Caring for Adults

A young lady hugging an elderly woman

Caring for an older adult, someone with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias, or with a chronic illness can be stressful. You may not think of yourself as a caregiver if you have a job outside of the home or if you are an older adult yourself, but recognizing that you are is an important step in getting help.

The Department for the Aging's Caregiver Resource Center is staffed with specialists in dementia and long-term care issues. The Center offers free counseling, referrals, and can connect you with support groups.

The Department also partners with community-based programs in each borough to:

  • Provide respite care
  • Train caregivers
  • Pay for some types of assistive devices (medical alert systems, limited home modifications)

As a caregiver, you owe it to yourself to seek support. Call 311 for more information, find a caregiver program near you, or contact the Caregiver Resource Center.

For older adults who require assistance with personal care, social adult day care is meant to provide socialization, supervision and monitoring, personal care, and nutrition in a structured setting. Many of the adult day cares operating in the City aren't affiliated with DFTA, but you can download a list of City-funded sites.

Citywide Caregiver Resources