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Government COVID-19 resources for older adults

COVID-19 is a novel disease requiring rapid responses and lifestyle changes on multiple fronts. Learn about government information and resources for the public below. Visit your state health department website for the latest coronavirus information, resources, and guidance in your area.

Federal Resources on Caregiving during COVID-19

Older man and woman standing outside wearing surgical masksWith adult day centers closed or operating at limited capacities, and the availability of respite care and outside activities reduced, COVID-19 is causing significant, additional stress for family caregivers.

Resources and information for older adults and people with disabilities on health, safety, and staying connected are available from the Administration for Community Living.

The Eldercare Locator, a service of the U.S. Administration on Aging, can help you find housing, support services, transportation, health and insurance, and benefits information in your local community.

Guidance and resources on precautions to keep older adults safe, doctor visits, and Medicare enrollment and coverage are provided through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Find tips and resources on managing daily care at home; health; safety; and services for adults with dementia and their families and caregivers from the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Outreach, Recruitment & Engagement Resources (ADORE). ADORE is made possible through the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

COVID-19 Financial & Housing Resources for Families

The coronavirus pandemic is creating economic uncertainty for many people. Learn about federal resources that may help older adults who are having financial difficulties.

Many American families and older adults are eligible for a stimulus payment from the Internal Revenue Service. If eligible, check the status of your stimulus payment.

Learn how to avoid coronavirus scams and get tips for dealing with the financial impact of COVID-19 from the Federal Trade Commission.

Get guidance and assistance for multifamily property owners, homeowners, renters, and public housing residents from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Find resources on mortgage assistance, student loans, and managing and protecting your finances from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Health Information on Coronavirus

Scientists and public health officials are working hard to learn as much as they can about the coronavirus.

Get the latest public health information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC offers information on extra precautions for those who are at higher risk for severe illness, including older adults, and suggestions for coping with stress and anxiety.

Get the latest research information from the NIH. Learn more about COVID-19 tests, vaccines, and treatments under development by NIH institutes including the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, clinical studies related to COVID-19, and grants and funding opportunities, including NIA grants.

Find health and safety information on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), plasma donation, and medical devices, and treatments from the Food & Drug Administration.

COVID-19 and Healthcare

Healthcare workers are on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic providing medical treatment and care.

Find guidance and resources for healthcare professionals on telehealth, medical coverage, keeping healthcare facilities, nursing homes and patients safe, Medicaid and CHIP, and more from CMS.

The CDC also has information for healthcare professionals about caring for patients, protecting patients and workers, and ensuring the healthcare facility is safe.

COVID-19 Safety and Emergency Response

The federal government offers a variety of resources on how to stay safe during the pandemic.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has tips to help protect your home from coronavirus.

To learn about the government’s disaster and emergency response to COVID-19, visit the Department of Homeland Security. Get the facts about coronavirus rumors from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

In May, the White House and the CDC released the Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, a phased approach to help state and local officials reopen their economies. Visit the guidelines to learn about what reopening may look like in your community.

COVID-19 Resources for Veterans

The federal government offers resources for the protection and care of veterans and their families.

Find information and resources for veterans on health, safety, and benefits from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

Employment Resources for COVID-19

The federal government offers guidance and resources for employers and workers on COVID-19 workplace safety and employment issues.

Find resources about how to protect yourself at work from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Find resources if you have questions about leave or need unemployment assistance from the Department of Labor.

For more COVID-19 government resources, visit https://www.usa.gov/coronavirus.

NIA has information on topics related to older adults and caregiving that may be helpful to those looking for COVID-19 resources. Click the links below to learn about these topics.

NIA Health Information Topics
Alzheimer's caregiving Immunizations and shots
Assisted living and nursing homes Living wills and advance directives
Caregiver health Long-distance caregiving
Caregiving Long-term care
Depression Mental and emotional health
Disaster preparedness Mourning and grief
End of life Organ donation
Exercise and physical activity Sleep
Family caregivers Social isolation and loneliness
Hospitals and hospitalization Talking with your doctor

This content is provided by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health. NIA scientists and other experts review this content to ensure that it is accurate, authoritative, and up to date.

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