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Some of following links are maintained by other organizations. We cannot control or guarantee the accuracy or completeness of their content.

Senior Resources of Guilford
This nonprofit organization aims to promote independent lifestyles for older adults, offering medical transportation, mobile meals, and caregiver information. The listing of "Rural Outreach" is handy when assisting someone living in an outlying area. 

North Carolina Department of Justice Consumer Fraud
This site offers advice for avoiding consumer fraud schemes as well as several outlets for filing complaints. For senior specific information and tips look here

Eldercare Locator
This site links seniors and their caregivers to the sources of information (local area agencies on aging and community-based nonprofit organizations) that serve seniors as well as caregivers.

National Institute on Aging
This website offers aging research, training and disseminating health information and various programs gearing to seniors. Read more about grants.

NC Health Info
Online guide to quality health and medical information and local health services throughout North Carolina.

Nursing Home Directory
This is a free online guide for finding nursing homes and assisted-living facilities in NC.  It lists addresses, telephone numbers, administrators, licenses' numbers, providers' numbers, and also indicate the maximum number of beds for which the facility is licensed.

Social Security Administration 
Apply for Social Security benefits, request a replacement Medicare Card, and learn how to replace, correct or change your name on your social security card, tax and wage indexed charges, and more. You can also download various Social Security Administration forms from this site.

ADEAR (Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center)
This site provides facts about Alzheimer's disease and its impact on family and friends. Also offers the latest research findings. Speak with a specialist by calling 1-800-438-4380 or request informative publications free of charge.

MayoClinic.com
Health education to patients and the general public on topics such as autism, influenza, bipolar disorder, breast cancer, smoking, depression, and more.

US Administration on Aging
This US Department of Health and Human Services agency offers one of the largest sites to educate older people and their caregivers about the benefits and services available to help them. Click on the "Elders and Families" tab. You can also find the original text of the Older American Act.

Nursing Home Comparison
This website not only offers you information about Medicare, but also provides information on comparing hospitals, nursing homes, physicians, etc. It has versions in Spanish and Chinese. Click on the green Resource Locator box to see the pull down bar, which lists the different choices you may be interested in.

North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services
This site "works to promote independence and enhance the dignity of North Carolina's older adults, persons with disabilities, and their families through a community-based system of opportunities, services, benefits, and protections."

Employment Options: Tips for Older Job Seekers 

Offers tips for seniors who are looking for or returning to the work force.

Elder Housing Locator
A list of elderly apartments, continuing care retirement communities, shared housing, subsidized, non-subsidized, multi-unit assisted housing with services in North Carolina. Includes telephone number and addresses. Searchable by county.

InSight Cinema
A non-profit organization focused on distributing open-captioned film for the hard-of-hearing population. There are more than 300 open-captioned, big screen movies distributed in more than 500 US cities. Provides listing of open-captioned movies currently showing in Greensboro.

Family Health Database
Magazines and journals covering consumer health topics, such as sports injuries, women's health, food and nutrition, midwifery, eye care and dentistry.

Special Collections

The Greensboro Public Library maintains special collections for residents with disabilities, located at the Central Library. These collections include:

Large-Type Books
We have more than 13,000 titles comprised of classics, current fiction, biography, non-fiction, etc. Housed primarily on the first floor of the Central Library, this collection is rotated among the Greensboro Public Library branches.

Braille Books
Child educators often make use of this assortment. By touching and feeling the Braille alphabet, numbers, and music scores, children are able to realize how difficult it is for a visually impaired person to learn to read and gain knowledge. 

Audio Books
This popular collection includes classics, current fiction, non-fiction, and works produced specifically for this format. Children's titles are also available at the Children’s Room on the first floor.

Closed-Captioned Videos
Many titles in the video collection are closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired. Captioning is usually noted on the cover. Ask at the Circulation Desk if you are uncertain.

Compact Discs
More than 2,000 CDs of classical, jazz, show tunes, bluegrass, and country and western music are included in this assortment. The BBC Sound Effects collection is another interesting tool to use for a vivid and lively presentation.

DVDs
The library offers DVDs, which have a video playback quality that is far better than videotapes and laser discs. 

Books-by-Mail
This is a special service designed for our library customers who are unable to access or have difficulty accessing our library holdings. The library mails Large-Type books, CDs, audiotapes, and videotapes to customers who meet the requirements for this service. Call the Reference Desk at 336-335-5430 for an application.

Talking Books Service
The library also provides access to the Talking Books Service, a federally funded program that supplies cassette players and sound recordings by mail to those with vision impairments and certain physical and learning disabilities. For more information and an application call the State Library at 888-388-2460 or visit the State Library Talking Book Service.

DVS Movies
DVS movies have an extra voice on the sound track describing action, scenery, setting, and actions during the time when there is no dialogue. When time permits, the Library will show DVS movies while the Greensboro Council of the Blind holds its monthly meetings at the Central Library. These movies are available through the DVS Club of the Friends of North Carolina Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

Audio Books on Compact Disc
Our audiobooks in CD format feature non-fiction, popular fiction and young adult fiction. 

Open-Captioned Media Catalog
Another exciting service provided by the library is the Captioned Media Program (CMP) catalog. The CMP has more than 4,000 free-loan, open-captioned videos. Videos can be ordered for you upon request.

Transportation and Travel

The City of Greensboro Department of Transportation has three bus lines for special needs populations:

  • SCAT (SCAT is the Greensboro Transit Authority's shared-ride transportation service for eligible riders who have a disability that prevents them from riding the fixed route bus.)
  • Evening and Sunday Routes 
Guilford County Community Transit
Find the telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for public transportation serving Guilford County.

PART (Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation)
Find low-cost or free ride to a non-emergency medical appointment. You can schedule the appointment through this site or by calling toll-free 866-349-2571.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) People Saving People
NHTSA is an authorized federal government agency to regulate the manufacture of automotive adaptive equipment and modified vehicles used by persons with disabilities. This site offers interesting statistics and consumer information for those searching for modified/adaptive vehicle equipment.

Access-able Travel Source
This site provides travel tips, cruise lines, and ships which are handicapped accessible, relay and voice mail phone numbers for hotels, car rentals, airlines, travel agents and much more.

 

Visual Impairment

North Carolina Directory of Blind and Low Vision Services
Download a directory of services for blind and low-vision individuals in North Carolina.

Health

Drugs.com    Prescription drug information, interactions and side-effects; includes a pill identifier tool.

Healthline  Health information, free tools, news and doctor reviewed resources. Includes a pill identifier tool and symptom search tool.

RxList  A prescription drug identifier and pharmacy locator.

WebMD  Health and medical news and information. Includes a symptom checker and pill identification tool.

 N.C. Health Information  Consumer health information for North Carolinians. Provides links to local health services and agencies.

Medline Plus  A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health. Features more than 165 interactive tutorials covering a wide variety of health issues and conditions.

Merck Manual Home Health Handbook  Medical information in layman's terms. Based on the widely-used medical textbook, The Merck Manual.

Daily Air Quality Report 

 The Treatment Center  Start your recovery from substance abuse by calling or chatting online with a confidential counselor.