Caring From A Distance Expands Washington D.C. Web Directory to Include Low-Income Senior Resources

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Free Access to At-a-Glance Resources for caregivers trying to help parents from afar.

Caring from a Distance announces an update of programs serving older residents of Washington, D.C. available on the free, searchable, Metro DC Service Directory of the Caring from a Distance (CFAD) website, http://www.cfad.org.

The non-profit organization's pilot Metro D.C. comprehensive eldercare directory had added 200 programs special to Washington, D.C. residents. These are District of Columbia Office on Aging (DCOA) community-based programs for low-income or disabled DC residents that provide case management, literacy, congregate meals, respite, home care and other social services. The update also includes new information on other caregiver services, organizations and hospital-based health programs in the area.

The Washington, D.C. Area Agency on Aging, under the leadership of Dr. Clarence Brown, has responded to CFAD's quest to provide a comprehensive, local, at-a-glance, on-line directory so valuable for older adults in the community as well as their caregivers living around the corner or thousands of miles away.

In March, 2008, CNN's Health Reporter Elizabeth Cohen cited Caring from a Distance among "Great Websites when Aging Parents Need Help."
http://www.cnn.com/2008/HEALTH/family/03/20/ep.family.care/index.html

"Long distance caregiving is a national probem with local solutions," says Nora Jean Levin, CFAD's Executive DIrector. "Our goal is to lower the information access barrier and through area-wide partnerships become a portal for impartial, detailed information on the wide range of available eldercare family support."

About Caring from a Distance (CFAD)

Founded in 2002, CFAD is a not-for-profit organization based in Washington D.C. Its mission is to help long distance caregivers make well-informed and timely medical and social decisions, and to maximize the well-being of those they care for by connecting website visitors directly to the wide spectrum of information and the resources they may need. With a pilot program in Metro Washington, D.C., CFAD has adopted as its model a secure web-based application for nation-wide database searches, family-to-expert blogs, critical medical information storage and professional articles. The path-breaking Metro DC database includes information on over 2600 government, non-profit and for-profit programs.

CFAD has partnered with respected local organizations to produce this valuable resource. Our pilot partners are: The Jewish Council for the Aging's Senior HelpLine --- an established Washington area information and referral database maintained by a nonsectarian nonprofit devoted to serving seniors; and The Guide to Retirement Living --- a popular resource-rich publication geared to retirees.

CFAD is supported by foundation grants, on-line donations and many individuals.

USA.gov, the U.S. government's official web portal, now links to Caring from a Distance as a reliable resource. http://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/Health/caregivers.shtml#vgn-long-distance-caregiving-vgn

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