50-Plus Fitness Association promotes active lifestyles for older people through newsletters, books, videos and sponsorship of activities such as “fun runs” for seniors. www.50plus.org 650-843-1750.

Access-Able Travel Source offers details for people who love to travel but may have physical limitations. It has details on accommodations, attractions, transportation, equipment rental/repair, and travel agents and tour operators accommodating people with mobility limitations. www.access-able.com

Alzheimer’s Association (AA). www.alz.org 800-272-3900 and local southern California chapter at 323-938-3379.

American Chronic Pain Association offers research and treatment information for those suffering from chronic pain. www.theacpa.org 800-533-3231.

American Federation of Aging Research (AFAR). Biomedical research articles that promote healthier aging appear here. www.afar.org 888-582-2327 or 212-703-9977.

Arthritis Foundation (AF) informs the public about more than 100 types of arthritis through advocacy, programs, services and research. Local chapters are generally available in metropolitan areas. www.arthritis.org 800-568-4045 and southern California chapter 800-954-2873.

Backdoorjobs offers unique seasonal jobs or volunteer opportunities, including those in the outdoors, artistic and learning adventures, heartfelt work and more to retirees or those on sabbatical searching for an exciting change of pace. www.backdoorjobs.com.

De Baggio, T (2002). Losing My Mind — An Intimate Look at Life with Alzheimer’s. New York: The Free Press.

Life Appreciation Training is a website which helps individuals plan their own funeral in advance. www.funeralceremony.com 800-877-8905.

National Institute on Aging (NIA) follows the efforts of the government in researching issues on aging. They also provide extensive consumer information that includes federal and state agencies, resource centers, professional societies, private groups, and volunteer programs. www.nia.nih.gov 301-496-1752.

National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) is a key resource for up-to-date, medically sound information on the causes, prevention, detection and treatment of osteoporosis. Provides free single copies of patient/public education publications. www.nof.org 202-223-2226.

Powell, LS, Courtice, K (1998). Alzheimer’s Disease: A Guide for Families. New York: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company.

United States Department of Health and Human Services. Numerous articles appear on this site, including ones on diseases and conditions, aging, and resource locators for senior housing. www.hhs.gov 877-696-6755 and 202-619-0257.

Widow Net is a website filled with information and self-help resources for and by widows and widowers. www.widownet.org