COVID-19 Resources for Older Adults and Caregivers
COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that continues to affect people and communities worldwide. Older adults are more likely than younger people to get very sick from the disease. The resources below are from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies. This information can help older adults and their caregivers learn more about COVID-19, locate resources and services in their area, and find out about participating in COVID-19 research.
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Information about COVID-19 and older adults
These resources provide health information, vaccine recommendations, and other guidance for older adults.
- COVID-19 Risks and Vaccine Information for Older Adults: Risk factors, prevention, and other up-to-date information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- COVID-19 Recommendations for Older Adults: Guidance for older adults, caregivers, and health professionals from the CDC
- Stay Up to Date With Your COVID-19 Vaccines: The latest CDC recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines and boosters
- COVID-19 Information Resources: Materials for older adults, people with dementia, and caregivers from NIA-funded research centers and other organizations
- COVID-19 Response: What Do Older Adults and People With Disabilities Need To Know? Information from the Administration for Community Living
- Is it a Cold, the Flu, or COVID-19? Infographic from NIA showing the common symptoms of each illness
Finding COVID-19 resources in your community
These resources can help you find COVID-19 testing, vaccines, treatment, and guidance in your local area.
- COVID.gov: Community resources and guidance by county, including where to find masks, tests, vaccines, and treatment. Visit the website, call 800-232-0233, or text your ZIP code to 438829 (GETVAX) for COVID-19 resources in your area.
- Vaccines.gov: A searchable map of COVID-19 vaccination providers by ZIP code.
- COVID-19 Test-to-Treat Locator: An interactive map of local health clinics and pharmacies that test for COVID-19 and provide medications for treatment.
- Order Free At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits: Rapid antigen tests delivered to your home by the U.S. Postal Service.
- State Health Departments: A list of all state and territorial health departments that provide local resources.
- Eldercare Locator: A service of the U.S. Administration on Aging that can help older adults find housing, community and in-home services, transportation, insurance and assistance programs, and benefits information in their community. Visit the website or call 800-677-1116.
COVID-19 information for caregivers
These resources can help family, friends, health professionals, and other caregivers of older adults.
- Caring for Someone Sick at Home: Advice from the CDC for caregivers in non-health care settings
- COVID-19 Guidance for Adult Day Services Centers: Guidance from the CDC for reducing the spread of COVID-19 and maintaining safe operations
- Resources on COVID-19 for Caregivers and Older Adults: A list of resources from the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
- Tips for Elders and Their Caregivers About COVID-19: Suggestions from the Indian Health Service for keeping older adults safe and reducing the spread of germs
- COVID-19 Vaccine Talking Points for Communicating With Older Adults: Information from the HHS COVID-19 Public Education Campaign to help build vaccine confidence and education among older adults
COVID-19 services for veterans
These resources can help veterans and their families find COVID-19 information and services through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
- COVID-19 Resources for Veterans: Latest updates and information from the VA
- COVID-19 Vaccines at VA: Eligibility and locations for COVID-19 vaccines for veterans
- Coronavirus FAQs: What Veterans Need To Know: Answers to questions about COVID-19 testing, vaccination, benefits, and research from the VA
Government assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic
These resources provide information about health care coverage, financial assistance, and other government programs and benefits.
- Medicare & Coronavirus: Details about Medicare coverage for COVID-19 vaccines, tests, and treatments. Visit the website or call 800-633-4227.
- COVID-19 Resources From USA.gov: Information about tax credits, Economic Impact Payments, government loans, and other forms of financial assistance.
- Coronavirus Tax Relief: Information on tax help from the Internal Revenue Service.
- Resources and Assistance for Homeowners and Renters: Information about housing concerns during COVID-19 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Free housing advice is also available by calling 800-569-4287.
- Protecting Your Finances During the Coronavirus Pandemic: Guidance on mortgages, student loans, and financial management from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
- Avoid Coronavirus Scams: Advice for consumers from the Federal Trade Commission.
Participating in COVID-19 research
People who participate in clinical trials and observational studies help scientists better understand COVID-19 and discover new ways to prevent and treat this disease. These resources provide information about clinical trials and ways to get involved.
- Understanding COVID-19 Clinical Trials: General information from NIH about COVID-19 clinical trials, including how they work and the benefits of participation
- NIH COVID-19 Research Initiatives: Ongoing efforts from NIH to accelerate research-based solutions in testing, treatments, and vaccines for COVID-19
- COVID-19 Clinical Trials: A current list of COVID-19 studies seeking participants from ClinicalTrials.gov
This content is provided by the NIH National Institute on Aging (NIA). NIA scientists and other experts review this content to ensure it is accurate and up to date.
July 21, 2022