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UW–Madison Aging-Related Links

All of Us Research Program – The All of Us Research Program at UW-Madison seeks participants to help speed up medical breakthroughs in the prevention and treatment of a range of health conditions. Particular emphasis is placed on enrolling those who are often underrepresented in health research including African-American, Latinx, LGBTQ, individuals living in rural settings and individuals over 65 years.

UW Carbone Cancer Center (UWCC) – Designated by the National Cancer Institute as the only comprehensive cancer center in the state of Wisconsin, UWCC is recognized throughout the Midwest and the nation as one of the leading innovators in cancer research, quality patient care, and active community involvement.

Center for Aging Research and Education (CARE) – CARE prepares healthcare professionals and direct care staff to work with older adults; fosters inter-professional and campus-community collaborations to improve older adults’ quality of life; and translates and delivers nursing expertise to family members, community organizations, and housing and service providers, to make it easier for everyone to support older adult health. See also their Network Resources for teaching, research, and practice related to older adult health and Student Experiences related to care of older adults.

Center for Demography and Ecology (CDE) – a multi-disciplinary cooperative for social scientific demographic research and graduate training at the UW-Madison. CDE affiliates produce demographic research and data in the center’s five research areas: Demography of Inequality; Fertility, Families and Households; Health and the Life Course; Biodemography; and Environmental and Spatial Demography.

Center for Demography of Health and Aging – An interdisciplinary research center, sponsored by the National Institute on Aging, that focuses on research aiming to increase the understanding of behavioral processes related to health and aging, with major themes including aging and the life course, disparities of aging trajectories, health economics and health services research, and impacts of place on aging processes.

Center for Women’s Health Research – Aims to be one of the pre-eminent academic women’s health centers in the country by training a diverse cadre of future academic leaders in women’s health, promoting a multidisciplinary agenda in women’s health research, including the study of sex and gender differences, and working toward increasing the participation and advancement of women in academic leadership.

Department of Neuroscience – This department brings together research and teaching in wide ranging areas of neuroscience including the study of ion channels, synaptic transmission, neural development, sensory and cognitive physiology and neural circuits.

Department of Medicine – Geriatrics & Gerontology – One of the premier academic divisions in the country, supporting nationally renowned programs in geriatrics research, education, and patient care. Through its extensive network of primary care and specialty clinics, the division supports a breadth of clinical activities providing state-of-the-art medical care to thousands of geriatric patients.

Institute for Research on Poverty – The IRP is a nonpartisan research institution dedicated to producing and disseminating rigorous evidence to inform policies and programs to combat poverty, inequality, and their effects in the United States.

La Follette School of Public Affairs – A leading academic institution in improving the design, implementation, and evaluation of public policy and the practice of governance worldwide.

McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research – Provides high quality training in basic cancer research at the graduate and post-doctoral levels, and pursues outstanding research programs directed toward understanding the causes and biology of cancer.

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education – Facilitates research and graduate education through partnerships with schools, colleges, and other campus unities.

Osteoporosis Clinical Research Program – Their goal is to prevent fractures thereby maintaining independence and quality of life in older adults through education, research, and clinical care. They are dedicated to providing accurate, cutting edge information about osteoporosis, sarcopenia, and fracture risk reduction to the general public.

Office for Equity and Diversity – Provides leadership and consultation to develop and implement equity and diversity strategies throughout the campus, promotes the use of standardized and proactive HR processes, and coordinates campus compliance with affirmative action and equal opportunity requirements.

PLATO (Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization) – PLATO is a learning-in-retirement organization that relies on active member involvement to develop and provide participatory learning, teaching, and social opportunities for members.

Research and Sponsored Programs – Promotes and facilitates the research, education, and outreach missions of the University of Wisconsin–Madison by supporting and administering outside funding.

School of Medicine and Public Health – Recognized as an international leader, the UW SMPH consistently strives to be on the forefront of health care innovation through service, science, scholarship, and social responsibility. They have a Video Library of faculty presentations available to the public, in many health-related categories, including Geriatrics & Gerontology.

School of  Nursing – Their mission is to develop leaders for the profession and society- to make discoveries, enhance systems, and improve health through research, education and practice.

School of Pharmacy – A world-class leader in pharmacy education, research, and service in the pharmaceutical, social, and clinical sciences. The School of Pharmacy educates future pharmacists and scientists and provide professional development opportunities globally to practicing pharmacists and the pharmaceutical industry. Their mission is to enhance the quality of life for the people of Wisconsin and the global community through improved health.

Social Science Computing Cooperative – SSCC supports researchers at UW-Madison who use statistical analysis in their work. They provide a complete research computing environment focused on statistics plus the expert help needed to use it.

UW Health Integrative Health – Integrative Health specialists at UW Health offer services that draw from both conventional and complementary medicine, helping you achieve your highest potential for wellness. They have a healing-oriented philosophy that focuses on less invasive therapies to help remove barriers that may be blocking the body’s ability to heal.

UW-Madison Speech and Hearing Clinic – Offers evaluation, treatment, and consultation services that are accessible, culturally competent, and evidence-based, for children and adults with speech, language, hearing, and related communication needs.

William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital Geriatric Research, Education & Clinical Center (GRECC)/ UW-Madison – This joint program conducts cutting edge research in aging, interdisciplinary education in geriatrics, and develops/implements new clinical models of care.

Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center – Supports researchers in their pursuit of answers that will lead to improved diagnosis and care for patients while, at the same time, focusing on the program’s long-term goal — finding a way to cure and possibly prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute – An organization within the UW School of Medicine and Public Health that aims to improve the quality of life of persons living with dementia and their families across the state through research and community engagement.

Wisconsin Brain Donor Program – A repository for brain tissues that are donated and collected from approved donors for the purpose of research to advance knowledge of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s.

Wisconsin Longitudinal Study – A continuing study of over ten thousand people who graduated from Wisconsin high schools in 1957. WLS provides an opportunity to study a number of factors over the life course, such as physical and mental health and well-being, schooling, family functioning, etc.

Wisconsin National Primate Research Center – One of eight federally supported primate research centers that conducts research to increase the understanding of basic primate biology and to improve health and quality of human life by discovering treatments, preventions, and cures for human diseases.

Wisconsin Aging-Related Links

Aging & Disability Resource Center of Dane County – The ADRC provides information about resources and support on all aspects of life related to aging or living with a disability and is a one-stop shop for older adults, people with disabilities. and their families. ADRC staff are unbiased and knowledgeable professionals who listen to your concerns, help clarify your options, and direct you to appropriate resources. The ADRC is also the access point for information about long-term care options and applying for public benefits. Services provided by the ADRC are free and available to all Dane County residents regardless of income or assets.

Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care – a nonprofit, community-based health care agency providing hospice and palliative care services in private homes, and in skilled nursing, assisted living and other community residential facilities across southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin – Supports individuals, families, and professionals impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and cognitive disorders through information, education and advocacy. Promotes the advancement of scientific research to better diagnose, treat and ultimately eliminate Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s Association of South Central Wisconsin – A leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. With many local educational and support services, they offer assistance and hope. See their website for information, referral, education, and care.

Attic Angel Community – A vibrant senior living community on the west side of Madison. We serve seniors in multiple levels of care, including independent living, assisted living and memory care.

American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) of Wisconsin – The only statewide Parkinson’s association, supporting the needs of Wisconsin’s Parkinson’s community, and actively working to support medical advances to reduce the progression of and hopefully find a cure for Parkinson’s. They are committed to raising public awareness of Parkinson’s disease and making a difference in the lives of those living with Parkinson’s and their family, friends and neighbors.

Area Agency on Aging of Dane County – Serves individuals who are age 60 and over and/or their family members by providing information and assistance in accessing services that will help older adults stay in their own homes and communities.

Bluestone Physicians Services – Their mission is to bring the highest-quality health care directly to residents in assisted living communities, memory care, and group home communities.

BrightStar – Compassionate in-home personal care, skilled care, house chore, and transportation services for adults and seniors throughout south central Wisconsin.

Capitol Lakes – Madison’s only downtown continuing care retirement community and exclusive partner of Wisconsin Alumni Association for retirement living services. Capitol Lakes offers independent living apartment homes, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing care, and rehabilitation with a lifestyle focused on research-based, holistic wellness.

CapTel- Captioned Telephone – Captioned Telephone for people with hearing loss.

Cairasu Home Care – a non-medical senior care agency, whose mission is to provide the highest quality elderly care service based on individual needs.

Capri Communities – Hyland Campus – Located in the beautiful, historic town of Sun Prairie, just outside of Madison, Hyland Campus offers beautiful apartments and many on-site and nearby amenities with an array of Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care options.

Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups – A nonprofit, nonpartisan, statewide membership organization founded in 1977. CWAG’s mission is to improve quality of life for people of all ages through: Intergenerational Understanding through Leadership Development, Public Education, Legal & Legislative Advocacy & Public Policy Development; and providing direct victim services in areas such as elder financial abuse.

Comfort Keepers – Caregivers provide customized plans that may include personal care and companionship-homemaker services that help seniors and other adults live an independent, quality life.

Community Light Elder Network – Volunteer driven local not-profit working to offer all seniors with limited mobility opportunities to be out in the community with volunteer assistance and safe access to parks, bike trails, local events, and community attractions by providing pedicabs, golf carts, wheelchair rides, benches to drop off safely, and the incredible volunteers to pedal, push, drive, and share their smiles and sense of adventure. Plus, also offering assisted living providers opportunities to network and collaborate to offer their residents opportunities to volunteer, enjoy life-long learning, meaningful activities, and creative pursuits through Community Light programs.

Community Pharmacy – an independent, worker-managed cooperative which promotes health by providing a range of affordable options for prescriptions, herbs, supplements, body care and homeopathic remedies. Our knowledgeable staff educates our customers and provides excellent service rooted in a deep caring for our community.

Coventry Village by Five Star – Madison’s west side retirement community, featuring Five Star amenities & lifestyle options for every need in the elegant Courtyard Homes Condominiums, Brookline Apartment Homes, Sebring Assisted Care Residence, and Bridge to Rediscovery Memory Care.

Emerson Senior Living – Offers a beautiful and gracious home for seniors that by design is also an inviting and fun gathering place for family, friends, and the community. They believe in the ageless spirit in all of us and therefore focus on what seniors can do, not on what they can’t do.

Golden Heart Senior Care – Wisconsin – Compassionate senior care focused on providing the highest quality care with compassion, dignity, and respect. We empower our clients and caregivers to work as a team, which keeps loved ones feeling independent and secure.

Hear Wisconsin – Providing comprehensive services and resources for anyone, with any degree of hearing loss, Hear Wisconsin is a nonprofit that helps infants, children, and adults with hearing loss by eliminating communication and language barriers through personalized services, technology, and education.

Hearing Loss Association of America – Wisconsin State Association – Their mission is to open the world of communication to people with hearing loss by providing information, education, support and advocacy.

Home Instead Senior Care – Madison – Providing supportive home care for seniors in the Dane County area. For over 20 years, we have been helping seniors to stay active, social, and engaging in our communities.

Independent Living, Inc. – You can have your life back with Independent Living, Inc. Older adults and people with disabilities have comprehensive choices available from us. Services include home chores, personal care, home health care, evening Meals on Wheels, home modifications, volunteer assistance, and senior housing options in Madison, Fitchburg, and Sun Prairie.

Journey of Aging Resource Guide – Resource Guide for Caregivers & Aging Adults in South Central Wisconsin… Striving to enlighten individuals with the educational tools to make informed decisions regarding aging programs, resources, and services in South Central Wisconsin.

Madison School & Community Recreation (MSCR), Goodman-Rotary 50+ Fitness – Offers a wide range of fitness and wellness opportunities for people ages 50+, including aquatics, strength, dance, yoga, chair-based exercise, pilates, tai-chi, and nutrition education programs.

Madison Senior Center – The Madison Senior Center involves older adults as leaders, teachers, and learners, and provides a balanced, diverse, and coordinated program that acts as an ideal model for aging.

Mallatt’s Homecare Pharmacy – Specializes in servicing patients that require medication packaging. From our Madison and Menomonee Falls location we provide services to residents in a variety of Long Term Care facilities and in senior independent living complexes, as well as to a large number of patients in the comfort of their own homes.

The Memoiry Journal – Inspiring you to reflect on the special moments of your family’s past, and record your stories to pass along for generations to come.

Midwest Family Care – provides long-term care and professional care services in the areas of Home Care, Care Management, Youth Support, and Assisted Living.

Momentum Insurance Plans – A locally owned dental HMO that offers competitive pricing and great plans for seniors in the Dane County area.

New Perspective Senior Living – In 1998, New Perspective Senior Living was born as a family-owned company of retirement communities in Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. Our foundational belief—that all seniors deserve to Live Life on Purpose— was forged from their personal experience and is the bedrock of how we operate today.

NewBridge Madison – Their mission is to empower older adults to access affordable resources to maintain their health, safety, independence and community connection by offering case management, meal sites, home chore, social opportunities and other services for older adults.

Oak Park Place – Oak Park Place senior living communities feature skilled nursing, orthopedic rehabilitation, assisted living, memory care, and independent living products for seniors with locations on Madison’s east side and Baraboo.

Oakwood Village – Oakwood Lutheran Senior Ministries is the parent corporation of two faith-based, not-for-profit retirement communities, Oakwood Village Prairie Ridge and Oakwood Village University Woods, located in Madison, Wisconsin.

Office for the Blind & Visually Impaired – A Wisconsin state agency offering training & services to help blind & visually impaired individuals cope with significant vision loss in an effort to maximize independent living.

Outreach LGBT Community Center – The mission for the South Central Wisconsin OutReach LGBT Community Center is: “To promote equality and quality of life for LGBT people through community building and human services.” The half-time LGBT Senior Advocate position is funded by grants from both the City of Madison and Dane County.

Recover Health – A Medicare certified home health agency providing a full range of home care services, including skilled nursing, physical, occupational and speech therapy. With offices throughout Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin, we provide care that allows individuals to remain at home and live as independently as possible.

RSVP of Dane County – A volunteer program that places volunteers, age 55 & older, in assignments all over Dane County, with about 2000 volunteers in over 80 non-profits, public agencies & schools.

SAIL— Sharing Active Independent Lives – A non-profit membership of people 55+ who help one another live healthy and independent lives while having access to vetted home services, community resources, professional consultation, wellness programs, social events, and more.

Senior Helpers – Madison Office – Helping seniors age in place by providing home-safe assurance; geriatric care management; and flexible, compassionate home care.

Seniors Helping Seniors – Our in-home care services brighten the lives of seniors who can benefit from a helping hand and a friendly smile. Our caregivers, who are seniors themselves, make your life easier by providing compassionate care in the comfort of your home.

SPARK! on the SQUARE – The Madison Children’s Museum, Veterans Museum, and Historical Museum offer SPARK!, a FREE 90 minute cultural arts program for children 7 & up, parents, and a grandparent with early memory loss. Assisted living & nursing home groups are welcome!

SSM Health Adult Day Health Center – Dedicated to providing respite to caregivers and a safe place for seniors and people with disabilities to receive socialization, nursing services, and fun activities.

SSM Health at Home – Offers a range of services – all with one goal – to keep our patients as safe and independent as possible at home. Through home health, hospice, home medical equipment, and a range of community services, we are able to support our patients throughout their health care journey.

Stoughton Hospital – Inpatient Geriatric Psychiatry – An inpatient program designed to meet the acute mental health needs of individuals 55 and older. Treatment is provided for depression, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and psychosis.

Visiting Angels Living Assistance Services – “Angels” to serve non-medical in-home care needs.

The Waterford at Fitchburg – The Waterford at Fitchburg offers Independent and Assisted Living Services, boasting one- and two-bedroom condo-style apartments with an age in place model that makes residents feel cozy with the privacy and independence everyone deserves.

Wisconsin ADRC/ Dementia Care Specialist Program – The Dementia Care Specialist program covers 24 counties, and three tribal based specialists. It provides support, outreach and education to those impacted by dementia and their care partners in addition to dementia friendly community initiatives.

Wisconsin Board on Aging and Long-Term Care – Advocacy services including the Ombudsman Program, Volunteer Ombudsman Program, and Medigap Helpline. The mission of the Board on Aging and Long Term Care is to advocate for the interests of the state’s long term care consumers, to inform those consumers of their rights, and to educate the public at large about health care systems and long term care.

Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired – A private, non-profit community-based organization whose mission is to promote the dignity and independence of people who are blind and visually impaired, through services, advocacy, & education. Services include love vision evaluations, in-home vision rehabilitation, assistive technology training, and the Sharper Vision Store.

Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging – A one-stop shop for scientifically-proven self-managment education programs that can bring the power of better self-care to adults throughout our state – especially older adults. Over 35,000 people in Wisconsin have taken a workshop we offer through a network of provider organizations all over the state. That means thousands fewer trips to the emergency department or hospitalizations, fewer falls, better caregiving, and measurable reductions in the progress of illnesses.

Wisconsin Sleep – Offers sleep experts for adults & children, combined with the latest technology, in a home like setting.

Wisconsin Talking Book & Braille Library (WTBBL) – Provides recorded & Braille books to Wisconsin residents who for any visual or physical reason cannot read normal print. The service is free to everyone.

National Aging-Related Links

Administration on Aging (AOA) – The Administration on Aging (AOA) is the principal federal agency designated to carry out the provisions of the Older Americans Act of 1965 (OAA). The OAA promotes the well-being of older individuals by providing services and programs designed to help them live independently in their homes and communities. Services provided using AoA funds include, but are not limited to transportation, adult day care, caregiver supports, and health promotion programs.

Aging Parents and Elder Care – Information for caregivers to overcome the challenges of elder care, such as articles, checklists, books and video suggestions, support groups, and more.

Alliance for Aging Research – the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the pace of scientific discoveries and their application to vastly improve the universal human experience of aging and health.

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) – AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that empowers people to choose how they live as they age.

American Federation for Aging Research – A national non-profit whose mission is to support and advance healthy aging through biomedical research.

American Geriatrics Society (AGS) – A nationwide, not-for-profit society of geriatrics healthcare professionals dedicated to improving the health, independence, and quality of life of older people. Provides leadership to healthcare professionals, policy makers, and the public by implementing and advocating for programs in patient care, research, professional and public education, and public policy.

American Society on Aging (ASA) – The essential resource to cultivate leadership, advance knowledge, and strengthen the skills of those who work with, and on behalf of, older adults.

American Sociological Association – A non-profit based in Washington, D.C., whose members include college and university faculty, researchers, practitioners, and students who are dedicated to advancing sociology as a scientific discipline and profession serving the public good.

Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) – Has a two-fold mission: To advance gerontology and geriatrics education in academic institutions and provide leadership and support to faculty and students.

The Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation – One of the largest and most modern scientific facilities in the world dedicated to solving the puzzle of Alzheimer’s disease. Their mission is to understand the causes of Alzheimer’s disease; improve the care of people living with it – to enhance their quality of life, and find a cure.

Gerontological Society of America (GSA) – The nation’s oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. GSA’s principal mission is to promote the study of aging and disseminate information to scientists, decision makers, and the general public.

INFOAGING.ORG – Draws upon the expertise of scientists funded by the American Federation for Aging Research to provide the latest information in the science of aging.

National Academy on an Aging Society – As the policy institute of the Gerontological Society of America, the Academy actively conducts and compiles research on issues related to population aging and provides information to the public, the press, policymakers, and the academic community. The Academy produces publications aimed at providing researchers, teachers, students, and citizens interested in aging-related issues with valuable policy information.

National Council on Aging – A national leader helping people meet the challenges of aging by providing programs, services, online help, and advocacy.

National Institute on Aging (NIA) – As part of the National Institutes of Health, the NIA leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. NIA is the primary Federal agency supporting and conducting Alzheimer’s disease research. They have a blog for researchers.

National Institute on Aging – Health Information – Features up-to-date aging-related health information that is easily accessible for family members and friends seeking reliable, easy to understand on-line health information.

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) – Part of the National Institutes on Health, the NIDCD conducts and supports research in the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech, and language.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) – As the largest biomedical research agency in the world, NIH seeks fundamental knowledge of the behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce the burdens of illness and disability.

Population Reference Bureau – Informs people around the world about population, health, and the environment, and empowers them to use that information to advance the well-being of current and future generations.

Social Security Administration – The Official Website of the United States Social Security Administration; includes information about retirement, disability, and Medicare.

International Aging-Related Links

National Study of Health and Development – a British longitudinal study on aging that has been following subjects since 1946. See their 70th anniversary brochure for an overview of their findings.


MIDUS Website – Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) is a national longitudinal study of health and well-being that is administered by the UW-Madison Institute on Aging. It began in 1995 with over 7000 participants, aged 25-74, and continues with follow-ups at 10-year intervals.

MIDUS Newsletters – MIDUS newsletters are intended for a general public audience and provide summaries of some of the key findings from the MIDUS study.

ICPSR – MIDUS data is publicaly available to researchers through ICPSR here.