Outreach Materials & Partners

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Experienced caretakers and eldercare professionals know that a crisis is the hardest time to learn about the complex world of eldercare. Yet most people put off thinking about these difficult issues until they're forced to face them.

These downloadable PDF materials were developed to support individuals and community organizations in accessing eldercare information. Providing meaningful resources about eldercare—for a state, region, city or town—can make an enormous difference to the lives of caregivers and elders. There are handouts on key issues for caregivers, tips on organizing a resource fair, advice on how to create a local caregiver handbook, and The Caregiver's Handbook: A Companion Resource to Caring for Your Parents. Also, learn more about the outreach partners affiliated with Caring for Your Parents.

For Community Groups

Organizing a Caregiver Resource Fair (PDF 120K)  
> Spanish Version (PDF 108K)
Tips on how to offer resources through a resource fair.

How to Create Your Own Caregiver Handbook (PDF 144K)  
> Spanish Version (PDF 132K)
A handy guide to developing a localized eldercare guide for your community.

For Caregivers

The Caregiver's Handbook: A Companion Resource to Caring for Your Parents

This comprehensive guide to eldercare can be read online or downloaded as PDF files.

Download complete guide (PDF 844K)

The Caregiver's Handbook makes reference to these tip sheets, checklists, questionnaires, and recommended readings. Use them for your own needs or share them with other caregivers.

It Starts with a Conversation (PDF 128K)  
> Spanish Version (PDF 96K)
Tips on how to begin talking with elders about their changing abilities and needs.

List of Important Documents (PDF 108K)  
> Spanish Version (PDF 96K)
A checklist of documents every caregiver should have.

Checklist of Activities of Daily Living (PDF 116K)  
> Spanish Version (PDF 100K)
How to assess an elder's ability to remain independent.

At the Doctor's (PDF 120K)  
> Spanish Version (PDF 112K)
Tips on how to get the most from a doctor's visit with an elder.

Caregiver Self-assessment Questionnaire (PDF 128K)  
> Spanish Version (PDF 124K)
How to measure and manage the stress of caregiving.

The Joys of Caregiving (PDF 104K)  
> Spanish Version (PDF 92K)
Despite the hardships, there are benefits in caring for an elder.

Selected Books and Web Sites (PDF 132K)
More resources for caregivers.

AARP & Partners Information


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601 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20049
1-888-OUR-AARP (1-888-687-2277)

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice, and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, published bimonthly; AARP Bulletin, our monthly newspaper; AARP Segunda Juventud, our bimonthly magazine in Spanish and English; NRTA Live & Learn, our quarterly newsletter for 50+ educators; and our website, AARP.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

National Alliance for Caregiving

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4720 Montgomery Lane, 2nd Floor
Bethesda, MD 20814

The National Alliance for Caregiving is a nonprofit coalition of national organizations focusing on issues of family caregiving across the life span. Alliance members include grassroots organizations, professional associations, service organizations, disease-specific groups, a government agency, and corporations. The Alliance's mission is to be the objective national resource on family caregiving with the goal of improving the quality of life for families and care recipients. The Alliance conducts national research, develops programs to reach caregivers, analyzes national policy, works to increase public awareness of caregiving issues, strengthens state and local caregiving coalitions, and works internationally.

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a)

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1730 Rhode Island Ave., NW Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20036

n4a is the umbrella organization for our nation's 650 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and the representative body in Washington, D.C. for the interests of 240 Title VI Native American aging programs. The fundamental mission of the AAAs and Title VI programs is to provide services that make it possible for older individuals to remain in their homes, thereby preserving their independence and dignity. Through its presence in Washington, n4a advocates on behalf of the local aging agencies to ensure that needed resources and support services are available to older Americans and their caregivers.

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

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750 First Street, NE, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20002-4241

The mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being across the lifespan. The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) advocates for sound social policies that improve life for all people, and supports the development and growth of the nation's half million professional social workers. NASW members are accomplished practitioners, educators, employers, researchers, and policymakers. They are experienced advocates who help individuals, families, and communities manage a range of issues, services and systems-including those related to aging, child development, healthcare and mental health.