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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.
  • Caregiving.com 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
  • ConsumerMedSafety.org–  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
  • PDR.net – 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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