Bulletin #4200, Caregiver Series: Managing Your Caregiving Needs: Avoiding a Caregiving Crisis

holding handsBulletin #4200, Caregiver Series: Managing Your Caregiving Needs: Avoiding a Caregiving Crisis (PDF)

Prepared by Deborah B. Killam, Extension educator, aging and mature adult life skills, University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

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If you are an older person* and may need help to continue living comfortably and safely in your own home

  • Programs and services may be available in your community.
  • Consider making modifications to your home that will make it easier and safer to move around.
  • Alternative housing options may be available.

Contact:

If you are an older person* and want to learn more about how you can remain healthy and active

  • Learn more about the normal aging process.
  • Eat properly and exercise regularly.

Contact:

If you are caring for, or helping to care for, an older person*

  • Take care of yourself . . . so you can take care of the older person.
  • A support network of family, friends, and service providers will help reduce your stress.

Contact:

If you are caring for, or helping to care for, a person with memory loss or dementia . . . OR are concerned about your own memory

  • Learn the warning signs for memory problems that are more serious than everyday “forgetting.”
  • Become familiar with Alzheimer’s disease: how it is diagnosed and how it progresses.
  • Programs and services may be available in your area to help a person with dementia — and to help their caregiver as well.

Contact:

  • University of Maine Cooperative Extension.
  • The Maine Alzheimer’s Association’s 24/7 Helpline (1.800.660.2871) at any time to receive an information packet and talk to a representative. All calls are confidential. Information is also available online.
  • OADS for information about Maine’s Alzheimer’s Project and adult day care or other related services that may be available in Maine.
  • Your AAA for information about in-home respite services that may be available in your area.

If you want to learn how to make end-of-life decisions easier for your loved ones

  • Knowing your options and planning ahead will help you make better decisions.

Contact:

If you want to help your loved ones make decisions on your behalf, if there comes a time when you are unable to make those decisions for yourself

  • Who will make medical decisions for you if you are sick or have been injured?
  • Who will pay your bills or handle your finances if you are not able to?

Contact:

If you want to know who you can call to get legal advice or a referral to legal services

  • Sound legal advice and assistance complement good planning.
  • Legal requirements vary from state to state. Consult a legal professional.

Contact:

*someone 60 years of age or older

Resources

For more information on caregiving, contact your local UMaine Extension county office.


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