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Get Support If You Are a Caregiver

When you are caring for a loved one, take time to care for yourself.

Review Date: February 08, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

About Alzheimer's Disease: Caregiving

Find videos, articles and other resources on caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer's disease.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

NIH National Institute on Aging Information Center

African-Americans and Alzheimer's Disease

African-Americans are more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease than whites, due to their higher rate of vascular disease (diseases involving blood vessels, including heart attack and stroke) – one of the suspected risk factors of Alzheimer's disease.

Review Date: October 31, 2014

Alzheimer's Association

Alzheimer's Disease Fact Sheet

Dementia is a brain disorder that seriously affects a person's ability to carry out daily activities. The most common form of dementia among older people is Alzheimer's disease (AD), which involves the parts of the brain that control thought, memory, and language.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

NIH Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center, National Institute on Aging

Alzheimer's Disease Medications Fact Sheet

Medications called cholinesterase inhibitors are prescribed for mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. These drugs may help delay or prevent symptoms from becoming worse for a limited time and may help control some behavioral symptoms.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

NIH Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center, National Institute on Aging

Alzheimer's Disease Research Centers

Find treatment centers located across the United States offering Alzheimer's Disease patients and famililes diagnostic and treatment services, opportunities to participate in drug trials, support groups, clinical research projects, and other special programs.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

NIH Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center, National Institute on Aging

Care Conversations

This page links to information about long term care facilities, making the transition to nursing home life, paying for long term care, and more.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

American Health Care Association

CareFinder: Alzheimer's Association

If you or someone you care about has Alzheimer's disease, you need to find good care in your community. This page helps you plan ahead in terms of health care, finances, and finding support.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

Alzheimer's Association

Caregiver Guide (Alzheimer’s Disease)

Finding out that a loved one has Alzheimer's Disease can be stressful, frightening, and overwhelming. As you begin to take stock of the situation, here are some tips that may help.

Review Date: October 28, 2014

NIH Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center, National Institute on Aging

Caregiver's Guide to Understanding Dementia Behaviors

Find tips for dealing with the troubling behavior problems and communication difficulties often encountered when caring for a person with dementia. Fact sheets are available in Chinese, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Review Date: May 28, 2014

Family Caregiver Alliance

Caregiving - Alzheimer's Association

This page links to fact sheets covering a variety of caregiving topics, including adult day care, nutrition, incontinence, safety, bathing and more.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

Alzheimer's Association

Caregiving: Maintain Your Support Network

Alzheimer's caregiving is a tough job, and it's too much for one person to handle alone. No one is equipped to care for another person around the clock. If you are caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer's disease, understand the stress you are facing, and ask for help when you need it.

Review Date: October 30, 2014

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Caring for a Person with Alzheimer’s Disease

This guide, written in clear language, will help you understand and cope with the many challenges of being a caregiver.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

NIH Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center, National Institute on Aging

Dementia: Hope Through Research

Dementia is not a specific disease but a collection of symptoms caused by disorders that affect the brain. Learn about treatments that can help manage and improve a patient's quality of life.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke - NINDS

Depression and Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's disease and depression have many symptoms that are alike. It can be hard to tell the difference between them. Learn typical signs of depression, how it is treated, what you can do to help.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

American Academy of Family Physicians

Disaster Preparedness from the Alzheimer’s Association- (PDF)

A disaster situation, such as a hurricane or forest fire, can significantly add to the stress and confusion of someone with Alzheimer's. Use these disaster preparedness tips to help you keep your loved one safe during an emergency.

Review Date: March 14, 2013

Alzheimer's Association

Dispelling Myths about Alzheimer’s

This document dispels eight common myths about Alzheimer’s disease, including exposure to metals in dental fillings, aluminum cookware, and more.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

Alzheimer's Association

FCA: Support Groups

The Family Caregiver Alliance offers four different online support groups for caregivers and their loved ones, including a group coping with Huntington's Disease and a LGBT caregiver group.

Review Date: May 22, 2014

Family Caregiver Alliance

Find Your Chapter: Alzheimer's Association

Contact your local Alzheimer's Association chapter to learn about programs and services available in your area.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

Alzheimer's Association

Forgetfulness: Knowing When to Ask for Help

This document discusses normal age-related changes in memory, as well as more serious memory problems, such as dementia. Tips for keeping your memory sharp are provided.

Review Date: October 14, 2014

NIH Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center, National Institute on Aging

Holding a Family Meeting

When taking care of an elderly parent or another relative, family members need to work cooperatively. Here are some points to consider when arranging a family meeting.

Review Date: May 22, 2014

Family Caregiver Alliance

If You Have Alzheimer's Disease, What You Should Know, What You Should Do- (PDF)

Alzheimer’s disease causes gradual, irreversible changes in the brain. These changes usually cause problems with memory, decision making and self-care. This brochure provides information about Alzheimer's Disease, including suggestions for coping with memory loss, finding your way, doing daily tasks, and more.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

Alzheimer's Association

Just for Children: Helping You Understand Alzheimer’s Disease- (PDF)

This fact sheet, which includes puzzles and activities, helps children understand what is happening to a person with Alzheimer’s disease. It also explores the challenges faced by caregivers.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

Alzheimer's Association

Just for Teens: Helping You Understand Alzheimer’s Disease- (PDF)

This fact sheet will help teens understand what is happening to a person with Alzheimer’s disease. It also explores how challenging it is to take care of someone who has Alzheimer’s. Puzzles are included.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

Alzheimer's Association

NIHSeniorHealth: Alzheimer's Disease

Designed especially for seniors, this page defines Alzheimer's Disease and lists its causes and risk factors, symptoms and diagnosis, treatment and research, and frequently asked questions.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

National Institutes of Health - NIH
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Personal Health and the Healthcare System (multimedia)

This multimedia site includes information on Medicare, Medicaid, advance directives,caregiving, and end of life care. Many materials are available in Russian and Spanish.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

Healthy Roads Media

Residential Care Options

The decision to place a loved one in a care facility may be the hardest decision families have to make in the course of caregiving. How does one make such a decision? What should one consider? This article provides answers to these questions.

Review Date: May 28, 2014

Family Caregiver Alliance

Staying Sharp: Successful Aging and Your Brain- (PDF)

We all know people who seem to blossom after 50, or stay sharp well into old age. Find out what steps you can take now to improve your brain fitness, regardless of your age.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives

Stress Relief for the Caregiver- (PDF)

It can feel overwhelming to take care of a loved one with dementia, but neglecting your own well-being can be harmful to both of you. Find a stress checklist here, along with suggested tips on how to be a healthy caregiver.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

Alzheimer's Association

Ten Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the 10 signs of Alzheimer’s Disease, please see a doctor. Early diagnosis gives you a chance to seek treatment and plan for the future.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

Alzheimer's Association

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