Resources for Caregivers and Professionals
Spanish Language Resources for Caregivers
On-line information source which features the latest information on the Medicare drug program as well as news and guidance about drug prices and safety. For more information: http://www.aarpsegundajuventud.org/spanish/.
A free guide for Spanish-speaking family caregivers preparing for the difficult task of bringing disabled or chronically ill relatives or friends home from the hospital is now available. Published by the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) and the United Hospital Fund, Guia sobre la Planificacion del Alta Hospitalaria para los Cuidadores Familiar (2004) provides “practical advice in everyday language” to caregivers facing challenges of caring for family or friends after a hospital discharge and the difficult transition between hospital and home. The guide is available free on the NAC website at www.caregiving.org/FamDisPlanEsp.pdf. The site also offers the publication in English under the title A Family Caregiver’s Guide to Hospital Discharge Planning.
The Alzheimer’s Association has launched En Español, a Hispanic Resource Portal on their website. The webpage provides essential information about Alzheimer’s and links to Spanish language materials and Hispanic resources. For more information: www.alz.org/hispanic/overview.asp.
New Alzheimer’s Disease Reports
The National Institute on Aging’s Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center has released a new AD research report, 2003 Progress Report on Alzheimer’s Disease. The 72-page report offers a comprehensive, readable overview of recent advances in AD research and is available free. For more information: http://www.alzheimers.org/pr03/index.asp or call ADEAR at (800) 438-4380.
Children of Aging Parents (CAPS) has joined forces with CONTACT Bucks County to offer a nationwide helpline that provides emotional, informational and referral services to children of aging parents. The helpline is available seven days a week from 7 a.m.-11 p.m. EST. Callers may leave voice messages outside of these hours or when the helpline is busy. Call (800) 227-7294 for more information.
The Alzheimer’s Association also released a new report, Families Care: Alzheimer’s Caregiving in the United States, which looks at unpaid caregivers who reported helping someone aged 50 or older with Alzheimer’s or other dementia. The report was conducted in collaboration with the National Alliance for Caregiving. The report reveals that compared to other caregivers, people who care for someone with Alzheimer’s conduct more difficult tasks such as bathing, feeding and dealing with incontinence. To read the full report go to: http://www.alz.org/Resources/Factsheets/Caregiver.pdf .
Website to Find Mental Health Help for Elders: The Geriatric Mental Health Foundation was established by the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry to raise awareness of psychiatric and mental health disorders affecting the elderly, eliminate the stigma of mental illness and treatment, promote healthy aging strategies, and increase access to quality mental health care for the elderly. Their site includes a search engine to find a geriatric psychiatrist by state. For more information: http://www.gmhfonline.org/gmhf/ .
Conferences and Educational Opportunities
2005 ASA-NCOA Joint Conference
March 10-13, 2005
If you’re attending, visit us at Booth #325, and watch for conference workshops and FCA staff presentations on caregiving!
21st National Home & Community Based Services Waiver Conference
May 15-18, 2005
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