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Where to get help

Here are some names, addresses and phone numbers of agencies that might be helpful if you are a caregiver:

Family Network on Disabilities of Florida

2735 Whitney Road

Clearwater, FL 33760-1610

(727) 523-1130

Provides support, education, information and advocacy for families of people with disabilities and special needs.

Eldercare Locator

(800) 677-1116

Sponsored by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging. It helps families find local services for aging relatives.

Neighborly Senior Services

13650 Stoneybrook Drive

Clearwater, FL 34622

(727) 573-9444

Non-profit agency providing in-home care, transportation, adult day care and meals for seniors in Pinellas and Manatee counties.

Senior Helpline/Better Living for Seniors

Pinellas County: (727) 576-1533

Outside Pinellas County: (800) 861-8111

Information and referral for seniors 60 and older in Pinellas and Pasco counties.

Children of Aging Parents

1609 Woodburn Road, Suite 302A

Levittown, PA 19055

Information on local support groups and services. Available for $1: "Aging Parents and Common Sense: A Practical Guide for You and Your Parents."

Web site is

Well Spouse Foundation

610 Lexington Ave., Suite 814

New York, NY 10022-6005

(800) 838-0879

Supports spouses caring for the chronically ill or disabled. Sponsors support groups and meetings.

Department of Children and Families Developmental Services Program

Pinellas and Pasco counties: (727) 588-6661

Serves mentally retarded citizens and those with cerebral palsy, childhood epilepsy, autism, spina bifida, and Prader-Willi syndrome, an eating disorder.