Tri-County Office on Aging is partnering with Trualta to provide a self-paced, interactive eLearning tool for caregivers. Use the following link to access audio, video and printed material on a variety of topics intended to help develop skills to best care for your loved one and yourself.
Individual and group consultation can include dementia education, identifying caregiver concerns, developing a plan of action to address concerns, as well as education about resources to support caregivers and those who have dementia. There is no charge for consultation.
Contact: KC Austern, LMSW-clinical, 517-887-1418 or [email protected]
Caregiver Workshops and Classes
The Savvy Caregiver Program (formerly known as Creating Confident Caregivers® in the tri-county area) provides persons caring for an individual with dementia at home with information, skills and attitudes to manage stress and learn effective care giving skills.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational program designed to help family caregivers take better care of themselves while caring for a family member or friend.
The Dementia Caregiving Series is a 3-session series for anyone caring for a person with dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease.
Visit the Classes/Evidence-Based Programs page to learn more and see when the next series are scheduled.
Contact: Christine Histed, RD, 517-887-1450 or [email protected]
Caregiver Resources and Communication Tools
Online Communication among a designated team of caregivers:
http://caringconnections.lotsahelpinghands.com/eldercare/home/ (offers a calendar)
http://www.whatmattersnow.org/?p=nationalhospicefoundation (unique to the care recipient)
Communicating with other caregivers in general online:
http://community.aarp.org/t5/Caregiving/bd-p/bf41 (AARP caregiver forum)
Caregiver Support Websites:
http://www.aarp.org/home-family/caregiving/ (AARP Caregiving Resource Center)
http://www.alz.org/care/overview.asp (Alzheimer’s Association)
http://www.caregiver.org/ (Family Caregiver Alliance)
Alzheimer’s Association Support Groups – https://www.communityresourcefinder.org/
Disease Specific Local Support Groups – https://www.tcoa.org/resources/support-groups/
Videos for Caregivers
Family Caregiver Alliance overview: https://www.youtube.com/user/CAREGIVERdotORG
Family Caregiver Association – Caregiver College Video Series – Caitlyn Morgan, Gerontologist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUjOarB8XUc
VideoCaregiving: A Visual Education Center for Family Caregivers: http://www.videocaregiving.org/caregiving.php
Videos for Caregivers – Dementia Specific
Safe at Home – A Caregiver’s Guide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSUNMbQz59g
UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program: http://dementia.uclahealth.org/caregiver-education-videos
VideoCaregiving: A Visual Education Center for Family Caregivers: http://www.videocaregiving.org/
Purposeful activities for dementia: Alzheimer’s Australia VIC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Y6LCpL8HUU