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 www.n4a.org . 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 www.aarp.org/caregiving.
- AgingCare.com www.agingcare.com 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 www.alz.org : 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.
- Alzheimers.gov www.alzheimers.gov is the US government resource for people caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease.
- Caregiver Access www.caregiveraccess.org supports family caregivers by offering resources to help make caring for a loved one easier.
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services www.cms.gov links you to the federal agency that oversees Medicare and Medicaid. The Medicare website www.medicare.gov provides information about eligibility and benefits.
- Eldercare Locator www.eldercare.gov 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 www.caregiver.org provides information and resources to support and sustain family caregivers.
- National Alliance for Caregiving www.caregiving.org conducts research and policy analysis, supports caregiving coalitions, reviews and provides resources for family caregivers and professionals.
- National Family Caregivers Association http://www.nfcacares.org 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) www.shiptalk.org provides one-on-one counseling and assistance to people with Medicare and their families.
- US Department of Veterans Affairs www.va.gov 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: www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/pension/vetpen.htm#7