Caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease will find it essential to become better educated about the disease and how it affects daily life. The Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center, also known as ADEAR, has a collection of resource lists for Alzheimer’s caregivers with booklets and fact sheets. Also covered in the lists are DVDs and books that will be useful to caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease.
Check with your local Alzheimer’s Association office or public and school libraries to see if you can borrow items mentioned in the lists at no charge. Hospitals may also allow you to access many of the resources for free as well. If you find something you would like to purchase, verify that the item is currently available from the organization and be sure to get current pricing. You may be able to find some items at local bookstores or online.
Helpful ADEAR Center resource lists include:
- Coping with Emotions and Stress in Alzheimer’s Caregiving: A Resource List
- Managing Alzheimer’s Disease Communication and Behavior Problems: A Resource List
- Legal and Financial Issues for People with Alzheimer’s Disease: A Resource List
- Choosing Services and Long-Term Care for People with Alzheimer’s Disease: A Resource List
- Alzheimer’s Disease Information for Children and Teens: A Resource List
A caregiver that is knowledgeable of Alzheimer’s disease and how it affects their loved one is better prepared to care for that loved one. The caregiver is also able more easily create support networks to meet their own needs and the needs of the person with Alzheimer’s. For even more Alzheimer’s disease caregiving resources, visit the ADEAR web page at http://www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers/alzheimers-disease-caregiving-resource-list.