Elder Care and Aging

Elder Care and Aging - an old man sitting next to a young boyThe decision to become a minor or full-time caregiver to an elderly loved one can be one of the most difficult decisions you’ll have to make in your lifetime.  In addition, sometimes it’s not easy to find appropriate services or care facilities in your community.  Whether you need day care or short- or long-term eldercare services or care facilities.  Whichever situation you are faced with, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can give you a starting point in your research, and lead you to agencies you hadn’t considered.

You may wonder where to begin and what to look for… the EAP can help! Assistance through the EAP is free and confidential.  You can call the EAP (800-322-5327)  or email eap@umassmed.edu to obtain the help and support you need.

You can download the Caregiver's Guide compiled by the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging, Elder Services of Worcester area, Montachusett Home Care Corporation and Tri-Valley,Inc.

Useful websites:

AARP
National resource for people age 50 and over. Provides information and education, advocacy and community services through local chapters.

Alzheimers Association
Information on drugs/treatment options, caregiver resources, fact sheets, support group information.

American Society on Aging (ASA)
The largest organization of professionals in the field of aging. ASA resources, publications, and educational opportunities are geared to enhance the knowledge and skills of people working with older adults and their families.

Benefits Checkup
National Council on Aging's free online service that identifies federal and state assistance programs for elders.

Care Scout
Care Scout connects Americans to the best eldercare information, ratings, comparative data, and products.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging
Provideds information and resources, coordination of services and advocacy for the Central Mass elder population.

Elder Services of the Worcester Area
Their primary goal is to keep eligible elders safe at home for as long as is possible. They do this by providing in home and community services.

Family Caregiver Alliance
Information, education, services, research and advocacy to support and sustain family caregivers.

FBI Guide on Scams Targeting Seniors

Healthy Homes: Tips for Older Adults (.pdf)

Home Safety for People with Alzheimer's Disease
National Institute on Aging's comprehensive guide about safety for people with Alzheimer's Disease

Long Term Care Information
Health and Human Services National Clearinghouse on long term care information.

Massachusetts Council on Aging
Provides information and resources for Massachusetts elders and their caregivers.

National Council on Aging
NCOA is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. Their mission is to improve the lives of older Americans.

National Center on Elder Abuse
The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA),a department of the US Administration on Aging, serves as a national resource center dedicated to the prevention of elder mistreatment, to ensure that older Americans will live with dignity, integrity, independence, and without abuse, neglect and exploitation.

National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA)
The National Family Caregivers Association educates, supports, empowers and speaks up for the more than 50 million Americans who care for loved ones with a chronic illness or disability or the frailties of old age. NFCA reaches across the boundaries of diagnoses, relationships and life stages to address the common needs and concerns of all family caregivers.

OnGuardOnline.Gov
US State Department and Department of Justice website on internet safety and avoiding scams.


Today’s Caregiver Magazine
A magazine for caregivers, about caregivers, and by caregivers on a full range of topics including Alzheimer’s disease to incontinence, depression, nutrition and legal issues. Offers online discussion, chat rooms, and back issue of Today’s Caregiver Magazine.

Visiting Nurse Association of America
Visiting Nurse Associations (VNAs) brings compassionate, high-quality and cost-effective home care to individuals in their respective communities.

This information is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or healthcare provider. Please consult your doctor or healthcare provider for advice about a medical condition.