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Caregiving Chronicles will present news and analysis on caregiving topics in MetroWest and around the world, in-depth Q&As with experts in fields related to caregiving and updates and announcements about caregiving resources available in MetroWest from CaregivingMetroWest.org Program Director Douglas Flynn.


New online Alzheimer's resources offer increased information, support for caregivers
By Douglas Flynn / July 25, 2014
With Alzheimer’s disease afflicting an ever-growing number of people, the need for increased help, information and support for those suffering from the disease and their caregivers is constantly increasing as well.

Several federal agencies are working to meet those needs, and some of the new online resources were highlighted in the first part of a webinar series on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias this week.

The opening webinar focused on updating the resources available. The Administration for Community Living has launched one of the newest online resources, introducing the Brain Health section of the ACL website in June.

The ACL’s Brain Health resource features a one-page handout and a longer supplementary handout among its educational materials that provide useful information for anyone caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.

Another resource to be aware of is the Alzheimer’s Association Community Resource Finder, which allows you to search for local Alzheimer-related programs and events, housing options, home care, medical services and community services.

The National Institute on Aging has some helpful materials on specific caregiving situations, such as its Talking with Your Doctor Toolkit and Long-Distance Caregiving: A Family Affair. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have also contributed a wealth of information in facts sheets and tips to be ready in the case of an emergency with Personal Preparedness for Older Adults and Their Caregivers.

Coming soon from the National Institute of Health will be a booklet on participating in Alzheimer’s research, which is part of a combined NIA, ACL and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) effort called the ROAR (Recruiting Older Adults into Research) Project.

Updates on other Alzheimer-related resources currently available or being developed by the Administration on Aging as part of its Alzheimer’s Disease Supportive Services Program can be found here.


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