50 Senior Resources Every Family Caregiver Should Know

Senior Looking On ComputerKnowledge is power—especially if you are just starting out on your caregiver journey!

Getting educated about long-term care and your loved one’s condition can help you make better decisions about their care.

Learn more about these 50 senior resources every caregiver should know by reading on!

Government Resources for Your Loved One

1. LongTermCare.Gov

Learn the basics of long-term care, and how to finance it with this website funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

2. Lifeline Utility Assistance Program

This program grants monetary assistance for seniors in New Jersey to help pay for utility bills.

3. Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged & Disabled (PAAD)

A New Jersey program that helps seniors pay for their prescription medication. Through PAAD, generic prescriptions are $5 and brand name prescriptions are $7.

4. State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

If your loved one wants to know more about Medicare, they can call this free hotline to talk to a counselor that will answer any of their questions.

5. Senior Gold Prescription Discount Program

Eligible seniors pay a $15 copay for prescription drugs plus 50% of the remaining costs of each covered prescription.

6. Hearing Aid Assistance to the Aged & Disabled (HAAAD)

This New Jersey program provides $100 towards the purchase of a hearing aid for your loved one.

7. Medicaid Managed Long Term Service & Support (MLTSS)

For New Jersey seniors who qualify for Medicaid, MLTSS covers long-term care at home, in assisted living communities, and nursing homes.

8. Public Guardian

If a New Jersey senior does not have any family or if their family is not suited to make any decisions for them, Public Guardian can set them up with a surrogate that can.

9. Medicare.Gov

Medicare.gov lets you apply for Medicare online, research coverage and costs, and file claims online.

10. National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Informational government website about cancer and helps provide assistance to people in need of answers through their hotline.

11. Administration on Aging (AoA)

AoA helps provide services to seniors that enable them to still live in their communities and enjoy life. They are a government agency that receives funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

12. Health & Human Services (HHS)

The HHS website gives readers information on Social Security, health aging, retirement planning, elder justice, and state resources.

13. Housing Resources for Seniors

Need help figuring out a reverse mortgage or having trouble finding affordable housing for seniors? HUD’s Housing Counseling program offers free or low cost advice on renting, default, credit issues, and reverse mortgages.

14. American Society on Aging (ASA)

This is a great resource for people looking to advance their knowledge for those who work with seniors and provide information to help strengthen their skills. They mainly provide education materials in the form of research publications, webinars, and at their conferences.

15. National Institute on Aging (NIA)

The NIA is a great resource to learn more about healthy aging. You can stay on top of the latest research and it is also the primary federal agency involved with research for Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Resources for Family Caregivers

16. Alzheimer’s Association

As one of the leading non-profit organizations fighting for a cure for Alzheimer’s, you can visit their website for the most up-to-date information on the disease.

17. Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA)

AFA helps families and patients who are dealing with Alzheimer’s with their informative and supportive online community.

18. Alzheimer’s Reading Room

One of the top rated blogs on Alzheimer’s disease from The New York Times.

19. Alz Live

Alz Live gives family caregivers daily news and information on Alzheimer’s, caregiving, and senior care.

20. Dating Dementia

Nancy Wurtzel started her blog after becoming the primary caregiver to her mother with Alzheimer’s. She shares helpful tips on dementia, Alzheimer’s, and support for the family caregivers.

21. Missing Jim

A blog following the stories of a wife that is married to a man with Younger Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Her writing is inspirational and offers insight into another side of the condition that not many people are aware about.

22. The Long and Winding Road

A support blog for Alzheimer’s disease caregivers with resources and tips. It’s also highly rated by other bloggers.

23. The Lewy Body Rollercoaster

Follow two caregiver advocates blogging about Lewy Body Dementia. It is updated fairly frequently. Jim and Helen Whitworth write, research, and speak at seminars to help caregivers around the country.

Parkinson’s Disease Resources for Family Caregivers

24. Michael J. Fox Foundation

The Michael J. Fox Foundation is one of the nation’s leading charity organizations for Parkinson’s. The Fox Foundation holds fundraiser events to raise awareness and fight for a cure. Their site is also a great resource on understanding and coping with the disease.

25. National Parkinson’s Foundation

This non-profit charity helps by informing families, caregivers, and patients through their toll free phone number. They also organize events around the country to help raise money and awareness for Parkinson’s.

26. Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF)

The PDF helps fund research on the disease and offers informative articles for education purposes.

27. Parkinson’s Humor

A woman with Parkinson’s decides to start up a blog with lots of humor to help keep your head up.

28. Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN)

Dedicated to fighting Parkinson’s and taking action, the PAN takes the initiative in funding more research.

29. American Parkinson Disease Association (ADPA)

ADPA is another great resource for those affected by Parkinson’s disease. They also have links to clinical trials that you can take part in on their website.

Legal Resources Every Senior Should Know

30. Project Lifesaver

Project Lifesaver is tracking bracelet that helps bring home seniors who wander or get lost. This is especially helpful for those with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

31. Five Wishes

Find an alternative to writing an advanced directive with Five Wishes. The $5 form is legally recognized as an advanced directive in 42 states.

32. Conversation Project

The Conversation Project aims to make talking about end-of-life care easier by providing you with guidelines on when to start the conversation with your loved one. You can download the starter kit for free on their website.

Fun Activities for Seniors

33. National Senior Games Association

Non-profit organization that helps bring together seniors for athletic events and competitions while promoting a healthy lifestyle.

34. New Jersey Seniors Golf Association

Looking to get into a new sport? NJSGA organizes friendly and competitive events for their members to enjoy.

Non-Profit Organizations for Seniors

35. Bring the Vote Home

Organization that helps register seniors to vote and also helps with the entire election process. Their mission is to help seniors in home health care communities vote and also provide them with absentee ballots if necessary.

36. Adopt-A-Senior

Adopt-A-Senior brings people together to bring gifts to those in long-term care facilities who don’t have family to visit them. Volunteers purchase gifts on a senior’s wish list so they feel loved on the holidays too!

Top Blogs for Family Caregivers

37. Daily Caring

A great resource for family caregivers who are looking for practical tips and help in caring for their loved ones.

38. The Caregiver’s Voice

Created by an award winning national spokeswoman for family caregivers, this blog offers a plethora of topics to help families.

39. Huffington Post Elder Care

A great column on Huffington Post featuring posts from a variety of writers on elder care.

40. AARP Take Care

A column on AARP’s blog that focusing on caring for your loved ones.

41. Next Avenue

Next Avenue focuses on topics for those aged 50 years and older. Columns include health, fitness, and finance.

42. The Senior Bodyguard

Geoff Scott, the founder of Senior Bodyguard, helps seniors fight against scams and elder abuse with his informative radio show and blog posts.

Other Senior Resources

43. Caregiving.com

Join an online community of caregivers that can offer support for your caregiving journey! There is also a blog and podcast that you can follow.

44. Memory Storia

Have a story your loved one has that they would love to tell their grandchildren and great grandchildren? Memory Storia offers a platform for seniors to use to write down their stories and share them with their family.

45. 50 Plus Achievers Club

Looking for inspiration and motivation from other older aged people? 50 Plus Achievers Club has a great community to search for things to do and live out an exciting life!

46. Alzheimer’s Support Group

Looking to find others to confide in about your loved one’s Alzheimer’s? The Alzheimer’s Association has support groups you can find in your area by searching on their website.

47. Cancer Care Support Group

Does your loved one have cancer? You can find a support group online for cancer here!

48 The United Way

Local United Way chapters host Caregiver Coalitions to bring free resources to families seeking care and help for their loved ones.

49. Aging Care Forum

Connect with others that are family caregivers on this active forum website run by Aging Care.

50. Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA)

Find a list of FCA support groups on their website that you can join. There are also Spanish speaking support groups for those that speak English as a second language.

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