Booklets on Anger Management for Caregivers of Dementia Patients—Two booklets from Duke University’s Family Support Program address anger management issues common for those interacting with dementia patients. Available through the ADEAR (Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral) Center, "Wait a Minute!" is a pamphlet with short scenarios to offer guidance to family caregivers who feel angry, guilty, hopeless and stressed. The second, “Hit Pause”—Helping Dementia Families Deal With Anger is for health professionals who work with family caregivers.
2007 Resource Guide for Caregivers—MetLife Mature Market Institute and the National Alliance for Caregiving, in cooperation with the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), recently released its updated “Resources for Caregivers.” It includes caregiver services and support, including books; internet sites; organizations; financial and legal resources; disease-specific resources; information about end-of-life care; and government resources.
Online Resource on Assistive Technology for Persons with Dementia—AT Dementia is a new online information resource on assistive technology for people with dementia and their caregivers. The website, developed by Trent Dementia Services Development Center (UK), includes perspectives on assistive technology’s benefits and limitations, its ethical use, and current research and new technologies in development.
New Fact Sheets on Long-Term Care: Medicaid’s Spousal Impoverishment Protections and Medicare Financing—Georgetown University’s Long-Term Care Financing Project has released two new fact sheets. “Medicaid’s Spousal Impoverishment Protections” explains the Medicaid eligibility rules regarding income and assets for couples in which one person requires long-term care in a nursing home. “Medicare and Long-Term Care” explains what expenses Medicare will and will not cover for older persons, including the fact that it does not cover long-term care but will cover post-acute services, including limited time in a nursing home, and some home health benefits.
Article: “The Way We Age Now”—In the April 30, 2007 issue of the New Yorker magazine, author Atul Gawande has written a very moving look at geriatric medicine in the United States, using profiles of physicians and their patients to illustrate his points. He looks at aging, and documents the disturbing shortages—current and, especially, future—of geriatricians and others trained in the care of the elderly in the U.S.
Consumer’s Tool Kit for Health Care Advance Planning—The American Bar Association’s Commission on Law and Aging has created a tool kit that contains a variety of self-help worksheets, suggestions and resources. Click on the previous link to download the toolkit, or e-mail the Commission at: firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase a print copy.
Conferences & Trainings:
Generations United's 14th International Intergenerational Conference
July 24 – 27, 2007
n4a’s 2007 Annual Conference
July 29 – August 1, 2007
15th Annual Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Conference
August 27 – 29, 2007
The 23rd National Home and Community Based Services Conference
September 30 – October 3, 2007
Albuquerque, New Mexico
National Respite Conference
October 3 – 5, 2007
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