FAMILY CAREGIVER SUPPORT RESOURCES
Aging Well Metro DC
Our e-library is designed to help family caregivers with evidence-based information on topics such as insights on aging, staying independent, memory loss (dementias), important documents, tips and tools for families.
For instance, you might want to bookmark these pages found on the website, which would be helpful as you cope with the challenges of being a family caregiver:
There is helpful information and insights on aging well, preventing falls, and driving safely. You may also sign up for our monthly newsletter.
Alzheimer’s Association Greater Maryland Chapter
The Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Maryland Chapter, strives to ensure better care, to develop better programs, to advance knowledge and understanding about this illness and to achieve its goal of eliminating Alzheimer’s disease.
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels provides two meals a day to eligible participants. A hot meal is delivered midday, as well as a cold meal that can be refrigerated for later consumption. Participants must be homebound due to illness or physical limitations, not able to prepare meals and have no caregiver to assist with food shopping and preparation, or cannot safely prepare food due to physical, mental, or emotional impairment.
Holiday Park Senior Center
Holiday Park is Montgomery County’s largest senior center, and serves more than 500 adults age 55+ every day. Holiday Park is centrally located in Montgomery County, and serves as a resource facility for many ethnic, wellness support and special interest groups.
JSSA is a Montgomery County hospice for excellent end-of-life care that supports dignity and comfort for individuals and provides peace of mind to families.
Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)
SAGE is the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Their mission is to lead in addressing issues related to LGBT aging.
Dementia Action Alliance
An organization that is focused on creating a better society for people living with dementia and those who care about them.
Learn About Two New Scams Affecting Older Adults
—International drug cartels are preying on older adults via email, with promises of romance or money, and are sending these individuals on all-expenses-paid trips to smuggle drugs. They claim to be working for the US government. The trips have multiple stops, and at one of the stops, victims are given packages/suitcases full of drugs. If they are caught, they face jail time, and as many as 30 older adults (one as old as 97) are in foreign jails for these crimes. Victims and potential victims can report schemers to the Senate Special Committee on Aging Here and at 855-303-9470. Tips also can be shared with Immigration and Customs Enforcement Here and at 866-347-2423.
—The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued an advisory about scams targeting older consumers who previously had been victims of fraudulent money-making schemes, such as bogus timeshare investments and in-home business opportunities. In these scams, so-called asset recovery companies, which promise to obtain refunds for a substantial fee, fail to deliver promised services and leave consumers financially worse off than before. Warnings include an upfront demand for money, and requests to not tell family and friends. Those who believe they have been victimized should alert the affected bank or credit card company immediately, the CFPB advises. Scams should be reported to local law enforcement officials and to the Federal Trade Commission Here Those who have an issue with a financial product or service may submit a complaint to the CFPB Here.
Widow Care is a 501c(3) nonprofit serving DC, Maryland & Virginia residents who are facing the loss of a spouse, so they can become empowered in their walks through grief and new challenges. Our programs/services include monthly peer support groups, social meetups, educational/grief seminars, one-on-one mentorship, personalized in-home volunteer assistance, connections with resources (including our own Widowed Checklist) and more.
ALCA (Aging Life Care™ Association)
A nonprofit association with over 2,000 members, ALCA leads the community of Aging Life Care Professionals through education, professional development, and the highest ethical standards to guide adults and their families in living well as they face the challenges of aging. All of our aging life care managers (formerly known as geriatric care managers) are ALCA members at the advanced, professional, and associate levels.
Check out the Aging Life Care Association’s Blog page! There are lots of discussions on many different topics related to aging and the needs of older adults. Enjoy the wealth of information that ALCA’s blogs have to offer.
ALCA Mid-Atlantic Chapter
The Mid-Atlantic Professional Geriatric Care Managers Inc. is an organization of private practitioners whose goal is to advance the dignified social, psychological, and health care for older adults, others with chronic needs, and their families. Members conduct their practices in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia.
The Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce has earned its position in the region as the oldest and largest business organization in Montgomery County. It is an active chamber that looks to advance its members’ growth and prosperity, and provide increased opportunities and value for its membership. The Chamber advocates for and unites the business community, conveys business interests to policy-makers and advances the region’s economic health. Debra Levy Eldercare Associates is a member of the Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce.
The Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce works to advance Silver Spring’s commercial success and ultimately the well-being of the overall community. It collaborates with business, government and civic leaders to promote Silver Spring, and provides programs to help its member businesses grow and prosper. Debra Levy Eldercare Associates is a member of the Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce.
GROWS (Grass Roots Organization for the Well-Being of Seniors)
GROWS is an organization of senior service professionals in Montgomery County who are dedicated to the well-being of seniors. The organization provides networking opportunities and education for those who work with and for seniors. Debra Levy Eldercare Associates is a member of GROWS at the Bronze Benefactor Level.
National Association of Social Workers
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies. Some of our aging life care managers are members of NASW.
Prince George’s Senior Provider Network
The Prince George’s Senior Provider Network (PGSPN) is a group of professionals who work together to help seniors in the community get the support and assistance they need. Debra Levy Eldercare Associates is a member of PGSPN at the Silver Membership Level.
SUSY ELDER MURPHY – SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS AND SPONSORSHIPS
6/13/2019 – 2019 Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Hosted by the Montgomery County Elder/Vulnerable Adult Abuse Task Force, Silver Spring, MD – Sponsor
5/11/2019 – 2019 Journey of Hope Conference, Sibley Senior Association, Benefiting Club Memory, Washington DC – Exhibitor
5/10/2019 – Panelist at Charles E. Smith Life Communities, “Are We Prepared? Four Chronic Diseases Transforming Aging and Health Care: Cancer, Diabetes, Dementia and Heart Disease in an Older Population” Maryland
4/18/2019 – Attended 16th Annual What’s Next Boomer Business Summit, New Orleans, LA
4/14 – 4/18/2019 – Presented at the American Society on Aging National Conference, Aging in America, New Orleans, LA
5/9 – 5/12/2018 – Attending 34th Annual National Aging Life Care Association™ Conference, Chicago, IL
5/4/2018 – Panelist (along with Susan Blum, MSW, LCSW-C, LICSW, C-ASWCM) at the 8th Annual Sara & Samuel J. Lessans Healthcare Symposium for Clinicians & Caregivers: The Role of Medical Ethics in the Care of an Older Population, Rockville, MD
4/26/2018 – Presenting (along with Teresa Boring, MSW, LCSW-C) a Lunch Presentation on Special Needs Trusts, Sandy Spring Bank
4/19/2018 – Attending Exceptional Living Boot Camp, Five Star Premier Residences of Chevy Chase
3/24/2018 – Presenting at Sunrise Montgomery Village’s “Independent Living with Home Care and Aging Life Care Management” with Capital City Nurses
3/14/2018 – Panelist at “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Medical Marijuana but Were Afraid to Ask”
3/6/2018 – Presented at Taiwanese American Senior Society – Planning for the Future
2/8/2018 – Presented (along with Jane Barnes, MS, RN, CMC) on Frontotemporal Dementia at Country Meadows’ February Support Group, Frederick, MD
12/15/2017 – Featured panelist at Dementia Symposium at Ingleside King Farm, Rockville, MD
12/7/2017 – Presented at Arden Courts Kensington, When is it Time, Making the Decision to move to a Memory Care Facility
11/14/2017 – Presented at Brooke Grove’s Caring for the Caregiver seminar, Sandy Spring, MD
11/2/2017 – Attended & presented at NAELA Guardianship Summit, Linthicum Heights, MD
10/4/2017 – Presented at ProAging networking event, Eden Homes, McLean, VA
1/26/2017 – Attended Aging Life Care Association Chapter President’s Retreat, Tempe, AZ
12/15/2016 – Presented at Arden Courts Kensington, When is it Time, Making the Decision to move to a Memory Care Facility
10/10/2016 – Panelist at Law & Associates on Understanding Aging Life Care –Who we are and how we can help
9/25/2016 – Panelist at Hebrew Home’s Bagel Brunch, Presented on the Maryland MOLST (Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment)
9/14/2016 – Presented to the Greater Washington Association of Health Underwriters on Long Term Care Insurance, How and When to Use It