Resources on Eldercare
American Federation of State, County and
Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO
1625 L Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036-5687
NOTE: Some AFSCME councils and locals have their own experts in legislation, public affairs, and community action. Members should consult with their local leadership first before contacting International staff.
Other labor organizations
815 16th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20006
The AFL-CIO has produced a resource guide designed to help labor unions establish work and family programs at the worksite. The guide contains contract language, talking points for speeches and for speaking to the press, and a resource list of labor experts who can provide technical assistance.
AFL-CIO, Work and Family Committee, Putting Families First: AFL-CIO Working Family Resource Guide, 1992.
Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW)
1126 16th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036
CLUW is America's only national organization for union women. Not a union itself, CLUW strives to make organized labor--and the public in general--more sensitive to the needs of working women and their families. CLUW has 75 chapters across the country and over 20,000 members representing more than 60 unions.
CLUW published a booklet designed to assist union members in their pursuit of workplace solutions for integrating work and family life.
The Coalition of Labor Union Women, Bargaining For Family Benefits: A Union Member's Guide, Pub. No. 0-228-0491-5.
American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
601 E Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20049
AARP makes available free copies of publications concerning a wide range of eldercare issues, such as adult day care, bereavement support, care management, health care financing, home health or personal care aides; homemaker services; housing; legal services; long-term care; mental health; nursing homes; transportation; and socializing.
AARP also has produced a training manual titled, Caregivers in the Work Place Kit, which is designed to assist employers and/or unions in developing and tailoring caregiving programs to employees' needs. Write to AARP Fulfillment at the above address for their list of publications on eldercare.
Choice in Dying
250 W. 57th Street
New York, NY 10707
Provides information on Living Wills and Medical Durable Powers of Attorney.
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
1604 North Country Club Road
Tucson, AZ 85716
Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the above address for information on "How to Select an Elder Law Attorney."
Older Women's League
666 11th Street, N.W., Suite 700
Washington, D.C. 20001
The Older Women's League (OWL) is a membership organization that is working to improve the quality of life for mid-life and older women. OWL recognizes that women's longevity makes them more likely than men to need long-term care. OWL also knows that women are more likely than men to be the primary caregiver for a parent, in-law or spouse. To receive OWL's, "Caregiver Information Packet," send a stamped, self-addressed business-size envelope to the address above.
National Family Caregivers Association 1-800-896-3650
This membership organization for caregivers offers a resource guide and a quarterly newsletter.
The Social Security Administration (SSA)
Contact SSA if you have questions or want more information about Social Security's Old Age and Survivor's Insurance, Supplemental Security Income, or Medicare. SSA also offers numerous free brochures which explain the various aspects of the system. A few examples are:
SSI, Pub. No. 05-11000.
Survivors, Pub. No. 05-10084.
Understanding Social Security, Pub. No. 05-10024.
When You Get Social Security Retirement or Survivors Benefits: What You Need to Know, Pub. No. 05-10077.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
6325 Security Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21207
The following Medicare publications can be ordered from CMS:
Guide to Health Insurance for People with Medicare, Pub. No. 518B.
Medicare and Advance Directives, Pub. No. 519B.
Medicare Hospice Benefits, Pub. No. 591B.
Medicare: Savings for Qualified Beneficiaries, Pub. No. 596B.
Your Medicare Handbook, Pub. No. HCFA 10050.
Information and support services organizations
The following organizations provide information and/or support services for individuals and families coping with serious health conditions. Many have local chapters around the country that are knowledgeable about community resources. Call the toll-free numbers listed below to learn more about what these organizations have to offer.
American Cancer Society
American Diabetes Association
American Foundation for the Blind
American Heart Association
American Lung Association
American Parkinson's Disease Association
Help for Incontinent People
Info to Go (formerly National Information Center on Deafness)
National Osteoporosis Foundation