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Introduction to Caregiving

Annotation:COPD Foundation (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Foundation) - Basic information on the practical and psychological issues raised by caregiving; some are specific to caring for COPD patients, but most are good for all caregivers.

Annotation:AARP and Elinor Ginzler - Profile of average caregivers, stresses of caregiving, tips for caregivers.

Annotation:National Family Caregivers Association and National Alliance for Caregiving - Most frequent concerns of caregivers with answers pointing to specific resources.

Annotation:NYC Caregiver - First article on a comprehensive site; this is a good resource even outside of New York. Includes information In Spanish, Russian and Chinese.

Annotation:Oregon.Gov - Brief overview, giving & receiving care, caregiver & care relationships, communicating on caregiving issues, as well as Oregon specific information on respite care.

Annotation:National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health

Annotation:National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health

Annotation:Family Caregiver Alliance - Comprehensive statistics regarding caregivers: gender, age, employment, relationship to care recipients, effects of caregiving, and more.

Annotation:Family Caregiver Alliance - Focus on women as caregivers.

Annotation:Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association and National Family Caregiver's Association - Summary of family caregiving statistics; plus tips and hints for caregivers, some general and some specifically related to those caring for ALS patients.

Annotation:American Psychological Association - Facts and figures on who caregivers are, the impact of caretaking on them, support for caretakers, psychology in caregiving issues.

Annotation:AARP - Useful resource website for caregivers. It discusses and provides forms for planning ahead, providing care at home, housing options, legal and insurance matters, and end of life issues.

Annotation:National Alliance for Caregiving - Provides a variety of helpful articles for family caregivers, as well as for medical professionals and discharge planners.

Annotation:National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health - A well-written practical booklet for the caregiver, including what to do after death.

Annotation:American Geriatrics Society Foundation for Health in Aging - Discusses general and specific problems in caregiving at home with a focus on the ways the caregiver can help oneself stay healthy and positive.

Annotation:Geriatric Mental Health Foundation - Useful for all caregivers; includes special needs of families and caregivers, patient-directed treatments, caregiver depression, referrals and resources.

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Visit the PlaneTree Health Information Center online: http://sccl.org/services/planetree NOTE: This information should not be viewed as a means for self-diagnosis or a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.


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