Alzheimer's Disease Patient Caregiver Guide (cont.)
In this Article
- Tips for caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease
- Dealing with the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease
- Communicating with a person with Alzheimer's disease
- Bathing a person with Alzheimer's disease
- Dressing a person with Alzheimer's disease
- Eating: getting a person with Alzheimer's disease to eat
- Activities for a person with Alzheimer's disease
- Exercise for a person with Alzheimer's disease
- Incontinence in a person with Alzheimer's disease
- Sleep problems for caregivers and a person with Alzheimer's disease
- Hallucinations and delusions in a person with Alzheimer's disease
- Wandering: a problem for a person with Alzheimer's disease
- Home safety for a person with Alzheimer's disease
- Driving: decisions for a person with Alzheimer's disease
- Visiting the doctor with a person with Alzheimer's disease
- Coping with holidays with a person with Alzheimer's disease
- Visiting a person with Alzheimer's disease
- Choosing a nursing home for a person with Alzheimer's disease
- For more information about Alzheimer's disease
- Find a local Geriatrician in your town
For More Information on Alzheimer's Disease
Many organizations offer information for caregivers. To learn more about support groups, services, research, and additional publications, you may wish to contact the following:
Alzheimer's Disease Education & Referral (ADEAR) Center
P.O. Box 8250
Silver Spring, MD 20907-8250
Web address: www.nia.nih.gov/Alzheimers
The National Institute on Aging's ADEAR Center offers information and publications for families, caregivers, and professionals on diagnosis, treatment, patient care, caregiver needs, long-term care, education and training, and research related to Alzheimer's disease. Staff members answer telephone, email, and written requests and make referrals to local and national resources. The ADEAR website offers free, online publications in English and Spanish; email alert and online Connections newsletter subscriptions; an Alzheimer's disease clinical trials database; the Alzheimer's Disease Library database; and more.
225 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60601-7633
Web address: www.alz.org
The Alzheimer's Association is a national, nonprofit association with a network of local chapters that provide education and support for people diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, their families, and caregivers. The Association also supports research on Alzheimer's.
Alzheimer's Foundation of America
322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10001
The Alzheimer's Foundation of America provides care and services to individuals confronting dementia and to their caregivers and families through member organizations dedicated to improving quality of life. Services include a toll-free hotline, consumer publications and other educational materials, and conferences and workshops.
Children of Aging Parents
P.O. Box 167
Richboro, PA 18954
Web address: www.caps4caregivers.org
This nonprofit group provides information and materials for adult children caring for their older parents. Caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease also may find this information helpful.
Web address: www.eldercare.gov
Eldercare Locator is a nationwide directory-assistance service helping older people and their caregivers locate local support and resources. It is funded by the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA). AoA's website at www.aoa.gov offers information about caregiving, working with and providing services to people with Alzheimer's, and where to look for support and assistance.
Family Caregiver Alliance
180 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
Web address: www.caregiver.org
Family Caregiver Alliance is a nonprofit organization that offers support services and information for people caring for adults with Alzheimer's, stroke, traumatic brain injuries, and other cognitive disorders. Programs and services include an information clearinghouse for FCA's publications.
The National Institute on Aging Information Center
P.O. Box 8057
Web address: www.nia.nih.gov
The NIA Information Center offers a variety of information about health and aging. To order publications in English or Spanish or to sign up for regular email alerts, visit www.nia.nih.gov/HealthInformation. Visit NIHSeniorHealth (www.nihseniorhealth.gov), a senior-friendly website from NIA and the National Library of Medicine. This website has health information for older adults. Special features make it simple to use. For example, you can click on a button to have the text read out loud or to make the type larger.
National Family Caregivers Association
10400 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 500
Kensington, MD 20895-3944
The National Family Caregivers Association helps educate and support people who care for loved ones with chronic illness, disability, or the frailties of old age. The Association offers an online library of information and educational materials, workshops, and other resources.
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
1731 King Street, Suite 100
Alexandria, VA 22314
This nonprofit organization works to enhance the quality of life for people who are terminally ill. It provides information, resources, and referrals to local hospice services and offers publications and online resources.
The Simon Foundation for Continence
P.O. Box 815
Wilmette, IL 60091
Web address: www.simonfoundation.org
The Simon Foundation for Continence helps individuals with incontinence, their families, and the health professionals who provide their care. The Foundation provides books, pamphlets, tapes, self-help groups, and other resources.
Well Spouse Association
63 West Main Street, Suite H
Freehold, NJ 07788
Web address: www.wellspouse.org
This nonprofit membership organization gives support to spouses and partners of the chronically ill and/or disabled. It offers support groups and a newsletter.
The National Institute on Aging gratefully acknowledges the following Alzheimer's Disease Centers for their valuable contributions of information in preparation of this Caregiver Guide:
- Duke University Joseph and Kathleen Bryan Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
- The Johns Hopkins University Alzheimer's Disease Center
Medically reviewed by Jon Glass, MD; American board of Psychiatry and Neurology
SOURCE: National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health. Caregiving Guide.
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