Every year millions of Americans give essential care to a loved one, spouse, parent or grandparent who is living with a serious medical illness.

Region 10’s Aging & Disability Resource Center and Area Agency on Aging strives to care for these caregivers by providing resources or access to resources to caregivers who are headed through the journey of caregiving. We want to help caregiver’s step forward and thrive rather than just survive. Whether that be through reminding caregivers to take care of yourself or adding resources to your toolbox.

Real Care for Caregivers

The following videos are made possible by our partners at The Caregivers Support Foundation (CSF). They are the go-to nonprofit haven for family caregivers. Caregivers help loved ones with terminal diseases of the central nervous system including dementia of all kinds, Parkinson’s, and brain cancer. CSF provides caregiver support in the form of information and emotional support through writing, support groups, videos, and speaking. We help caregivers persevere and find courage to endure.

The Caregiving Journey

When a loved one is diagnosed with a terminal brain malady, you become a caregiver. The family caregiver’s journey is arduous. This includes six defining challenges.

Brain Failure: Dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s

There are many brain diseases. they all end with the brain shutting down leading to death. It is better to lump them together as brain failure so that the caregiver can focus on quality of life for the loved one’s remaining years.

Why is Caregiving so Hard?

24-7, 52 weeks a year, and sometimes for years, caregiving is devastating to the caregiver. In this episode Dr. Landon explains why.

Caregiver Grief | More than Tears at a Funeral

Caregivers grieve every time their loved one loses who they used to be. Friends don’t understand because they think grief is only for the dead.

Caregiver Grief | Grieve in Your Own Way

Because caregivers grieve along the journey, they often grieve after death differently than their friends think they should. Please grieve in your own way.

Caregivers and Patients Must Be Aware of Denial

Denial ca help a caregiver cope, but more often it is a predator, hunting caregivers (and patients) to rob them of emotions, energy, and time for the caregiving task.

Palliative Care | What is it and Why is it so Important

Part 1 in the Palliative Care Series. Palliative Care treats the whole person not just the disease. This includes the family and aims for the highest quality of life possible

Palliative Care | Safety, Comfort and Moments of Joy

Palliative Care is all about Safety, Comfort and Moments of Joy for terminal brain failure patients. The family provides it well before hospice. Here’s how.

About Caregiving Support Groups

The Value of Caregiver Support Groups

Caregiving is stressful and socially isolating. Groups reduce both. Here’s more.

Watch a Caregiver’s Support Group

Watch how a Zoom meeting of a Caregiver Support Group works. Real caregivers talk about their lives and issues and provide support for each other.

How to Make a Group Function Well

If you are looking to run your own caregiver group, here is an in-depth tutorial on how to do it ad how to get the most out of it for everyone involved.

Caregiving for Professionals

Professional Caregivers: Caring for Two Patients at Once

Treating terminal patients, without including the family ignores the most important part of the patient’s life. Ignoring the family also produces poorer outcomes.

Professional Caregivers: Learning the 6 Parts of Caregiving

When the family is included in patient care, professionals can help at each stage. Here are some practical tips.

Therapeutic Triangle

The Therapeutic Triangle Part 1

Interactions between doctors, patients and caregivers are viewed as a therapeutic triangle. Muck better outcomes happen when all three work together. However, there are substantial barriers.

The Therapeutic Triangle Part 2

Doctors enhance quality of life for patients. The caregiver provide care for patients. Here’s advice for doctors to help caregivers improve effectiveness and reduce stress.

The Therapeutic Triangle Part 3

During an office visit caregivers can help doctors and their loved one or be a barrier to teamwork. Here are some suggestions how caregivers can strengthen teamwork.

Region 10 Caregiver Seminar Videos

Region 10’s Caregivers Seminar June 2018
Keynote with Lori La Bey

Knowledge is Power with Dr. Jess Deegan

Joy in the Journey with Lori La Bey

“The Dementia Experience” with Lyndsay Lyon

The Loving Touch with Mellisa Countryman

You’re not alone with Glen Hinshaw

Caregiver Support Groups & The Living Grief
with Eva Veitch & Laird Landon

Caregiver Resources
with Daniell McCarthy

Area Agency on Aging Consumer Advocates
with Ronda Steenbergen

Navigating Medicare & Medicare Consumer Protection with Mabel Risch

Additional Region 10 Senior Resources

Aging/Disability Resources (ADRC)

 

Assisting individuals and caregivers seeking resources, and professionals seeking assistance on behalf of their clients.

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The Area Agency on Aging (AAA)

 

Offering a comprehensive array of services for seniors, including medical care resources,  legal aid, senior advocates, in-home services, and more.

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Long-Term Care Advocates

 

Protecting and promoting the rights and quality of life by trained advocates for those residing in nursing homes, assisted living, and similar facilities.

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RSVP  |  Retired Senior Volunteer Program

 

RSVP gives senior volunteers, age 55 and older, the chance to use their skills, abilities and life experiences to serve other seniors within their community. 

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Senior Companion Program

 

Connecting seniors to available programs that offer companionship services for those living alone or to provide respite for caregivers.

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Medicare Counseling (SHIP)

 

Helping seniors understand their insurance options, make informed choices, know their rights, and save money.

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