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New York State Releases Caregiver Guide

On Dec. 19th, the Department of Health (DOH), in collaboration with the New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA), released the "New York State Caregiver Guide" for family members and friends who care for older adults or people with disabilities. The Guide, which is available only in print format, provides information on topics such as "Communicating with Healthcare Professionals," "Legal and Financial Planning," and "Creating Your Care Team."

In a statement accompanying the release of the Guide, Greg Olsen, acting director of NYSOFA, noted that there are more than four million caregivers across New York State who provide more than 2.6 billion hours of care to loved ones at any given time each year.

The 140-page publication comes in a box with a pen, a notepad, and sticky notes. In its first run, 1,000 copies have been published for distribution at the following sites:

  • New York City: CaringKind, Presbyterian Senior Services
  • Capital Region: St. Peter's Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Eddy Alzheimer's Services
  • Finger Lakes: Lifespan
  • Western New York: Alzheimer's Association, WNY
  • Statewide: New York Independent Living Open Doors Program

More information about the Guide is available here. NYSOFA makes available digital caregiver resources here.

Contact: Karen Lipson, klipson@leadingageny.org, 518-867-8383 ext. 124