Resources for Caregivers and Professionals
The American Society on Aging and The National Senior Service Corps now have a website, Join Senior Service Now, that matches senior volunteers and organizations that are looking for assistance. There are three national senior volunteer programs to choose from: the Foster Grandparent Program, the Senior Companion Program, and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). To learn more, go to www.joinseniorservice.org.
Caregiving at Life’s End is a free train-the-trainer program focused on end-of-life caregiving. The Hospice Institute of the Florida Suncoast is offering the training, which is designed to prepare program facilitators and provide them with the materials to offer the Caregiving at Life’s End program in their communities. For more information, go to www.thehospice.org/inst.htm
or contact Andrea Goettel at (727) 773-2561.
A new publication, Nursing Home Staffing: A Guide for Residents, Families, Friends and Caregivers, is now available from the National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform (NCCNHR). The guide, which gives consumers tools to measure facility staffing levels and advocate for improvements, can be ordered from NCCNHR at (202) 332-2275.
The Well Spouse Foundation has a Caregiver Mentoring Program dedicated exclusively to spousal caregivers. All mentoring will be conducted by email or phone. The project is looking for caregivers interested in mentoring those new to caregiving who would like to talk with someone with more experience. Go to the website at www.wellspouse.org or call (800) 838-0879 to learn more.
When a Loved One Has ALS: A Caregiver’s Guide is a newly released guide for caregivers published by the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). The 60-page guide, first published in 1997, has been updated to reflect new information about MDA’s services and recent research findings. The books are free to every family affected by ALS. To order go to your local MDA office or go to: www.mdausa.org/publications/pub-cost.html.
The National Institute on Aging’s Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center (ADEAR) has released the newly updated publication, Home Safety for People with Alzheimer’s Disease. This 40-page booklet offers guideline and helpful tips—room-by-room and behavior-by-behavior—for families and others caring at home for people with AD. Copies of the booklet are available free from ADEAR by calling (800) 438-4380, or going to www.alzheimers.org/pubs/homesafety.htm.
March 10-16, 2003
Cover the Uninsured Week
Sponsored by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and others.
March 13-16, 2003
Joint Conference of the National Council on Aging and
the American Society on Aging
April 10-11, 2003
Fourth Joint Clinical Conference and Exposition on
Hospice and Palliative Care
June 4-7, 2003
Annual Case Management Conference
June 19-22, 2003
U.S. Geriatric & Long-Term Care Congress Conference and Exhibition
San Francisco, California
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