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Help with Alzheimer's: Caregiver Resources

Many communities have programs to assist patients in a variety of ways

By NIH/National Institute on Aging

There may be a point in time where you need outside assistance for the person in your care. Resources for anything from in-home help to a residential care facility to emotional support groups are available. Many communities have programs to assist people with Alzheimer's disease in a number of different ways.  Here tips for finding state and local caregiving resources in your area.

Finding Local Resources

One of the best ways to determine what government assistance is available is to contact your local Area Agency on Aging. The local Area Agency on Aging may be able to connect you with such services as Meals on Wheels, transportation services to help get to doctors' appointments, or support groups for people with Alzheimer's and their caregivers, and other home care programs. These resources are particularly important if you choose to remain in your home.

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Counseling and Support

Getting information and counseling from reliable sources, like community organizations and support groups, can help both people with Alzheimer's and family members adjust to the challenges of the disease and reduce stress.

Counseling can help you understand how a person with Alzheimer's is changing, and help you figure out how to deal with those changes. By learning some tips from people who have experience with this disease, caregivers can be better prepared and less stressed as new challenges come up.

Support groups can connect you with people who are facing similar circumstances. Participating in groups or talking with someone on the phone can help reduce feelings of isolation.

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Finding the right counseling for you and the person you are taking care of is an important piece of the care and treatment puzzle.

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Adapted from Alzheimers.gov, a website developed by the Department of Health and Human Services and the NIH/National Institute on Aging Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center.

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