Caring for senior family members is a commitment that can cause extraordinary levels of stress. The growing population of late middle-aged and senior citizen Americans means that the number of caregivers is also increasing.
Fortunately for Austin caregivers, there are many state, county, city, and local groups that provide support for frequently overwhelmed caregivers. Continue reading to learn about resources that can help you as you undertake this loving task.
The Alzheimer’s Association works to help everybody affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, including caregivers. They are dedicated to providing invaluable support services.
The Association has chapters all across the United States so that help is always nearby. They have a 24-hour helpline you can call at 1-800-272-3900 that offers advice and important information. If you don’t speak English well, they have a translation service that covers over 200 languages.
The Alzheimer’s Association hosts support groups and educational sessions nationwide. They also supply access to online message boards where you can ask and answer questions.
ALZConnected is a free online community supported by the Alzheimer’s Association for Alzheimer’s sufferers and the people who care for them. There are forums for people dealing with Alzheimer’s at every level; Alzheimer’s sufferers, their caregivers, family members, and friends.
ALZConnected will also provide an online community for people who have lost a loved one to Alzheimer’s.
Adult day health care is a core program offered by AGE of Central Texas. It’s available at AGE's headquarters in Central Austin and also in Round Rock. As the only two licensed programs of this kind, AGE's adult day programs are run by a trained staff which includes a nurse present onsite at all times. AGE's personnel specialize in Alzheimer's and memory loss care.
The Texas Veteran’s Administration doesn’t just provide aid and services for veterans. The VA has trained professionals ready to support veteran’s family members in their role as caregiver. VA programs are available both in and outside of the home to assist you in caring for your veteran family member.
Use the VA caregiver support line at 1-855-260-3274 for immediate assistance or to find out which programs you could be eligible for.
The VA has also developed a Caregiver Peer Support Mentoring Program to connect Caregivers with one another, provide needed support, and allow them to learn from each other. VA Peer Support Mentoring is an opportunity for Caregivers to share their experiences, skills, and concerns with each other.
The YMCA of Austin offers a series of classes designed to help family caregivers of Austin seniors to take care of themselves.
The tools you’ll learn from the Powerful Tools for Caregivers class will benefit caregivers by teaching self-care strategies so they can better handle the challenges family caregivers face. These free caregiver classes are offered by the YMCA through a partnership with AGE of Central Texas and CaregiverU and is generously funded by the St. David’s Foundation.
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