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Caregiver Support Groups & More Information

10 Tips for Family Caregivers

  1. Seek support from other caregivers.  You are not alone!

  2. Take care of your own health so that you can be strong enough to take care of your loved one.

  3. Accept offers of help and suggest specific things people can do to help you.

  4. Learn how to communicate effectively with doctors.

  5. Caregiving is hard work so take respite breaks often.

  6. Watch out for signs of depression and do not delay in getting professional help when you need it.

  7. Be open to new technologies that can help you care for your loved one.

  8. Organize medical information so it is up-to-date and easy to find.

  9. Make sure legal documents are in order.

  10. Give yourself credit for doing the best you can in one of the toughest jobs there is!

Used by permission from Caregiver Action Network              www.caregiveraction.org 

Information and Links

Wisconsin’s Family Caregiver Support Programs - https://wisconsincaregiver.org/

  • Located in every county and tribe in the state, Wisconsin's Family Caregiver Support Programs provide information and assistance to help people better care for their loved ones – and themselves. Whether arranging for services (e.g., respite care, transportation, etc) or helping families understand their options for care, Family Caregiver Support Programs give caregivers access to the information and services that can help them in the often rewarding – sometimes challenging – role of caregiver.

Caregiver Action Network - www.caregiveraction.org/

  • Caregiver Action Network is the nation's leading family caregiver organization offering peer support and other resources, free of charge, for family caregivers who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, diseases, or the frailties of old age. Also provides information to navigate complex caregiving challenges for family caregivers ranging from the parents of children with special needs to the families and friends of wounded soldiers.

Caregiver Support - www.usa.gov

  • As a caregiver for a parent, spouse, or child with special needs, you may need help. These resources and suggestions can help you find emotional and task support.  

 

VA Caregiver Support Program - www.caregiver.va.gov/

  • The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Caregiver Support Program (CSP) offers clinical services to caregivers of eligible and covered Veterans enrolled in the VA healthcare system. The program’s mission is to promote the health and well-being of family caregivers who care for our Nation’s Veterans, through education, resources, support, and services. 

Free Caregiver Video Series: Man Enough to Care

  • Caring for others is an act of love that comes with joyous moments along with many personal sacrifices. This compelling 5- episode video series “is a uniquely vulnerable, empathic and uplifting exploration of what it means to give care and be cared for as a man in today’s society.”
  • The series is produced by Caring Across Generations and can be viewed on the organization's website: https://caringacross.org/manenough/#episodes
Free Caregiver Webinar: Balancing Work and Caregiving
Free Caregiver Webinar: The Importance of Dementia Diagnosis in an Era of New Treatments
  • Tuesday, September 19, 2023, 9:00 am-11:00 am (CST) 

In-Person or Virtual

  • James B. Leverenz, MD, is the Director of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, and the Jane and Lee Seidman Endowed Chair for Advanced Neurologic Research and Education of the Neurological Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. He obtained his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Washington. He received post-doctorate training in neurology from the New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center and neuropathology from the University of Chicago. His primary clinical and research interests are aging-associated neurological disorders including Alzheimer’s disease, dementia with Lewy bodies, and Parkinson’s disease. Currently, he is the principal investigator for the National Institute of Health funded Dementia with Lewy Body Consortium and the Cleveland Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. He serves on the scientific advisory council for the Lewy Body Dementia Association and is on the board of directors and professional advisory board for the Cleveland Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

  • Register here: https://continuingeducationuwp.regfox.com/fy24-helen-bader-event-2023

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