Heath and Aging

Talking with Your Doctor: A Guide for Older People

Additional Resources: For More Information

You can make the most of your time with your doctor by being informed. This often includes drawing on other sources of health information such as federal agencies (like the National Institutes of Health); online resources; books and articles available at libraries, national organizations, or associations; and self-help groups.

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) has free information in English and Spanish. Call the NIA Information Center at 1-800-222-2225 or TTY at 1-800-222-4225, or visit www.nia.nih.gov/health to order publications. You can sign up for email alerts from NIA at this website. Spanish-language publications are also available.

For free fact sheets and other publications about Alzheimer's disease, contact NIA's Alzheimer's and related Dementias Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center toll-free at 1-800-438-4380, or visit www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers.

Good health care depends on good communication with your doctor and other healthcare professionals. Let the ideas in this booklet help you take a more active role in your health care. The following sampling of organizations have other resources that may be useful.

General Resources

National Institute on Aging
Information Center
1-800-222-2225 (toll-free)
1-800-222-4225 (TTY/toll-free)
niaic@nia.nih.gov (email)
www.nia.nih.gov

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1-800-232-4636
(1-800-CDC-INFO; toll-free)
1-888-232-6348 (TTY/toll-free)
cdcinfo@cdc.gov (email)
www.cdc.gov

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
1-800-633-4227
(1-800-MEDICARE; toll-free)
1-877-486-2048 (TTY/toll-free)
www.medicare.gov

National Library of Medicine
MedlinePlus

www.medlineplus.gov
Search for:
“Advance Directives”
“Caregivers”
“End of Life Issues”
“Exercise”
“Memory”
“Motor Vehicle Safety”

National Institutes of Health
1-301-496-4000
1-301-402-9612 (TTY)
nihinfo@od.nih.gov (email)
www.nih.gov

Administration on Aging
Administration for Community Living
1-202-401-4634
aclinfo@acl.hhs.gov (email)
www.acl.gov

Advance Directives

Health in Aging Foundation
American Geriatrics Society
1-800-563-4916 (toll-free)
info@healthinaging.org (email)
www.healthinaging.org/making-your-wishes-known

Alcohol

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
1-888-696-4222
(1-888-MY-NIAAA; toll-free)
niaaaweb-r@exchange.nih.gov (email)
www.niaaa.nih.gov

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1-877-726-4727
1-800-662-4357 (national helpline; toll-free)
1-800-487-4889 (TTY/toll-free)
samhsainfo@samhsa.hhs.gov (email)
www.findtreatment.samhsa.gov

Assisted Living

Housing Choices
AARP
1-888-687-2277
(1-888-OUR-AARP; toll-free)
1-877-434-7598 (TTY/toll-free)
1-877-253-5908 (español/línea gratis)
member@aarp.org (email)
www.aarp.org

American Health Care Association
1-800-321-0343 (toll-free)
www.careconversations.org

Nursing Home Compare
Medicare

www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare

End of Life Care

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
1-800-658-8898 (toll-free)
caringinfo@nhpco.org (email)
www.caringinfo.org

Driving and Transportation

AARP Driver Safety Program
1-888-687-2277
(1-888-OUR-AARP; toll-free)
1-877-434-7598 (TTY/toll-free)
1-877-253-5908 (español/línea gratis)
member@aarp.org (email)
www.aarp.org/families/driver_safety

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
1-888-327-4236 (toll-free)
1-800-424-9153 (TTY/toll-free)
ncsaweb@dot.gov (email)
www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/older-drivers

Exercise

American College of Sports Medicine
1-317-637-9200
publicinfo@acsm.org (email)
www.acsm.org/public-information/brochures

Go4Life®
National Institute on Aging
1-800-222-2225 (toll-free)
1-800-222-4225 (TTY/toll-free)
niaic@nia.nih.gov (email)
www.nia.nih.gov/Go4Life

President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition
1-240-276-9567
fitness@hhs.gov (email)
www.fitness.gov

Grief, Mourning, and Depression

National Library of Medicine
MedlinePlus: Bereavement

www.medlineplus.gov/bereavement.html

HIV/AIDS

AIDS.gov
www.aids.gov

Incontinence

National Association for Continence
1-800-252-3337
(1-800-BLADDER; toll-free)
memberservices@nafc.org (email)
www.nafc.org

Simon Foundation for Continence
1-800-237-4666
(1-800-23-SIMON; toll-free)
info@simonfoundation.org (email)
www.simonfoundation.org

Medication

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
1-800-633-4227
(1-800-MEDICARE; toll-free)
1-877-486-2048 (TTY/toll-free)
www.medicare.gov/part-d

U.S. Food and Drug Administration
1-888-463-6332
(1-888-INFO-FDA; toll-free)
druginfo@fda.hhs.gov (email)
www.fda.gov/ForConsumers

Memory Problems

Alzheimer’s Association
1-800-272-3900 (toll-free; 24/7)
1-866-403-3073 (TTY/toll-free; 24/7)
info@alz.org (email)
www.alz.org

Alzheimer’s and related Dementias Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center
National Institute on Aging
1-800-438-4380 (toll-free)
1-800-222-4225 (TTY; toll-free)
adear@nia.nih.gov (email)
www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers

Problems with Family/Caregiving

Eldercare Locator
1-800-677-1116 (toll-free; bilingual)
www.eldercare.gov

Family Caregiver Alliance
1-800-445-8106 (toll-free)
info@caregiver.org (email)
www.caregiver.org

National Alliance for Caregiving
1-301-718-8444
info@caregiving.org (email)
www.caregiving.org

National Center on Elder Abuse
U.S. Administration on Aging
1-855-500-3537
(1-855-500-ELDR; toll-free)
ncea-info@aoa.hhs.gov (email)
https://ncea.acl.gov

Sexuality

Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian,
Bisexual & Transgender Elders
1-888-234-7243 (1-888-234-SAGE; toll-free)
info@sageusa.org (email)
www.sageusa.org

Publication Date: December 2016
Page Last Updated: February 23, 2017