Resources

Knowledge is power, peace of mind

The more you know, the better prepared you can be to live your life to the fullest. We’ve compiled this list of resources and articles related to aging that may be of help to you.

AARP

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that helps people age 50 and over have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. Since 1958, AARP has been leading a revolution in the way people view and live life.

Aging and Depression

Adults dealing with aging parents face many challenges and questions. Here is some information on frequently asked questions from the American Psychological Association.

Age in Place (National Aging in Place Council)

The National Aging in Place Council is a senior support network. NAIPC was founded on the belief that an overwhelming majority of older Americans want to remain in their homes for as long as possible, but lack awareness of home and community-based services that make independent living possible.

Aging in Place Initiative

Aging in Place is an initiative of Partners for Livable Communities (Partners) and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a). It was developed to help America’s communities prepare for the aging of their population and to become places that are good to grow up, live in and grow old.

Alzheimer’s Association Support Groups

The Alzheimer’s Association offers peer- or professionally-led groups for caregivers and others dealing with Alzheimer’s disease. All support groups are facilitated by trained individuals. Many locations offer specialized groups for children, individuals with younger-onset and early-stage Alzheimer’s, adult caregivers and others with specific needs.

Area Agency on Aging of West Michigan

Established in April 1974, the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (AAAWM) exists to help older adults and persons with disabilities live in their community with independence and dignity. The website includes advocacy alerts, caregiver resources, healthy living tips and links to local and national resources.

Ask Medicare Caregiver Resources

Ask Medicare is a one-stop source of information and support for caregivers. Nearly 66 million Americans caring for an aging, seriously ill, or disabled family member or friend.

Caring for the Caregiver

A resource to give hope and help to caregivers.

Caregiver Resource Network

The Caregiver Resource Network is a collaboration of West Michigan organizations dedicated to providing for the needs and welfare of family and professional caregivers within the community that will improve the quality of life for caregivers and their care recipients.

Experience Corps

Experience Corps engages people over 55 in meeting their communities’ greatest challenges. Today, in 20 cities across the country, 2,000 Experience Corps members tutor and mentor elementary school students, help teachers in the classroom, and lead after-school enrichment activities. Independent research shows that Experience Corps boosts student academic performance, helps schools and youth-serving organizations become more successful, and enhances the well-being of the older adults in the process.

Family Caregiver Alliance

Founded in 1977, Family Caregiver Alliance was the first community-based nonprofit organization in the country to address the needs of families and friends providing long-term care at home. Long recognized as a pioneer in health services, FCA now offers programs at national, state and local levels to support and sustain caregivers.

Health Condition Library

Read about symptoms, causes, treatment and prevention for diseases, illnesses, health conditions and wellness issues.

Helpguide: Depression in Older Adults and the Elderly

Helpguide’s mission is to help people understand, prevent, and resolve many of life’s challenges. The goal is to empower people with the knowledge and support they need to take charge of their lives and make healthy choices.

Michigan Resources 

Find local resources specific to living arrangement, healthcare needs and more.

Medicare Quality Care Finder

Contact information for hospitals, doctors, nursing homes, home health agencies, dialysis facilities, and drug and health plans. Compare information about the quality of care and services these providers and plans offer.  Get helpful tips on what to look for when comparing and choosing a provider or plan.

Senior Forgetfulness

Adults dealing with aging parents face many challenges and questions. Here is some information on frequently asked questions from the American Psychological Association.

Today’s Caregiver

Caregiver Media Group is a leading provider of information, support and guidance for family and professional caregivers. Founded in 1995, they produce Today’s Caregiver, the first national magazine dedicated to caregivers, the “Fearless Caregiver Conferences”, and their website, caregiver.com which includes topic specific newsletters, online discussion lists, magazine archives, chat rooms and an online store. Caregiver Media Group and all of its products are developed for caregivers, about caregivers and by caregivers.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – Benefits

VA administers a variety of benefits and services that provide financial and other forms of assistance to service members, veterans, their dependents and survivors.

WebMD Insights for Caregivers

Caregiving can bring challenges, as well as rewards. This site provides information to help caregivers tend to others while also nurturing yourself.