As we and others in our lives age, we can find ourselves confronted with new questions, concerns, and stresses. Caring for a dependent partner, parent or adult relative can be a challenging responsibility. Whether you are just beginning to be a caregiver or have been one for some time it is essential that you take care of yourself as well.
The following list of resources include NYU information and referral programs designed to support you with your caregiving responsibilities as well as organizations that can help you find answers about and services on adult dependent care.
Child and Adult Care Consultation & Referral
For Full-Time Faculty and Staff
Carebridge Life Resources
Phone: 800-437-0911 (User Id: FTN59)
Information, consultation and referral services are available on long distance care giving, housing options, legal issues, nursing homes, local resources, and more. Support and information is also available on parenting, child care, and eldercare issues. Parents or parents-to-be receive support on adoption consultation and referral, child care options (birth through school-age), school choice (pre-k through college), and post-college options. On-line resources and a lending library are also available.
Back-up Child and Adult Care Program
For Faculty, Administrators and Professional Research Staff
Caregivers On Call
Subsidized in-home backup care for children ages 6 months through 12 years and adult dependents (spouse, registered domestic partner, parent, parent-in-law, or grandparent). Up to 50 hours per calendar year is subsidized by the University at a rate of 75% of the per hour cost of care. Care is available nationwide and pre-registration is required.
The detailed program guide and application are available here. Submit your completed form by email, LiveSmart@nyu.edu or mail, NYU Human Resources-LiveSmart Program, 105 East 17 Street, NYC
Information about Flexible Spending Accounts is available here.
For all Faculty and Staff
LiveSmart regularly offers informative expert-led interactive programs on topics related to growing older and elder care. Past topics have included Preventing Falls in Older Adults, Legal Issues in Aging, Housing Options for Older Adults, Planning for the Future: Caring for Our Elders, and Communicating Effectively with Seniors.
Visit the LiveSmart website or watch your mail for monthly notices of upcoming events.
AARP is the largest non-profit membership organization for adults age 50 and older. It offers its members a wide range of information about life transitions, independent living, financial and legal issues, caregiving and many other topics, including Alzheimers.
Aging Parents and Eldercare is a user-friendly website that walks you through the first steps of becoming a caregiver, provides a glossary of terms, offers checklists to help you assess your aging parent or loved one, identifies issue specific and general websites, and more.
Benefits Check-up a service of the National Council on the Aging provides easy on-line assessment of eligibility and access to the full range of benefit programs. New York City residents may prefer to use the NYC Department on Aging's QuickCheck on-line tool.
Caregiving.com, a resource for and about caregiving, offers caregiver blogs, free webinars, on-line support groups and events.
Careguide @ Home caregiver section helps seniors and their caregivers manage all aspects of caregiving including long distance caregiving, talking with health care professional, balancing work and eldercare, and legal and financial planning.
Caring Connections, formerly Partnership for Caring, provides people with information and support when they are planning ahead, caring for a loved one, living with an illness or grieving a loss. The website includes easy access to state-specific health care proxy and living will documents.
Elder Law Answers offers consumer and professional information on the full-range of issues including legal, financial, and Medicare/Medicaid. Individuals will find the site's glossary of terms especially helpful. The site also includes as search engine to identify an elder lawyer in your area.
Family Caregiver Alliance - National Center on Caregiving offers fact sheets on caregiver issues and strategies in English, Spanish and Chinese. Guides on long-distance caregiving, LGBT family issues and caregiving, and more are also available.
Having the Conversation offers guidance on how to start and have conversations with older adults about a range of emotional and sensitive issues such as selling the house, giving up the car, or other topics about changing needs.
National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (GCM) is an association of professional practitioners trained in gerontology, social work, nursing, and/or counseling who specialize in assisting older people and their families in meeting their long-term care arrangements, including short-term or on-going assistance for long-distance caregivers and provide continuity of care management. Use the website's search engine to find a member where your adult dependent lives.
National Institute on Aging (NIA), one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of National Institute of Health (NIH), conducts and supports research on aging and the health and well-being of older people. The Institute seeks to understand the nature of aging and the aging process, and diseases and conditions associated with growing older, in order to extend the healthy, active years of life. The site provides an A-Z index of health topics, a searchable directory of health & aging organizations, consumer publications (Age Page), and information about Alzheimer's Disease.
The Greater New York Chapter of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers' Helpful Links section is invaluable to New York residents.
New York City Resources for Elder Care are identified and discussed in a New York Magazine article.
New York State Housing Guide for Seniors outlines the variety of housing benefits and programs available to seniors in New York State.
New York State Office of the Aging provides rich information about aging services and supports available in New York for the elderly and caregiver alike including housing options, driver safety information, adult day services, and more. Offices of the Aging are found in all states across the country.
Planning Your Health Care in Advance (PDF) a publication of the New York State Office of the Attorney General answers questions about health care proxies and living wills.
Living Fully: Resources for Aging Well in the City - An 80 page guide for seniors, published in 2013 by the Office of the Manhattan Borough President, offers a comprehensive overview of programs for seniors, their families and caregivers from continuing education and employment to understanding options in senior housing. Living Fully including local services, resources, and benefits. The on-line, downloadable guide is available in English and Spanish. To view your copy see, http://www.mbpo.org/
New App Helps Caregivers of Alzheimer's Patients - The National Alzheimer's Center, a division of the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, launched a new app designed to help family members who are caring for an Alzheimer's patient. "The app called, 'Balance,' enables users to communicate with multiple caregivers, track and share changes in real-time with the patient's doctor(s), learn about the latest developments in the disease and get information about what to expect as Alzheimer's progress." The app is available on iTunes for a fee of $3.99.