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Read More >Seniors and Adult Children Under One Roof

With crushing student loans and an economy that doesn't offer enough job opportunities, college graduates and even older adult children are moving back home with mom and dad in record numbers.

Read More >How to Get the Most Out of Support Groups: Seniors and Caregivers

Support groups for almost any condition or situation can be found to help the individual and the families who are dealing with a problem. Emotional and practical support is offered through an exchange of information by participants and/or guidance by a professional.

Read More >How Seniors Can Handle Widowhood, Divorce and Remarriage Issues

Widowhood, divorce or remarriage in the senior years is a huge transition for the senior and the family members. Not everyone adjusts at the same rate and often help is needed to make the transition a smooth one.

Read More >Transitioning Roles from Parent to Adult Child – Adapting to a Reversed Way of Life

A handout on the challenges of reversing the role between parent and child.

Read More >Why Seniors are Moving from Institution Back Home

The U.S. Congress authorized the MFP as part of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005. MFP was designed to assist states in rebalancing their long-term care systems and help Medicaid enrollees transition out of institutions and back to their communities.

Elder Law

Read More >Introductory Guide to Advance Directives

This guide answers your questions on this confusing topic such as: what is an advance directive, why do I need one, are there different types and more.

Long-Term Care

Read More >Transitioning Roles from Parent to Adult Child – Adapting to a Reversed Way of Life

A handout on the challenges of reversing the role between parent and child.

Read More >New Areas of Reform on the Long-Term Care Labor Force Crisis

There is a growing consensus that America’s long-term care (LTC) system faces a crisis in providing sufficient health care and social needs to an aging society. A major concern is the impending disparity between the increasing demands of health care needs and the decreasing supply of the LTC workforce. This guide provides you with a summary of the LTC labor force issue and brings together the available information on current and future labor market needs, as well identifies best practices in recruitment, retention, education and training of LTC workers at every level.

Read More >What You Need to Know about Long-Term Care

Get to know what long-term care truly means with this white paper. It's an overview of all aspects of long-term care and a great resource for you, your loved ones, and your senior clients.

Read More >Assessing Your Needs for Long-Term Care

Create a true care needs picture with this assessment form for you or a loved one. It will help you understand what level of care you need.

Read More >Getting to Know Your Long-Term Care Options

At least 70 percent of people over 65 will require some form of long-term care. Getting the right kind of care and knowing where to find it can be difficult. Here is what you need to know to get started.

Senior Housing

Read More >The Consumers Guide to Seniors Housing

Locating the best senior housing solution for your loved one encompasses factors from financial limitations, lifestyle goals, level of care needed and the amount of familial support. The Senior Housing Guide provides a detailed look at these factors and offers steps for putting together a housing plan that will give the individual the highest quality of life.

Read More >State of the Senior Housing Industry Report

As professionals in the senior housing industry plan for what the future looks like, the rules of the past may not apply to this new generation of seniors. This report provides a look at new regulatory changes, recent statistics, current trends, and related market research to help senior housing industry professionals understand the retirement goals of senior citizens and to forecast a solid plan for future company growth.

Read More >Nursing Home Checklist

A straightforward list of questions to ask of nursing homes and useful tips that give you a better perspective of what to look for as you compare them.

Read More >Homesharing for Seniors

A new income and/or companion option for seniors is to share their homes with other seniors or people who can help them with their care needs. ‘Match up programs’ are helping seniors find the right complement to their situations. See how this might benefit someone you know.

Read More >Senior Housing - What You Need to Know Booklet

Easily match the care needs of the individual to the different types of senior housing options by using this chart It displays plainly each category of care and what level of support is offered at each type of facility.

Eldercare Providers

Dr. Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH

Dr. Leslie Kernisan is a board-certified geriatrician who believes that educating and empowering elders and their caregivers is the pathway to the best possible medical care, and quality of life. She provides housecalls and geriatric consultations in San Francisco and the Bay Area. She specializes in helping elders and families with age-related medical challenges, such as, memory problems (including Alzheimer’s and other dementias), falls, pain, multiple chronic conditions, declines in independence, repeat hospitalizations, care coordination and end-of-life care coordination.

ElderConsult Geriatric Medicine

ElderConsult Geriatric Medicine is a group of board-certified physicians and geriatric nurse practitioners providing top-notch medical care to elderly patients. Their approach has five parts: Quality of Life, Understanding Medication, Cooperation, Interdependence, and Accessibility.

Bay Area House Call Physicians

Bay Area House Call Physicians (BAHCP) provides exceptional, compassionate, and convenient medical care to the Bay Area. They employ board-certified physicians, hire competent staff, and use state of the art equipment to ensure the best medical care. They improve both the access to care and the quality of care for people who have trouble getting to a doctor’s office and try to prevent the need for hospitalizations by providing house calls. Patients enjoy first-rate health care in the comfort of their own home.

Aging in Harmony

KATHARINA W. DRESS, MA, founder and principal mediator helps older adults and their families, caregivers and aging services providers navigate the often-challenging communications about Elder Care and Estate Planning issues.

Family Caregiver Services

FCA is first and foremost a public voice for caregivers. Founded in the late 1970s, they were the first community-based nonprofit organization in the country to address the needs of families and friends providing long-term care for loved ones at home. They illuminate the caregivers' daily challenges to better the lives of caregivers nationally, provide them the assistance they need and deserve, and champion their cause through education, services, research and advocacy.

Community Resources

Bay Area Older Adults

Bay Area Older Adults is a nonprofit organization that promotes the health and well-being of adults age 50+. Our Healthy Living™ Program offers affordable outdoors, educational, cultural and social activities to energize your mind and body, meet like-minded people and make new friends.

Council on Aging Silicon Valley

Council on Aging Silicon Valley provides expertise, education, and quality support services to Santa Clara County seniors, families, and their caregivers. Council on Aging Silicon Valley’s mission is to provide the aging community and their caregivers the tools and services they need to age well at home. Through a comprehensive network of resources, the Council on Aging Silicon Valley strives to educate, prepare, support and advocate for seniors, their families, and their caregivers throughout Santa Clara County.

Foster City Village

The Foster City Village is a non-profit California corporation established and managed by members devoted to maintaining and improving an independent quality of life sought by a majority of local seniors.

San Francisco County Senior Centers and Programs

San Francisco offers a wealth of activities for seniors at locations throughout the City. At these centers, seniors can learn tai chi, painting, quilting, computer literacy, and computer access, or sign up for exercise programs, social events, day trips, English as a second language classes, and so much more. Services are free or low-cost. Many centers offer low-cost meal programs and social services referrals on-site as well. Best of all, the centers are a great way to make friends, have fun and stay connected with the community.

San Mateo County Fall Prevention Task Force

The mission of the San Mateo Fall Prevention Task Force is to decrease falls among community dwelling older adults through advocacy, resource development and education.

Eldercare Organizations


AARP is a membership organization leading positive social change and delivering value to people age 50 and over through information, advocacy and service. With a membership of more than 37 million, AARP helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment security and retirement planning. We advocate for consumers in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services.

Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. The Alzheimer's Association website provides information on the symptoms and signs, seven stages, diagnosis, treatment and care of Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Get support from our 24/7 Helpline, message boards and your local Alzheimer's Association Chapter.

California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR)

Since 1983, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR) has been dedicated to improving the choices, care and quality of life for California’s long term care consumers. Through direct advocacy, community education, legislation and litigation it has been CANHR’s goal to educate and support long term care consumers and advocates regarding the rights and remedies under the law, and to create a united voice for long term care reform and humane alternatives to institutionalization.

California Department of Aging

The California Department of Aging (CDA) administers programs that serve older adults, adults with disabilities, family caregivers, and residents in long-term care facilities throughout the State. The Department administers funds allocated under the federal Older Americans Act , the Older Californians Act, and through the Medi-Cal program.

Center for Disease Control

CDC.gov (www.cdc.gov) is your online source for credible health information and is the official Web site of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC is committed to achieving true improvements in people's health. CDC applies research and findings to improve people's daily lives and responds to health emergencies—something that distinguishes CDC from its peer agencies. Working with states and other partners, CDC provides a system of health surveillance to monitor and prevent disease outbreaks, implement disease prevention strategies, and maintain national health statistics.

Veterans Organizations

VA Aid and Attendance Program and other Pension Benefits for Elderly Veterans

The Aid and Attendance Benefit program and the other VA Pensions are a great source of funds for financially constrained, wartime Veterans and/or their surviving spouses to use for their long term care costs such as assisted living, home care, adult day and skilled nursing. Many veterans don’t realize that they are eligible or are unaware that they can receive a higher level of cash benefit.

Veteran's Aid Organization

The Aid and Attendance (A&A) Pension provides benefits for veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person to assist in eating, bathing, dressing and undressing or taking care of the needs of nature. It also includes individuals who are blind or a patient in a nursing home because of mental or physical incapacity. Assisted care in an assisting living facility also qualifies.

Veterans Affairs Aid & Attendance Benefits Factsheet - CANHR

Veterans Affairs aid, attendance benefits, frequently asked questions, and general fact sheet provided by CANHR.

Newsletter Archive

May 30th, 2013 - Spring Newsletter

Hearing loss is not a minor issue. One-third of Americans 65 to 74 years of age and 47 percent of those 75 and older suffer from hearing loss. Among seniors, hearing loss is the third most common treatable health issue behind arthritis and hypertension. There are many treatments-hearing aids, certain medicines, or surgery.

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January 14th, 2013 - January Newsletter

Muttville is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the lives of senior dogs. On a local level, Muttville rescues senior dogs and finds them new homes or gives them hospice. Also, on January 31, 2013, local decision makers, health advocates, and other community leaders will convene in Millbrae to discuss the future of senior health in San Mateo County.

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December 3rd, 2012 - December Newsletter

Eating a well-planned, balanced mix of foods every day has many health benefits. For instance, eating well may reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, bone loss, some kinds of cancer, and anemia. If you already have one or more of these chronic diseases, eating well and being physically active may help you better manage them. Healthy eating may also help you reduce high blood pressure, lower high cholesterol, and manage diabetes.

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October 16th, 2012 - Elder Care News and Events

Taking too many drugs such as prescription drugs, over-the-counter (OTC) products, herbs and supplements can cause poor medication results, but there are steps seniors can follow to prevent medical harm. Pharmacies, federal and state government programs, and even the drug companies themselves offer programs to offset the high costs of drugs. Learn where you can go for low cost prescriptions.

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September 22nd, 2012 - National Falls Prevention Day

Did you know that one in three older Americans falls every year? Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for people aged 65+. If you have an aging parent, grandparent, or neighbor in your life, you can help them reduce their risk of falling. Sept. 22 is National Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD), sponsored by our Falls Free© Initiative. This year, 46 states, DC, and Puerto Rico will be hosting health fairs, falls risk screenings, and other events to educate older adults about this critical health issue. If you have an aging parent, grandparent, or neighbor in your life, you can help them reduce their risk of falling. Sept. 22 is National Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD), sponsored by our Falls Free© Initiative.

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