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Senior Living

Caregiving and Decision-Making For Seniors: How You Can Help

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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 ( 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 Living

  • a senior-friendly Web site from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM)

Home Care Services


Assisted Living

Good information on understanding Medicare:

U.S. Administration on Aging:

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