AARP Caregiving Resource Center: www.aarp.org/caregiving or 1-877-333-5885 Your one-stop shop for information, tools, and resources while caring for a loved one. For Spanish language resources, visit www.aarp.org/cuidar or call 1-888-971-2013.
AARP Advance Directive Forms: www.aarp.org/advancedirectives Free, downloadable state-specific advance directive forms and instructions.
AARP Long-Term Care Cost Calculator: www.aarp.org/longtermcarecosts Find and compare the costs of home care, assisted living and other services throughout the United States.
Aging with Dignity: www.agingwithdignity.org or 1-888-5WISHES (1-888-594-7437) Information and instruction on developing a living will and having conversations with family.
Administration on Aging (AoA): www.aoa.gov
Alzheimer’s Association: www.alz.org or 1-800-272-3900 Resources, tools, and a 24-hour helpline for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families.
American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging: http://new.abanet.org/aging
Assisted Living Federation of America: www.alfa.org
Caring Connections: www.caringinfo.org A national engagement initiative to improve care at the end of life.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: www.cms.gov
For Medicare: www.medicare.gov/caregivers or 1-800-633-4227
Department of Veterans Affairs: www.va.gov or 1-800-827-1000 Information about eligibility and benefits for veterans and their families.
Eldercare Locator: www.eldercare.gov or 1-800-677-1116 A national public service that connects you with local resources for older people and their caregivers.
Family Caregiver Alliance: www.caregiver.org or 1-800-445-8106 Tools and resources for family caregivers and a Family Care Navigator with information on services in your state.
LeadingAge: www.leadingage.org Consumer information on long-term care facilities and services, and how to access them.
National Adult Protective Services Association:
National Alliance for Caregiving: www.caregiving.org
National Alliance for Hispanic Health: www.hispanichealth.org or 1-866-783-2645 The Hispanic Family Health Helpline and its Su Familia provide free and confidential health information for Hispanic families.
4a: www.n4a.org/answers-on-aging A membership organization of local Area Agencies on Aging and Title VI programs. Provides answers to questions about home- and community-based services for seniors and family caregivers.
National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers: www.caremanager.org This association can help you find a private geriatric care manager in your community.
National Association for Home Care & Hospice: www.nahc.org/consumer/home.html Consumer information on how to select a home care provider or hospice.
National Association of Home Builders: www.nahb.org/caps or 1-800-368-5242 A Web-based directory of Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists who can identify and/or provide home modifications that make a home accessible, safer, and more comfortable.
National Family Caregivers Association: www.thefamilycaregiver.org or 1-800-896-3650 Information, educational materials, and support for family caregivers.
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization: www.nhpco.org or 1-800-658-8898 Free consumer information on hospice care and puts the public in direct contact with hospice programs.
National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center: www.ltcombudsman.org An organization that connects you with a local ombudsman, who is a person advocating for quality care for residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, and helping to resolve complaints.
National Respite Locator: www.archrespite.org A service that helps people locate respite services.
NIH Senior Health: www.nihseniorhealth.gov or 1-800-222-2225 Fact sheets from the U.S. National Institutes of Health on a range of health topics can be viewed online or ordered for free.
Pioneer Network: www.pioneernetwork.net/consumers An organization working to transform long-term care services to be more responsive to every person’s unique needs.
SAGECAP: www.sageusa.org/sagecap An organization providing counseling, information, support groups and more to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender caregivers.
Social Security Administration: www.ssa.gov or 1-800-772-1213 Information on eligibility and benefits is available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.
State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP): www.shiptalk.org Your local SHIP offers one-on-one counseling assistance for people with Medicare and their families. Go to the website or call Medicare at 1-800-633-4227 to find your state SHIP.
The Consumer Voice for Quality Long-term Care: www.theconsumervoice.org/familymember An organization working to improve the lives of people in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. Find a local ombudsman online.
Village to Village Network: www.vtvnetwork.org An organization that helps communities start Villages, which are membership-based groups that respond to the needs of older people within a geographic area. Find Villages across the U.S. online.
Published on July 10, 2013