Caring for a Person With Dementia
Resources for Dementia Caregivers
There are many resources available to caregivers of a person diagnosed with dementia. The Alzheimer's Association (800-272-3900) will refer you to your local chapter for information, resources, and their hands-on caregiver training workshops.
"I've been to our local association's caregiver workshops and to their monthly support groups, too. Every time, when I leave, I've learned something -- techniques, strategies, things like that -- and that I'm not alone in this," says George Robby who is caring for his wife with Alzheimer's in their Chagrin Falls, Ohio, home.
Other good sources of information, assistance, and support include your local Area Agency on Aging (800-677-1116) and, for those caring for veterans, the Veterans Administration's Caregiver Support Program (855-260-3274). Some senior care companies, including Silverado Senior Living and Home Instead Senior Care, offer programs and skill-building workshops at their facilities.