In addition to Health and Social Care services, there are numerous charities and voluntary organisations which provide help and support services to older people and their carers.
As well as detailed information about the causes and effects of particular conditions, these organisations provide information about treatments, medication, equipment, alternative therapies, self-help and support groups.
They also allow you to share views with other people via message boards and fora, with many organisations producing newsletters or magazines.
Essential ones you should know about include:
Charities and organisations offering help and advice can be found on POP NI