By Charles C. Sharpe

Frequently thrust abruptly into new roles taking care of aged family, caregivers may perhaps locate themselves crushed and underprepared. This guidebook directs current and destiny caregivers to useful websites that advisor exploration of numerous on hand recommendations; help in making plans forward; increase communique with scientific employees, the sufferer, and different family; determine the caregiver's own tasks and assets; permit dealing with emotional and actual pressure; support hinder burnout; and bring up figuring out of finish of lifestyles concerns. 5 appendices contain similar guides from the U.S. division of health and wellbeing and Human Service's management on getting older, the nationwide Institute on getting older, and the nationwide melanoma Institute.

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Net/ From the National Care Planning Council. “Long Term Care Link is one of the most comprehensive long term care sites on the internet. This non-commercial source of long term care information offers about 280 web pages which in turn can produce well over 2,000 pages of printed materials. org/ “Improving the lives of older Americans” In the top bar click on “Promoting Independence & Dignity” to open a webpage with a list of links on various topics. Explore this informative website. org “The National Family Caregivers Association educates, supports, empowers and speaks up for the more than 50 million Americans who care for loved ones with a chronic illness or disability, or the frailties of old age.

Websites without such security may not protect your credit card or bank account information. As always, be careful when buying on the Internet. • Does the website make claims that seem too good to be true? If the claims sound unbelievable they probably are! Beware of quick, miraculous cures that are promised. Be very skeptical about dramatic claims and testimonials. As a caregiver, you will be well advised to read Evaluating Health Information on the World Wide Web — A Hands-On Guide for Older Adults and Caregivers.

The extensive list of organizations deal with such topics as: • • • • • • • • • • • Adult Day Care Alzheimer’s Disease Assisted Living Caregiving Communication Disorders Community Based Care Community Service Crisis Intervention Elder Abuse Incontinence Legal Issues 34 Online Resources — Metasites • • • • • • Long Term Care Medical Care Medicare Respite Care Social Security Support Groups. asp “This caregiver resource list includes some useful organizations available to help answer questions as a place to start your search for information.

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