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Caregiver Services Program

Caregiver Services

Caregivers are people who voluntarily take care of older persons in our community. They may be a family member, a friend or a neighbor. Many caregivers work while also trying to care for their own family member. The Onondaga County Office for Aging’s Caregiver Services Program provides information and resources that aim to help caregivers fulfill their roles while also sustaining their personal well-being.



Information and Assistance - Support is available over the phone. Caregivers can gain
information, discuss and weigh options, and begin to develop a plan that best meets their needs. Please call 315-435-2362.


Respite Services - We offer short term respite opportunities so that caregivers can take a break from their responsibilities to take care of themselves. Working with local agencies, respite services can be provided for a loved one in one’s home or at an area social day program.

Caregiver Services Also Offers:

Caregiver Discussion Groups
These regularly scheduled monthly meetings offer caregivers opportunities to share their stories and to give and receive the support needed to make changes in their caregiving patterns and approach.

Institute for Caregivers (ICare)
-  Offered in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association, the Institute provides free classes on a variety of topics of interest to caregivers of older persons. These one or two session classes are taught by local professional experts and are held at various sites throughout the community. Class catalogs are published and distributed in February and July, listing new and frequently requested classes and faculty. For caregivers who can’t attend a class, some are filmed and are available here on this website. Click Here to view the class videos.

Community PresentationsOffice for Aging staff can speak with groups about caregiving and aging issues, and provide information at health/senior fairs and other community events.

Relatives Acting as Parents Program (RAPP) - A support program that assists non-parent relatives (most frequently grandparents) raising children with complex social, legal, educational and emotional issues they experience as caregiving relatives. RAPP provides information and referral, counseling, advocacy, support groups, informational seminars and social events.

Parkinson's Initiatives - For years the Parkinson's initiatives were a component of our Caregivers Services program. In 2019 the Parkinson's Foundation entered Central New York and now offers the regularly scheduled monthly meetings of Parkinson’s Disease specific discussion groups and the annual Parkinson’s Disease Conference.

Office for Aging
421 Montgomery Street
10th Floor Civic Center Syracuse, New York 13202



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