Related Websites/Community Services
The following is a list of websites containing helpful information about adult and elder care. Columbia University has no affiliation with these organizations; the links below are for information purposes only.
- AARP is the largest non-profit membership organization for adults age 50 and older. It offers its members a wide range of information about life transitions, independent living, caregiving and many other topics, including Alzheimers.
Aging Parents and Eldercare is a user-friendly website that walks you through the first steps of becoming a caregiver, provides a glossary of terms, offers checklists to help you assess your aging parent or loved one, identifies issue specific and general websites, and more.
- Assisted Living Directory provides a detailed listing of assisted living facilities, organized by state, and then by city.
- CareFinder is an online tool created by The Alzheimer’s Association to help those affected by Alzheimer’s disease find good care in their community. The Web site has sections on Planning Ahead, Care Options, Coordinating Care, and Support and Resources.
Caregiving.com is for and about caregiving. The site provides guidance for individuals new to caregiving, identifies resources, and links you to on and off-line support groups.
- Caring Connection formerly Partnership for Caring, provides easy access to state-specific health care proxy and living will documents.
- Elder Law Answers offers consumer and professional information on the full-range of issues including legal, financial, and Medicare/Medicaid. The site also includes as search engine to identify an elder lawyer in your area.
- The Elder Care Locator is a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging. The site offers a searchable list of elder care facilities and organizations.
- Family Caregiver Alliance - National Center on Caregiving offers fact sheets on caregiver issues and strategies in English, Spanish and Chinese. Guides on long-distance caregiving, LGBT family issues and caregiving, and more are also available.
- The Greater New York Chapter of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers' helpful links section is invaluable to New York residents.
- LeadingAge is an association of 5,600 not-for-profit organizations that work to expanding the world of possibilities for aging. This site offers resources on housing, advocacy groups, education, volunteer opportunities and more.
- National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (GCM) is an association of professional practitioners trained in gerontology, social work, nursing, and/or counseling who specialize in assisting older people and their families in meeting their long-term care arrangements. Use the website's search engine to find a member where your adult dependent lives.
- The National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) supports, empowers, educates, and speaks up for the more than 50 million Americans who care for a chronically ill, aged, or disabled loved one. NFCA reaches across the boundaries of different diagnoses, different relationships and different life stages to address the common needs and concerns of all family caregivers.
- National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization lists professional resources and provides educational information about end-of-life care.
- The National Senior Citizens Law Center’s booklet “Twenty Common Nursing Home Problems – and How to Resolve Them” is designed to help consumers better understand the rights of a nursing home resident and family members.
- New York City Resources for Elder Care are identified and discussed in a New York Magazine article.
- New York State Housing Guide for Seniors(PDF) outlines the variety of housing benefits and programs available to seniors in New York State.
- New York State Office of the Aging provides rich information about aging services and supports available in New York for the elderly and caregiver alike including housing options, driver safety information, adult day services, and more. Offices of the Aging are found in all states across the country.
- Planning Your Health Care in Advance (PDF) a publication of the New York State Office of the Attorney General answers questions about health care proxies and living wills.
- Strength for Caring is a Johnson & Johnson sponsored site designed to provide family caregivers with a broad range of expert content and information, an emerging on-line community, and support.