The Essentials of Caregiving are classes focused on providing support to caregivers of people living with Alzheimer’s or related dementia. Classes are hosted every second and fourth Thursday on the first floor of the Medical Arts and Research Center (MARC) at 8300 Floyd Curl Drive from 2:00pm to 3:30pm.
You can visit our Event page to see when our next Essentials of Caregiving class will be held. Topics covered include:
Understanding a diagnosis of dementia
Learning to be a caregiver
Finding connections in the community
Caring for the caregiver
Planning for future care
Legal and financial planning
Caring for the Caregiver Program
UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing also focuses on the needs of caregivers of those with Alzheimer's or other dementias. The Caring for the Caregiver Program directs it focus to improve quality of life for caregivers and those they care for.
The Quick List of Caregiver Resources
The Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) is a longtime advocate for caregivers in the areas of policy, health and social system development, research, and public awareness, on the state, national and international levels. (Tel: 800-445-8106)
For the search of state-based services, programs, and resources, check out Family Care Navigator.
AARP is a national interest group whose stated mission is to enhance the quality of life for all as we age. (Tel: 202-434-3525)
AARP offers a suite of free web-based tools to help caregivers find information quickly and easily to address a variety of needs of caregiving at their Family Caregiving page. AARP also provides "Prepare to Care", a vital resource guide for family caregiving.
The Eldercare Locator is a nationwide service that connects those who need assistance with state and local agencies on aging, as well as community-based organizations that serve older adults and their caregivers. (Tel: 800-677-1116)
For useful links and resources (Searchable Database Outreach Materials Contact Information Aging Network Eldercare Locator Data), check out Caregiver Corner.
The National Institutes on Aging (NIA), a division of National Institutes of Health (NIH), is the federal agency committed to the leadership in aging research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs relevant to aging and older people. NIA has several guides on family caregiving at their Caregiving page.