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COVID-19 Resources for Older Adults and Caregivers

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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.

Information about COVID-19 and older adults

These resources provide health information, vaccine recommendations, and other guidance for older adults.

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.

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).

Government assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic

These resources provide information about health care coverage, financial assistance, and other government programs and benefits.

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.

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.

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