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Alzheimer’s Association Carefinder
http://www.alz.org/carefinder/index.asp
Get information and resources on planning ahead, care options, and coordinating care.

Eldercare Locator
http://www.eldercare.gov/Eldercare/Public/Home.asp
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
http://www.medicare.gov/HHCompare/Home.asp
This tool provides information on how well home health agencies in your area care for their patients.

Lotsa Helping Hands
http://www.lotsahelpinghands.com
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
http://www.mowaa.org
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
http://www.menorahpark.org/research.htm
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.
http://www.nadsa.org
Get the facts on adult day services and find a location in your area (800-558-5301).

National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers
http://www.caremanager.org
Find a local care manager, and learn more about geriatric care.

National Association of Social Workers
www.helpstartshere.org
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
http://www.respitelocator.org
Search for local respite services including programs that specialize in conditions such as Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, and autism (919-490-5577).

Share the Care
http://www.sharethecare.org
Share caregiving advice and stories, and learn how to organize a group for a loved one.

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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.
http://www.utmb.edu/aging/outreach/archive/adacare.htm

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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