Whether you are just starting to care for an elder, are an experienced caregiver, or are considering your own needs as you age, this Handbook is for you. This guide will help you navigate the complexities of eldercare information and services, find national and local organizations, and choose the appropriate services and resources for your family. It has been designed for a wide variety of family caregivers, including:

The Handbook is also appropriate for those considering their own needs as they age.

To access the caregiving information and resources found in the Handbook, you can select the chapters in the left-hand column, or use the Quick Guide at the top right of this screen. You can print any page of the Handbook by clicking on Print in the left-hand corner.

On the Outreach & Partners page, you can download the Handbook as a PDF document, and download the handouts that are referenced in the Handbook.

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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