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Getting Started

Perhaps you need some basic information about elder* care. Or you're looking for a local agency that provides eldercare resources and services. Or you're worried about how to finance eldercare needs now or in the future. In any case, you've come to the right place.

The Caregiver's Handbook is specifically designed to help you navigate the complexities of eldercare information and services. It provides practical, immediate guidance on managing a variety of care situations — everything from minimal or moderate needs for assistance, to caring for a chronically ill or critically ill elder with significant ongoing needs. The Handbook can also help you plan ahead for the anticipated care of a spouse, a relative, and even yourself.

Before you begin exploring the details, take a few moments to review this introductory section for some basics:

Who is a caregiver?

You are a caregiver if you are a close family member (spouse, domestic partner, child, sibling, or relative), friend or neighbor, and:

Using this Web Site

Networking with Caregivers

If you want to talk with caregivers who are in similar situations, the AARP Web site has online forums where you can ask and answer questions, share your caregiving experiences, and learn from others. There's even an online group dedicated to discussing Caring for Your Parents.

*Note: The term "elder" is used throughout the Handbook to refer to an older parent, relative, or friend in your care.

The Caregiver's Handbook is a co-production of WGBH and MIT Workplace Center.

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