No matter where your elder lives, it can be helpful to talk to someone face-to-face in your own community about elder care issues.
In Massachusetts, the Executive Office of Elder Affairs is the hub for elder care resources and information. Their Web site links to 800AgeInfo, which provides comprehensive assessment, planning and caregiving resources for Massachusetts families and connects you to local agencies.
MIT's Family Caregiver Handbook is another good resource, as it walks you through Massachusetts' elder care landscape.
For information, support and services close to Smith, contact the Northampton Council on Aging and Senior Center. This agency provides a range of services and support to the city's elders and is a good resource for caregivers who would like to see a senior center in action.
Highland Valley Elder Care Services, also located in Northampton, is a federally designated Area Agency on Aging offering a wide range of programs, services and referrals for elders.
For those who would like to connect with other caregivers—to exchange stories, resources and support—Northampton's Cooley Dickinson Hospital hosts a free, weekly caregivers support group. For more information about this group, call (413) 582-2722.