As a growing number of long-term care is given at home and in the community, services that help older adults and family caregivers of all ages are becoming increasingly important. The following resources can help younger caregivers protect their physical, mental, social, and financial health and find ways to help their grandparents without putting their futures at risk. Resources for the New Generation of Caregivers:
- Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs)
AAAs provide information, assistance, and referrals to community services for seniors, individuals with disabilities, and family caregivers.
- Caregiver Support Groups
Whether in person or online, participating in a caregiver support group is an excellent way to connect with others who understand your unique challenges, get advice, and discover new elder care resources, products, and solutions. Also, The Caregiver Forum has a dedicated section for questions and discussions about caring for grandparents.
- Government Resources
In addition, countless federal, state, and local programs are available to seniors and family caregivers. Even benefits or services that aren’t directly related to elder care can reduce financial strain. Furthermore, this helps a caregiver carve out time for respite.
- Disease-Specific Nonprofit Organizations
An older adult’s unique health conditions significantly impact the type of care and assistance they require. Organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Cancer Society and the Parkinson’s Foundation are valuable sources of information. They provide great support pertaining to these specific medical issues.
- Books on Caregiving
Pick up one of these acclaimed books for caregivers for a new perspective on aging. These books have tips for communicating with elders, advice on setting boundaries or valuable insights into dementia care.
- Explore Respite Care Options
From in-home care to nursing homes, learn about the different types of elder care available. To help you enjoy a break from caregiving and support your grandparent.