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Many caregivers of older adults express satisfaction with their labors of love, but they often face challenges, especially when caring for people with chronic diseases such as dementia, diabetes, or heart failure. The day-to-day tasks may seem endless: arranging doctor’s appointments and transportation, moving the person safely, ensuring proper nutrition, and much more. Learn how you can be an effective caregiver and how to take care of yourself. 

Click on the articles below for general information about caregiving, or click on the boxes below for more specific information.

 

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Long-Term Care

Planning for long-term care, including information on support and facilities

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Advance Care Planning

Learn about advance directives, power-of-attorney and more.

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Long-Distance Caregiving

Are you caring for an aging friend or relative from afar? Get tips and suggestions.

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Alzheimer's Caregiving

Learn how to care for a person with Alzheimer's disease or dementia.

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Assessing Changes in Memory and Function

When visiting an aging relative, you might notice they have more memory problems than last time. Find info to help you assess changes in memory and cognition.
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When It's Time to Leave Home

Has living at home become more challenging for your older family member? Learn about what to consider when helping them decide whether it's time to move.
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What Is Respite Care?

Respite care can provide relief for family caregivers. Learn about how respite care could help your family, and find resources to connect with services.
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What Is a Geriatric Care Manager?

A geriatric care manager can help you and your family identify caregiving needs and ways to meet them. Learn about the services they provide, and questions to ask during an interview.
Caregiver holding an older woman's hands.