Caregiving Resources

This is not an exhaustive list of resources, but many of these links may be helpful places to learn more, connect with other people, and find support.

  • Aging in Place Guide to Recognizing Elder Abuse: A guide to recognizing “a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person.”
  • American Geriatrics Society 2015 Updated Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults: Medication guidelines and recommendations by the American Geriatrics Society Foundation.
  • alzheimers.gov is the government's free information resource about Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.
  • Alzheimer's Association: The Alzheimer’s Association advances research to end Alzheimer's and dementia while enhancing care for those living with the disease.
  • Alzheimer's & Related Dementias Education & Referral (ADEAR) Center: The ADEAR Center website will help you find current, comprehensive, unbiased source of information about Alzheimer's disease and related dementias from the National Institute on Aging (NIA).
  • Alzheimer Research Forum: The Alzheimer Research Forum reports on the latest scientific findings from basic research to clinical trials; creates and maintains public databases of essential research data and reagents, and produces discussion forums to contribute to the global effort to cure Alzheimer's disease.
  • American Association of Retired Persons (AARP): The AARP is a consumer group that posts policy statements and position papers.
  • American Geriatrics Society (AGS): AGS provides professional and consumer information.
  • Assisted Living: Personal Care: This is a checklist from the National Caregivers Library of personal and health care questions to ask when you and your loved one visit an assisted living facility
  • Assisted Living: Quality of Life: This is a checklist of questions from the National Caregivers Library dealing with socializing, meals, safety and other issues to consider when you and your loved one visit an assisted living facility.
  • Assisted Living: Costs and Contracts: This is a list of financial questions to ask when you and your loved one visit an assisted living facility.
  • California Alzheimer’s Disease Centers (CADCs): The CADCs effectively and efficiently improve AD health care delivery, provide specialized training and education to health care professionals and others, and advance the diagnosis and treatment of AD through a network of ten dementia care Centers of Excellence at California medical schools.
  • California Caregiver Resource Center: Information, education, respite, care planning and support for families and friends caring for adults with chronic, disabling health conditions.
  • CalQualityCare.org: This website provides information about long-term care options and quality ratings for different providers in California.
  • CaringBridge: CaringBridge provides free, easy-to-create and easy-to-use websites that connect people experiencing a significant health challenge to family and friends, making each health journey easier.
  • CaringInfo: CaringInfo, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), is a national consumer and community engagement initiative to improve care at the end of life.
  • Department of Health and Human Services Healthfinder: Health issues from food, safety, government health, prevention and self-care from children to seniors.
  • Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV): Information about the DMV of California.
  • Disaster Preparedness for Alzheimer’s Caregivers (NIA): This article provides caregivers tips for creating a disaster plan that includes the special needs of people with Alzheimer’s.
  • Eldercare Locator: Eldercare Locator is a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging that connects you to services for older adults and their families. You can also call them at 1.800.677.1116.
  • Family Caregiver Alliance: Caregiver resource center for brain-impaired adults, support groups, education, care planning, research and advocacy.
  • HealthinAging.org: A health care site created by the American Geriatrics Society's Health in Aging Foundation, to provide consumers and caregivers with up-to-date information on health and aging.
  • Medicare: Information about the federal health insurance program for people age 65 or older.
  • National Institute on Aging: The NIA has many free publications
  • Next Step in Care: Information and advice to help family caregivers and health care providers plan safe and smooth transitions for patients with careful planning, clear communication and ongoing coordination.
  • Openhouse helps San Francisco Bay Area LGBT seniors by providing housing, direct services and community programs.
  • PayingForSeniorCare.com and Eldercare Financial Resource Locator Tool: This website helps families and caregivers locate information about long-term care resources for their loved ones and find the public and private programs available to assist in covering the cost of such care.
  • PubMED: PubMed, a free service of the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, includes approximately 20 million citations for biomedical literature.
  • SAGE: SAGE works to achieve a high quality of life for LGBT older adults, supports and advocates for their rights, fosters a greater understanding of aging in all communities, and promotes positive images of LGBT life in later years.
  • San Francisco LGBT Aging Policy Task Force: This group holds hearings and takes testimony regarding LGBT senior issues and related matters and reviews, updates and creates implementation plans for recommendations in existing reports.
  • Social Security information: general information about social security, legislation, benefits and public information resources.
  • UCSF Neurology Caregiver Corner: A listing of resources put together by a UCSF multidisciplinary group seeking to make information easily accessible for friends and family caregivers caring for someone with a neurological condition.
  • UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine: has a series of materials produced as part of the Caregivers Project to support family caregivers of loved ones with serious illness.
  • Whole Brain Atlas: A primer on neuroimaging and anatomy.