Resources for Caregivers

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Whether you’re just beginning your journey into elder care or you’re a seasoned veteran, questions abound, as does a need for support. This week, we’re rounding up some of our favorite resources for caregivers:

Caregiver Action Network: A leading family caregiver organization that strives to improve the quality of life for over 90 million American caregivers. The site is targeted towards caregivers that provide support for individuals living with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age.

NextAvenue: As part of the PBS system, NextAvenue is public media’s first and only national journalism service for aging adults. The service focuses on delivering news surrounding topics like health, well-being, caregiving and more to individuals over the age of 50.

CareGiving.com’s Plan for Self Care: A support community for caregivers that offers a downloadable plan FOR caregivers to ensure you’re taking the time to properly care for yourselves.

National Age in Place Council: A primary informational resource for those deciding to age at home; the organization offers local services, practical advice and events that offer the opportunity to connect with others aging in place.

AARP Benefits QuickLink: Financial pressures can put a strain on caregivers. This is a foundation that offers online tools that take the guesswork out of the public benefits program process for every state in the U.S., the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam & helps you identify which benefits you may be eligible for. This article also provides a rundown of federal aid available.

US News & World Report Senior Care: A reputable information source designed to help you make decisions on the best care services by demystifying the different options available. This leading provider of service news also focuses on delivering information about new technologies and other general issues that the senior population faces.

Alzheimer’s Association: As the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research, Alzheimer’s Association provides resources like their “10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s” as well as global, national and local help for those affected by dementia.

Caregiver Summit: A virtual summit that provides practical knowledge designed to help make you a better caregiver and concentrate on taking care of your own health, while simultaneously preparing you for your own aging journey.

Eldercare Locator: A nationwide public service of the US Administration on Aging that connects caregivers and their families with reputable local support resources.

Have other resources that would be of value to caregivers and families alike? Feel free to share so that we can effectively provide as much relevant and helpful information as possible to the caregiver community.