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Caregiving

The National Center on Caregiving at Family Caregiver Alliance, in partnership with ARCH Lifespan Respite Network and Resource Center, provides a technical assistance newsletter to assist the Aging and Lifespan Respite Networks in family caregiver support and lifespan respite program development. The Newsletter of the Technical Assistance Centers offers timely information about best practices, key research findings, and policy trends related to family caregiving and lifespan respite. It includes additional listings of training opportunities and news from the Networks. It is a free newsletter delivered electronically every other month. Subscribe to receive the newsletter at http://caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/content_node.jsp?nodeid=2366. (From Caregiving Listserve, January 5, 2010)

Dementia

Weill Cornell Medical College has created a website at http://www.thiscaringhome.org/ to provide information on best practices and home safety for dementia care. It also provides social networking so caregivers can share information, ask questions, and find support from the online community. The Home Safety-Virtual Care Section allows visitors to explore research-based solutions to home safety and daily care issues by a simple mouse click over a room. Prepared by experts over four years at Weill Cornell Medical College, this multimedia website features videos, animations, and photographs, as well as expert reviews of home furnishings, smart technologies, and homecare products. (From Caregiving Listserve, January 19, 2010)

Caring for a Person with Alzheimer's Disease: Your Easy-to-Use Guide from the National Institute on Aging is an easy-to-read, 136-page handbook designed to help caregivers cope with the daily changes and challenges of caring for a person with Alzheimer's disease (AD). Visit the NIA's Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center website at http://www.nia.nih.gov/Alzheimers/Publications/CaringAD to view, download, or order free copies or call the Center toll-free at 800-438-4380. Go to http://www.niapublications.org/adearorder/bulk.asp to order bulk quantities of 25 or more. (From NIA Listserv, June 23, 2009)

The Alzheimer's Association has developed a new Know the 10 Signs campaign that highlights early detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. Visit their website at http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_know_the_10_signs.asp to learn more about this campaign, which aims to give people the power to make choices about their own health and future. (From Caregiving Listserve, May 21, 2009)

The latest report, 2008 Progress Report on Alzheimer's Disease: Moving Forward in Discovery, summarizes current scientific directions and highlights findings from National Institutes of Health-funded Alzheimer's research related to epidemiology; basic research; the interface between healthy cognitive aging and Alzheimer's disease; genetic causes and risk factors; nongenetic risk and protective factors; diagnosis; the search for effective therapies; clinical trials; coping and caregiver support. To download or read the report, go to http://www.nia.nih.gov/Alzheimers/Publications/ADProgress2008. (From NIA Listserv, February 2, 2010)

The 2009 World Alzheimer Report has been released by Alzheimer's Disease International. This study provides up-to-date worldwide estimates of Alzheimer's Disease, as well as estimated caregiver burden in terms of depression. An executive summary is available at http://www.alz.co.uk/research/files/World%20Alzheimer%20Report%20Executive%20Summary.pdf. The full report is available at http://www.alz.co.uk/research/files/World%20Alzheimer%20Report.pdf. (From Caregiving Listserve, September 30, 2009)

Pain Management

People with dementia are often unable to say they are in pain and may express their pain in unusual ways. Observing and Talking about Pain Behaviors: An Online Workshop for Family Members of Persons with Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias at http://www.painanddementia.ualberta.ca/ includes an online presentation about pain and dementia; additional materials to give more detail about the topics covered in the presentation; and a toolkit for organizations who would like to put on a workshop. All materials are free of charge after completing a registration form. (From EurekAlert! September 2, 2009)

People with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Labor has launched a redesigned Disability.gov at http://www.disability.gov/ to connect people with disabilities to valuable resources. The site covers topics such as benefits, civil rights, community life, education, emergency preparedness, employment, health, housing, technology, and transportation. It also includes social media tools, such as a blog and Twitter feed, to encourage feedback and interaction among visitors. (From NCOA Listserv, August 4, 2009)

Medicare

NIHSeniorHealth.gov, the health and wellness website for older adults, has recently added seven short videos about Medicare coverage to its Medicare Basics for Caregivers topic. The videos explain Medicare basics in simple terms and will interest caregivers and Medicare recipients alike. Topics include eligibility, enrollment, costs, and the different types of coverage available to Medicare recipients. Watch the videos at: http://nihseniorhealth.gov/videolist.html#medicare or read about Medicare basics at http://nihseniorhealth.gov/medicare/toc.html. (From NIA Listserv, November 10, 2009)

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Mental Health and Aging Project at Lansing Community College

Mental Health & Aging Project
Phone: (517) 483-1529
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