Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease is a challenging task and very daunting at times. With everyday comes new obstacles and the caregiver has to adjust coping skills appropriately as the tasks become harder and the person suffering from Alzheimer’s deteriorates with the disease. Medical research has shown that the caregivers often experience an increased risk of depression, illness and often have extreme difficulties coping with the challenges if they do not receive adequate support from the physician, friends and other family members.
Having online support resources can provide valuable information and outreach for caregivers of Alzheimer’s sufferers. Online resources can help with information ranging from meeting the daily living needs of the sufferer to coping strategies for the behavior changes of the Alzheimer’s person.
Support groups are a vital source for caregivers and online support groups make it possible for caregivers to receive support without leaving home.
Here are some of the support services available for caregivers online and the descriptions of their services:
The Gathering Place is an online Alzheimer’s caregiver support group. Their site can in turn be located at, “www.theribbon.com/gatherplace”. This is an online support group that has a chat-room available where people can gather anytime and just relax and share their problems to others like themselves that understand and who can offer suggestions and tips.
Alzonline is an education online resource in which can provide you with some information and education on the disease along with support resources for caregivers and people suffering from Alzheimer’s. Their website is, “alzonline.phhp.ufl.edu” maintained by the esteemed UF or University of Florida.
Eldercare Online is an online community where supportive professionals along with other caregivers can offer help with any aging disease including Alzheimer’s disease. While they don’t provide much in the specifics of Alzheimer’s they can help with other aspects of caregiving. Their hyperlink can be located at, “www.ec-online.net”.
Another aging site is, “www.nia.nih.gov/Alzheimers/Publications/caregiverguide.htm” which is otherwise identified as the “National Institute on Aging”. This site is very informative on the disease and the challenges that the caregiver faces while caring for an Alzheimer’s sufferer.
Full Circle of Care is an online support organization that can help find resources for caregivers, family and people suffering from Alzheimer’s or anyone just needing information about the disease. This is a full service online support site, although their online format is very hard to maneuver around in. The site address can be found at, “www.fullcirclecare.org/alzheimers/alzassoc_nat.html”.
Rosalynn Carter Institute has a website at, “www.rosalynncarter.org” which gives caregivers a full supply of vital information links and resources in which to find the necessary support and help that they need. This site is very formal however helps you understand what legislation and services are out there to offer you support as a caregiver of someone suffering from conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.
There are of course many other online resources to choose from ranging from informative with tips and guides to help you deal with everything from daily tasks to the legal aspects of providing care for someone that can no longer manage their own care. There are websites that strictly help you with someone to talk to and in most case that other person is someone that knows exactly what you are dealing with, considering they have gone through the same challenges themselves.
Online resources have for the most part widen our ability to get information and resources help for a multitude of conditions. In the case of Alzheimer’s caregivers online support resources, offers them more than just a fast information link they offer them the ability to stay at home and get the needed help they are searching for. This is vital since most Alzheimer’s sufferers do better at home in familiar surroundings then when they are out and being shuttled about.
Resources for this article include: WebMD, Mayoclinic.com and Medicinenet.com