There are many people I’d like to thank for their assistance in reviewing, contributing and improving this guide.

First, a special thanks to my brother, Ray Roel, for his terrific insights, as well as his incisive editing; Jim Smith, for his meticulous copyediting; and to Jim McConaghy, who has superbly transformed the Navigator content to a dynamic and interactive website.

Second, a heartfelt thanks to Carol Waldman, who has been a steadfast guide in supporting the Navigator, as well as numerous projects advocating on behalf of seniors; and Susan Capurso, who has been an inspirational friend and collaborator in bringing this project to fruition.

Also, many thanks to a cadre of friends and professional colleagues who reviewed the Navigator and provided valuable commentary and suggestions, including: Tara Anglim, Robin Berger-Gaston, Michele Biggart, Kathy Casale, Hudson Cooper, Guido Derlly, Nina Dobris, Nancy Exhume, Ronald Fatoullah, Adam Flattau, Daria Gentile, Debbie Ginsberg, Marren Grant, Corinne Hayden, Laura LaFauci, Rona Loshak, Bernard Macias, Robin Marks, George Martinez, Amy Nathan, Stephanie Pacchiano, Scott Passeser, Jennifer Rogak, Ken Taub, Holly Rhodes-Teague, Cara Schwarzkopf, Brian Tully, Wendy Weiss, Julie Wexler and Diana Zagariello.

In addition, I would like to thank the numerous government entities, social service agencies, and other nonprofit organizations that provided valuable source material for this guide, including: AARP; the Nassau Office for the Aging; Suffolk Office for the Aging; New York State Office for the Aging; New York State Department of Health; Westchester Department of Senior Services; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (including Administration on Aging, National Institute on Aging and Eldercare Locator); Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; National Council on Aging; Next In Care; Caregiver Action Network; National Alliance for Caregiving; Family Caregiver Alliance; National Aging in Place Council; the Alzheimer’s Association-Long Island Chapter, the Long Island Alzheimer’s and Dementia Center, and the Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center.

And finally, my deep and abiding thanks to my wife, Betty Ann, my sons, Jimmy and Tommy, and my brothers Larry and Dan, who have been with me every step of this caregiving journey.

Caregivers attract caregivers and live in a community of love. They are energized by their caring, fulfilled, and they love life.

—Gary Zukav, American spiritual leader and author

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