Professional Associations and Resources

  • Affordable Assisted Living Coalition
    AALC is a membership organization dedicated to helping shape the future of supportive living in Illinois and provide assistance to the professionals working with the supportive living program.
  • Alzheimer's Association
    The largest national voluntary health organization dedicated to advancing Alzheimer's research and helping those affected by the disease.
  • American Association of Service Coordinators
    A national non-profit organization serving those in the field of service-enhanced housing. Providing training, education, networking and advocacy forum for service coordinators.
  • American Nurses Association (ANA)
    Advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice promoting the economic and general welfare of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and lobbying the congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.
  • American Society on Aging (ASA)
    A non-profit organization committed to enhancing the knowledge and skills of those working with older adults and their families.
  • The Center for Social Gerontology
    A non-profit research, training and social policy organization dedicated to promoting the individual autonomy of older persons and advancing their well-being in society. 
  • Coalition for Leadership in Aging (CLAS)
    Currently administered by the University of North Texas, CLAS administers the Certified Aging Services Professional (CLAP) program (formerly RHP).

  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities
    An independent, not-for-profit organization that reviews and accredits a wide-range of human services providers, including continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs). Recently merged with the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (CCAC). 
  • Dietary Managers Association
    Professional association of food service managers, directors, and those aspiring to careers in food service management.
  • Geriatric Mental Health Foundation
    This site launched in late September 2004 and offers a variety of tools and information on late life depression, dementia, caregiving and more.
  • Gerontological Society of America (GSA)
    Provides researchers, educators, practitioners, and policy makers with opportunities to understand, advance, integrate and use basic and applied research on aging to improve the quality of life as one ages.
  • Illinois Pioneer Coalition
    Organized to provide long-term care settings with education and tools needed to effect deep culture change.
  • KNOWLEDGEPLEX: On-line Data Source
    A resource that contains information associated with the development, finance, management, and preservation of affordable housing. The information is technical in nature, aimed at non- and for-profit development organizations and public agencies.
  • LeadingAge (formerly AAHSA)
    National association representing not-for-profit providers of long-term care dedicated to advancing the vision of healthy, affordable, ethical long term care for America.
  • McKnight's Long-Term Care News
    McKnight's Online is the online home of McKnight's Long-Term Care News, the leading news magazine for those providing quality long-term care throughout the continuum of care, including skilled nursing care, subacute care, assisted living, seniors housing, adult day care and home care.
  • National Council on Aging
    The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is dedicated to improving the health and independence of older persons and increasing their continuing contributions to communities, society, and future generations.
  • National Fire Protection Association
    The mission of the NFPA is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating scientifically-based consensus codes and standards, research, training and education.
  • National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
    The organization is committed to improving end-of-life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones.
  • National Pace Association
    The National PACE Association (NPA) exists to advance the efforts of Programs of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). Pace programs coordinate and provide all needed preventive, primary, acute and long term care services so that older individuals can continue living in the community.
  • RHP Certification Program 
    RHP certification, based upon the University of Texas' (UNT) one-of-a-kind 45 hour overview of the administration of retirement housing, will be known as Certified Aging Services Professional (CASP), reflecting its holistic perspective on aging and the inclusion of a broader array of retirement housing and supportive services. UNT and the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) will continue to collaborate and promote the program, supporting the network of over 2,000 certification holders, candidates, faculty, advisory group members, and business sponsors who have made the program successful. 
  • Seniors Advantage Real Estate Council 
    SAREC® is a community of REALTORS® and related professionals dedicated to serving the real estate needs of the senior consumer. The mission of SAREC® is to promote member success by providing high quality training and tools necessary to position the SRES® designee as the trusted real estate resource for the senior market.