Concern-Specific Caregiver Support

The resources below focus on specific health concerns of many caregivers: AIDS/HIV, Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias, Cancer, COPD, Mental Illness, and Parkinson’s.

AIDS/HIV
Net of Care – Website from Beth Israel Hospital provides information and resources for caregivers of loved ones with AIDS.  NOTE:  English/Chinese. Caregiving for Older Adults with AIDS – Medscape articles discusses the stigma and stress, cognitive issues, and available supports for older adults with AIDS and their caregivers.

Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias. 
A Guide to Creating a Dementia-Friendly Home. Article from Alzheimer’s Today (The Alzheimer’s Foundation) discusses four basics of the dementia-friendly home: color, contrast, lighting, and decor. Includes video and room-by-room print guide.
Alzheimer’s Association – Information on Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders and caregiver support.
Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center (ADEAR) – Information on Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders from the National Institute on Aging;  site includes information, news, publications, and connections to national research centers.
Alzheimer’s Foundation – Information on Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders and caregiver support.
Alzheimers.gov. A new website designed to educate and support people whose lives are touched by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
Caregiver Video Series. Series produced by the Veterans Rural Health Resource Center for family caregivers with special emphasis on caring for a loved one with dementia. Videos start about 1/3 of the way down the page. Videos are open to ALL caregivers; you do not need to be caring for a veteran.
Caring for a Person with Alzheimer’s Disease – Downloadable book from the National Institute on Aging provides guide for caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
Lewy Body Dementia Association – Support and information on Lewy Body Dementia.
Mayo Clinic – The basics of dementia including definition, related disorders, treatment, etc.
Stroke.org – Information and support for family caregivers on illnesses such as stroke and vascular dementia.
The Association for Frontotemporal Disorders – Information and support for family caregivers of a loved one with Frontotemporal Dementia.
The Dementias:  Hope through Research – Downloadable book from the National Institute of Aging discusses multiple forms of dementia.

Cancer
American Cancer Society – Learn more about what to expect when you’re caring for a loved one with cancer and tips for taking care of yourself. National Cancer Institute – Website includes Resources and Support for caregivers.  Downloadable booklet focuses on strategies to help caregivers care for themselves while caring for a loved one with cancer.
Cancer Support Community – Whether you have been diagnosed with cancer or are caring for a loved one with disease, website offers extensive information and support including links to local and online support groups. Cancer Care – Website provides counseling, support groups, education, and financial assistance for cancer patients and their caregivers. 
National Comprehensive Cancer Network – Patient and caregiver resources from an alliance of the 26 of the world’s leading cancer centers.

COPD
COPD Caregivers’ Community – Chatroom and forums for caregivers of patients with COPD.
COPD Foundation – FAQ for Caregivers.
COPD Step by Step – Strategies for helping someone with COPD:  The keys to success:  how to help, get support, and maintain a healthy balance in your own life. 
Healthline – Everything you need to know about COPD.

Mental Illness
NAMI:  Family Members and Caregivers – The National Alliance for Mental Illness offers strategies and support for family caregivers of loved ones with mental illness.
Family Members of Adults with Serious Mental Illness – Family resources from the American Psychological Association.
For Friends and Family Members – MentalHealth.gov provides support and conversation strategies.

Parkinson’s
Parkinson’s Foundation – Help for caregivers who are navigating the emotional, financial, and physical challenges that may be experienced when caring for a loved one with Parkinson’s disease.
Family Caregiver Alliance – Information on Parkinson’s disease, treatments, related diseases, and caregiving.
The Michael J. Fox Foundation – Advice for caregivers and loved ones as well as extensive information on the disease.