Resources to help caregivers for those with Alzheimer's disease
I highly recommend The Caregiver Helpbook, Powerful Tools for Caregivers. It’s a handout if you can go to a Powerful Tools for Caregivers class. If you can’t, it’s available online from Amazon and other places. The class and the helpbook do just what the title says, it gives you powerful tools to help you in your caregiver role. It includes helping you to develop action plans each week to help you accomplish your current objectives. An important part of it is to help you take good care of yourself. That’s essential if you want to continue to be able to take care of your loved one.
Another excellent resource is the book titled Mayo Clinic on Alzheimer’s Disease. Its sections in the Table of Contents are aging and dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, causes of dementia other than Alzheimer’s, promising strategies to improve cognition, and action guide for caregivers. The first four parts provide a good basic education on dementia and Alzheimer’s. The action guide for caregivers takes up about a third of the book and has very helpful information for caregivers. It’s sections are as follows:
Receiving a diagnosis
Becoming a caregiver
Making a care plan
Being good to yourself
Activities of daily living
Housing and care options
Travel and safety
The website below has a wealth of information about Alzheimer’s disease and on caregiving. I highly recommend it.
In the website shown below, you can get a copy of Caring for a Person with Alzheimer’s Disease. You can download a pdf file. Take a look at the Table of Contents. If you like, you can also choose to get a free paper copy mailed to you. Its got good information and advice and will be a valuable reference book for you later.
Getting better educated about dementia and caregiving will make it easier to manage the challenges of caregiving. I also recommend Alzheimer’s Association classes where available. Do a search for https://training.alz.org/ and some good training is available. Some of the topics might be useful to you right now.