REACH OUT. KEEP ASKING.
Search these caregiving links.
NOTHING takes the place of talking about your questions in person.
1-) First choice: ‘face to face’ conversation with someone you can reach out and touch in person, or by phone, or by video conferencing.
Local organizations, medical professionals, related service groups, even messaging between real people, can guide us to help. But, remember, social friends, local or online, normally are not experts, but their experiences might lead us to one.
2-) Next: online researching as a smart way to find validation of what you have heard, or to find new information in the field you are exploring.
3-) Consider: Libraries, public or in medical facilities. Professional guidance beyond your personal health provider.
4-) Last: Put ‘talking to myself’ on this list. Try to organize and clarify thoughts and questions before going ‘live’ to validate or find answers.
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If you have questions about an article or item, caregiver related or loved one related, ask in the comments below the item. We will attempt to locate a resource where you can find answers. As a caregiver, I appreciate that you took the step to reach out for help. Be sure to check our resources page and the RSS FEEDS reading links. We will do our best to head you in a helpful direction. We refer you to resources to find answers.
If your inquiry is of an emergency nature, go immediately to to your GP, your health care provider, your geriatrician, your memory clinic, your Alzheimer’s organization. We do not answer questions, only refer you to resources to find answers.
Education & Resources
A. FREE ON-LINE EDUCATION – check for current programs.
ALZHEIMER SOCIETY offering education through ZOOM sessions.
Schedule shown at link. See other educational options for various areas of knowledge. PHONE: 289-837-2310
LIFEMARK Senior Wellness. Receive education and care from the comfort of your own home. Lifemark Seniors Wellness in partnership with Acclaim Health and Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network is offering FREE exercise classes, falls prevention and osteoporosis programs for seniors, older adults with disabilities and those that suffer from chronic illness. PHONE: 1-877-696-1620
B. RESOURCE LIST TO HELP – START YOUR PERSONAL LIST:
(See also COVID-19 page for additional resources.)
ONTARIO LOCAL HEALTH INTEGRATION NETWORK (LHIN):
The ONTARIO LHIN office that serves your region is listed with a link on their site.
ACCLAIM HEALTH – Ontario Canada Community Health and Home Care Provider
Our full spectrum of programs support physical and mental well-being through independent living, reduced social isolation, innovative dementia care, end of life care and bereavement support.
Oakville, Ontario, Canada 905-827-8800
ALZHEIMER SOCIETY Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk, Hamilton, Halton (Ontario, Canada)
“People with dementia are at the centre of everything we do. The Alzheimer Society leverages its own and community resources to deliver health promotion, advocacy and support services to people with dementia, those at greatest risk of developing dementia and their carers.” A great place to get started, with proper guidance from the outset.
Ontario, Canada Offices:
Burlington (& for Oakville) 289-837-2310
C. SITES TO BROWSE:
ALZAUTHORS.COM – Whether you are a caregiver, family member or living with dementia , including Alzheimer’s disease, you’ll find many different valuable resources here: – memoirs, caregiver guides, novels, children’s books, and blogs –plus the encouraging real-life stories behind these works.
ALZHEIMER ASSOCIATION in USA – website relates they “are the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.” A site to include in your serach, regardless of your residence area. Main office is in Chicago, Ill.
ALZHEIMER’S READING ROOM – YouTube link for videos. Their reading site has been hacked. (as of June 5, 2020) Waiting for new link. The Alzheimer’s Reading Room is the number one source of information in Alzheimer’s care, dementia care, and for care of dementia patients. The goal of the Alzheimer’s Reading Room is to Educate and Empower Alzheimer’s caregivers, their families, and the entire Alzheimer’s and dementia community worldwide. Frequency – about 3 posts per month.. ‘Go to’ site for many caregivers.
ALZHEIMER’S RESEARCH UK BLOG – UK’s leading research charity aiming to defeat dementia. We power world class studies that give us the best chance of beating dementia sooner. Our pioneering work focuses on prevention, treatment and cure. Frequency – about 1 post per week
ALZHEIMER SOCIETY CANADA – Their own extensive list of articles, brochures and publications to browse and read.
ALZHEIMER’S UNIVERSE BLOG This website was created to offer the most up-to-date Alzheimer’s disease (AD) information to educate family members and caregivers, and provide help for people with mild memory loss due to AD. Learn about AD prevention and treatment through lessons created by a team of experts. Frequency – about 2 posts per month
CAREGIVING ROOM – We care for you as you care for family members through our blogs and daily chats. We support you before, during and after caregiving.
Frequency 30 posts / year Since – Dec 2008
THE CAREGIVER SPACE – Created by caregivers, for caregivers. This is a safe space for people from around the world to talk about everything caregiving. From the good to the bad and everything in-between. A place for all caregivers.
CAREGIVER WARRIOR – The Caregiver Warrior community is a place for caregivers to embrace their journey with grace and empowerment. The Caregiver Warrior blog offers advice, helpful tips, and strategies in weekly blog posts based on the experience, strength, and hope I found while surviving my caregiving journey. Frequency 1 post / week Since – May 2014
DAILY CARING – Caring for seniors doesn’t have to be this hard. Make it easier with free, practical tips that solve everyday challenges. We help you Discover, Know, and Do.
Frequency 3 posts / week Since – May 2014
DEMENTIA AUSTRALIA NEWS – Australia’s leading dementia learning service. Health sheets, tips and education. Look for link to their downloadable free Dementia Guide
HAPPY HEALTHY CAREGIVER – This site was created by Elizabeth. HappyHealthyCaregiver.com is for family caregivers who feel isolated and overwhelmed by all their responsibilities and want help integrating caregiving with their life.The Happy Healthy Caregiver Community contains all the tools and resources a caregiver needs to avoid burnout.Our mission is to help caregivers all over the world become happier and healthier. Frequency 1 post / week Since – Feb 2015
“From personal care services to hospice care support and many care needs in between, our local Home Instead Senior Care offices offer a broad range of services that can be tailored to meet your family’s unique needs and preferences.”
They offers this:
Join a support group and utilize available resources. You can find one near you by visiting these sites for US and Canadian organizations:
- Alzheimer’s Association – 24/7 Helpline: 1.800.272.3900
- Alzheimer’s Society Canada – 24/7 Helpline: 1.800.616.8816
- The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration – 24/7 Helpline: 1.800.507.7222
- Lewy Body Dementia Association – 24/7 Helpline: 1.800.539.9767
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