The Alzheimer’s Association, the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research, has a wealth of helpful information for you on its web site (www.Alz.org). Check out the following parts of the web site that are relevant to caregiver stress:
1. Caregiver Stress Checklist and Resources (www.alz.org/stresscheck/): This is an 8-question quiz to help you evaluate your stress level. For each symptom you answer “yes” to, the site directs you to helpful resources tailored specifically to that symptom.
Just a few of the 19 resources are: a Respite Care Guide, Ways to Be a Healthier Caregiver, Talking to Kids and Teens about Alzheimer’s, Grief and Loss, and Telling Others about an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis.
2. Coping (www.alz.org/living_with_alzheimers_coping.asp): This section explains some common physical and emotional changes experienced by Alzheimer’s caregivers and ways to cope. It also has brief articles about managing the holidays and caregiver depression.
3. Online Community (www.alz.org/living_with_alzheimers_message_boards_lwa.asp): The Online Community has more than a dozen Message Board Forums with over 14,000 registered members. One of the forums’ most important benefits is simply letting caregivers share their experiences with others in the same situation.
A few of the Forum topics of particular relevance for caregivers are: Caregiver’s Forum, Spouse/Partner Caregiver Forum, Caregivers Who Have Lost Their Loved Ones, and Success Stories.