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Registration Open for DFSS Savvy Caregiver Six-Week Training Program

Spring is here and the Department of Family and Support Services – Senior Services Division invites you to join our Savvy CaregiverTM training program for family and friends who care for persons with Alzheimer’s and other related dementias. This program is six-weeks, meeting 2 hours per week online and supports caregivers by helping them to:Continue reading “Registration Open for DFSS Savvy Caregiver Six-Week Training Program”

Free Webinar Series for Dementia Family Caregivers

Finding Meaning and Hope: A Free Discussion Series for Dementia Family Caregivers Finding Meaning and Hope is a free 10-week discussion series for dementia family caregivers where participants discuss how to regain hope and build resilience when dealing with the complexities of ongoing loss associated with caring for someone with dementia. Participants learn skills to stay strong, healthy,Continue reading “Free Webinar Series for Dementia Family Caregivers”

Announcing: “Best Practice Caregiving” – A New Resource for Organizations that Support Family Caregivers

First of its kind: For the first time, healthcare and community service organizations, providers and funders have an easy-to-use, comprehensive resource to learn about and compare many of the top dementia caregiving programs. Best Practice Caregiving provides detailed information about the: focus of each program (e.g., reducing stress, understanding dementia, planning care, skill-building, health andContinue reading “Announcing: “Best Practice Caregiving” – A New Resource for Organizations that Support Family Caregivers”

Dementia, Cognitive Health, Caregiver Studies Looking for Volunteers

Interested in volunteering for research on Alzheimer’s, related dementias, and cognitive health? Search for clinical trials and studies near you with NIA’s Clinical Trials Finder. New and featured studies Click on the trial name for details, including contact information. Caregivers In-Home Technology for Dementia Caregivers (multiple sites) Mindfulness Training for African American Dementia Caregivers (ChapelContinue reading “Dementia, Cognitive Health, Caregiver Studies Looking for Volunteers”

Get Answers to Your Caregiving FAQs!

Are you caring for an older family member or friend? It can be overwhelming to get started. Check out this new article to get answers to common questions including: How do I help organize important paperwork and get affairs in order? How can I help my older parents from afar? How do I choose aContinue reading “Get Answers to Your Caregiving FAQs!”

5 Holiday Tips for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

Although the holidays can be especially stressful for families living with Alzheimer’s, you might be surprised to learn that maintaining or adapting family rituals and traditions can help all family members feel connected. Follow these tips to help you have an enjoyable holiday season: Celebrate holidays that are important to you. Be sure to findContinue reading “5 Holiday Tips for Alzheimer’s Caregivers”

Illinois Lieutenant Governor Meets with Alzheimer’s Caregivers.

On Friday, June 21st, Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton, and members of the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Advocacy, kicked off the #LGCares listening event to speak with caregivers impacted by Alzheimer’s Disease. Their first stop on the tour was to meet with members of Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center’s Without Warning, a support group for those living withContinue reading “Illinois Lieutenant Governor Meets with Alzheimer’s Caregivers.”

The Signs and Symptoms of Caregiver Depression

The role of a caregiver is not easy. The workload is time consuming, physically and emotionally taxing, and can lead to feelings of frustration, stress, anger, isolation and depression. Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia-related diseases is even more challenging, as caregivers find themselves having to deal with multiple behavioral and psychologicalContinue reading “The Signs and Symptoms of Caregiver Depression”

Caregiver Tip: What to do After Someone Dies

Immediately after a person dies can be an emotional time. Even if you have prepared for the moment, take the time you need to say goodbye. Here are some tips to make the process a bit easier: Arrange any special religious, ethnic, or cultural customs that are performed soon after death. If the death seemsContinue reading “Caregiver Tip: What to do After Someone Dies”

10 Tips to Avoid “Caregiver Burnout”

The 2019 Alzheimer’s Disease Report, released by the Alzheimer’s Association, refers to caregiving as “attending to another person’s health needs.” A caregiver can be a family member:  a wife, a husband, a daughter, a son, a close family friend, or a life partner. No matter the blood relationship, caregiving is a labor of love, whichContinue reading “10 Tips to Avoid “Caregiver Burnout””