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12 Tips for Promoting Regular Sleep & Alzheimer's

About.com presents a 12-point list of tips to help caregivers promote regular sleep patterns in someone with dementia.

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24/7 Helpline

The Alzheimer's Association provides a 24/7 helpline with reliable information and support to those who need assistance.

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6 Signs of Caregiver Burn Out

The American Association for Retired People identifies the six signs of caregiver burnout and includes links to caregiver stress management tips.

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Aggression and Anger

The Alzheimer's Association provides good advice on how to cope with aggressive behavior and understand its cause in some one with dementia.

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All About Adult Day Services

The American Association for Retired People (AARP) describes what adult day services are about, how to figure out if they are a good fit, and how payment works for them. The AARP also includes links to community services that can help with care.

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Alzheimer's Caregiving Tips: Bathing

The Alzheimer's Association provides a set of safety tips for before and after bathing.

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Alzheimer's: Making Mealtimes Easier

The Mayo Clinic describes what causes eating problems in a person with dementia and how best to ensure good nutrition.

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Anxiety and Agitation

The Alzheimer's Association provides good advice on how to respond to agitated behavior and understand its cause in some one with dementia.

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Bathing and Dressing

The University of Califonria, San Francisco Memory and Aging Center created a 3-minute video for caregivers to help them make bathing and showering of a person with dementia safe.

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Care Team Calendar

The Alzheimer's Association has created an online calendar to help caregivers coordinate the care from friends and family into one organized place.

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Caregiver Resources from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Caregiver resources from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services include tips on what caregivers need to know, what services are covered, and how to plan for the future, among other topics. Online pamphlets and videos comprise this library.

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Caregivers' Resources

Find a nursing home, assisted living, or hospice; check your eligibility for benefits; obtain reources for long-distance caregiving; review legal issues; and find support for caregivers all in one Website.

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Caregiving Resource Center

The American Association for Retired People hosts an online hub of information, tools, and tips for caregivers.

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Caregiving Stress Busters

The American Association for Retired People offers six ways to help caregivers cope and remain strong.

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Caring for the Caregiver (video)

Health Services Advisory Group, Inc., created the Caring for the Caregiver video to provide guidance on resources available and tips to help caregivers better tend to their physical and mental needs.

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Community Resource Center

The Alzheimer's Association provides easy access to a listing of Alzheimer's and dementia resources, community programs, and services.

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Community Resource Finder

The Alzheimer's Association provides easy access to a listing of Alzheimer's and dementia resources, community programs, and services.

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Dementia: The Basics (video)

Health Services Advisory Group, Inc., developed the Dementia: The Basics video to describe how varied the disease is, what stages are involved in its progression, and how caregivers can best respond.

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Dental Care

The Alzheimer's Association provides guidance on how best to assist a person with dementia in their oral care.

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Family Caregiver Alliance

The Family Caregiver Alliance has created an online place to find information and resources to plan your caregiving journey.

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Future Planning (video)

In this podcast from Health Services Advisory Group, Inc., Joseph Herrera with the Alzheimer's Association, California Southland Chapter, will discuss why it is important for caregivers to plan for the future.

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Incontinence

The Alzheimer's Association offers solid advice on the causes of incontinence, how to respond, and tips for managing it in someone with dementia.

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Know the 10 Signs

The Alzheimer's Association lists ten important warning signs of Alzheimer's disease, and a helpful checklist to bring to the doctor when seeking a formal diagnosis.

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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has created the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for help 24/7.

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Non-Pharmacological Approach for Caring for Persons with Dementia (slide deck)

This is a PDF slide deck from the Improving Individual Patient Care National Coordinating Center, which sets out concrete suggestions on how to address the needs of dementia patients without resorting to drugs.

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Partnering with Doctors to Improve Care (video)

In this podcast from Health Services Advisory Group, Inc., Joseph Herrera, with the of the Alzheimer's Association, California Southland Chapter, provides an overview of how caregivers can partner with doctors to ensure those living with dementia receive the best possible care.

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Partnering With Your Doctor

The Alzheimer's Association has prepared a PDF guide for people with memory problems and their caregivers to help them better partner with their healthcare providers through improved communication.

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Securing and Honoring Family Wishes (video)

In this podcast, Health Services Advisory Group, Inc., consulted with the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California, regarding an advanced directive, a physician's orders for life-sustaining treatment form, and how both instruments work to fulfill a family's wishes for medical care in the final stages of life.

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Seven Stages of Alzheimer's Disease

The Alzheimer's Association defines the seven stages of Alzheimer's disease, showing how the disease generally progresses.

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Sundowning

WebMD explains sundowning, its causes, and treatments.

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Sundowning and Dementia Care (video)

Health Services Advisory Group, Inc., has created the Sundowning and Dementia Care video to explain common behaviors and moods associated with dementia that tend to occur in the evening, referred to as sundowning, and how caregivers can best respond.

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The Alzheimer's Project

HBO produced a special on Alzheimer's disease to showcase how scientific research is gaining momentum in solving this disease.

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The Humane Society

The Humane Society has assembled national and state resources for pet owners in need.

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Treatments for Sleep Changes

The Alzheimer's Association describes treatment for sleep disturbances affecting those with dementia.

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Understanding Needs-Driven Behaviors (video)

Health Services Advisory Group, Inc., developed the Understanding Needs-Driven Behaviors video to describe what symptoms patients typically express as the disease progresses and how caregivers can best respond.

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Updates to Coverage Pursuant to Jimmo v. Sebelius

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced as of January 25, 2014 that coverage for skilled care will be provided even if the patient's condition does not improve. Learn more about it in their PDF announcement.

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