- Alzheimer’s Association
This well-known organization is popular for many reasons. They are leading the way in accelerating global research
on Alzheimer’s, and you could easily spend hours reading their helpful tips. Their articles include all types of relevant advice, such as how to approach the holidays
with dementia in the family. There’s even a wide range of topics specifically geared toward kids and teens.
The Alzheimer’s Association also has an easy search function to locate support groups
for both caregivers and individuals living with Alzheimer’s or other dementia.
- Lewy Body Dementia Association
As the second most common type of progressive dementia, Lewy body dementia
(LBD) is not a rare disease. Like other forms of dementia, LBD symptoms are treatable. However, it’s incredibly important for individuals to receive an early and accurate diagnosis.
The Lewy Body Dementia Association explains that medications that are often helpful for treating cognitive, movement, and behavioral concerns with Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease with dementia patients could actually worsen LBD symptoms, including anticholinergics and some antiparkinsonian medications.
If your loved one has received a diagnosis of LBD, the organization’s outline of key things to know
can be a useful introduction of what to expect. Obviously every patient should have their own treatment plan, and consulting with your physician is crucial, but the more resources you can consult for dementia care, the better.
- Idaho Commission on Aging
This government website shares information and resources both for caregivers and independent seniors remaining at home. The Idaho Caregiver Alliance
is on a mission to improve access to high-quality support for all types of aging and dementia-related challenges. It’s also worth noting that Idaho has six Area Agencies on Aging
specifically for caregivers across the state.
If you aren’t living in Idaho, though, the Family Caregiver Alliance
has an online tool to search for public, nonprofit, and private programs by state. It’s a great way to identify local services.
- National Institute on Aging
As a caregiver, making self-care a priority is crucial for both yourself and your loved one. It can be all too easy to fall into feelings of distress during these times of transition. The content on this Alzheimer’s Caregiving
webpage offers reminders that caregivers also need their own help.
The National Institute on Aging also shares helpful caregiver affirmations
that you can use to maintain your confidence as you cope with daily demands. The organization also emphasizes that finding support will be in the best interests of both you and your loved one.
- Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
This is another great resource for caregivers to learn more about the road ahead. One highlight of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
is that they provide free, one-on-one assistance for caregivers through the AFA National Toll-Free Helpline. It’s staffed entirely by licensed social workers who are trained in dementia care.
They can be reached by phone toll-free from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST / 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. CST. Just call (866) 232-8484
You can even live chat on their website too, which can be great when you’re looking for quick guidance. Their website also includes a variety of Alzheimer’s & Dementia Facts & Tips
related to dementia progressions and strategies for caregivers to incorporate into their daily routines.