Krames Health Library
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24 Hour Nurse Advice Line
- Caregiving Glossary
- Alzheimer’s and Dementia
- Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Center
- You can find educational videos created by the UCLA Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Program.
- The videos cover Sundowning, wandering, bathing, repetition, hallucinations, and refusal to take medications.
- Alzheimers.gov has material about the diagnosis, training and support for caregivers.
- The Family Caregiver Alliance put together a fact sheet to help caregivers understand behaviors typical of those living with dementia.
- Home safety tips by the Alzheimer’s Association
- 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
Crisis Text Line
Text MHS to 74-741 for immediate support from specially trained crisis counselors.
Crisis Call Center
Compassionate assistance to people in any type of crisis
775-784-8090 or 1-800-273-8255
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
The 2-1-1 program is a free, private service to help find local resources, including:
- Food and nutrition program
- 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 Support Groups:
- 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
Caregivers’ Personal Health
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:
Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers
Caregiver Action Network (CAN)
Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST)
Brain Injury Association of America
Serious Mental Illness
U.S. Living Will Registry®
MedlinePlus: End of Life Issues
Family Caregiver Alliance