As our second week of National Caregivers Month comes to a close, I want to thank you all for your comments and stories – and point you to more resources available online to help our caregivers manage stress and find help.
Message boards and live chat – you can immediately connect with people online when you’re feeling confused about a caregiving issue or stressed about your situation. http://www.alz.org/living_with_alzheimers_message_boards_lwa.asp
Caregiver Stress Check, an online test to help you identify if a caregiver is under a lot of stress – great for those “I can do it all” caregivers who are in denial about needing help. http://www.alz.org/stresscheck/
Local Support Groups are a great way to relieve stress and meet other people who are in situations similar to yours. Call our Helpline or visit our web site to find groups near you. http://www.alz.org/norcal/in_my_community_support.asp
Alzheimer’s Association CareSource, our online suite of resources that will help coordinate assistance from family and friends, locate senior housing, receive customized care recommendations and enhance caregiving skills. http://www.alz.org/we_can_help_caresource.asp