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The organizations and professionals on this page provide knowledge and experience to seniors and their caregivers. They may offer videos/DVD’s, audio tapes, books, pamphlets, newsletters, magazines and help lines. Many offer services and products. Some offer websites, which makes much of their information available right now!

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1-800-MEDICARE (Esp)

Phone: (800) 633-4227
TTY: 1-877-486-2048

Website: www.medicare.gov

Information on Medicare benefits and drug discount cards.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (Esp)

Phone: (800) 358-9295
TTY: (888) 586-6340

Website: www.AHQR.gov

Free information on health care for seniors.

Aging 2.0

44 Tehama St.
San Francisco, CA

E-mail: info@aging2.com

Website: www.Aging2.com

Strives to accelerate innovation to address the biggest challenges and opportunities in aging. Volunteer-run chapter network spans 65+ cities and has hosted more than 550 events around the world.

Aid & Attendance Benefit

197 Woodland Parkway, Suite 104-2121
San Marcos, CA 92069

Phone: (877) 741-0696

E-mail: buchananinsurance@msn.com

James Buchanan is a Retirement Income Specialist who specializes it the Aid & Attendance Benefit from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that is available to war era veterans and their surviving spouses. This benefit can help with long-term care costs.

AIS – Aging & Independence Services (SD County)

Phone: 800-510-2020

Website: AIS – Aging & Independence Services

This is San Diego’s Area Agency on Aging. Provides services to older adults, people with disabilities and their family members, to help keep clients safely in their homes, promote healthy and vital living, and publicize positive contributions made by older adults and persons with disabilities.

American Board of Medical Specialties

Phone: (866) 275-2267

Website: www.ABMS.org

Information about specialists’ training.

American Chronic Pain Association

Phone: (916) 632-0922 (Not toll-free)

Website: www.theACPA.org

Support and information for people with chronic pain .

American College of Surgeons (Esp)

Phone: (800) 621-4111

Website: www.facs.org

Information on common operations and choosing a surgeon.

AT Network (Esp)

Phone: (800) 390-2699
TTY: (800) 900-0706

Website: www.ATnet.org

Information on equipment for seniors/people with disabilities.

C2 Financial Corporation

10509 Vista Sorento Pkwy, #200
San Diego, CA 92121.

Phone: (858) 829-3015

E-mail: wdoxidine@gmail.com

William Oxidine, CSA is a Reverse Mortgage Consultant.

California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (Esp)

Phone: (800) 474-1116

Website: www.CANHR.org

Find a nursing home and get help if you have a problem.

California Foundation for Independent Living Ctr.

1234 H Street, Suite 100 Sacramento, CA 95814-1912

Phone: (916) 325-1690 (Not toll free)

TTY: (916) 325-1695

Website: www.CFILC.org

Resources for people with disabilities.

California Hospital Association

Phone: (800) 494-2001

Website: www.CalHealth.org

Free Advance Health Care Directive forms.

California Office of Patients’ Rights

100 Howe Ave., Suite 210N
Sacramento, CA 95825-8202

Phone: ( 916) 575-1610 (Not toll free)

E-mail: COPR@disabilityrightsca.org

Website: COPR

Advocacy for patients hospitalized with mental illness. The California Office of Patients’ Rights (COPR) is a unit within Disability Rights California.

California Registry

Phone: (800) 777-7575

Website: www.CalRegistry.com

Information on hospice and long-term care.

Caregiver Coalition of San Diego

Website: www.CareGiverCoalitionSD.org

The Caregiver Coalition mission is to identify and address the needs of Caregivers through advocacy efforts and collaboration of a broad coalition membership in order to improve the overall quality of life for Caregivers, their families and the community.

Center for Memory and Aging (CMA)

15644 Pomerado Road, Suite 401
Poway, CA 92064

Phone:(858) 674-1289

E-mail: info@pcndneurology.com

Website: Center for Memory and Aging

Provides a comprehensive memory and cognitive care center for the elderly. Brings a team approach to diagnosing and treating dementia and other memory/cognitive impairments. Offer specialty-trained geriatric neurologists and neuropsychologists to lead patient evaluations, supplemented by the latest technologies. Also pioneering translational research and clinical drug trials in the field of Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases.

ChangingAging Tour

Website: ChangingAging Tour

Blending medical science, storytelling and live music, The ChangingAging Tour shatters our culture’s damaging myths about aging. It delivers live non-fiction theater experiences and was created to build community by engaging directly with you, our live audience.

Clinical Trials

Website: www.ClinicalTrials.gov

Information on clinical trials.

Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform (CARR)

P O Box 82123
San Diego, CA 92138

Phone:(619) 540-1648

E-mail: info@rcfereform.org

Website: www.RCFEreform.org

Dedicated to improving resident care in California’s assisted living facilities by educating consumers and increasing industry accountability.

Deaf Counseling, Advocacy & Referral Agency

Phone: (877) 322-7299
TTY: (877) 322-7288

Website: www.DCARA.org

Resources for people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

Department Of Managed Health Care

Phone: (888) 466-2219
TTY: (877) 688-9891

Website: DMHC

Information about Federal COBRA and Cal-COBRA.

Disability Rights Advocates

Website: www.DRAlegal.org

Information on health care rights for people with disabilities.

Elder Help of San Diego

3860 Calle Fortunada Suite 101
San Diego, Ca. 92123

Phone: (619) 284-9281

Website: www.ElderHelpOfSandDiego.org

ElderHelp provides personalized services and information to help San Diego’s seniors stay in their homes, remain independent and live with dignity. Services include companionship, transportation, home sharing, and other support services.

Family Caregiver Alliance

Phone: (800) 445-8106

Website: www.Caregiver.org

Information and resources for family caregivers.

Health Consumer

Website: www.HealthConsumer.org

Health care information in different languages.

Healthfinder

Website: www.Healthfinder.gov

Easy-to-use health website.

HealthScope

Website: www.HealthScope.org

Information on California HMOs and hospitals.

HICAP (California Health Advocate)

Phone: (800) 434-022

Website: www.CalMedicare.org

Free information and help with Medicare.

Hospice of the North Coast

2525 Pio Pico Drive, Suite 301
Carlsbad, CA 92008

Phone: (760) 431-4100

E-mail: awatt@hospicenorthcoast.org

Website: www.HospiceNorthCoast.org

Their mission is to help people have a peaceful life through death experience. This includes providing exemplary service to all of their patients, and being fully aware of the needs of all individuals involved in the transition process. Alan Watt is the Community Liaison. Clients are the individuals of North San Diego County.

Ions – Conscious Aging

101 San Antonio Rd.
Petaluma, CA 94952

Phone:(707) 775-3500

E-mail: info@noetic.org

Website: Conscious Aging

Conscious Aging addresses the challenges of aging and celebrates the opportunities of later life. Based on insights gained from our decade-long study of transformation and field-tested across a broad range of practitioners and settings, the program supports seniors who yearn to engage in dialogue about these issues. They serve those who seek meaning making, connection, and community to fortify them in later years.

Judi Bonilla & Company

Phone: (619) 742-3368

Website: www.JudiBonilla.com

Judi Bonilla is a lifestyle aging expert & gerontologist. She specializes in the field of aging over the lifespan and is an advocate for empowered aging. She is the founder of Advocates For Aging and the non-profit Advocates For Aging Cares.

Kaizen Brain Center

4180 La Jolla Village Dr, Suite 240
La Jolla CA 92037

Phone:(866) 277-2659

Website: Kaizen Brain Center

Committed to improving brain health by translating the latest evidence-based research into high-quality clinical practice and concierge patient care.

Lab Tests Online

Website: www.LabTestsOnline.org

A guide to understanding lab test results.

Lumetra

Phone: (800) 841-1602
TTY: (800) 881-5980

Website: www.Lumetra.com

Help with hospital, nursing home and rehab discharge problems.

Meals on Wheels – San Diego County

2254 San Diego Ave, Suite 200 San Diego, California 92110

Phone:(619) 260-6110

Website: www.Meals-On-Wheels.org

Provide nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that help seniors cope with three of the biggest threats of aging: hunger, isolation and loss of independence.

National Immunization Hotline

Phone: (800) 232-2522
TTY: (800) 243-7889

Website: www.CDC.gov/ncird

Recommended shots for people of all ages.

National Institute on Aging

Website: www.NIA.NIH.gov

Information on many health conditions.

Mental Health America

Phone: (800) 969-6642
TTY: (800) 433-5959

Website: www.MentalHealthAmerica.net

Information, advocacy and referrals.

Oasis – San Diego

Grossmont Shopping Center
5500 Grossmont Center Drive, Suite 269
La Mesa, CA 91942

Phone:(619) 881-6262

Website: www.OasisNet.org/San-Diego-CA

Promote healthy aging through lifelong learning, healthy lifestyles and volunteer opportunities. Also have a center located in Escondido.

Office of the Patient Advocate

Email: contactopa@opa.ca.gov

Website: www.OPA.ca.gov

Report cards on HMOs and Medical Groups.

Poison Action Line

Phone: (800) 876-4766
TTY: (800) 972-3323

Website: www.CalPoison.org

Emergency help for victims of poisoning.

Protection & Advocacy

Phone: (800) 776-5746

Website: Disability Rights California

Legal help for people with disabilities.

San Diego County Council on Aging

302 Washington Ave., PMB 436
San Diego, CA 92103

Website: www.SDCCoA.com

A multidisciplinary organization that promotes education, awareness, and networking in San Diego County to enhance the quality of life for seniors.

San Diego Senior Alliance

E-mail: info@sdsenioralliance.org

Website: www.SDsenioralliance.org

Supports and unifies local agencies in the provision of exceptional social and supportive services to the Seniors and Adults with Disabilities of San Diego County. The Alliance is a group of 20 distinct organizations which collectively serve 63,000 seniors. They employ 2,840 individuals and have more than 30,000 volunteers.

Senior Information and Referral

Phone: (800) 510-2020

Website: www.Aging.CA.gov

Local services for seniors.

Social Security Administration

Phone: (800) 772-1213
TTY: (800) 325-0778

Website: www.SSA.gov

Information on getting Social Security and Medicare.

Southern Caregiver Resource Center (SCRC)

3675 Ruffin Rd., # 230
San Diego, CA 92123

Phone: (858) 268-4432

Email: scrc@caregivercenter.org

Website: www.CaregiverCenter.org

Offers services to family caregivers of adults with chronic and disabling conditions or diseases. With a team of highly-qualified, professional staff, SCRC supports families through a full range of programs and services.

ST. Paul’s PACE

ST. Paul’s PACE Pavillion
111 Elm Street
San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: (619) 677-3800

Fax: (619) 677-3888

E-mail: info@stpaulspace.org

Website: www.StPaulsPACE.org

St. Paul’s PACE is a non-profit Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) health plan for seniors age 55 and older who prefer not to move into a nursing home but whose health problems make it impossible for them to stay at home without the help of caregivers.

State Insurance Hotline

Phone: (800) 927-4357
TTY: (800) 482-4833

Website: www.Insurance.CA.gov

Find information on long-term care insurance.

State Ombudsman Crisis Line

Phone: (800) 231-4024
San Diego Office: (800) 640-4661
TTY: (916) 928-2511 (Not toll-free)

Website: Ombudsman Program

Information, resources and hotline on elder abuse and quality of care.

U.S. Dept. of Labor (Pension & Welfare Benefits)

Phone: (866) 444-3272
TTY: (800) 326-2996

Website: www.dol.gov/ebsa

Information about COBRA.

VillageCore

Phone: (714) 803-2388

E-mail: admin@villagecore.org

Website: www.VillageCore.org

A community of members that share their skills, support and expertise with each other to navigate the challenges and opportunities of aging. They believe a better experience of aging is possible when we can grow with and rely on each other.

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