Family caregivers are an essential part of the support system for seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other degenerative conditions. Unfortunately, it’s often just one caregiver providing full-time care, at a great personal cost.
Caregivers are unpaid and sacrifice their own quality of life to ensure that the disabled family member is kept safe and properly cared for.
Keep reading to learn about the organizations and groups that are dedicated to providing family caregivers with the support and resources they need to stay healthy and emotionally stable.
The Alzheimer’s Association is an organization dedicated to helping everyone that is affected by Alzheimer’s disease, both Alzheimer’s sufferers, and family members who love them.
Visit the Association website to find out about the dozens of special programs that they offer the Alzheimer’s community. Caregivers will be especially interested in taking advantage of the Caregiver's Day Out program. Participants are provided respite care and taken out for special events and relaxing activities.
The Alzheimer’s Association is also a comprehensive directory of resources that caregivers can use to learn more about the disease, what to expect as the disease progresses, and what help is available.
ALZConnected, working hand in hand with the Alzheimer’s Association, offers Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers a free online community dedicated to their concerns.
Join this digital community to learn from the experiences of others, ask the community for answers to difficult questions, and help others by sharing the information you have.
ALZConnected is the place to vent your frustrations to sympathetic ears and lend your own ears to other caregivers. Online communities are a brilliant way to overcome the sense of isolation that comes from being limited to where your disabled family member is located. If you need the support of a communication network of people with similar concerns and problems, ALZConnected will provide it.
The Veteran’s Administration supports the caregivers of U.S. veterans as part of its mission to care for the people who have honorably served our great nation. Qualified veterans are eligible to have their full-time family caregivers to be given needed support and services that will make their loving task easier to perform.
The VA will provide qualified households with respite care and medical assistance that will reduce the strain, both physical and financial, that can frequently injure the caregiver’s health.
The Oklahoma Aging and Disability Resource Consortium (okADRC) website is the place caregivers can go for answers to aging and disability questions.
The okADRC website offers a specialized search engine with data about the community resources that are available to Oklahomans with disabilities or aged 60 and older. Caregivers can also search for necessary services for their family members. Even better, the resources okADRC offers are available to all Oklahomans, regardless of income.
okADRC community resources will help you or a loved one to stay at home, stay active in the community, and most importantly, stay independent.
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