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DHS news release

April 30, 2008

Media contact: Cary Greenwood, 503-945-6069; 503-602-9221
Program contact: Elaine Young, 503-945-6069

Network of Care offers aging services online

By 2010, one in five Oregonians will be age 65 or older, and many of those seniors will be looking for aging services for themselves, and possibly for their parents. In celebration of May as national Older Americans Month, the Oregon Department of Human Services invites everyone to explore Network of Care, an internationally recognized, national Web-based virtual community of information and resources that can help with that search.

Network of Care, sponsored in Oregon by the State Unit on Aging and local Area Agencies on Aging, was recently named a finalist in the Stockholm Challenge, an international honor recognizing technology-based solutions for social issues.

The Web site offers consumers information on government agencies, private providers, facilities, and other support services for aging-related illnesses and disease, as well as nutrition, exercise and other holistic approaches to healthy aging, in a virtual marketplace. The site encompasses 375 Web sites and is available in 20 states.

In an increasingly Web-oriented society, Network of Care allows consumers to track legislation, participate in on-line surveys and communicate with lawmakers about issues they consider important. It provides national and state news about aging, disabilities, and caregiving, and it allows participants to share information, tips and support with others in the online community.

For more information, visit Network of Care.