American Federation for Aging Research Since 1981, (AFAR) has helped scientists begin and further careers in aging research and geriatric medicine. Our mission is to promote healthier aging through biomedical research.

The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) was established in 1974 to advance gerontology as a field of study in institutions of higher learning.

The Gerontological Society of America To provide researchers, educators, practitioners, and policy makers with expanded opportunities to understand, advance, integrate and use basic and applied research on aging to improve the quality of life during processes of aging.

The National Institute on Aging (NIA), one of the 25 institutes and centers of the National Institutes of Health, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life.

American Society on Aging, a professional organization working towards enhancing the knowledge and skills of those working with older adults and their families.

Administration on Aging - A great source for information on aging, including links to useful sources.

British Society for Research on Ageing - Promotes research to understand the causes and effects of the ageing process.

National Institute on Aging - The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is one of the National Institutes of Health. The NIA promotes healthy aging by conducting and supporting biomedical, social, and behavioral research and public education. Some of the more recent NIA press releases and publications can be seen  at

British Society of Gerontology - promotes the understanding of human aging and later life.

Novartis Foundation for Gerontological Research - Supports education and innovation in geriatric medicine, general practice, supportive care and patients management to prevent dysfunction in later life.

Huffington Center on Aging - The Web site for Huffington Center on Aging at Baylor College of Medicine.

The Institute for Health & Aging - The Institute fosters multidisciplinary collaborative research, education, and public service in the fields of aging and health.

American Federation for Aging Research is America's leading private organization supporting new investigators conducting biomedical aging research.

Health and Retirement Study - The ongoing study on the work to retirement transitions.

UCLA Geronet - University of California in Los Angeles' resource bank on health and aging. - Provides information on the costs of living in each senior community in California, details about state laws affecting these facilities and legal resources regarding assisted living facilities - Find assisted living, independent living, memory/alzheimer's care, retirement communites and more.

Nursing Home Abuse Guide - Facts about elder abuse for your loved ones.

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American Society on Aging Professionals throughout the country rely on the American Society on Aging to keep them on the cutting edge in an aging society. Through renowned educational programs, publications and information and training resources, ASA members tap into the knowledge of the largest network of professionals in the field 

American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is the premier professional organization of health care providers dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all older adults.

The Gerontological Society of America To provide researchers, educators, practitioners, and policy makers with expanded opportunities to understand, advance, integrate and use basic and applied research on aging to improve the quality of life during processes of aging.

LeadingAge represents not-for-profit organizations dedicated to providing high-quality health care, housing and services to the nation’s elderly.

The American Geriatrics Society - The Web page of the American Geriatrics Society, an organization of professionals in the field of geriatrics. GeroWeb - An online resource for researchers, educators, practitioners, and others interested in aging and older individuals.

AARP - The nation's leading organization for people age 50 and older

Caregiver Action Network is an online guide for caregivers of loved ones with rare diseases.

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STATE REGISTRATION: Office of the Attorney General, State of California Department of Justice


Center for Medicare Education - A resource for public agencies and private organizations that provide consumer education about Medicare and Medicare health plan options.

USDA Human Nutrition Centers - Human Nutrition Center on Aging at Tufts University.

Census Bureau - The Census Bureau's home page offers access to a variety of data and information on aging and the older population.

Social Security Administration Home Page - Lots of interesting stuff here about age and retirement.

Heir Research, SSI Death Index 

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Alzheimer's Association - A good resource for persons seeking general information, caregiver resources, and medical information about Alzheimer's disease.

Alzheimer's Association, Northern Virginia Chapter - Founded by caregivers to assist families touched by Alzheimer's disease.

Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center - The National Institute of Aging's page on Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.

AHCPR's World Wide Web site - The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research features information to help consumers and their health care practitioners make informed health care decisions and research on what works best in health care.

American Health Care Association - Provides consumer information on services, financing, public policy issues concerning nursing facilities, assisted living and subacute care.

National Institutes of Health - The National Institutes of Health is the principal biomedical research agency of the United States Government.

American Medical Association is a partnership of physicians and their professional association dedicated to promoting the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.

The American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) is a national association representing and serving its members and the field of geriatric psychiatry. It is dedicated to promoting the mental health and well being of older people and improving the care of those with late life mental disorders.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) research provides evidence-based information on health care outcomes; quality; and cost, use, and access. Information from AHRQ’s research helps people make more informed decisions and improve the quality of health care services. AHRQ was formerly known as the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research

National Library of Medicine's World Wide Web site. Every significant program of the Library is represented, from medical history to biotechnology.

The John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing seeks to shape the quality of health care that Americans receive by promoting the highest level of competency in nurses who deliver that care.

LCAO - Leadership Council of Aging Organizations is a coalition of national non-profit organizations concerned with the well-being of America's older population and committed to representing their interests in the policy-making arena.

Community Transportation Association of America is an association or organizations and individuals committed to improving the mobility of all.

Atlanta VA Rehab R&D Center works to improve the function, independence, and quality of life of veterans aging with disabilities and those acquiring disabilities as they age.

Office of Disability, Aging and Long-Term Care Policy (DALTCP) - Responsible for developing and evaluating HHS policies and programs which support the independence, productivity , health and long-term needs of those with disabilities.

Society of Geriatric Cardiology - is dedicated  meet the problems resulting from cardiovascular diseases in the increasing numbers of aging men and women in the United States and throughout the world.

The Medicare Rights Center - is a national, not-for-profit organization that helps ensure that older adults and people with disabilities get good affordable health care.

Society of Actuaries - A good data resource.

UCLA Geronet - University of California in Los Angeles' resource bank on health and aging.

The Mesothelioma Group - A very informative guide to understanding cancer.

Mesothelioma Guide - Provides up-to-date support to mesothelioma patients and family members.

The American Childhood Cancer Organization - Information on childhood cancer research and awareness.

IRS, FTB, and EDD Information and Tax Form
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Telephone Numbers
Franchise Tax Board 1-800-852-5711
Employment Development Department 1-916-654-7041
Internal Revenue Service 1-800-829-1040
Internal Revenue Service---Order Forms 1-800-829-3676

Forms, Federal
56 Notice Concerning Fiduciary Relationship (you can also use this for State)
2848 Power of Attorney
4506 Request for Copy of Tax Form (Return)
843 Claim for Refund and Request for Abatement (also use for State, note State CA on top of form)
8822 Change of Address (also use for State: write State CA on top of the form)
4810 Request for Prompt Assessment (IRC 6501(d))
Forms, Franchise Tax Board (State):
3520 Power of Attorney
3516 Request for Copy of Tax Return
9000 Homeowners Assistance
9000R Renters Assistance
Forms, Employment Development Department, EDD:
48 Power of Attorney
DE 1HW Registration of Household Employee
DE 43 Report a New Employee
DE 542 Report an Independent Contractor

Resources within EDD
Contact Local Offices
Employment Tax Forms

Resources within IRS
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IRS Forms & Publications
IRS from this screen you can scroll down and click on Forms & Publications, Fill in Forms, Forms or Publications by number, or on the left search for a specific form. Also from this screen you can find Resources: Where to file, Contact my local office etc.

Resources within FTB
FTB Forms & Publications
Customer Service Number
Your CSN is your key to accessing your personal tax information online. Only with your social security number and CSN can you use the many secure online services offered by the Franchise Tax Board. (Note: FTB will issue a new Customer Service Number to every taxpayer each calendar year. The number is only valid during the year for which it is assigned.)

*Note Form 843 Federal, although you can use this for the State, they (sometimes, you can never tell) prefer just a letter requesting an abatement of interest and or penalties.

Disclaimer: Make sure to check with your Tax Professional for more information and specific uses of these forms. By no means is this a complete list.

Who are your Tax Professionals
CTEC Registered Tax Preparers (CRTPs): This designation is used by those persons who has successfully complete a 60 hour course approved for qualifying education, obtain a certificate of completion from CTEC, and obtain a tax preparer bond. They may not represent taxpayers in audits, collections, or appeals, except in limited capacity for audits under a Power of Attorney.

Enrolled Agents: Those persons who have passed a 2-day written exam on taxes administered by the IRS or worked for the IRS for five or more years in various positions use this designation. An Enrolled Agent is able to represent taxpayers before all administrative levels of the IRS for audits, collections, and appeals. The authority of the IRS licenses an Enrolled Agent.

Certified Public Accountants: Accountants who pass a uniform examination in accounting and auditing and satisfy work experience, statutory and licensing requirements of the State(s) in which they practice are certified public accountants. A CPA is also to represent taxpayers before the IRS. 

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Automobile Info
Kelly Blue Book
Map Quest

CA & Santa Clara Court Info
CA Bar Association Legal Info, Attorney Records
CA Probate Code Probate
CA Rules of the Court Rules of the Court
Santa Clara County Superior Court Santa Clara County Superior Court Rules

Economic Commentary
Northern Trust

Education Programs
CSU Fullerton
UC Riverside

Federal Government Links
Bureau of Labor Interest Rate/Inflation Info by region
U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services Forms
IRS IRS forms
Social Security Info and forms for SSA
US Post Office Postal Information

Fiduciary Organizations
CGC Center for Guardianship Certification
PFAC Professional fiduciaries Association of California
PA/G Association Public Guardians
NGA National Guardianship Association

Limited Partnerships
American Partnership Board Partnership Info

Real Estate Info
Old Republic Title Forms for real estate transactions

State & Local Government Links
Pers Retirement CA PERS Retirement System
State Controllers Office Unclaimed property
State California various State of CA resource links
STRS Retirement CA Teachers’ Retirement System

Savings Bonds Info
Fed Reserve Bank Savings bond calculator
US Savings Bonds Savings bonds info/Calculators
Savings Bonds Info Savings bonds info

Securities Info/Research
Bank of the West Account information
Bernstein Investments Stock market Outlook/Investment Info
Charles Schwab Account info and quotes
Edward Jones Account info and quotes Stock & Financial Info

Stock Transfer Agents
Amstock Transfer Agent
Equiserve/Computershare Transfer Agent
Continental Stock Transfer Agent
Transferonline Transfer Agent
Wells Fargo Transfer Agent

CA Unclaimed Property

 Getting Help
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There are dozens of elder-care support agencies. Here are a few of them:

State Agencies
California Department on Aging: For information on a broad range of home- and community-based services write to 1600 K St., Sacramento 95814, call (916) 322-5290, or check the Web site at

California Licensing and Certification of Health Services: To check on licensing and certification of a health-care provider write to 1800 3rd St., Suite 200, Sacramento 95814, or call (916) 445-2070.

California Nursing Home Licensure Office, Licensure and Certification Division: To check the record of any nursing facility in California write to Facilities Licensing Section, 714 P St., Room 823, Sacramento 95814, or call (916) 445-3281.

Nonprofit Agencies
United Seniors Health Cooperative: For information on long-term health care insurance and other elderly health issues write to 1331 H. St. NW, Washington, D. C. 20005-4706, or call (202) 393-6222.

Family Caregiver Alliance: For long-term health-care resources and other general information on elderly health-care issues write to 425 Bush St., 500, San Francisco 94108; call (415) 434-3388, or e-mail
The Elder Care Locator: For free health insurance counseling and information call the group, which is sponsored by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, at (800) 677-1116.

American Association of Retired Persons: For information on medical directives write to Health Advocacy Service, Programs Division, Stock #EEO976, 601 E. St. NW, Washington D.C. 20049.

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys: To find a lawyer with experience in handling aging issues write to 1604 N. Country Club Road, Tucson, Arizona 85716.

California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform: For information about nursing homes write to 1610 Bush St., San Francisco 94109, or call (800) 474-1116.

Senior Care - a free and reliable resource that provides answers to your questions about everything from independent living options for yourself, to assisted living options for your mom or dad.

Support Groups, Other Information
Children of Aging Parents: For support and information to families and friends of the dependent elderly write to 1609 Woodbourne Rd., Suite 302A, Levittown, PA 19057, or call (215) 945-6900.

National Family Caregivers Association: For a caregiver newsletter, referrals and information about local support groups write to 9223 Longbranch Parkway, Silver Spring, MD 20901-3642, or call (301) 949-3638.

Health Hotlines
For a directory of local hotlines providing free help for people coping with health problems associated with aging write to Public Information Office, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD 20894.