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- Caregiving Glossary
- Alzheimer’s and Dementia
- Alzheimers.gov has material about the diagnosis, training and support for caregivers.
- Coping with Challenging Behaviors
- Dealing with Difficult Behavior fact sheet from the National Caregivers Library
- Family Caregivers Online - Behavior and Emotions of Aging
- Family Caregiver Alliance - Behavior Management Strategies
- Legal topics to consider
- End of Life
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255
Crisis Call Center - 775-784-8090 or 1-800-273-8255
Compassionate assistance to people in any type of crisis
Friendship Line - 1-800-971-0016
A crisis hotline and a warmline for non-urgent calls. This line provides support services such as:
- Suicide prevention
- Emotional support
- Elder abuse prevention and therapy
- Well-being checks
- Grief support
- Information and referrals for older adults or adults with disabilities
Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Support Line - 1-800-272-3900
The 2-1-1 program is a free, private service to help find local resources, including:
- Food and nutrition programs
- Shelter and housing resources
- Utilities support
- Disaster relief
- Addiction prevention and rehabilitation programs
- Reentry support for ex-offenders
- Support groups
- Safe help out of an abusive situation
Call 2-1-1 to speak with a service expert in your area.
- Caregiver Nation (caregivernation.org)
- Caregivers for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias
- Smart Patients Caregiver Community
- A partnership between Family Caregiver Alliance and Smart Patients to create an online community for individuals and their caregivers.
- Find a nearby support group by calling your local Area Agency on Aging or using the Eldercare Locator
- AARP Online Caregiver Community
- Alzheimer’s/Dementia Specific: ALZConnected®
- Caregiver Action Network’s Care Community
Caring for someone is rarely easy and can take much of your time. To help care for a loved one, caregivers need to make time to care for themselves.
Keep in mind the tips below to help you take care of yourself:
- No one is perfect. You will make mistakes.
- Many emotions surface when you are caring for another.
- Depression is a common experience while caregiving.
- Think you may be affected by caregiver depression? Depression - What it is and What it is Not
- Give yourself and your loved one honest expectations.
- Use the info and resources available to you.
- Know the skills needed to care for your loved one. Be honest about what you can and cannot do.
- Learn to say No.
- Take help from others.
- Be resilient.
- Know your own stress triggers.
- For successful coping:
- Eat right
Helpful Fact Sheet:
- Eldercare Locator - 1.800.677.1116
- Caregiver Action Network (CAN)
- Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST)
- Stroke - 1-800-STROKES (787-6537)
- Brain Injury Association of America
- Serious Mental Illness - 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)
- U.S. Living Will Registry®
- MedlinePlus: End of Life Issues
- Dementia/Alzheimer’s - 1-800-272-3900
- Family Caregiver Alliance - 1-800-445-8106
- National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD)