Connection to Caregiver Services/Resources (National & in Ohio)

Happenings you shouldn't miss in the weeks ahead.



COAA

Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging


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2018

AAA9

Area Agency on aging Region (Cambridge, OH)


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2018

Council on Aging

Lake County


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2018

Direction Home Akron/Canton

Area Agency on Aging



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2018

Caregiver Action Network




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2018

National Alliance for Caregiving

Advancing Family Caregiving Through Research, Innovation and Advocacy



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2018

AARP Family Caregiving




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2018

Caregiver Forum Topics



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2018

RedTreeHouse.org

A program of the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland, Inc (RMH).  Webinars



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Watch us on Golden Opportunities

A segment on SOS Caregiver Resource Services will air on Golden Opportunities this Sunday, December 24th, on Channel 3 (WKYC) at 11:30am. 

If you missed the segment, go to this youtube link... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXJN5f98wmk

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10 Tips for Family Caregivers

1.  Seek support from other caregivers. You are not alone!

2.  Take care of your own health so that you can be strong enough to take care of your loved one.

3.  Accept offers of help and suggest specific things people can do to help you.

4.  Learn how to communicate effectively with doctors.

5.  Caregiving is hard work so take respite breaks often.

6.  Watch out for signs of depression and don't delay getting professional help when you need it.

7.  Be open to new technologies that can help you care for your loved one.

8.  Organize medical information so it's up to date and easy to find.

9.  Make sure legal documents are in order.

10.  Give yourself credit for doing the best you can in one of the toughest jobs there is!

http://caregiveraction.org/resources/10-tips-family-caregivers

  HOLIDAY TIPS FOR SHOPPING FOR SENIORS

1.   Gift baskets. Create and fill a colorful gift basket with useful items, that might not make the perfect gifts on their own. If your loved one reads a lot, include a large magnifying glass and a book light or a lighted sheet magnifier. Include pill organizers that can be color-coded for morning and evening pills. Add grocery and pharmacy gift cards. Other items could be an easy-to-use pill cutter, non-skid socks for wearing around the house, lotions, a jar opener, and compression socks, which are now available in a variety of colors and patterns.

2.   Sign up for a class together. Local arts organizations offer a host of course options, such as painting, drawing or ceramics. Register yourself and your loved one to take a class together. You'll both have fun discovering new talents, and your loved one will benefit from staying active and engaged.

3.   Photo Memory Book. Photos are wonderful to share, but there's only so much wall and surface space for framed pictures, and digital photos are often accumulated and forgotten. A great way to make the photos-and the memories they conjure up-easily accessible is to create a photo memory book. Does your loved one have catch phrases they use often? Use those phrases as inspiration and find photos to illustrate them. Or find inspiration in a vacation spot that the family returned to frequently-compile photos taken at the spot over the years and add special memories from each trip. Various online services allow you to create customized hardcover books, or you can create a book using scrapbook supplies from your local craft store.

4.   Home Safety CheckUp. Offer your "handyman" (or woman!) services to help make your loved one's home safe for aging in place. Install appropriate lighting in stairways and hallways. Add grab bars to the tub and shower. Check appliances for frayed wires. Check for working flashlights. Make sure smoke detectors are installed and are operating properly. Rearrange furniture and lamps to prevent tripping hazards, and make sure lamp switches are within easy reach. Install nightlights to make navigating to the bathroom or kitchen safe at night. Check carpeting for frays and tears that may need to be repaired or removed. Remove all throw rugs, which pose a falls risk.

A version of this article appeared in the Private Health News and on the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging website.