About this Site

The Caregiving Navigator is a dynamic interactive tool designed to help hundreds of thousands of Long Island families who provide vital care for their aging parents, relatives and friends. Along with a print version of this guide, the Navigator spells out for caregivers and their loved ones how to plan along the way, what to do, and where to turn for the most useful resources and services.

Caregiving is a continuum, and by following the navigational tabs on this site, you can address family needs at each step of the caregiving journey, from Preparing a Plan to Managing Long-Term Care—and all the while, taking care of yourself!

Each area of caregiving offers a compendium of tips, checklists, key questions to ask, resources, and strategies. Our goal is to save you time and energy, to streamline your to-do list, instead of endlessly searching the internet to find what you need, when you need it. And our focus is local—helping people find accessible community resources and services as close to home as possible.

We know that many caregivers are stressed out—physically, emotionally, and financially. Researchers say that that nearly half of adults in their 40s and 50s are part of the “Sandwich Generation,” caring for both parents and their own children; and nearly 60% of caregivers either work or have worked while providing care. At the same time, many seniors are reporting that they need care, but aren’t getting it, whether at home or in community facilities.

Family conversations about caregiving start around the kitchen table, and our mission is to grow these intergenerational conversations into a nationwide Quality Caregiving Movement. We want to not only support seniors and their caregivers today, but to prepare the next generations, encouraging adult caregivers think about their own future and make things easier for their loved ones to take care of them when the time comes.

About the Publisher

Ronald E. Roel is a veteran journalist and author who is passionate about promoting “successful aging,” providing useful information, pragmatic solutions and compelling stories to help people explore rewarding experiences throughout their lifetime. Over the last decade, Ron has developed a particularly strong interest in supporting family caregivers and the professional caregiving community, as one of four brothers who took care of their mother for almost 25 years, experiencing practically every stage of caregiving, from aging in place to hospice.

Ron is president of Roel Resources, an editorial consulting firm that provides writing and research services, specializing in aging, intergenerational issues, and retirement planning. In addition to launching the Caregiving Navigator, he is the creator of Roelresources.com, a website that offers provocative and inspirational essays for the active aging population. He has been a consultant to AARP Long Island, writing articles and providing services in programs focusing on caregiving, AARP’s Age-Friendly Communities and Life Reimagined Program. Ron also served on the Advisory Board for the Glen Cove Senior Center’s innovative Campaign Against Dementia initiative. He has also been a writer, project manager and supervisor of web services for the Communications and Marketing Office of the City University of New York.

Over nearly 20 years, Ron held several positions at Long Island’s daily newspaper, Newsday. Ron helped found the weekly Act 2 retirement planning section and continues to be active in several organizations that promote seniors as well as intergenerational programs and policies. The recipient of several journalism awards, he has been a participant and speaker at many local conferences, including forums for AARP; Vision Long Island; Gerontology Professionals of Long Island; and the Nassau-Suffolk region of the New York State Public Health Association. He is the co-author of three books and has written numerous articles and major business reports.

Raised on Long Island, Ron has been an instructor at several local universities, teaching “News Literacy” and “The History and Future of the American Press” at Stony Brook University’s Journalism School. He is a graduate of Yale College and the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.