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Alzheimer’s Association Carefinder
Get information and resources on planning ahead, care options, and coordinating care.
Locate services and resources for older adults in any U.S. community. This site links older adults and their caregivers with state, local, and community agencies on aging (800-677-1116).
Home Health Care Compare
This tool provides information on how well home health agencies in your area care for their patients.
Lotsa Helping Hands
Coordinate rides and other services for your loved one using a group calendar that only family, friends, and volunteers can access.
Meals on Wheels Association of America
Find a center to provide home-delivered, nutritious meals to your loved one (703-548-5558).
Myers Research Institute of Menorah Park Center for Senior Living
Learn more about this group’s gerontological research and the ways they are using Montessori-based activities to engage people with dementia.
National Adult Day Services Association, Inc.
Get the facts on adult day services and find a location in your area (800-558-5301).
National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers
Find a local care manager, and learn more about geriatric care.
National Association of Social Workers
Find resources and tip sheets for caregivers, as well as a directory of social workers who specialize in working with older persons and their caregivers.
National Respite Locator Service
Search for local respite services including programs that specialize in conditions such as Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, and autism (919-490-5577).
Share the Care
Share caregiving advice and stories, and learn how to organize a group for a loved one.
Related Articles & Books
Abramson, Alexis. The Caregiver’s Survival Handbook: How to Care for Your Aging Parent without Losing Yourself. Perigee Books, 2004.
“Adult Daycare.” University of Texas Medical Branch.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. “The Pocket Guide to Staying Healthy at 50+.” http://www.ahrq.gov/ppip/50plus/
Berman, Claire. Caring for Yourself While Caring for Your Aging Parents. Henry Holt and Co., 1996.
Mace, Nancy L. & Peter V Rabins. “The 36 Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People with Alzheimer Disease, other Dementias, and Memory Loss in Later Life.” Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006.
Orr, Anissa. “Women and Stress.De-stress for success” Baylor College of Medicine, 2003. http://www.bcm.edu/findings/vol1/is4/03apr_n2.htm
“Plain Talk about Handling Stress.” National Institute of Mental Health. http://www.thebody.com/nimh/stress.html
Schmall, Vicki L., and Ruth E. Stiehl. “Coping with Caregiving: How to Manage Stress When Caring for Elderly Relatives.” Purdue University. http://www.agcom.purdue.edu/AgCom/Pubs/CFS/CFS-455.html
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