Information Resources

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.
  • is a division of Health and Human Services and has information about programs and services, legal regulations, health issues, and retirement planning.
  • Aging Life Care Association, formerly the Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, 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.
  • Aging Life Care Association's (New York Chapter) helpful links section is invaluable to New York residents.
  • 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.
  • Alzheimers' and Dementia Caregiver Center is an online resource 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.
  • Arts & Minds partners with museums, community centers, and nursing homes to improve quality of life for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders.
  • Assisted Living Directory  provides a detailed listing of assisted living facilities, organized by state, and then by city.
  • Benefits Check-up is a service of the National Council on the Aging and provides an easy online assessment of eligibility and access to the full range of benefit programs. New York City residents may prefer to check the NYC Department on Aging's benefits web page.
  • Caregiver Action Network (CAN) is the nation’s leading family caregiver organization working to improve the quality of life for the than 65 million Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age.
  • 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.
  • CaringInfo provides easy access to state-specific health care proxy and living will documents.
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has and Office for Older Americans with financial resources including tips for financial caregivers on how to manage someone else's money with state specific guidelines.
  • 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.
  • Justice in Aging'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. 
  • 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.
  • Lifeforce in Later Years (LILY) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving seniors’ quality of life by creating community based models of elder care, increasing visibility of older seniors, and forging intergenerational partnerships. 

  • Morningside Retirement and Health Services, Inc. (MRHS) provides social, health, educational, and recreational programming to the residents of Morningside Gardens located in Morningside Heights on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. 

  • National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization lists professional resources and provides educational information about end-of-life care.
  • The New Old Age: In this NYT blog, Paula Span and other contributors explore the unprecedented intergenerational challenge of boomers caring for their aging loved ones. 

  • 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.
  • Seeks to provide a comprehensive free resource to educate the public on the many aspects of nursing home injury and abuse and the steps to take to protect a loved one. 
  • 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.
  • Service Program for Older People (SPOP) is a Manhattan-based non-profit mental health center that works to foster independent living and enhance the quality of life for older adults by providing comprehensive mental health services, advocacy, and education. SPOP offers free bereavement support services for adults who have lost a spouse or partner, including volunteer-led support groups, individual support and referral services.     

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