The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) and Senior Helpers have united to establish local resource centers—AFA C.A.R.E.S. Affiliates—that serve as central points of community education and support, further helping individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and their families understand and cope with the disease and explore options for supportive services.
AFA C.A.R.E.S. affiliates are community educators, trained as AFA Qualified Dementia Care Providers to assist families in navigating the caregiving journey.
We are your gateway to the best of both worlds: local and national support.
Visit www.alzfdn.org or call 866-AFA-8484 for more information.
NPF provides invaluable resources for caregivers and people living with Parkinson’s. Their series of educational books, including Caring and Coping and Fitness Counts, can be downloaded for free or ordered through our lifesaving Helpline at 1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636). The Parkinson’s Today blog features a section, Caregiver Corner, devoted to the needs and perspectives of caregivers. In 2016, NPF hosted a Caregiver Summit, which addressed the dual role of caregivers: caring for a person with Parkinson’s, and caring for themselves. All sessions were recorded and can be viewed online. NPF also offers CareMAP, an online guide for managing advancing Parkinson’s. The website features 40 how-to videos and caregiver stories that provide practical and personal tips on coping with the complex problems that arise as a result of PD.
For more information about National Parkinson Foundation, visit:
Second Wind Dreams® is an international nonprofit organization changing the perception of aging through the fulfillment of dreams and educational programs that help caregivers understand the physical and mental challenges facing those with dementia. Second Wind Dreams® has made thousands of dreams come true for seniors living in the United States, Canada, India, Israel and other countries around the world. Its innovative educational programs, known as the Virtual Dementia Tour®, is a scientifically proven method of training designed to build sensitivity and awareness in individuals caring for those with dementia through the use of patented sensory tools and instruction.
By implementing the Virtual Dementia Tour companywide, Senior Helpers has further demonstrated its commitment to those it serves. As we implement the Virtual Dementia Tour® in select markets, please contact us by clicking here to learn more about scheduling a Tour in your area or fulfilling an elder’s dream.
For more information about Second Wind Dreams® visit
Preventing Caregiver Burnout
Find someone you trust, such as a friend, co-worker or neighbor, to talk about your feelings and frustrations.
Set realistic goals and accept that you may need help with caregiving. Turn to others for help with some tasks.
Be realistic about your loved one's disease, especially if it is a progressive disease like Parkinson's or Alzheimer's.
Don't forget about yourself! Set aside time for yourself, even if it's just an hour or two. Remember, taking care of yourself is not a luxury. It is an absolute necessity.
For more information on caregiver burnout and strategies for coping with it, you may wish to visit these helpful sites: