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Aging, Caretaking and Elder Care





Reading List

Berman, Claire (1996). Caring for Yourself While Caring for Your Aging Parents: How to Help, How to Survive. New York: Henry Holt.

Larson, Dale G. (1993). The Helper's Journey: Working with People Facing Grief, Loss, and Life-Threatening Illness. Champaign, IL: Research Press.

Web Resources

Elder Care / Aging

A nonprofit membership organization for persons 50 years and older dedicated to addressing their needs and interest.

American Geriatrics Association
A nonprofit professional organization of health care providers. The site includes membership, educational and publication materials.

American Society on Aging
it seeks to enhance the knowledge and skills of those who want to improve the quality of life of older adults and their families.

The purpose of the USC Emeriti Center is to provide services, wellness events, and support for the faculty and staff prior to retirement and throughout the retirement years. The Center is home to the USC Emeriti Center College, which operates a speakers' bureau, offers enrichment classes and research seed grants, and fosters multidisciplinary, multigenerational, and multicultural opportunities for lifelong learning.

The USC Emeriti Center Retiree Community Newsletter is a valued resource for retired faculty and staff providing news, resources, and educational, cultural, and social events to stay connected with the university

National Consumers Voice for Quality Long-Term Care
This is a consumer advocacy group that educates consumers on how to get good care in nursing homes.

Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home
This guide provides tools that can be used by family members who are searching for a facility.

Nursing Home Compare - This tool on the Medicare website displays quality measure data, deficiencies and other information about nursing homes. It is organized by state and county to help you search for facilities near you or anywhere in the country.

National Council on the Aging
Helps older people remain healthy and independent, find jobs, and increase access to benefit programs. This site also includes a resource section called My Medicare Matters.

National Senior Citizens Law Center
The site focuses on the two most fundamental issues facing elderly and disabled people: maintaining a basic level of income and having access to health care.

Aging in Place

Fall Prevention Center of Excellence
This site identifies strategies that can help prevent serious injuries due to falls in the home and the community.

Home Modification Action Project
The site provides information and referral for home modifications and repair to adapt homes to a seniors changing needs.

In Home Supportive Services
This is a state funded program that helps low-income seniors and those who are blind or disabled stay in their homes by paying for in-home services such as cleaning, cooking, laundry, shopping and personal care.

National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC)
This is a professional organization representing a variety of agencies providing home care services, including home health agencies, hospice programs, and homemaker / home health aid agencies. Material on how to select a home care agency is available.

The American Hospice Foundation
This orginization supports programs that serve the needs of terminally ill and grieving individuals of all ages.

Caregiver Resources

USC Family Caregiver Support Center
Since 1989 the USC Family Caregiver Support Center (FCSC). at USC Davis School (formerly the LACRC) has placed a high priority on providing support across the continuum of caregiving, including diagnosis, prognosis, services that help maintain the care recipient’s independence and abilities, helping caregivers care for themselves, and manage their own well-being. Supportive services include information, assessment, individual consultations, respite, education, and training

USC Family Caregiver Alliance Fact Sheets
A collection of downloadable fact sheets on 33 different caregiver topics

USC Family Caregiver Support Groups
A list of support group meetings
Click here for info on their support group conducted over the telephone, for those who can't make a trip to a meeting.

Arch National Respite Network and Resource Center
Supports service providers and families through training, technical assistance, evaluation and research.

This is the Alzheimer's Association's online tool to help those affected by Alzheimer's disease find care in their community.

Children of Aging Parents
This is a nonprofit organization that assist caregivers with information, referrals and support.

Elder Care Online
Provides information, education and support to caregivers, especially those coping with Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias.

Eldercare Locator
Provides resource and support information to help older people live independently and safely in their homes for as long as possible.

Family Caregiving 101
Provides caregivers with basic tools, skills and information to provide quality care for a loved one, protecting their own mental and physical wellbeing.

Family Caregiving Alliance (FCA): National Center on Caregiving
Offers support to caregivers providing long-term care at home to a loved one. Programs at the national, state and local level are provided.

MoneyGeek offers a rich list of resources on their site, Caregiving 101: The Everything-You-Need-To-Know Guide for Family Caregivers. This includes topics such as:

  • Family Care vs. Professional Care
  • Are You Ready to be a Caregiver?
  • Setting up a Routine: Your To-Do Checklist
  • 5 Free Tools for Caregivers
  • 5 Websites That Help You Coordinate Care
  • Legal Tools to Manage Health & Finances
  • Siblings & Family Dynamics When Caring for Parents
  • Respite Care: Giving Caregivers a Break
  • Caregivers Must Ask for Help: Expert Q&A
This is an online caregiving community giving resources, information and products for the employed caregiver, thereby lessening the hardships of eldercare.

Counseling and Behavioral Issues

Tingstad Older Adult Counseling Center
Provides seniors and their families with testing and assessment, individual, couple and family therapy, in addition to counseling families and caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.

Directories and Resource Locators

Represents nonprofit housing facilities for seniors. The website provides tips on how to selet a facility and a searchable directrory of it's membership.

Benefits Checkup
This site helps seniors with limited income find programs that may help pay for prescription drugs, utilities, health care and other essential items or services.

California Assitive Technology Network
Promotes access to assistive technologies, related services, and information to enable people with disabilities to be successful, independent and productive.

Eldercare Locator
Provides resource and support information to help older people live independently in their and safely in their homes for as long as possible.

Home Care and Hospice Agency Locator
This is a comprehensive database of home care and hospice agencies. Use this resource to find agencies in any area of the country.

National Academy of Elder Law Attorney
Defines the scope of elder law and gives the latest news about legal issues affecting the elderly. Includes a search for elder law attorneys near you.

National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers
This is a nonprofit professional organization of health and human services specialists, Professional Geriatric Care Managers, who help families care for older relatives, while encouraging as much independence as possible. Includes a search for a Geriatric Care Manager.

Senior Housing Net
This is a resource for nonprofit housing and services for seniors.

Long Term Care

Leading Age
An association of 5,400 not-for-profit organizations dedicated to expanding the world of possibilities for aging. They seek to advance policies, promote practices and conduct research that supports, enables and empowers people to live fully as they age.

The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL)
An organization representing long-term care providers. Online tools include the Facility Finder, which can help you find a facility for your loved one. Types of facilities include: Nursing Home, Assisted Living Facility, Adult Family Home, and more.

Government Agencies

Administration on Aging
This is a government advocacy agency for the elderly. They provide information, referrals and outreach efforts to older people and their caregivers.

The L.A. Community and Senior Services
Provides direct services to seniors and at-risk individuals.

Adult Protective Services       Area Agency on Aging  
Community Centers   Congregate Meals   Dietary Administrative Support System  
Dispute Resolution Program   Employment Services   Family Caregiver  
Health Insurance Counseling   Home-Delivered Meals      
Legal Assistance   Long Term Care Ombudsman   Nutrition  
Office of Ombudsman   Senior Centers   Supportive Services Program  
Title V-Senior Employment  
This is the official U.S. government site for people with Medicare. This site includes the online tool Nursing Home Compare. It can provide detailed information about the past performance of every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the country.

Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage
This site provides basic information about Medicare prescription drug coverage, what it is, who can get it, when you can get it, how you can get it and why you should get it. This site includes the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Finder, an interactive tool that allows you to narrow your search for a Medicare prescription drug plan based on your personal preferences such as cost, drugs covered and participating pharmacies.

Multipurpose Centers
These centers offer a broad range of services and programs that typically include resource and referral assistance. Provided by CIty of Los Angeles

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
Coordinates and supports a wide range of home and community based services, including information and referral, home-delivered and congregate meals, transportation, employment services, senior centers, adult day care and long-term care ombudsman programs.


Access Paratransit
This is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) mandated public transportation for people unable, due to a disability, to use accessible bus or train services in Los Angeles County. Access Paratransit is a curb-to-curb shared-ride service. It is not cab service, emergency medical or social service transportation, and is not door-to-door or a private transportation service. Several riders may be transported at one time in the same vehicle and fares are collected.

City Ride
Serves the senior and mobility impaired citizens of Los Angeles. Those that are eligible can purchase Metro passes, taxi rides, and/or dial-a-ride trips at a substantial discount.