of Aging Parents is a nonprofit, charitable organization whose
mission is to assist the nation's nearly 54 million caregivers
of the elderly or chronically ill with reliable information,
referrals and support, and to heighten public awareness that
the health of the family caregivers is essential to ensure
quality care of the nation's growing elderly population.
to provide more immediate support, we have established an online support
group. To join, enter your email address in the place specified on
the left and then click the "Join
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The Medicare Rights Center is a national, nonprofit consumer
service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health
care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling
and advocacy, educational programs and public policy initiatives.
• Dear Marci
is a free online e-newsletter that offers answers and explanations
to a different topic each month. The link to this
resource is http://www.medicarerights.org/medicare-answers/dear-marci.php.
• The helpline
is 800-333-4114. A Medicare Rights Center counselor will answer your
questions about Medicare.
early 2004, CAPS joined forces with Contact
Greater Philadelphia, a
non-profit, United Way agency that provides free telephone helpline
services to the residents of Bucks County. It is staffed
by volunteers who are trained in crisis intervention and active
listening skills, which is an important asset for the careivers
that call on CAPS as well as those needing the serives of Contact
helplines offer a caring presence for lonely,
depressed, anxious, and needy people. The agency receives over 81,700 calls
a year — over 225 a day — to people of all ages. In addition Contact
volunteers make calls out to its reassurance clients.
averages about 18,000 requests for assistance each year and the
number is increasing. In 1995, there were 33 million Americans
over the age of 65. In 2020, there will be almost 70 million,
doubling in less than 25 years. Over 23 percent of all US households
contain a caregiver.
translates into an estimated 22,411,200 caregiving households nationwide.
The average caregiver is 46 years old. Seven in 10 caregivers (73
percent) are female. Only 5.5 percent of the over-65 population
resides in nursing homes.
publishes a quarterly newsletter filled with news and advice for caregivers.
CAPS arranges conferences and workshops on issues vital to caregivers
and professionals, shares new product information, and utilizes the
broadcast and print media to improve the public's understanding of
caregiving and issues of aging.
stay healthy longer and are less stressed through regular association
with support groups which afford practical advice, understanding, and
affirmation. CAPS refers caregivers to appropriate groups anywhere
in the US and encourages the formation of new, CAPS-affiliated groups.
CAPS provides the start-up training and on-going support to interested
has partnered with The Caregivers Advisory Panel (TCAP) that is aligned
to CAPS mission and creates mutual value in improving the lives of
family caregivers through market research by conveying their wants,
needs and opinions to health care product manufacturers, service providers
and policy makers. Make a difference; join TCAP now.
Children of Aging Parents through your at-work charity fund drive,
use the ID donor designation 8010 for United Way of Southeastern
Pennsylvania or 2514 for the Combined Federal Campaign.
Children of Aging Parents