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10 Helpful Resources for Caregivers

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Planning ahead for an uncertain future can be scary, especially when you don't know what options are available. Whether you're making arrangements for your elderly parents or choosing your own care plan, these helpful resources will give you all the practical advice and information you need to make the right decisions.

Books

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The Complete Eldercare Plannerby Joy Loverde
The most complete resource between two covers, this book tells where to start, which questions to ask and how to find help.

Long-Term Care: How to Plan & Pay For Itby Attorney Joseph L. Matthews
This reader-friendly book offers straight-talking information on choosing and paying for care, as well as excellent information on Medicare, Medicaid and long-term care insurance.

They're Your Parents, Too!: How Siblings Can Survive Their Parents' Aging Without Driving Each Other Crazyby Francine Russo
Indispensable for anyone who has siblings and aging parents. Includes real-life stories and helpful family negotiation techniques, as well as practical advice on a wide range of topics, such as how to choose a gerontologist and a financial planner.

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Websites

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Eldercare (www.ElderCare.gov)is a public service of the Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, that connects older Americans and their caregivers with information on senior services in their area. Just type in your zip code and the type of information you're looking for. Or call (800) 677-1116.

National academy of Elder Law Attorneys (www.NAELA.org)Find an elder or special-needs attorney in your area using the search function on this not-for-profit site.

The National Council on Aging (NCOA.org)This nonprofit advocacy group works with thousands of organizations across the country to help seniors find jobs and benefits, improve their health and live independently. It also offers an excellent free booklet, "Use Your Home to Stay at Home," that gives an overview of reverse mortgages in an easy-to-read format. Go to the site and click on "News & NCOA Publications" at the top, then scroll down to the bottom of the page for the download link.

Medicare.govThe single best place to learn all about Medicare. Includes up-to-the-minute changes as well as help with benefits eligibility and enrollment. Or call 800-MED-ICARE.

This site is a clearinghouse for long-term care presented by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. You'll find a lot of good information here—from how to assess your need to what to look for in long-term health insurance policies.


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MedicaidTo find specific details about your state program, search online with the name of your state plus the word "Medicaid." For general information, go to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services website at CMS.gov.

The Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP)Volunteer counselors are available free of charge through this organization to assist Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers with Medicare, prescription drugs, longterm care and related issues.







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