Caregiving & Decision Making for Seniors

Every day millions of Americans deal with how best to care for their aging parents or other loved ones. The challenges, from ensuring basic health and safety to assisting in detailed planning for the future, are magnified when children and other caregivers live far from those they are trying to assist. NIH’s National Institute on Aging (NIA) has publications and online resources (www.nia.nih.gov) to help older adults, their loved ones, and caregivers manage the transitions and needs of later life. In the following pages, we summarize some of the key resources and suggestions for effective care and decision-making for seniors.

—The Editors

To Find Out More:

Senior Livingwww.nihseniorhealth.gov a senior-friendly Web site from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

Home Care Serviceswww.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/homecareservices.html

Caregiverswww.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/caregivers.html

Assisted Livingwww.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/assistedliving.html

Understanding Medicarehttp://nihseniorhealth.gov/medicarebasics/whatismedicare/01.html

U.S. Administration on Agingwww.aoa.gov

Find Services in your Community with Go Localwww.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/golocal/