Being a family caregiver is serious work. On top of their day jobs, family caregivers are needed to provide assistance and personal care for the aging people they love. While many people feel they would rather care for their elderly parent, grandparent, or other loved one, it can be time consuming, stressful, and financially tight.
Thankfully, there are a number of resources available to family caregivers in Portland.
For seniors suffering with Alzheimer’s disease, it can be particularly stressful and scary to think about the future. It can also be confusing for family caregivers that aren’t completely aware of what is going on. The Oregon Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association has a number of courses, workshops, training, and support groups, including:
Support Groups: There are support groups offered to both individuals with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, as well as a Caregiver Center that allows individuals to connect. There is also a telephone support group that allows caregivers to ask questions, get support and learn new skills even if they can’t attend an in-person meeting.
Education Programs: The Alzheimer’s Association has a number of classes that address the various stages of the disease as well as Public Health Webinars. Some of the upcoming classes from the Alzheimer’s Association includes:
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters
Conversations about Dementia
Living with Alzheimer’s
Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s
Effective Communication Strategies
Understanding & Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior
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The Caregiver Support offered by the VA Portland Health Care System focuses on providing a better experience for aging veterans as well as relieving stress for their family caregivers. The services they offer vary greatly and can help the veteran and the caregiver live a happier, more complete life. Some unique experiences offered by the VA Portland Health Care System includes the Gentle Yoga for Family Caregivers and Caregiver Wellness Café. Both programs are offered one day a week and focus on maintaining the health and well-being of the caregiver. They also provide family caregivers with the opportunity to connect with other family caregivers.
The VA Portland Health Care System also provides the following programs and courses for family caregivers of veterans:
Building Better Caregivers is an online workshop to be completed over six weeks. They are designed to assist caregivers for veterans with everything from dementia and memory problems to serious brain injuries.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a six-week course of classes that each last around 90 minutes, offered twice per year by the VA Portland. They help family caregivers make authoritative decisions and be better caregivers.
Peer Support Mentoring Program connects new family caregivers with more experienced caregivers. Through the mentorship program, caregivers will have someone to share stories with, get advice from, and talk about the various components of caregiving.
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