“At the heart of the Aging and Long-Term Services Department’s mission is the belief that New Mexico’s older adults and adults with disabilities have the right to remain active participants in their communities, to age with respect and dignity, to be protected from abuse, neglect, and exploitation and to have equal access to health care. The Department is a leader in developing programs and building partnerships that support lifelong independence and healthy aging.”
The Parkinson’s Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. In everything we do, we build on the energy, experience and passion of our global Parkinson’s Community. The challenges of living with Parkinson’s disease, improving care and finding a cure can seem overwhelming. No individual or group can do it alone. We are the Parkinson’s Foundation. A community. An Alliance. A Movement. Where people living with Parkinson’s, families, caregivers, scientists, advocates, donors and volunteers join forces to improve lives and advance toward a cure. Everything we do is based on experience and informed on facts. Today we continue to; provide life-changing support to people living with Parkinson’s and their caregivers; Fund game-changing research on treatment and care; Convene the best minds from every corner of the global Parkinson’s community to find new approaches that enhance care and move us closer to a cure.
The Arizona – New Mexico Chapter of the National MS Society works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS in Arizona and New Mexico to raise funds for critical MS research. Join the movement and create a world free of MS.
New Mexico Nursing Association promotes high standards of nursing practice through the professional and educational advancement of nurses, personal and professional self-advocacy, recognizing the contribution of the nurse in health care, and by upholding the integrity of the New Mexico Nursing Practice Act through legislative, regulatory, correctional nursing and policy-making endeavors.
Money Smart New Mexico stresses the importance of financial literacy, informs consumers and business owners where they can get financial help and provides free educational seminars and activities. Programming is offered to all demographics and income levels and covers all facets of personal finance from establishing a budget to first time home buying to estate planning to starting a small business. The goal is to help guide the people of New Mexico on the path to economic independence through expansion of their knowledge of financial concepts and access to financial resources.
Alta Mira Specialized Family Services supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our community to reach their full potential. Alta Mira provides supports to individuals throughout the lifespan starting with Early Intervention services for toddlers age zero-three. We respect the family as the expert while empowering, validating and encouraging family members to be confident advocates. To learn more about our services please visit
Connecting people with resources to maximize personal choice and independence. Helping people understand their options, guiding them in the right direction, advocating on their behalf, and improving their quality of life in some way are basic concepts of the New Mexico ADRC.
Peopleworks’ mission is “To provide mental wellness services to NM persons in need regardless of economic status.” PW accomplishes this through insurance billable sessions and sometimes free sessions with a Master’s level intern. Peopleworks also offers online groups and classes, including a Family Caregiver Support Group. Our therapists and staff understand the immense tasks of caregiving and are here to meet emotional and practical needs.
The Meaning & Hope Institute is dedicated to helping dementia family caregivers find meaning in their caregiving work, and hope for a better and brighter personal future. Free online Support Groups, Facilitated Discussions, Events, Symposiums and Webinars are all available at https://meaningandhope.org.”
Free Chronic Disease Self-Management workshops offered by Presbyterian and our other partners throughout the state. These are FREE, 6- week workshops offered in English & Spanish virtually via Zoom and some over the phone. In-person classes will also be resuming soon! The classes are each about 2 ½ hours and are open to caregivers and those they are caring for. They are a wonderful activity for caregivers and care recipients to attend together. Workshops topics include: general chronic disease, chronic pain, diabetes, cancer and positive self-management for HIV.
Presbyterian Community Health offers lots of other fun, beneficial classes that would be great for caregivers and/or for caregivers and care recipients to take together (such as interactive cooking classes).
Nurses are critical to patient health, patient satisfaction, and the overall quality of care that individuals receive. Companionship, compassion, and other skills outside of the technical realm can all improve a patient’s quality of life. These elements combine to create effective care and better health outcomes.
Senior isolation is one of the biggest threats to the health of America’s seniors, while it remains among the most difficult to recognize. Learn more about America’s Quietest Health Risk and see how you can help your loved ones.
As we age, our risk for falling increases, as does the danger of health complications that falls can cause. These simple methods and free resources can help you and your loved ones reduce the risk of falls.
This guide easily explains the basics of Medicare for new beneficiaries. Medicare won’t take care of all of your health care costs but this article helps decipher options based on your specific lifestyle.
MedicarePlans.com provides easy-to-understand healthcare information through educational programs, interactive resources, and functional tools. It is their goal to guide seniors through all of the available Medicare plan options and provide a list of helpful community organizations.
AssistedLiving.org gathered data for over 20,000 assisted living communities serving seniors across the U.S., and nearly 100 statewide. Here is a dedicated section that provides extremely well-detailed and thorough information for families and senior citizens in New Mexico
As Alzheimer’s disease continues to become a growing concern in New Mexico, more and more people are in need of reliable memory care facilities. This guide will cover the cost of memory care in New Mexico, financial assistance options for paying for memory care, free memory care resources in the state, and a directory of memory care facilities in New Mexico.
After the age of 65, new oral challenges are introduced as the body continues to age. Common conditions that affect seniors include dry mouth, oral cancer, root decay, and gum diseases. When a senior loses all or some of their natural teeth from tooth decay, gum disease, or an injury, dentures are placed to restore some chewing function and aesthetics.
As a member of the elderly community or indeed somebody caring for an elderly person, this guide by Covonia will give you important pieces of information on how to avoid getting sick, and how to care for coughs and colds should they happen.
New Mexico is home to a rapidly growing number of senior citizens, with adults over 65 making up an estimated 17 percent of the population. Families looking for assisted living in New Mexico (NM) have a wide array of communities to choose from. Assisted living communities in New Mexico were formally referred to as adult residential care facilities by the state. As of 2018, the correct technical term for these communities within the state was assisted living facilities (ALFs).
The cost of senior care varies significantly between providers across the nation and even within the same city. Our senior care cost analysis compares the costs of senior care services in the United States.
Caring.com is a leading online destination for caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents, spouses, and other loved ones. They offer thousands of original articles, helpful tools, advice from more than 50 leading experts, a community of caregivers, and a comprehensive directory of caregiving services.
National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals is a coalition of organizations and individuals committed to strengthening the quality of human service support by strengthening the direct support workforce. The group has representatives from the fields of mental health, developmental disabilities, child welfare, education, and many others in the human services community.
National Family Caregivers Association educates, supports, empowers and speaks up for the more than 50 million Americans who care for loved ones with a chronic illness or disability or the frailties of old age. NFCA reaches across the boundaries of diagnoses, relationships and life stages to help transform family caregivers’ lives by removing barriers to health and well being.
Katie Stone, Executive Director at the New Mexico Autism Society, worked on creating “Autism ID” with the NM Center for Development and Disability. You can download the form and create an “ID” for yourself or someone in your family who has autism. This could be useful for air travel security, for interactions with police, security, emergency or health professionals.
Putting Your Paycheck to Work The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City has educational tools available to help caregivers better understand their paychecks. Putting Your Paycheck to Work includes online resources free for anyone to view or download. Resources include tips for caregiver employees on how to better understand and manage your paycheck, understanding your paystub, establishing direct deposit and accessing work supports such as the Earned Income Tax Credit. Employers of caregivers–especially HR professionals–can use these materials too, helping employees better understand wages, deductions and workplace benefits. So take a look at Putting Your Paycheck to Work, available from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.
This hour-long weekly radio show airs 6 p.m. Sundays on NewsTalk 930 (AM) KLUP in the Greater San Antonio region. Hosted by nationally recognized gerontologist Carol Zernial and veteran broadcaster Ron Aaron, and featuring author/psychologist Dr. James Huysman PsyD, LCSW, Caregiver SOS On Air explores issues important to you.
The New Mexico Caregivers Coalition (NMCC) was created to enhance and promote family and professional direct care workers, supporting their professional development and advancing issues of importance to the field of long-term and direct care. We provide training, career development and advocacy for NM’s family and professional caregivers.
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a disability caused by brain damage that restricts normal movement and coordination. Each year, 10,000 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Cerebral Palsy Guide provides free educational materials, financial options and support to help those across the country affected by this disorder.
The Caregiver Teleconnection program has one-hour conference calls, at no cost. These sessions cover a wide range of interesting topics related to the care you provide to your loved one. You can get expert advice, ask questions and talk to other people who are also providing care.
Operation Family Caregiver provides free and confidential support to the families of those who have served our nation. We help the families of returning service members and veterans adjust to the “new normal” by coping more effectively with problems they never imagined. Our specially trained coaches help military families learn how to overcome the obstacles they face and to manage any challenges that might come along.
The ConsumerAffairs Assisted Living Guide includes expert information and verified consumer reviews on senior living facilities. It also offers advice on what qualities to consider when choosing a senior living facility such as amenities, onsite offerings, and staff qualifications.
This interactive, safe space offers a number of opportunities for individuals, family members and caregivers to ask questions, share their experiences, and connect with those who understand the impact of paralysis. Reeve Connect has five categories that are moderated by fellow community members and experts who are eager to engage and offer support. Reeve Connect Categories: Newly Paralyzed, New Normal, Health & Wellness, Relationships, What Works.