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Links / Resources: Updated September 2015

Publications

  • Anger Tips
    A brochure of tips for when anger gets too much.

Duke Family Support Program in the News

  • $1.1 Million Gift Transforms Duke Alzheimer's Family Support Program We thank our anonymous donor for the $1.1 million gift to transform the scope and reach of Early-Stage Alzheimer's Community Programs. Dr. Harvey Cohen announced this gift on September 25, 2015 at the 60th anniversary celebration of the Duke Center for the Study of Aging.
  • A Better World for People with Alzheimer's Author Paula Spencer Scott writes about community members who are working to make new innovative programs that aim to work with individuals who are diagnosed with AD or a related dementia. Parade Magazine, June 19, 2015.
  • Alzheimer's Tour at the Nasher The Nasher Museum in partnership with the Duke Family Support Program is working with individuals in the community who are diagnosed with AD or a related dementia and their caregivers by providing a day at the museum that includes a tour followed by an interactive activity. Duke TODAY, March 10, 2015.
  • Reflections Program Video Reflections: The Nasher Museum Alzheimer’s Project provides engaging and interactive museum tours to visitors who live with memory loss, and also their families and care partners. Click on the link to watch a video about the Reflections program.

Suggested Websites and Resources

Newsletters
  • The Caregiver The newsletter of the Duke Family Support Program addresses many of the questions and concerns both families and professionals have when caring for someone with memory loss. The publication contains research updates, practical suggestions, first-person narratives, book and website recommendations. Published two times per year. Subscribe free of charge on our website.
  • Perspectives is a quarterly newsletter written for individuals with dementia that addresses the concerns, reflections, and coping skills of people with AD or a related memory disorder. Send requests for free email subscriptions to lsnyder@ucsd.edu.
Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline
  • 800-272-3900 The Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline provides reliable information and support to people with memory loss, caregivers, health care professionals and the public. Consultations are provided by master's level clinicians; and translation services featuring over 140 languages and dialects are available.
Helpful Online Sites
Aging
  • Choosing Wisely “Ten Things Physicians and Patients Should Question,” are recommendations from the American Geriatrics Society intended to raise professional and public awareness about treatments and tests impacting older adults.
  • VA Caregiver Support A new VA website designed specifically to support care partners of veterans that offers programs both in and out of the home.
  • NC Division of Aging and Adult Services From the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services, an overview of and links to state-run services and programs that serve older adults (click on the links to “Alzheimer’s” and “Family Caregiver Support”).
  • HealthinAging.org “Living with Multiple Health Problems: What Older Adults Should Know,” is an important two-page tip sheet. See also new Beers List of Medications to avoid in older persons and practical instructions for caregiving problems.
  • Legal Aid of NC Legal Aid of NC Senior Law Project (SLP) serves clients 60 years of age or older. Special priority is given to those seniors with the greatest economic or social need. The SLP team members are located in various Legal Aid NC offices.
  • National Resource Center on LGBT Aging The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging provides training, technical assistance and educational resources to aging providers, LGBT organizations and LGBT older adults
  • The New Old Age A regular feature of the New York Times, this is an outstanding blog and news-source on elder care.
  • NIH Senior Health Health and wellness information for older adults from the National Institutes of Health that is easy to access and easy to understand, with short videos.
  • MedlinePlus MedlinePlus is an NIH health website for patients and their families and friends. Look up info on a drug or supplement, view medical videos, get links to medical topics, or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition. For AD caregiving resources, go to MedlinePlus Alzheimer's Caregivers.
  • NIA Videos The National Institute on Aging’s YouTube channel offers free videos about AD research, healthy aging, exercise and other aging-related topics.
  • Elder Justice The new website offers resources for family members, victims of elder abuse, and anyone who works with older adults. Information includes how to report elder abuse and financial exploitation in all 50 states.
  • Facts About Cognitive Aging The Institute of Medicine (IOM): Cognitive Aging: Progress in Understanding and Opportunities for Action. Visit The IOM website and see seven tips in Cognitive Aging, An Action Guide for Individuals and Families.
  • How to Prevent Falls The U.S. Department on Human and Health Services offers a fact sheet on “What You Can Do” to prevent falls. By making some changes, you can lower your chances of falling.
Alzheimer's Disease
  • Project CARE Project C.A.R.E. (Caregiver Alternatives to Running on Empty) is a state funded program that helps North Carolina caregivers who are caring for someone with dementia in their homes by providing services, resources and information through an expert family consultant.
  • People with Dementia I CAN! I WILL! is from Alzheimer's Disease International in the UK. Suggestions for people living with dementia, ideas about how to tell people in your family and community about your diagnosis, and tips for raising awareness.
  • Alzheimer's Association The Alzheimer’s Association provides education and support for all those affected by AD and related dementias. Go to the website to find resources and your local chapter.
  • MedicAlert + Safe Return MedicAlert® + Alzheimer's Association Safe Return® is a 24-hour nationwide emergency response service for individuals with AD or a related dementia who wander or have a medical emergency.
  • ALZConnected ALZConnected is an online community for AD support. Post questions, share opinions and join discussion groups.
  • Community Resource Finder The Alzheimer’s Association Community Resource Finder is an online guide for people living with AD and their care partners to help with selecting dementia providers, programs and services.
  • Alzheimer's Reading Room Bob DeMarco has one of the best sources of shared experiential wisdom from families who care for and about persons with AD.
  • Caring.com The “Alzheimer’s Solution Center” (under “Health A-Z” > “Alzheimer’s disease”), provides links to learning more about different aspects of AD, including guides to care separated out by disease stage.
  • By Us For Us “By Us For Us” guides are created By persons with dementia and/or care partners, For persons with dementia and/or care partners.
  • Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center or 800-438-4380 The ADEAR Center is a resource for information on AD, on locating AD research centers and clinical trials, and for credible, free and current National Institute on Aging publications on AD, caregiving, and other aging-related challenges.
  • TimeSlips TimeSlips is an improvisational storytelling method for people with dementia and their caregivers to read, write and share stories with family and friends.
  • Young Dementia UK this resource focuses on younger-onset dementia, families, friends and supporters in UK but is applicable to US.
  • Early-Onset Alzheimer's Resources The national Institute on Aging provides an expanded online resource list for individuals and families with questions about younger- or early-onset dementias.
  • Making Sense of Alzheimer's The Penn Memory Center’s Ethics and Policy Program in Philadelphia offers windows into how people think about and live with AD. There are written, audio, and video clips from people living with the disease.
Non-Alzheimer's Dementias & MCI
  • National Stroke Association- Vascular Dementia Vascular dementia is common after a stroke, The National Stroke Association gives readers a concrete definition of vascular dementia, tips on managing the diagnosis, what can be done for treatment and tips on how to care for someone living with the diagnosis.
  • Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration explains FTD diagnoses, navigating health care, caregiving challenges, planning for the future, and finding support. See Partners in FTD Care “What To Do About” Symptom Tip Sheets.
  • Mild Cognitive Impairment Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) is neurocognitive disorder that impacts the memory but that does not impact one’s ability to complete activities of daily living. Memory problems may be minimal to mild and hardly noticeable to the individual.
  • Lewy Body Dementia Association This Lewy Body Dementia Association website provides info, support and connection to an online community for LBD families and professionals.
  • Fact Sheets on Types of Dementia Comprehensive, detailed, understandable fact sheets on disorders that cause dementia such as AD, Frontotemporal dementia, Lewy body and vascular dementia.
  • Dementia Alliance International A new organization for people with dementia in the US, Canada, Australia and other countries with a vision of, “a world where a person with dementia continues to be fully valued.”
Caregiving
  • Caregiver Network News Caregiver Network News is MemoryCare of Asheville's eNewletter. The newsletter includes information about caregiver events as well as support and education groups provided by MemoryCare and in the community.
  • Administration on Aging Find news, resources, programs, and statistics related to aging. The links to Alzheimer’s Resources, National Family Caregiver Support Program, and legal assistance (all found under “AoA Programs”), are especially helpful for dementia families.
  • How to Find and Hire a Private Caregiver An overview article, “How to Find & Hire a Private Caregiver,” guides readers through the process of hiring a private caregiver for help at home or in a facility.
  • Family Caregiver Alliance Family Caregiver Alliance, a pioneer caregiver organization, offers information and advice for caregivers, including fact sheets (e.g., “Caregiver’s Guide to Understanding Dementia Behaviors”).
  • Eldercare Locator Eldercare Locator, a service of the U.S. Administration on Aging, is a nationwide service that connects older Americans and their caregivers with information on senior services.
  • Lotsa Helping Hands A free service to assist in coordinating care among family and friends through online communities that organize daily life during times of medical crisis or caregiver exhaustion in neighborhoods and communities worldwide.
  • Preserving Identity How to Keep A Loved One with Dementia Safe: Ways to protect your parents while preserving their identity. Follow the link for ideas about providing a safe and stimulating environment.
  • Help with Caregiving An article in Today’s Caregiver: “Finding Money, Resources & Programs That Can Help With Caregiving.”
  • Tips on Being a Long Distance Caregiver Long-Distance Caregiving—Getting started, a National Institute on Aging (NIA) online resource, provides tips on being a helpful long-distance caregiver of an aging relative.
  • How to Support Primary Caregivers Long-Distance Caregiving—A family Affair, another NIA resource, offers strategies for how to support the spouse or the sibling who lives closest to an aging parent and is the primary caregiver.
Planning, Insurance, Hospice & Long Term Care
  • Assisted Living Comparison Experts ALCE is a NC university-based non-profit website developed to provide objective information to help find the best fit when choosing an assisted living residence in NC. Services are free.
  • Advanced Care Planning A step-by-step toolkit for advance care planning by the American Bar Association’s Commission on Law and Aging.
  • BenefitsCheckUp BenefitsCheckUp is free service of the National Council on Aging. BenefitsCheckUp asks a series of questions to help identify eligibility for programs that help with everyday expenses including medications, health care, food, utilities, and legal expenses.
  • National Hospice and Palliative Care This National Hospice and Palliative Care site offers info on living with an illness, caregiving, grieving, finding a hospice, and free advance directives.
  • Understanding Palliative vs. Hospice Site explains palliative care (vs. hospice) and offers an interactive questionnaire to assist people in determining whether palliative care is appropriate.
  • Quality Care Finder Designed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the site offers a broad range of health, Medicare and resource information as well as a tool to make “apples-to-apples” comparisons of long-term-care facilities, physicians and services.
  • Medicare Rights Center The Medicare Rights Center works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities and provides consumers with information on navigating Medicare benefits and Medicare appeals.
  • NC SHIIP The NC website for the Senior Health Insurance Information Program. SHIIP provides free counseling to Medicare beneficiaries and caregivers about Medicare, Medicare supplements, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D, and long-term care insurance. SHIIP is available in every state.
  • Scams & Frauds The 2015 version of the Scams & Frauds booklet has been issued by NC Attorney General Cooper. Valuable information for individuals and families; and can also be used by community groups for public awareness and senior fraud prevention efforts.
  • Prepare for Your Care The PREPARE website is a uniquely easy-to-follow program to help families prepare for medical decision-making.
  • Advocating for Quality Long-Term Care The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care website with resources to help family members advocate for quality care in long-term care facilities.
  • Long-Term Care for LGBT Community A life and financial toolkit for long-term care planning for the LGBT community. Lambda Legal’s “Take the Power” includes tools for protecting individuals, their families, wishes and assets. Hard copies or electronic versions available free.
  • The Conversation Project The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. There is a free “starter kit” for download.
  • Consider the Conversation Two friends developed a production company to use film to inspire person centered care. The films aired on PBS and there are discussion guides for download, and many more resources.
  • Advanced Dementia Neighborhoods Rebecca Mead’s 2014 “A Sense of an Ending” describes the advanced dementia palliative care model used at Beatitudes Campus, a retirement community in Arizona. Beatitudes Campus has become “an incubator for a holistic model of care” with its person-centered approach.
  • Managing Someone Else's Money Four easy-to-understand booklets to help financial caregivers. The guides are for agents under powers of attorney, court-appointed guardians, trustees, and government fiduciaries (Social Security representatives’ payees and VA fiduciaries). Booklets explain financial duties, how to handle scams and exploitation, and where to go for help.
  • Continuing Care Retirement Community Make sure you have thought of everything before moving into a continuing care retirement community! Follow the link to read the article for suggestions and ideas on things that you may have overlooked.
  • Hospital Discharge Planning Checklist A checklist for individuals living with AD and their caregivers provides a guiding list of information to remember as they prepare to leave a care setting such as a hospital or nursing home. A list of resources and related agencies is included.
  • Friends of Residents in Long-Term Care Friends of Residents in Long-Term Care is a resource for NC families looking for long-term care or seeking help with an unresolved issue. Friends of Residents also works to influence public policy on behalf of residents and personal care aides.
  • NYC Alzheimer's Association Chapter ADvancing Care and Care Advocate are free online newsletters from the Alzheimer’s Association, NYC Chapter for health professionals and families about palliative care in advanced dementia.
Research Participation Options
  • Duke Alzheimer's Disease Research Center Duke’s Bryan ADRC is a clinical and basic science center currently focused on discovery, treatment and prevention of AD disease. Join the ADRC Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention Registry.
  • TrialMatch - Clinical Studies Matching Service Online or phone registration for people with AD or healthy research volunteers. TrialMatch refers for drug and non-drug trials for persons with AD, MCI or healthy controls based on the person’s profile and interests. 1-800-272-3900.
  • ClinicalTrials.gov A registry and results database that includes all US and international drug trials ongoing and completed on all diseases or conditions. User-friendly descriptions of AD-specific trials.
  • NIA Clinical Trials National Institute on Aging updated database. Search 50 active trials. NIA does not collect personal information or offer a matching service.
  • Participating in Alzheimer's Research The long-awaited pamphlet from the National Institute on Aging and the National Institute of Health with everything you wanted to know about participating in AD research.

For more help with your questions about memory problems, contact:
Duke Family Support Program
We are a free service for all North Carolina residents
919-660-7510
www.dukefamilysupport.org