SOAR Feat 2012


Where to begin in trying to find resources to support you and your loved ones?  Contacting your local senior center is a good first step. Mom and I would not have been able to navigate the many challenges we faced as we traveled our caregiving journey without the invaluable help of the staff of the Robert and Pearl Seymour Center in Chapel Hill, NC. Senior centers are often resource central for linking you with the resources and services you’ll need along your own journey in aging and caregiving.

Your local Area Agency on Aging (AAA)/Title VI Native American Aging Program will be able to direct you to resources in your area for caregiving and senior services: n4A . Click on AAAs/Title VI to get a state-by-state listing of agencies.

  • AARP: The AARP Caregiving Resource Center provides a wealth of information for caregivers at
    • AARP’s Decide.Create.Share initiative is designed to help empower women in their 40s-60s with the information and tools they need to plan for their long-term care.
    • AARP NC provides valuable information about resources for NC caregivers.
  •  connects people caring for elderly parents to other caregivers and resources. Their Caregiver Forum is an especially powerful tool for caregivers to share and learn from each other’s experiences.
  • Alzheimer’s Association : Offers resources and support for those affected by Alzheimer’s and related dementias as well as 24/7 help line available at 1-800-272-3900.
  • is the US government resource for people caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease.
  • Caregiver Access supports family caregivers by offering resources to help make caring for a loved one easier.
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services  links you to the federal agency that oversees Medicare and Medicaid. The Medicare website  provides information about eligibility and benefits.
  • Eldercare Locator is a public service of the Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that connects older Americans and their caregivers with information on senior services throughout the US.
  • Family Caregiver Alliance provides information and resources to support and sustain family caregivers.
  • National Alliance for Caregiving conducts research and policy analysis, supports caregiving coalitions, reviews and provides resources for family caregivers and professionals.
  • National Family Caregivers Association offers a wealth of resources for family caregivers to fulfill their mission “to empower family caregivers to act on behalf of themselves and their loved ones, and to remove barriers to health and well being.”
  • State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) provides one-on-one counseling and assistance to people with Medicare and their families.
  • US Department of Veterans Affairs provides information about benefits for veterans and their families. The VA Aid and Attendance and Housebound Benefits Programs provides benefits to eligible wartime veterans and their surviving spouses who have in-home care or live in nursing homes or assisted living facilities. Click on this link for more information:





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