is for you.

https://www.migvapor.com/ecig-news/vaping-and-pets/

At Mig Vapor, we know pets – especially our canine, feline, and avian friends – are family, and we care about your family. Being pet lovers ourselves, our heart goes out to the owner of the poor little pup. Although, media has used this, and some other stories to defame vaping, totally ignoring the carelessness of the owners. The question is: is vaping around your pets really dangerous? Let’s try to find out.


https://alcorehab.org/about-us/
The AlcoRehab team is a group of professionals who are passionate about helping those struggling with alcoholism.

DRUG CENTER

https://www.drugcenter.com/health-information/senior-health/

Seniors are more susceptible to the dangerous side effects of many prescription drugs and devices that are on the market today as health issues arise. Drug Center is valuable for seniors and their families to find out the risks associated with some of these medications and devices before taking them. 

 

https://www.drugcenter.com/devices/ivc-filters/

Frequently used in patients with a high risk of developing blood clots, an IVC filter decreases the possibility of blood clots traveling through the body’s veins and blocking major organs. Roughly 200,000 devices are implanted in patients every year, and that number continues to grow.



https://www.recallreport.org/health-information/senior/
Recall Report was created to alert the public to the latest information on dangerous drugs and products. With hundreds of suspected or confirmed dangerous drugs and products on the market, the up-to-date information we provide on recalls, alerts, and side effects is vital to keeping your family safe.

General Aging Issues
 
Elder Abuse: Adult Protective Services (California Department of Social Services)

The Aging Suite resource page
A blog about aging issues. The link above will direct to their resources page.
  
 
MAKING THE MOVE TO ASSISTED LIVING
 
Retirement Resources for Boomers and Seniors
http://www.retiredbrains.com/retirement-resources  
California Telephone Access Program
 
This organization helps older adults stay connected by offering free, specialized phones that make it easier to hear, easier to dial, and easier to call.
 
 
Home Modification
The City of Pasadena has a helpful pamphlet about Universal Design, which makes homes accessible to people of all ability levels.
 
 
The National Aging in Place Council® is a senior support network. We work together to solve your problems. NAIPC® was founded on the belief that an overwhelming majority of older Americans want to remain in their homes for as long as possible, but lack awareness of home and community-based services that make independent living possible.
 
 
This is a guide for adults who want to live out the rest of their lives with dignity, freedom, and confidence in their own homes during their senior years. It is also a useful resource for baby boomers who are planning for the future and actively trying to make changes to live more comfortably where they are now. Perhaps you have a parent who has limited mobility, but a second parent who is willing and able to take care of the two of them in their own home as they age. Adult children can also benefit by reading this guide to start making plans with their parents and worrying less about manageable, emotionally-charged tasks.
 
 
IF YOU WANT TO STAY IN YOUR OWN HOME FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE. . . You certainly do not want to fall and risk an injury. Most serious falls occur in and around the home, and can be life-changing. To help maintain your independence, it’s important to understand the ways you can protect yourself from falls. Some simple precautions can ensure safety and reduce your risk of falling at home. 
 
One of the primary medical concerns for seniors living at home is falls. Six out of ten falls occur in home environments, and a little over one third of seniors over 65 years old fall each year. If that’s not startling enough, two thirds of those over 65 who fall will have another accident within 6 months of their first fall. By the time seniors reach 85 years old, what seems like an easily preventable accident becomes the leading cause of death in that age group.

Are mom and dad really safe at home?

To maximize safety for seniors at home, we must ensure a long list of conditions are met in each room: you need to optimize lighting, minimize clutter, use safe furniture, ensure you have a reliable monitoring and alert system in place, and make it easy for them to get help fast, if needed.

 
Welcome to Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging! The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is part of the National Institutes of Health, and the goal of our research is to improve the health and well-being of older adults.
 
 
 
We’ve put together this comprehensive guide encompassing the cognitive, emotional, and other health-related benefits of cooking for people with Alzheimer’s disease, how to create a safe environment for cooking and baking, ways caregivers can assist to make the activity enjoyable, and addressing eating challenges that may arise among individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
 
Social isolation among seniors is alarmingly common, and will continue to increase in prevalence as the older population grows. “A Review of Social Isolation” notes that the prevalence of social isolation among “community dwelling older adults” (seniors who live at home rather than senior communities) may be as high as 43%: “With a prevalence of over 40% and the sheer number of older persons projected to increase exponentially in the near future, social isolation will likely impact the health, well-being and quality of life of numerous older person now and in the foreseeable future.”
 
 
 
The guide includes information about the benefits a service or therapy dog can provide to those enduring some form of dementia.
 
 
 
Over 25 million Americans aged 60+ are economically insecure—living at or below 250% of the federal poverty level (FPL) ($29,425 per year for a single person). These older adults struggle with rising housing and health care bills, inadequate nutrition, lack of access to transportation, diminished savings, and job loss. For older adults who are above the poverty level, one major adverse life event can change today’s realities into tomorrow’s troubles.
 
 

Home Safety and Security for Aging-in-Place Seniors

 
 
Forever Active specializes in Aging In Place Home Solutions & Universal Design. We promote safety and independence within the home environment for all individuals who want to maintain their active lifestyle. We provide products and services that are designed to minimize the impact aging and disability have on quality of life within the home environment.
 
 

www.dfamerica.org

Dementia Friendly Communities

Each and every part of the community can work towards becoming dementia friendly. As each sector takes its own steps to foster support, a community that is informed, safe and respectful emerges to foster quality of life for those living with dementia and their care partners.

 
 
 
Since 2004, Eldercarelink has been assisting families find the right care for an aging loved one. We quickly connect you with qualified senior care professionals in your area.

Help is only minutes away and it's free! Complete the short request form to the right and be connected to elder care specialists to find the assistance you need today. 
 
 
 
End of Life Planning: Resources and Further Reading
 
Huntington Hospital Senior Care Network's information webpage about planning for future healthcare needs. Includes links to many other resources on advance directives and care planning.
 
 
A statewide partnership of organizations, state agencies, and individuals working to promote high-quality end-of-life care for all Californians.
 
Using film to inspire person centered care.
 
Helping people talk with their families and friends about their wishes for end of life care.
 
Slow medicine, an approach to compassionate care for older adults.
 
A guide for discussing your plans for the rest of your life with your adult children and other close relatives and friends. 
 
Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment
Preview the October 2014 updates to the POLST form.
 
  
 
Senior Housing 
 
 
Resources for seniors and those with low to moderate incomes.
 
 
I'm Downsizing - Where Do I Donate Things I No Longer Need?

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Other Villages in Southern California
 
 
 
Claremont, CA
Real Connections is their Village.
 
San Diego, CA
 
Los Angeles, CA
 
Santa Barbara, CA
 
Los Angeles, CA
 
 
National organization of Villages.
 
 
*Please note that the Pasadena Village is presenting these resources for informational purposes only. These resources are provided as a convenience to our website visitors, and do not constitute an endorsement of the organizations, linked websites, or the information, products and services contained therein. The Pasadena Village bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality, or content of these external websites and their subsequent links.