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Resources for Older Adults and Their Caregivers

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Resources for Older Adults and Their Caregivers

(in no particular order)

  • The Administration for Community Living has a list of national and local organizations that support older adults and people with disabilities. Some organizations focus on a particular type of disability, age group, or type of service, whereas others have a more comprehensive mission.
  • Eldercare Locator links those who need assistance with state and local agencies on aging, as well as community-based organizations that serve older adults and their caregivers. Whether help is needed with services such as meals, home care or transportation, or a caregiver needs training and education or a well-deserved break from caregiving responsibilities, the Eldercare Locator is there to point that person in the right direction.
  • Go4Life has physical activity tips and suggestions for seniors, along with nutrition and safety information.
  • Senior Resource Alliance shows resources for national services, health-related topics, consumers, caregivers, and professionals.
  • The National Institute of Aging has an A-Z index of health topics.
  • The Senior Corps has three programs that help keep seniors active: Foster Grandparents, RSVP, and Senior Companions.
  • Travel.State.Gov has travel tips and suggestions for older travelers, the topics include: travel documents, staying connected, health information, pharmacies and medication, accessibility and accommodations, scam prevention, and preparing for emergencies.
  • Long-Term Care addresses the basics, medicaid, medicare, where you live, how to decide, and how to pay the costs.
  • The CDC covers advance care planning to give peace of mind
  • Benefits Checkup lets you search the 2,500 nationwide benefit programs to see which ones are available in your area.
  • Sage is a national resource center focused on LGBT aging.
  • Paralysis Community, a resource of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, is a safe and secure online social networking site with a robust discussion area on many areas of paralysis, including caregiving.
  • Caregiver Action Network educates, supports and empowers families who care for chronically ill, aged or disabled loved ones
  • National Alliance for Caregiving is a coalition of national groups that supports family caregivers and the professionals who help them.
  • The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving establishes local, state and national partnerships committed to promoting caregiver health, skills and resilience.
  • Well Spouse is a national organization that gives support to wives, husbands, and partners of the chronically ill and/or disabled. Addresses issues common to family caregivers: anger, guilt, fear, isolation, grief, and financial threat.
  • is a web community for families and healthcare professionals who care for chronically ill or disabled family members.
  • The Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) operates the National Center on Caregiving to develop support programs for family caregivers in every state.
  • AARP offers a caregiving resource center, including legal issues, long distance caregiving, end-of-life issues. Toll-free 1-877-333-5885.
  • Today’s Caregiver magazine offers topic-specific newsletters, online discussion lists, chat rooms and an online store.
  • National Respite Coalition Network helps parents, caregivers and professionals get a break using respite services in their local area.
  • National Caregivers Library is large source of free information for caregivers.
  • Shepherd’s Centers of America (SCA) is an interfaith organization that coordinates nearly 100 independent Shepherd’s Centers across the United States to help older adults remain independent.
  • Hiring and Management of Personal Care Assistants for Individuals with SCI is a downloadable booklet from the SCI Project at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Covers everything from locating and hiring to training and paying personal assistants. Includes forms, checklists and resources.
  • CareCure Forum for caregivers. Active and helpful message board for loved ones and caregivers of people living with paralysis.
  • Spinal Cord Injury Caregivers is a forum on Yahoo! to share information and to support other caregivers who are caring for people with SCI.
  • Nursing Home Compare, sponsored by Medicare, offers information about the past performance of most nursing homes in the U.S
  •–  provided to you by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP). Designed to help consumers avoid mistakes when taking medicines.
  • MedicineNet – Health and Medical Information Produced by Doctors
  • – The Most Trusted Source for FDA-approved Drug Labeling for Physicians and Prescribers
  • RxList – The Internet Drug Index for prescription drugs, medications and pill identifier
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration A federal agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, one of the United States federal executive
  • Mesothelioma resourceProvides patients and their loved ones with resources, answers, and information over a wide spectrum of free assistance options.



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