New web tool improves help for family caregivers and dementia
Via the Quincy (MA) Patriot-Ledger:
Despite the success of new and established programs that support family members and friends caring for people living with dementia, many resources still remain unknown or unavailable to the caregivers who need them the most. The Family Caregiver Alliance, The Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging and the Gerontological Society of America have worked together to bring out a new web tool that can help the organizations that these caregivers. Best Practice Caregiving offers a tool to easily compare and select evidence-based programs for dementia caregiving.
Caregiving for a person with dementia can be especially challenging—in fact, dementia caregivers are twice as likely as other caregivers to report adverse effects of caregiving on their physical and emotional health, financial situation, and personal relationships. Studies show that well designed support programs for caregivers and individuals with dementia can increase skill levels, coping strategies and well-being. The database serves as a single source of detailed information on more than 40 programs from across the U.S. For the first time, there is an easy-to-use, comprehensive resource to learn about and compare many of the top dementia caregiving programs.