The Center for Medicare Advocacy has a lot to offer as a resource on Medicare. It explains topics like program enrollment, out of pocket costs, and coverage appeals. The site’s self-help packets walk you through Medicare rules and regulations. They can feel like a bit of a slog. But, that’s probably unavoidable, given the topic, so hang in there.
Maria Shriver’s website rocks. She’s proof that even a lifetime of success and accomplishment cannot protect you from the challenges of caregiving. Because of her commitment to service and her own experience caring for her parents, she devotes a lot of content space on her website to caregiving. Sign up for her newsletter and get involved in her projects, including The Women’s Alzheimer’s Challenge.
Next Step in Care is a program dedicated to providing practical advice and easy-to-use guides that help in the process of transitioning your parent’s care from one location to another (e.g., hospital to nursing facility). What’s extremely cool is that, at the top of the website, on the right hand side, there’s a little box where you can enter the location your parent is leaving and the location your parent is going — and then the website provides you with the information the program has developed for that specific move!
The American Geriatric Society’s HealthinAging.org is dedicated to providing an expert source of information about managing the medical aspects of aging. I love the tabs: “Find a Geriatrics Healthcare Professional” and “Making Your Wishes Known.” It also has some great, free downloadables such as one that can help you know which medications to avoid.
While I love all of the websites I’m reviewing here, this one’s a favorite. It’s written and maintained by Dr. Leslie Kernisan whose tools and blogs eliminate lingo and put everything in understandable terms. It’s like having a good girlfriend who is a geriatrician. Do yourself a favor and subscribe to her newsletter.
I’ve already written about the Alzheimer’s Association’s Community Resource Finder, which I think is probably the best directory of providers that I’ve seen. This website is also probably the best overall resource for everything and everyone else — regardless of diagnosis. To top it off, It also has a 24/7 Helpline!
What I love about this website is that it allows you to browse advice according to whether you’re new to caregiving or have been a caregiver for many years. And, it also addresses challenges specific to long-distance caregiving and to working and caregiving.