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Caregiver Resources|WyGEC - Resource Center

Resources For Caregivers

General Resources

Memory and Cognition Issues

General Resources:

Caregiving Resources - From First.gov, "Find a nursing home, assisted living or hospice, check your eligibility for benefits, get resources for long-distance caregiving, review legal issues, and find support for caregivers."

Caring for My Parents - Maintained by David Fitch, Elder Law Attorney & Pastor. Topics include Your Ill parent, Your Well Parent, Adult Child Care Giver, Caring for my Parents, Legal Documents and Featured News Posts. Follow Caring for My Parents on Facebook.

Cochrane Summaries - Provides plain language summaries of evidence based systematic reviews from the Cochrane Collaboration. "The site is designed with four different sorts of pages – a main search/browse page that appears when you first open the site, results pages that display the results of your current search or browse, Cochrane review summary pages that display the plain language summary and abstract for an individual review, and portal pages that focus on topic specific information."  

Enhancing Daily Life - from the Alzheimer's Association, this page provides information on Creating a Daily Plan, Communication, Food & Eating.

MedlinePlus - "The National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free."

National Caregivers Library - "created by FamilyCare America, Inc. and is one of the largest single sources of information and tools for caregivers and seniors in the country. It makes resources available to caregivers for free through alliances with professionals, businesses andother organizations who serve seniors and their caregivers with a variety of products and services." Topics include Caregiving Basics, Caring for Yourself, Care Facilities, Checklists & Forms, Disabilities, Diseases, Emotional Issues, Employer Resources, End-of-Life Issues, Faith-based Resources, Glossary, Government Resources, Home Care, Housing Issues, Legal Matters, Long Distance Care, Medical Care, Money Matters, Other Research, Real Estate, Transportation.

National Family Caregivers Association - "educates, supports, empowers and speaks up for the more than 65 million Americans who care for loved ones with a chronic illness or disability or the frailties of old age." 

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Memory and Cognition Issues:

Alzheimers.gov is a web site developed by the U.S. Department of health and Human Services and is available in both English and Spanish. Topics include information about Alzheimers, treatment options, paying for care and treatment, providing care for someone with Alzheimers, finding help, and current research.

Education and Care - From the Alzheimer's Foundation, this site has multiple tips on caring for people with dementia including specific information about implementing Music Therapy and Art Therapy and Storytelling.

For Elders with Dementia, Musical Awakenings - A video from NPR showing how a nursing home patient responds to music.

Music, Art and Alzheimer's - From the Alzheimer's Association, tips on how to use music and art to encourage self expression in people with dementia.

Timeslips - From the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Center on Aging and Community, "TimeSlips was originally designed for people with cognitive disabilities like dementia. Now anyone can use TimeSlips to read, write, and share stories with family and friends." 

News - Man in Nursing Home 'Awakens' When Listening to Music from his Past - From Time Newsfeed, this April 11, 2012 videoclip by Aylin Zafar depicts a nursing home resident respond to music.

News - Alzheimer's Patients Turn to Stories Instead of Memories - From the NPR Health Blog, Joanne Silberner reports about the success of TimeSlips and storytelling in patients who may not be able to remember events in their own lives, but are able to make up stories when shown photos. Includes podcast of the full story.

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