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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.
The largest national voluntary health organization dedicated to advancing Alzheimer's research and helping those affected by the disease.
American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators (AANAC)
A non-profit professional organization committed to providing accurate and timely information opportunities for education and representation of nurse assessment coordinators in long term care.
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 College of Health Care Administrators
Site for the professional society for nearly 4,500 administrators in long-term care.
The American Diabetes Association
American Geriatrics Society (AGS)
Professional organization of health care providers dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all older adults.
American Medical Directors Association (AMDA)
The professional association of medical directors and physicians practicing in the long term care continuum.
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 Physical Therapy Association - Section on Geriatrics
Contains information about research and information about geriatric physical therapy and links to other geriatric related internet sites.
American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA)
A national association comprised of executives involved in the operation, development and finance of senior housing.
American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP)
The international, professional association that provides leadership, education, advocacy and resources to advance the practice of senior care pharmacy.
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.
Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA)
A national trade association representing assisted living providers dedicated to a consumer-focused philosophy of care.
The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC)
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.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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).
Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (CCAC)
Provides the only accrediting program for aging service continuums, including CCRC's. Merged with CARF (see Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission).
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.
International Council on Active Aging
ICAA connects professionals who share the goal of promoting health and fitness among baby boomers and older adults.
Joint Commission and Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)
An independent, not-for-profit organization and the nation's predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.
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 Association of Boards of Examiners of Long Term Care Administrators (NAB)
NAB strives to enhance the effectiveness of state boards of long term care administrators in meeting their statutory and regulatory duties and responsibilities to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public.
National Association of Health Care Assistants (formerly the National Association of Geriatric Nursing Assistants)
A non-profit association of CNAs and health care assistants providing experience-based, peer-driven solutions to long term care.
National Association of Home Builders – 50+ Housing Council
The 50+ Housing Council serves the special needs of NAHB members involved in all aspects of 50+ housing, including design, development, finance, ownership, management, and sales and marketing.
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Membership organization that promotes, develops, and protects the practice of social work and social workers.
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 Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA)
Promotes gerontological nursing in order to influence the clinical care of older adults.
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.