This page has links to FREE Material available online for Caregivers of Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients. Some are PDF files that you can read now and save to your computer for later reference. Some are forms that can be filled out and printed to save in your personal files. Beneath the Freebie items, I’ve included a few items that are equally helpful, though not free they have reduced prices.
Do you have an Adobe Acrobat Reader? It’s FREE and for many of these files, you will need Adobe Reader to open, read and save these files. Below is a link to Download the latest FREE version, so if you already have Adobe Reader, you may want to download the current version.
FREE Adobe Acrobat Reader Download –> DOWNLOAD
Alzheimer’s Association Offers a Free Tour of the Brain –>Brain Tour
I know, this does not appear to be an appealing thing. But, believe me, it is interesting and informative. The tour has Interactive Colors which allow you to point and click and learn all there is to know about the areas of the brain as well as the affects of Alzheimer’s on the brain. It answers many questions about Dementia and Alzheimer’s.
The Alzheimer’s Association also offers free information about all the Major Medicare Medical Programs and how they affect Alzheimer’s Disease and the medical attention these patients need. Their latest information also includes the New Health Care Plan which will become affective this coming year (2011) — Choose the PDF file that you’d like to read–
The National Institute on Aging offers informative PDF files that you can open and read and save for later to share with other family members. Their presentations are easy to read and refer to “real” people and families which makes for comfortable reading. They have a wide variety of files, but the number that you can download at one time is limited. I’ve listed 3 informative ones here, with links to the accompanying PDF files.
From AARP you can take a Caregiver Stress Test – If you’re feeling over-stressed from all your responsibilities, you can take this test online and learn your score along with appropriate suggestions or action you should take.
AARP also Offers Two Organizers that are a Must-Have for every family–
One Organizer is a Personal Medication Record. This organizer Stores all important information that your doctor would like to see at every visit regarding the medication that you take each day. Just Fill In The Blanks–Then Print a Copy for Yourself
The Document Organizer is a must-have too. It’s a place to record every single thing that needs to be saved about your person, house and car. All in one place. It might take a few minutes to fill all the information in, but once you print it out–You’ll have everything in one document.
There are several different types of “Power of Attorney.” There is a Medical Power of Attorney, which allows the holder to make medical decisions for another person. There a regular Power of Attorney, and there’s a Durable Power of Attorney. Generally, to handle the responsibilities of a person with Alzheimer’s, you do need a Durable Power of Attorney. You won’t be able to obtain a power of attorney online as it requires an attorney’s assistance. But–this website allows you to see one and learn the requirements that must be met to obtain one.
It’s very handy to know what you need before you go to an attorney. I didn’t have a clue what I needed to take care of my Mom’s finances, and a site like this is the place to learn. Then when you make that first appointment with an Elder Care Attorney, you know what you need and what you need to ask.
Free Sample of Durable Power of Attorney
What you need/What it requires/Circumstances Surrounding
|Due to the cognitive decline for Alzheimer’s and Dementia patient’s, they are no longer able to read the hands on a conventional clock.
Already confused, this only ads to their bewilderment. You might notice how
often they ask the date and time. Digital Clocks and wrist
watches can help with this issue as they are more easily understood.
|Dynamic Living Oversized
16-inch X 7.5-inch Digital Wall or Counter Top Clock