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AgeNet Eldercare Network
The AgeNet website has resources on the following topics: health, drugs, legal, insurance, financial, caregiving, housing, and shopping.

Contact information:
www.agenet.com


Aging Parents and Elder Care
A comprehensive resource for family caregivers during all stages of care. Articles, comprehensive checklists, and links to key resources designed to make it easier for family caregivers to quickly find the information they need, and avoid overlooking something important in the care of their loved one.

Contact information:
www.aging-parents-and-elder-care.com


CARELINKUSA
CARELINKUSA® is a tool for health care professionals and consumers seeking information and referrals to facilities such as nursing homes and assisted living environments in and around Minnesota. With this valuable tool set, you can search for providers based on location and/or special services provided.

Contact information:
www.carelinkusa.com


Care com - Senior Care Articles and Resources
Care.com provides a simple and safe way for families and individuals to manage their care needs. It offers a full breadth of subscription-based services including: child care, pet care, senior care, and tutoring. IT offers a suite of tools and resources for selecting the best care possible.

Contact information:
www.care.com/senior-care-p1023-articles-resources.html


Caregivers Are Stressed and Strapped
(UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, 9/21/11) A recent policy brief by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research found that caregivers of all ages are showing higher levels of serious psychological distress and negative health behaviors. These adult children are sandwiched trying to meet the needs of their own children while caring for aging parents. With recent cuts in support programs and services for in-home care, these caregivers are likely to face even more struggles. http://healthpolicy.ucla.edu/NewsReleaseDetails.aspx?id=90


Caregiving Sourcebook
This book provides information to help caregivers and their families prepare and accomplish the variety of tasks involved in caregiving. Material in this book has been collected from a wide range of government agencies, nonprofit organizations and periodicals. ISBN # 0-7808-0331-0

Contact information:
www.omnigraphics.com/product_view.php?ID=224


Compassion Books Catalog
Compassion Books lists hundreds of books, audios, and videos on loss, grief, death, and dying, from many publishers.

Contact information:
www.compassionbooks.com


Daily Comforts for Caregivers
Like a support system in a pocket, this book offers 366 daily reassurance and guidance messages that help caregivers tap into their inner wisdom and find peace of mind. Samples, P. (1999). Daily comforts for caregivers. Minneapolis, MN: Fairview Press. ISBN-13: 978-1577490883


Drugwatch
Educating the public about prescription and over-the-counter medications, drug recalls, medical devices, and current developments in the medical field. Roughly one-third of all medications prescribed in the United States are prescribed to persons aged 65 and older.

Contact information:
drugwatch.com/


Elder Rage or Take My Father . . . Please!: How to Survive Caring for Aging Parents
The book provides a list of helpful organizations, tips for caregivers, and a physician's guide. Marcell, J. (2001). Elder rage or take my father . . . please!: How to survive caring for aging parents. Irvine, CA: Impressive Press.

Contact information:
www.elderrage.com


Elderberry Institute
The Elderberry Institute helps communities establish block nurse programs to help people stay safely in their homes.

Contact information:
www.elderberry.org/


Eldercare Locator, The
The Eldercare Locator, a nationwide toll-free service, helps older adults and their caregivers find local services for seniors. The U.S. Administration on Aging makes part of this service available on-line so that consumers can easily link to the information and referral (I&R) services of their state and area agencies on aging. These I&R programs can help you identify appropriate services in the area where you or your family member resides. The website has a database searchable by state and zip code.

Contact information:
www.eldercare.gov/


Eldercare Partners
Eldercare Partners is an organization that offers resources for seniors who need help with housing, home care, transportation, meals, housekeeping, and other chores. Personal advisors help select appropriate services and options. Resources for caregivers such as: support groups, education and training programs, conferences and workshops are available. A calendar of these events is on the website.

Contact information:
www.eldercarepartners.org/


Essential Grandparent
Many helpful resources for grandparents, including books about grandparenting, are available at a discount on this website.

Contact information:
www.essentialgrandparent.com


GrayTimes
GrayTimes.com is a senior resource website that helps Minnesota seniors and their families find the care and services they need. The website has an easy-to-use, searchable, online directory of senior services throughout the state, including housing, home care, medical equipment, accessibility, transportation, etc., as well as articles on topics of interest to seniors and their caregivers.

Contact information:
Arden Hills, MN
www.graytimes.com


Growth House, The
The Growth House has information and resources about death and dying, including a special section on eldercare.

Contact information:
www.growthhouse.org


It Takes More Than Love: A Practical Guide to Taking Care of an Aging Adult
Written for family members, friends and spouses of dependent elders, this book addresses practical and personal issues confronted by caregivers. Beckerman, A. G. & Tappen, R. (2000). It takes more than love: A practical guide to taking care of an aging adult. Baltimore, MD: Health Professions Press. ISBN-13: 9781878812506


LongTermCareLiving.com
Sponsored by the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living, LongTermCareLiving.com provides consumers with needed information on nursing homes, assisted living/residential care, and other types of long-term care. Learn how to: Find and select a nursing home or assisted living facility; Prepare yourself and your family for the transition to long-term care; Write an advance directive, making sure your wishes are known; Find Medicare Part Resources; and Pay for long-term care.

Contact information:
www.longtermcareliving.com/


Mapping Your Retirement
Mapping Your Retirement helps you plan a retirement based on your values, interests, and resources. The guide provides information and worksheets on three critical elements of a meaningful retirement: Living Your Life, Maintaining Your Health, and Managing Your Money.

Contact information:
www.mappingyourretirement.org


Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels member programs throughout the country provide nutritious meals and other nutrition services to men and women who are elderly, homebound, disabled, frail, or at risk. Click on "Find Meals Near You!" to locate a program near your zip code.

Contact information:
www.mowaa.org/


Minnesota Association of Centers for Independent Living
This website is a link to information about independent living services provided by Minnesota's 8 Centers for Independent Living (MACIL). The site also links to worldwide disability-related information.

Contact information:
www.macil.org


MinnesotaHelp.Info
MinnesotaHelp.info is an online directory of services designed to help people in Minnesota find human services, information and referral, financial assistance, and other forms of help. It is rich in resource information for seniors and their caregivers; people with disabilities and their caregivers; parents and families; and low income people.

Contact information:
www.minnesotahelp.info


National Alliance for Caregiving
This website includes tips for caregivers, downloadable reports on caregiving, retirement and long-term planning, a community resource guide template, and a comprehensive list of reviewed books, videos, and other resources.

Contact information:
www.caregiving.org/


National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities, NASUAD
This national non-profit organization of 57 states and government territories on aging, has a mission of "States United for Action in Aging." Their website contains resources and publications on policy and governance. It has links to Eldercare and Elder Abuse resources.

Contact information:
www.nasuad.org/


National Respite Coalition, The
The National Respite Coalition mission is to secure quality, accessible, planned and crisis respite services for all families and caregivers in need of such services in order to strengthen and stabilize families, and enhance child and adult safety. It has a directory of respite programs throughout the U.S.

Contact information:
chtop.org/ARCH/ARCH-National-Respite-Coalition.html


Needs of the Dying, The
David Kessler was a student of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. His book has a message of comfort and love. He wrote it to familiarize the readers with the physical and emotional aspects of dying. The stories contained in the book are inspiring and show, once again, that the living has much to learn from the dying. ISBN-13: 978-0060958213


Raising Relatives Children-Families in Safe Hands
This is a program of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota. The non-profit organization provides kinship caregivers--those caring for other's children--with vital information and support. The program offers a state-wide Caregiver Warmline, support and education groups, educational workshops, and individual or family consultations.

Contact information:
877-917-4640
www.lssmn.org/raising-relative-children/


Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving
The Rosalynn Carter Institute establishes local, state and national partnerships committed to building quality long-term, home and community- based services. The website has resources and publications for caregivers.

Contact information:
rci.gsw.edu/


Self-Care for Caregivers: A Twelve Step Approach
This book offers caregivers a practical, spiritual plan — the Twelve Steps — to handle the emotional strain and maintain serenity. Samples, P. (Hazelden, 1991). Other publications by this author also available

Contact information:
www.patsamples.com


Senior LinkAge Line®
Provides information and assistance on a wide variety of community services available to older adults and their families via telephone. The Senior LinkAge Line® is a program of the Minnesota Board on Aging and the Area Agencies on Aging.

Contact information:
800-333-2433
www.mnaging.org/advisor/SLL.htm


Stuart Pimsler Dance Theatre
Community Inclusive Theatre that focuses on issues of caregivers and death and dying. Stuart Pimsler & Suzanne Costello, co-directors.

Contact information:
www.stuartpimsler.com


 

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