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Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Caregiver Resources

Whenever I’m approached by local, frustrated seniors who need help and don’t know where to go, I recommend the Detroit Area Agency on Aging. The phone number there is (313) 446-4444. Caregivers can find a wide variety of support services available to them through this agency. Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) are located in just about every state. They can be found by calling the National Eldercare Locater at 800-677-1116 or going online at www.eldercare.gov.

Some of the services they provide are legal assistance, respite care, home health aide care, Meals on Wheels, transportation, and help with chores and repairs. Many of the services do not have an income requirement, so it’s best to check to see what’s available. Two helpful Internet resources for caregivers are AARP, which has extensive information, and the National Alliance for Caregiving, a non-profit coalition of national organizations focusing on issues of family caregiving.

Frances Shani Parker, Author
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