Easter Seals has developed Transportation Solutions for Caregivers (TSC), an initiative funded through the Administration on Aging’s National Family Caregiver Support Program. Transportation Solutions includes a kit comprised of a video, informational booklet and a list of helpful products and resources for family caregivers and volunteer drivers of older adults with cognitive and/or physical impairments. See http://www.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?%20pagename=ntl_tsc_%20toolkithome,
or call (800) 221-6827.
The American Medical Association has created a self-evaluation tool for caregivers, which includes a questionnaire, tips, and additional resources. The questionnaire is also available in Spanish. http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/5037.html or call (800) 621-8335.
The online resource center run by Community Partnerships for Older Adults, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has an “Inclusion and Diversity” section for long-term care professionals seeking information on cultural competence. The site offers practical resources and tools, including guides and fact sheets, links to web-sites of organizations with best practices programs and
references to articles. See www.partnershipsforolderadultsorg/resources/ .
The Alzheimer’s Association has developed a Diversity Toolbox to include a variety of resources for individuals and families in ethnic and cultural minority groups. See www.alz.org/Resources/Diversity/overview.asp or call (800) 272-3900.
The Hartford Financial Services Group and the MIT AgeLab have created a new guide to help families worried about an aging parent’s ability to drive safely, called We Need to Talk: Family Conversations with Older Drivers. The free, 24-page guide is based on a study of older drivers’ attitudes and driving habits. It offers families practical information to help them advise their loved ones on whether it is time to limit or even give up driving. See http://www.thehartford.com/talkwitholderdrivers/ or write to The Hartford, We Need to Talk, 200 Executive Blvd., Southington, CT 06489.
The National Center on ElderAbuse offers a series of publications on caregiver stress and elder abuse. See http://www.elderabusecenter.org/default.cfm?p=nceapublications.cfm or call (202) 898-2586.
The American Geriatrics Society Foundation for Health in Aging has released the second edition of its workbook, Eldercare at Home. Written by experienced health professionals, this book provides support and guidance to families caring for an older person at home. The plain text version (without illustrations) is available free at http://www.healthinaging.org/, or call (800) 563-4916.
Workers Affected by Chronic Conditions: How can workplace policies and programs help? is the seventh in a series of issue briefs released by The Center on an Aging Society on chronic and disabling conditions. See http://ihcrp.georgetown.edu/agingsociety/pubhtml/workplace/workplace.html.
The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) offers reprints of several hundred of its rare disease database reports. The reports are written in understandable language and include synonyms, a general description of the disorder, symptoms, causes, affected population, standard and investigational therapies and resources. The reports cost $7.50 each. View the list at http://www.rarediseases.org/ .
The U.S. National Institute on Aging’s Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center has created a speaker’s kit based on the publication “Alzheimer’s Disease: Unraveling the Mystery.” The kit is intended as a resource for professionals, social service providers, organization leaders and others to educate families, staff and volunteers about the basics of AD and current research. The Speaker’s Kit includes a presentation checklist and tips; slides; script/speaker’s notes for the slide show; and forms to request information on clinical trials. See http://www.alzheimers.org/unraveling/speak_kit.html.
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