Caregiver Resources

Administration on Aging

Department of Health and Human Development

330 Independence Avenue SW

Washington, DC 20201

(202) 619-0556 general information

(202) 619-0441 publications

A federal agency that provides information regarding social services, nutrition, education, senior centers, and other programs for older Americans.

Aging Network Services

4400 East-West Highway, Suite 907

Bethesda, MD 20814

(301) 657-4329

At this time, this is an organization that is a nationwide, for-profit network of private-practice geriatric social workers who serve as care managers for older parents who live apart from their adult children. Secondly, their purpose is to bridge the physical distance between family members. Licensed clinical social workers across the country act as a substitute family network. They serve as a liaison with family members that are out of town. Furthermore, they also help maintain the independence of older family members by arranging for personal assistance with daily living.

American Association of Homes for the Aging

1129 20th Street NW, Suite 400

Washington, DC 20036-3489

(202) 296-5960

Another key point, this is a professional organization of nonprofit nursing homes, independent housing facilities, continuing care communities, and community service agencies.

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)

601 E Street NW

Washington, DC 20004

(202) 434-2277

This is an organization that helps to improve the quality of life for older people.

American Geriatrics Society

770 Lexington Avenue

New York, NY 10021

(212)  308-1414

On the positive side, this is an organization that helps individuals locate geriatric physicians and other health-care providers dealing with older people.

American Health Care Association

1201 L Street NW

Washington, DC 20005

(202) 824-4444

The first thing to remember, this is a professional organization that represents the interests of licensed nursing homes and long-term care facilities to Congress, federal regulatory agencies, and other professions groups.

American Society on Aging

833 Market Street, Suite 512

San Francisco, CA 94103 (415)  543-2617

Important to realize, this is a nonprofit membership organization that informs the public and health professionals about issues that affect the quality of life of older persons and promotes innovative approaches to meet the needs of these individuals.

B’nai B’rith International

1640 Rhode Island Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20036

(202) 857-6600

The first thing to remember, this voluntary service organization helps people of the Jewish faith. Furthermore, it supports community action programs and works to improve living conditions for those who are at a disadvantage. Members of local chapters visit and care for the sick and offer programs to help the poor, older people, and widowed persons.

Catholic Charities

1319 F Street NW

Washington, DC 20004

(202) 639-8400

It is important to realize, this is a social service organization offering assistance to individuals with a wide range of social problems and needs. Additionally, more extensive services are provided to older people, including counseling, homemaker services, foster family programs, home health care, health clinics, emergency assistance, and shelter.

Catholic Golden Age

400 Lackawanna Avenue

Scranton, PA 18503

(717) 342-3294

Significantly, they sponsor charitable work and offer religious worship opportunities for older individuals. Furthermore, they help older people meet their social, physical, economic, and spiritual needs. Furthermore, it also offers a wide variety of services.

Children of Aging Parents

2761 Trenton Road

Levittown, PA 19056

(215) 945-6900

It is important to realize, this is a nonprofit, self-help organization that provides a variety of services, including starter packages for those interested in becoming caregivers. Furthermore, caregivers nationwide can contact the information and referral service to learn about local resources.

Disabled American Veterans

PO Box 14301

Cincinnati, OH 45250

(606) 441-7300

It is important to realize, This private, nonprofit organization represents veterans with service-connected disabilities and their families. Secondly, services available to veterans include employment programs, counseling, and assistance in obtaining free health care. Furthermore, they help veterans and family members file claims for veteran’s benefits. Furthermore, they also assist with daily needs.

Episcopal Society for Ministry to the Aging

317 Wyandotte Street

Bethlehem, PA 18015

(215) 868-5400

Another key point, This is an agency of the Episcopal Church.  This organization is responsible for developing and supporting programs with and for older adults, to meet their physical, mental, and religious needs. Furthermore, the ministry with the homebound program strives to involve housebound persons in the activities of their community.

Foundation for Hospice and Home Care

519 C Street NE

Washington, DC 20002

(202) 547-7424

This foundation is made up of community agencies that provide homemaker-home health services. Professional homemaker-home health aides care for individuals in their own homes in times of illness and stress. Individuals can contact the foundation for assistance in locating approved homemaker-home health services in their area.

Gray Panthers

311 S. Juniper Street, #601

Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 545-6555

An advocacy group that works to eliminate ageism, discrimination against older people on the basis of chronological age. It provides an information and referral service listing resources for older people.

National Association for Home Care

519 C Street NE Washington, DC 20002

(202) 547-7424

It is important to realize, it monitors federal and state activities affecting home care and focuses on issues relating to home health care.  Furthermore, it publishes Caring Magazine on a bimonthly basis. The association distributes free publication on home care. Lists of these materials are available on request.

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging

600 Maryland Avenue SW, Suite 208,

West Wing Washington, DC 20024

(202) 484-7520

It is important to realize, this group represents the interests of approximately 650 area agencies on aging across the country.  Secondly, it acts as an advocate for older persons and for local agencies that provide supportive services to older individuals. Furthermore, the area agencies on aging offer services such as transportation, legal aid, nutrition programs, housekeeping, senior center activities, shopping assistance, employment counseling, preretirement advising, and information and referral programs.

National Association of State Units on Aging

2033 K Street NW

Washington, DC 20006

(202) 785-0707

It is important to realize, this is a public interest group that provides information, technical assistance, and professional development support to state units on aging.

National Coalition on Older Women’s Issues

2401 Virginia Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20037

(202) 466-7837

Another key point,  This is a nationwide network made up of member organizations and individuals concerned with improving the status of older women. Furthermore, its focus is on areas of employment, retirement income, and health and well-being of women.

National Council on the Aging

600 Maryland Avenue SW, Suite 100, West Wing Washington, DC 20024

(202) 479-1200

In conjunction with other organizations, the NCOA promotes concerns of interest to older persons. Furthermore, the council conducts seminars on wellness, offers a range of publications (public policy/advocacy, education, and training), and functions as a resource for public education.

National Hispanic Council on Aging

2713 Ontario Road NW

Washington, DC 20009

(202) 265-1288

It is important to realize, this private, nonprofit organization works to promote the well-being of older Hispanic individuals. Furthermore, it supports demonstrates projects to evaluate innovative programs that provide health care and social services to older Hispanics.

National Hospice Organization

1901 N. Fort Myer Drive, Suite 307

Arlington, VA 22209

(703) 243-5900

Points often overlooked, this organization promotes quality care for terminally ill patients and provides information about hospice services available in the United States.  Secondly, individuals can contact the NHO to learn about hospice services in their area.  Furthermore, some hospices help families care for patients at home; some offer services in a hospice center or hospital.

National Institute on Aging

Public Information Office Federal Building

Room 6C12 9000 Rockville Pike

Bethesda, MD 20892

(301) 496-1752

It is important to realize, the NIA is part of the National Institute of Health.  Furthermore, it is the federal government’s principal agency for conducting and supporting biomedical, social, and behavioral research related to the aging process and the diseases and special problems of older individuals.

National Shut-In Society

225 W. 99th Street

New York, NY 10025

(212) 222-7699

On the positive side, this society is a private, nonprofit organization whose members work to bring comfort and support to housebound individuals. Secondly, members of the society offer written correspondence and telephone communication to those who are chronically disabled and housebound.  Furthermore, some local chapters have wheelchairs, walkers, hospital beds, and other medical equipment to lend to members.

Older Women’s League

730 11th Street NW, Suite 300

Washington, DC 20001

(202) 783-6686

Not to mention, this is a national membership committed to helping meet various special needs of middle-aged and older women.  Especially, in areas such as social security, pension rights, health insurance, and caregiver support services. In addition, OWL uses volunteers to help with mailings, to maintain a referral resources file, and to respond to women who write in from across the country with questions. Furthermore, local chapters offer mutual aid and supportive services, especially to women who are alone.

U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Healthy Older Americans Program 2132 Switzer Building

330 C Street SW

Washington, DC 20201

(202) 472-5660

(800) 336-4767 (toll-free outside Maryland)

It is important to realize, this organization is part of the U.S. Public Health Service.  Secondly, it supports and coordinates federal programs in health promotion and disease prevention.  Furthermore, It offers information that can reduce older people’s risk of developing disabling illness and increases their chances of leading healthy, active lives.

United Way of America

701 N. Fairfax Street

Alexandria, VA 22314-2045

(703) 836-7100

It is important to realize, this organization is an association of local, independent United Way agencies in over two thousand cities and towns across the United States and Canada. Secondly, local United Way agencies support social service and public assistance programs.  Furthermore, They create solutions that strengthen the cornerstone for a good quality of life:  education, financial stability, and health.

Veterans Administration

Office of Public Affairs

810 Vermont Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20420

(202) 233-2843

It is important to realize, the VA is the federal agency that provides benefits to veterans of military services and their dependents.

Volunteers of America

3813 N. Causeway Boulevard

Metairie, LA 70002

(504) 837-2652

It is important to realize, this is a nonprofit organization that offers programs and services to meet the specific needs of a local community.  Secondly, social services are provided to young people, older persons, families, people with disabilities, alcoholics, and others. Third, the services include child-care centers, adolescent group homes, senior centers, rehabilitation centers, and community-based support groups for individuals with disabilities. Furthermore, this program is specifically for older people include home repair services, homemaker assistance, meals-on-wheels, and transportation programs.  Finally, it sponsors foster grandparent and senior volunteer programs and offers adult day care, group homes for older people, and nursing home care.