Links to Local and National Information
The links and information below are provided as resources to local and National organizations to help caregivers find additional information to assist them in caring for their patients, caring for themselves, and finding out about the latest medical advances and research.
SF Bay Area Resource Links
California Resource Links
Sourcewise, previously Council on Aging Silicon Valley, has updated our name to better reflect the expanded community we serve – all adults in Santa Clara County. Sourcewise provides support to seniors and caregivers as well as persons with disabilities and all adults in Santa Clara County and aims to inform, educate, and prepare all adults within Santa Clara County to better navigate their health and life options.
The Social Services Agency of Santa Clara County is a culturally sensitive and socially responsible public agency providing high quality, professional, financial, and protective services for residents of Santa Clara County. The Social Services Agency's Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) promotes a safe and independent lifestyle for seniors, dependent adults and the disabled through the delivery of protective services, quality nutrition and supportive in-home services.
Alzheimer's Association - Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter
For residents of the six county San Francisco Bay Area, FCA serves as a point of entry to specialized caregiver services. We work with families caring for someone with an adult-onset brain impairment such as Alzheimer's disease, stroke, Parkinson's, MS, ALS, Huntington's disease, TBI, AIDS dementia and brain tumor, regardless of the care recipient's age.
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.
The California Health and Human Services Agency oversees departments, boards, and offices that provide a wide range of health care services, social services, mental health services, alcohol and drug treatment services, public health services, income assistance, and services to people with disabilities.
CalQualityCare.org features information on California hospitals, medical groups, nursing homes, and other long-term care facilities, along with tips and checklists about how to choose a health care provider, questions to ask, how to pay for care, and what to do if something goes wrong. - See more at: http://www.calqualitycare.org/about#sthash.WTwRzzVM.dpuf
The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) works to serve California veterans and their families. With nearly 2 million veterans living in the State, CalVet strives to ensure that its veterans of every era and their families get the state and federal benefits and services they have earned and deserve as a result of selfless and honorable military service.
The California Council on Gerontology and Geriatrics (CCGG) is a statewide nonprofit leadership organization that promotes the quality of life of California’s diverse aging population by informing and integrating educational programs, work force development and public policy.
The California Department of Social Services provides administration and oversight of programs that affect nearly 3 million of California’s most vulnerable residents—foster children and youth, children and families receiving aid through the California Work Opportunities and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs), Adults and elderly in licensed community care facilities and aged, blind and disabled recipients requiring In-Home Supportive Services or Supplemental Security Income Payment Assistance.
California Alzheimer’s Disease Centers (CADCs) are a network of ten dementia care Centers of Excellence at California medical schools created under the Alzheimer’s Disease Program to meet the needs of the rapidly expanding number of people with dementing illnesses in California. CADCc effectively and efficiently improve AD health care delivery, provide specialized training and education to health care professionals and others, and advance the diagnosis and treatment of AD.
California Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC) have at their core a partnership between an Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and an Independent Living Center (ILC), as well as other organizations depending on specifics of the local community. ADRCs empower consumers to consider all options, make informed decisions, and access community LTSS that help them meet their personal goals for independence – regardless of the source of financing.
The mission of the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is to provide Californians with access to affordable, high-quality health care, including medical, dental, mental health, substance use disorder services, and long-term services and supports. DHCS’ vision is to preserve and improve the physical and mental health of all Californians.
Caregiver Resource Centers serves as a point of entry to services available to caregiving families in every county of California. CRCs provide information and support for family and friends caring for adults with chronic, disabling health conditions. CRC Services are free or low cost and include: Specialized Information, Support Groups, Family Consultations & Care Planning, Legal & Financial Consultation, Respite Care, Education, Counseling, and Professional Training.
National Resource Links
The Department of Veterans Affairs site provides information for veterans, their families, and caregivers regarding benefits available for veterans including health care, benefits, and resources.
Since 1974, the NIA -- one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of the NIH -- has been at the forefront of the Nation's research activities dedicated to understanding the nature of aging, supporting the health and well being of older adults, and extending healthy, active years of life for more people.
NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need.
The official U.S. Government site for Medicare. Includes plan information, registration, coverage, claims, appeals, and more. Find doctors, providers, hospitals, plans & suppliers.
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) brings together the efforts and achievements of the Administration on Aging, the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and the HHS Office on Disability to serve as the Federal agency responsible for increasing access to community supports, while focusing attention and resources on the unique needs of older Americans and people with disabilities across the lifespan.
The Alzheimer's Disease Education & Referral Center is a site provided by the National Institute of Health / National Institute on Aging to provide information, publications, news, resources, and research on Alzheimer's topics to the public, caregivers, and health providers.
The Alzheimer's Association advances research to end Alzheimer's and dementia while enhancing care for those living with the disease.
The N4A's primary mission is to build the capacity of its members to help older persons and persons with disabilities live with dignity and choices in their homes and communities for as long as possible.