Where perfection is the only acceptable goal.

A Personal Experience

One family's experiences with eldercare, senior care living and assisted living facilities generally, and with a Brookfield Assisted Living facility specifically.

Making Dreams Come True

The Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation is a non-profit organization established and dedicated to seniors and United States military veterans, living in long-term care communities that have always had a burning desire to soar like an eagle.

Arkansas Advocates for Nursing Home Residents

AANHR, headed by Martha Deaver, is a Non-Profit Organization dedicated to protecting and improving the quality of care and life for Arkansas residents in long-term care facilities.

Oregon Healthcare Association

Oregon Health Care Association is a private not-for-profit trade association representing more than 620 nursing homes, assisted living, residential care, senior housing facilities, in-home care agencies and long-term care corporate offices, along with close to 200 nationwide business partner members.

Washington Healthcare Association

WHCA’s mission is to promote quality long-term health care and services, while serving as an advocate for providers, staff, and the patients and residents they care for.

ElderRage Website

A riveting true story written with compassion, heart and humor, that shows one woman's experience in caring for her elderly parents.  You will laugh, cry, and realize that you're not alone with your countless frustrations and conflicting emotions.

Transparent Healthcare

Dr. Makary provides readers with a behind-the-scenes view on how U.S. hospitals are changing for the better and for the worse.

Hospital Safety Score

This is some scary stuff.  Almost 45% of hospitals surveyed got a C, D or F rating.  Buyer beware, "assume it's a lemon" and find out all you can before you go in. 

Josie's Story

This is the Foundation's website, established by Sorrel King, in her daughter's name.  Josie was killed by medical errors and Ms. King has used that tragedy to help foster tremendous change in acute care settings by focusing on the need for better communications, changes in culture, transparency and accountability.  These are precisely the changes 4OurElders is spearheading in long-term care and we need all the help we can get.

Why is "sorry" so hard?

This is a good starting point for institutions and professionals to learn about the power of full disclosure accompanied by an apology when unexpected medical events occur.  See also When Things go Wrong, A Consensus Statement of the Harvard Hospitals, March 2006, included in this website.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement

IHI is working to improve healthcare everywhere.  The website is particularly helpful for healthcare providers and organizations, but it has a long way to go to help our elders in long-term care environments.  Hopefully, we will have an opportunity to translate and co-opt their good efforts on behalf of elders in long-term care environments. 

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

This site, unlike so many government sites, actually has some timely things of interest to patients and their families, such as 20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors and 20 Tips to Prevent Medical Errors in Children.

Drug Watch

Find information about common drugs.

Hip Replacement information

If you or a loved one has had a hip replacement with any complications, please check this out.

Caregiver Resource

Our caregivers blog is dedicated to supporting caregivers, family members and friends involved in elder care.  We cover a range of aging-related topics including dealing with Alzheimer’s, evaluating assisted living options, medical treatment options, elder law and patient’s rights, geriatric resources, caregiver respite and support.

Mesothelioma Resource Online

MesotheliomaSymptoms.com is dedicated to helping mesothelioma victims and their families. Our Free Mesothelioma Guide will help you understand your diagnosis

Mesothelioma Fund

Our goal is to help mesothelioma victims and their families receive financial compensation through asbestos trust funds, settlements, VA claims and trial verdicts.

Mesothelioma Veterans Outreach

The Mesothelioma Veterans Center was created to provide information and assistance to veterans regarding treatment, clinical trials, and VA benefits for veterans suffering from asbestos illnesses. The MVC was founded by retired Navy LCDR Carl Jewett. Commander Jewett is a VA-accredited claims agent and has helped hundreds of veterans get approved for their VA benefits after developing mesothelioma or asbestos-related lung cancer from their asbestos exposure in the military.

RX Dangers

The purpose of RX Dangers is to educate the American public on current pharmaceutical drugs and devices commonly being used within the United States. While prescription painkillers and other drugs are being abused by addicts, other life-saving drugs, and devices that the general public has presumed safe are causing just as much harm to people’s health and even death in some cases.

Mesothelioma Guide

Our mission is to guide mesothelioma patients and their loved ones toward answers, care options, and free health solutions that improve their lives. Mesothelioma Guide was founded with over a decade of experience serving the mesothelioma community and a commitment to creating a better environment for patients and family members. By remaining a for-profit company, we’re able to dedicate hundreds of thousands of dollars in free top-tier resources and patient support staff.

Drug Center

Drug Center is a national resource for people experiencing severe reactions to pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices. We offer information, guidance, and protection from manufacturer negligence.” And it would also be great if you could change the name to “Drug Center” with a space between the words.


We are dedicated to keeping the public informed about consumer dangers and safety issues associated with numerous products that can cause the public serious harm. Our website is continuously updated with breaking news from Government agencies, Watchdog Groups, and concerned citizens regarding product recalls and medication safety.


Our goal at Drug Dangers is to keep the public educated and informed of all defective medical devices and dangerous medications that are currently available on the market today. Pharmaceutical companies are trusted to put safe products on the shelves, yet thousands of people lose their lives each year due to prescription medications with adverse side effects. By spreading awareness, we believe we can lower this statistic by decreasing the number of recalls, saving more lives of those who have been affected. 


At TreatMesothelioma.org, we are determined to be the one-stop resource for mesothelioma and asbestos-related guidance and information.

Drug Rehab

Addictioncenter.com is an organized web guide that connects those that are struggling with addiction, and their loved ones, with treatment options across the country.

Assisted Living Research Institute

Assisted Living is a community organization that prioritizes helping those who are disabled and the elderly fully enjoy their healthy years and age gracefully. Our organization creates and publishes comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources. We have been featured on the Parkinson’s Foundation, US Department of Health and Human Services - Health Finder, Global Healthspan Policy Institute, and is referenced by many governmental agencies and organizations across the web.


Our missions at PayingForSeniorCare.com is to help the elderly and their family fully understand the cost of long term care and the programs that can provide financial support. We have an online database of tools, references, and articles that cover topics like available care options, and free resources that are available in the State of Arkansas. You can review our guide here: https://www.payingforseniorcare.com/financial-assistance/arkansas.html

Guide To Hearing Health

Damage that occurs to our hearing and our auditory system can be irreversible, and once it happens, it can have devastating effects on our daily lives. Hearing loss has been linked to declines in the quality of our relationships, depression and even other health concerns like heart disease. Learn more here: https://besthearinghealth.com/hearing-health-guide/


Assisted living has emerged as a popular senior living option for those elderly people seeking a place to reside that offers medical monitoring and minor medical care while still offering personal privacy and freedom. Assisted living is licensed and regulated at the state level, which makes for a wide range of differences among assisted living communities.

AssistedLivingFacilities.org strives to serve as the informational resource for assisted living in the United States. We list information on over 36,400 state-licensed assisted living facilities and try to explain the rules and regulations of each state. We try to offer as much useful information as possible to help you decide if assisted living is a good option, and if so, to select the best facility possible.


Assisted living is a type of care for older adults who need help with normal daily activities that’s provided in a residential facility. To best understand what assisted living is, it can be helpful to define what it’s not. It is not a nursing home or a setting where residents need round-the-clock medical care. Instead, seniors in assisted living receive personal care and assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, grooming and toileting so that they’re able to live as independently as possible. 


Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are two conditions that affect a person’s memory and ability to function in daily life. Although the conditions have some shared symptoms, each can affect the brain in different ways. Let’s examine the different dementia types, how alcohol abuse affects each, and risk 


On average in 2018, in-home caregivers with senior clients spent 13 days each month on tasks such as shopping, housekeeping, cooking/food preparation, transportation, laundry and administering medication. A total of 6 days per month was spent on dressing, grooming, walking, bathing, and other ADLs (Activities of Daily Living). And approximately 13 hours per month researching care services or similar information on disease, managing financial matters, as well as coordinating physician visits for their senior clients.

Getting Over Grief

Grief is a reactionary feeling of sadness experienced following any major loss. It is often associated with suffering, and is also considered a necessary process of deliverance termed resilience. When an event causes a crisis in the life of an individual, a radical change is made in the situation established until then. Grief also has the meaning of ‘definitive loss’ of an object that an individual can hold.

Elder Spark

Being a senior doesn’t have to mean slowing down! As we enter the Golden Age, it’s easy to think about the past and how much is behind us. As wonderful as it is to look back on fond memories, it’s important to keep looking – and moving – forward. At ElderSpark.com, we want to encourage people of all ages to live their healthiest and happiest lives ever. We strive to provide information on senior wellness and safety as well as ideas for how to make the most of this beautiful chapter of our lives.

Health Care Cost Assistance Guide: Medicare, Medicaid, and State Assistance Programs • Home Safety ChecklistComplete Guide to the Best Senior Life Insurance OptionsHow to Find A Gym for SeniorsExercises for Seniors: The Complete GuideThe Complete Guide to Alzheimer’s Disease & Alzheimer’s CareWhat is Memory Care for Seniors?The Nutrition Advice Every Senior Citizen NeedsSeniors' Nutrition: Tips and Guidelines for Healthier EatingPreventing Hypothermia: Cold Weather Safety for Older Adults


Based on our research and conversations we have had with community leaders across the US, many veterans suffering from Alzheimer’s are unaware of the available programs that can help maintain or improve their quality of life. So we created a resource that provides comprehensive information on topics like available care options and financial support that can provide assistance during their time of need.

ACLS Training Center

An unprecedented shift is occurring worldwide, wherein the population over age 65 is growing in numbers. This demographic change will lead to the elderly population outnumbering young children. Part of this shift is due to increasing life expectancy, with people living longer thanks to better health and more effective health care.

Assisted Living Options for Low-Income Elders

Our missions at AssistedLivingToday.com is to help the disabled and elderly maximize their healthy years and age gracefully. We recently published a much-needed resource for the growing low-income senior population that I think would be helpful for your community.

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain (long-term pain) affects about 40 million people in the US.1 Some sources say the numbers could be as high as 100 million. Beyond the debilitating personal effects, chronic pain costs the US over $600 billion every year. Pain is a subjective experience. What’s painful to one person might be just a slight discomfort to another. That said, pain that lasts for long periods could be crippling, regardless of its severity.

8 Benefits of Moving to Assisted Living

Moving to assisted living can feel intimidating, overwhelming, and just plain hard. It can mean going through decades of household items, saying goodbye to a family home, and the end of a chapter. It is also is the beginning of an awesome new journey with new opportunities and new adventures waiting each day.

Senior Housing for Low-Income Residents

For seniors who have modest incomes, paying for housing- whether a home they own, a rental, or a room in a facility that provides additional senior care assistance- can feel nearly impossible.

How COVID-19 Affects the Mental Health of Seniors

COVID-19 has affected everyone in a lot of different ways.  If you are in the 65 and up age group it has probably limited your social interaction even more than others.  These extra precautions the elderly have to take has affected their mental health and feelings of loneliness more than usual.

Vison Center

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 12 million people 40 years and over in the US have vision impairment. 1 million are blind, 3 million have vision impairment after correction, and 8 million have vision impairment due to uncorrected refractive error. Many changes take place in our eyes as we get older. Common conditions due to age include, presbyopia, cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration. Vision Center is an informational web guide created for those seeking eye surgery and other vision correction options. All content published on Vision Center is researched, written, and edited by licensed optometrists, experienced journalists, and other medical writers in the industry. 

Caring For A Disabled Senior

Hi and greetings from Ms. Brown's Class,
I hope you're having a good day! I'm Sophie and I volunteer for an online health program for kids. We have been learning about healthcare for disabled persons when we came across your web page 4ourelders.com/helpful-advice/links-we-like We want to say thank you! 
I encouraged the kids to search for more information online while at home. One of my girls, Anna, found this page that she sent for me to see about caring for disabled seniors. I was proud of her going above and beyond to find it - www.parentgiving.com/elder-care/caring-for-disabled-senior-tips-you-need-to-know/
I suggested that she shares this with you because it has such great information. I want to show her that by reaching out and simply asking others, things can be accomplished, like helping others, that she might not otherwise think can.
Would you please add the link to that resource for them to your webpage? They would be so proud to see that you included it. I want to show our increasingly large group of students that they can accomplish things if they aren't afraid to come out of their shells and simply ask!
Thank you and stay safe!

How To Keep Elderly Loved Ones Safe From Online Scams

To best protect your aging family and friends, especially in today’s digital age, it’s important to understand just how sneaky scammers have become. While fraudsters once went door to door looking for susceptible victims, now they can use the internet to target people with the click of a button. Let’s take a closer look at the most common internet and tech-based scams targeting older Americans and how you can spot these threats before it’s too late.

 Grants For Veterans

Our website provides comprehensive details on grants for veterans. We have been featured on va.gov, hunker magazine , idaho.gov, wi.gov, several educational institutions, and government websites. These grants are given away for free, and they could help low income veterans with bills, mortgage, rent, housing, college, and medications . Please note that grants are only given for veterans who can prove financial difficulties. Apply for multiple grants to ensure your needs are met.

How Seniors Can Sleep Better

Sleep is one of the most important things we do for our health.
When a senior — or anyone — is sleeping poorly, it could be a symptom of a larger problem, like anxiety, or an undiagnosed illness. But sleeping better can also help cure these problems.

Caregivers’ Guide: How to Create a Peaceful Home Environment

Being a caregiver is one of the most undervalued and underappreciated jobs you can have. Who are caregivers? Those we’ll be discussing in this article are unpaid family members and sometimes friends — known as informal or family caregivers — who provide vital emotional and physical support to those who need it most. These unsung heroes, most of whom are women (between 53% and 68% to be exact), are the backbone of long-term home-based care in the United States. 

'A Letter to My Abuser': A nurse's tragic experience resonates across the country

If you or someone you know may be struggling with suicidal thoughts, dial 988 to reach someone withthe Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. They're available 24 hours a day and provide services in multiple languages.

The Ultimate Guide to Government Aid for Seniors

Many government assistance programs aim to improve the lives of seniors by providing for their basic needs. In the United States, over 4.9 million seniors aged 65 and above lived in poverty in 2019. Additionally, as of June 2021, approximately 46.7 million retirees received around $72.7 billion in Social Security benefits.

Caregiver’s Guide to Senior Health

As they age, older adults often need more help with daily tasks. Some may just need help with a grocery run now and then, while others may need assistance bathing, eating, and getting around the house. When seniors begin to lose their ability to care for themselves, the importance of caregiving in senior health cannot be overstated.

A Comprehensive Guide to Elderly Community Resources

As our loved ones age, it can become increasingly challenging to provide them with the care and support they need. Fortunately, there are many community resources available to help seniors and their families navigate this stage of life. In this guide, we will explore the various resources and programs available for the elderly, and how they can benefit both seniors and their caregivers.

Memory Loss: How to Improve Your Memory

A new study released in November of 2021 found it’s best to mix it up when it comes to stimulating activities that stimulate the brain. The recent study at Simon Fraser University pulled data from the National Institute of Aging’s Health and Retirement Study.

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