At 80-plus, John's mom, Bridget, has been living happily on her own in her Manhattan home. However, John has noticed she's been walking with a little less stability, crossing the street a little less rapidly. He worries about the risks an elderly person living alone must face, and feels he can offer her more. After John's many unsuccessful attempts to relocate her, Bridget is starting to warm up to the idea that living with her family can give her the independence she wants and the safety she needs.
What do older and younger family members really need to talk about? Where can we find help getting through the legal, financial, and interpersonal questions that arise as we get older? When is the best time to start the conversation, and when do we really have to get involved?
Because every caregiving situation presents unique and personal questions, we've included some of the most recognized, broadest organizations. Each one of these Web sites provides extensive information and links to further resources. Many also provide opportunities to use the internet to connect with other caregivers and share their advice and support.
A great starting place for New Yorkers with information on benefits for seniors.
The Web site for the American Association of Retired People (AARP).
AARP's extensive pages about caregiving.
Children of Aging Parents is a self-help group with advice and links about dealing with an aging relative.
The Family Caregiver Alliance -- specialized information on Alzheimer's disease, stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson's disease, ALS, and other disorders and long-term care concerns.