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Community Resources

Below is a list of the most utilized elder care resources, for both local and long distance support.

Adult Protective Services

For concerns about, or to report the abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an elder:

Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia

Alzheimer's Disease Alzheimer’s Disease is a type of dementia which results in problems with memory, thinking and behavior.
Dementia

Dementia is not a specific disease rather it’s a term used to describe a set of symptoms which may include; memory loss, problems with behavior, problem-solving, and more. Types of dementia include; Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, Parkinson’s disease, and more.

Further information and resources available at:

Health/Disease

National Health Websites
  • American Psychological AssociationThis national site has extensive information about psychology-related topics and developments within psychology.
  • Health FinderHealthfinder, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is a gateway to more than 1,800 agencies and organizations.
  • The Mayo ClinicThe site offers an index of diseases listed A-Z, 11 Condition Centers (Alzheimer's for example), and eight Healthy Living Centers (such as Women's Health).
  • MedlineFor information about diseases and conditions, pharmaceutical drugs, and other helpful resources.
  • Mental Health America (MHA)
  • Mental Help
  • Women's HealthPart health encyclopedia, part women's advocate, this National Women's Health Information Center site draws on thousands of publications from a federal clearinghouse.
Amytrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)/Lou Gehrig's Disease

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.

Arthritis

Arthritis is not a single disease; it is an informal way of referring to joint pain or joint disease. There are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions.

Cancer
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a term used to describe progressive lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory (non-reversible) asthma, and some forms of bronchiectasis.

Diabetes
Fall Prevention
Hearing Impairment
Heart Disease
Hypertension

Also known as ‘high blood pressure;’ it happens when the force of the blood pumping through your arteries is too strong.

Pulmonary hypertension is high blood pressure only in the arteries of the lungs.

Incontinence
Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones that happens when you lose too much bone, make too little bone or both.

Parkinsons Disease

Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive disease of the nervous system marked by tremor, muscular rigidity, and slow, imprecise movement, chiefly affecting middle-aged and elderly people.

Stroke

A stroke occurs when blood flow to an area of brain is cut off. When this happens, brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die. When brain cells die during a stroke, abilities controlled by that area of the brain such as memory and muscle control are lost.

Information about the Sensory Trigger Method related to aphasia (loss of speech) that is sometimes associated with stroke.

Vision Impairment

Home Care

Information and Referral

  • National Elder Care Locator
    Tel: 800-677-1116 
    Elder Care Locator is a free nationwide assistance service which helps elders and their caregivers locate support resources or give information about long-term care planning. You may call this number with the city, state, zip code of a town an elder lives in and they will connect you with the Aging Information and Referral Services Agency for that area. This is an excellent resource for Long-Distance Caregivers.
  • Institute on Aging
    Tel: 415-750-4111
    As the leading advocate for older adults and those who care for them, Institute on Aging offer a broad spectrum of services and support to help seniors maintain their independence. In addition to providing home care and case management services, they operate San Francisco's Elder Abuse Prevention Program; The Friendship Line, a free 24-hour suicide prevention "warm" line for seniors; adult day care centers for adults experiencing Alzheimer's and dementia; the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), which provides medical care, physical therapy and enrichment activities for older adults; and CONNECT, a free community referral service for all things elder. 
  • California Department of Aging
    Website provides resource information on services and programs available to seniors and adults with disabilities throughout California.
Alameda County

Alameda County Adult and Aging Services
(510) 577 1900
The Department of Adult and Aging Services provides services through Adult Protective Services (APS), IN-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), Medi-Cal Long Term Care, the Public Authority for In-Home Supportive Services, the Public Guardian/Conservator, the Qualifies Medicare Beneficiary Unit (QMB), Veterans Services, the Area Agency on Aging (AAA), and subcontracted services under the Older Americans and Californians Acts. 

Alameda County Network of Care
This comprehensive, Internet-based resource is for the elderly and people with disabilities, as well as their caregivers and service providers.

Spectrum Community Services for LGBT elders
Case management, senior nutrition, attendant registry, and rental subsidy services to residents for southern and Central Alameda County. 

City of Oakland: Senior Companion Program
150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, 94612
(510) 238-3080
Senior Companion volunteers meet critical community needs and touch the lives of adults who need extra assistance to live independently in their own homes or communities.

Contra Costa County

Adult Day Services Network of Contra Costa
(925) 682 1000
Adult Day Services provide supervised daytime programs to frail elders and adults with physical/mental limitations which includes meals, transportation, and therapeutic activities.

Marin County

Spectrum Center for LGBT Concerns in Marin County
912 Irwin Street, San Rafael, CA 94901 
(415) 472 1945
Spectrum Center offers information and referral, support groups, senior activities , and a friendly visiting program for LGBT elders. The center strengthens and promotes acceptance of diversity and LGBT issues

Long Distance Caregiving

Respite

This website is designed to provide education and support to caregivers at UC Berkeley. The referrals to community health providers and agencies are listed as a convenience. Their inclusion here does not constitute endorsement by the University of California.