Government Programs and Assistance

  • Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center (ADEAR)

    Part of the NIH’s National Institute on Aging (NIA), ADEAR offers comprehensive information and publications on diagnosis, treatment, patient care, caregiver needs, long-term care, research, and more. Searchable online database.

  • Area Agency on Aging (AAA)

    AAAs are part of a nationwide network of local elder service providers (such as senior centers, affordable housing programs, and eldercare programs) that offer a wide variety of in-home services, including:

    • Meals On Wheels
    • Homemaking (help with tasks such as grocery shopping and housekeeping)
    • Home repair, yard, and other household services
    • Personal care providers, who assist with bathing and feeding
    • Respite care, to provide a short break for caregivers

    You can find AAAs through ElderCare Locator.

  • Eldercare Locator

    Need meals, home care, transportation, caregiver training? Contact Eldercare Locator, a free, nationwide directory assistance service that helps older people and their caregivers find local support and resources.



    An online tool that helps you determine eligibility for a variety of government programs and assistances.


    Central source with links to all Medicare coverage and services. Information on insurance, prescription drugs, health costs. Tools such as Nursing Home Compare provide detailed information about the past performance of every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country. A special resource for caregivers’ questions is available online as well.

    800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227)

  • National Institute on Aging Information Center (NIAIC)

    Provides publications, information on clinical trials, links to other federal government agencies and organizations, and an online, searchable database of more than 300 organizations nationwide that provide help to older people.

  • NIHSeniorHealth

    Offers health and wellness information for older adults from the National Institute on Aging and the National Library of Medicine for older adults. Senior-friendly read-aloud and text features make it easy to use.

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