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- Taking Charge for a Healthier You
Are you 55 years or older? Do you have a chronic condition? We would like to invite you to participate in this free research study conducted by Dr. Turner Goins. The goal of this study is to offer an online workshop to teach techniques to help you manage your chronic disease and to measure the effects of this workshop. To learn more download the flyer at http://www.wvcaregivers.org/news/TakingChargeForHealthierYou.pdf
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Fact Sheets for Older Adults and Their Caregivers Now Available in More Languages
The U.S. EPA Aging Initiative has completed translations in 15 languages-including Spanish, Arabic Armenian, Chinese (simplified and traditional), French, Haitian Creole, for Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese-for the fact sheets for older adults and their caregivers on a variety of topics including air pollution, prevention of carbon monoxide poisoning, extreme heat, and other potential environmental health hazards. In addition, translations for Hindi and Japanese have begun. To order fact sheets in English or any of these other languages at no cost please see http://www.epa.gov/aging/resources/factsheets/order.htm
- Visit the BenefitsCheckUp® Website
The National Council On Aging’s BenefitsCheckUp®, the nation’s most comprehensive online service that helps older adults with limited income and resources search for benefits programs.
With winter on the horizon, BenefitsCheckUp® is ready to help older adults in need find and apply for benefits such as the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. BenefitsCheckUp® is free for consumers and has helped more than 2.7 million people identify benefits valued at more than $9.5 billion.
- Caring Times
Caring Times is a newsletter that addresses the concerns of family Caregivers of older adults and people living with a disability. The newsletter, which is published four times a year, contains informative articles and resources that can be accessed on line. To view the latest edition or subscribe to the newsletter, visit www.caringtimes.org.
Caring for a Person with Alzheimer’s Disease: Your Easy-to-Use Guide from the National Institute on Aging
This document is now available free from NIA’s Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center. This easy-to-read, 136-page handbook helps family members and others learn about and cope with the daily changes and challenges of caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease. The comprehensive guide provides helpful tips and advice on topics including helping family members and others understand Alzheimer’s Disease; health, safety, legal, and financial issues; daily care and adapted activities; caring for the caretaker; medical issues and medication use; getting help and finding long-term care; coping with the last stages of Alzheimer’s Disease; and participating in clinical trials. To view, download, or order free copies of Caring for a Person with Alzheimer's Disease, visit http://www.nia.nih.gov/Alzheimers/Publications/CaringAD or call the ADEAR Center toll-free at 1-800-438-4380. Bulk quantities (25 or more) may be ordered by visiting www.niapublications.org/adearorder/bulk.asp.
- Home Safety Council - it is an online resource available to help adults identify common injury dangers throughout the home, including falls. To help caregivers keep family members safe during each phase of life, the website will soon include special sections targeted to new parents and caregivers of older adults.
Lunch & Learn Program to Help Local Caregivers
The Alzheimer’s Association, West Virginia Chapter will offer free monthly workshops about Alzheimer’s disease and caregiving in each of the three Chapter offices. Each month the workshops will cover a different topic about Alzheimer’s disease and the ins and outs of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. Workshops will be held in Charleston, Parkersburg and Morgantown at the Alzheimer’s Association office in each of those cities. The Charleston workshops will be held on the third Wednesday of each month and the Morgantown and Parkersburg workshops will be held the third Tuesday, all occurring at noon.
Topics will range from the basics of Alzheimer’s disease to communication best practices and care planning. These workshops are designed to provide family and professional caregivers best practices and resources to aid in their care for a loved one or family member. The workshops are held over a brown bag lunch and only last an hour to aid busy professionals who may be caring for a loved one at home. The workshops are free and open to the public. For more information about a lunch and learn near you please contact the Alzheimer’s Association, West Virginia Chapter at 1.800.491.2717 or online at www.alz.org/wv.