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Caregiver Information


A Training Resource
By Jim Messina, Ph.D., CCMHC, NCC, DCMHS-T
The Caregiver's Online Handbook

The online Caregiver's Handbook is available at:

This Handbook  is a comprehensive guide with tools, resources, and in-depth solutions to some of caregiving’s toughest challenges. The reason why this book is a valuable tool for caregivers is that: More than 80% of adults who need at-home care get help from family, friends, and others who often go unpaid. This dynamic can lead to a number of challenges for both the caregiver and their loved one, including stress, insomnia, financial hardship, and even depression. The good news is, every caregiver challenge has solutions that can ease just about any physical, mental, and emotional strain you may face. Whether you’re brand new to caregiving or have been helping a loved one for years, this handbook dives into the difficulties and offers  steps to making your situation as successful as it can be.
The situations facing Caregivers addressed in this book are:
1. Time Management
2. Stress (physical and emotional)
3. Lack of privacy
4. Financial strain
5. Lack of sleep
6. Isolation
7, Burnout
8. Lack of Training
9. Depression 

Tips for Caregivers from the National Institute of Aging

General Caregiving Tips at:

Tips for Caregivers from the Alzheimer's Association

Daily Care of a Person Living with Dementia at:

Stages and Behaviors as Alzheimer's and other Dementias progress at:

Care Options to Help Caregivers' Decision Making at:

Changes in Your Relationship with the Person You are Caring For at:

Safety Concerns for Caregivers at:

Financial and Legal Planning for Caregivers at:
Other Senior Home Based Care Options

When Older Parents Resist Help or Advice, Use These Tips to Cope at:

Caregivers Information at USAging - Leaders in Aging Well at Home at:

Videos from Dementia Care Central


This collection of short dementia and Alzheimer’s care videos is made available to viewers at no cost courtesy of dementia care expert Teepa Snow.


How to Approach Persons with Dementia

This video clip shows how to approach a person with dementia so as to minimize anxiety and offer respect (time: 4 minutes 20 seconds).


Normal Brain vs. Alzheimer’s

This video shows the differences between a normal brain and a brain with Alzheimer's. It also covers brain size and changes in brain size.


Fix Uncooperative Dementia Behavior

This video provides information on how to obtain cooperation using some tips such as using short, simple, concrete information, offering simple choices, asking them for help, breaking the task into simple steps and others.


Different Types of Dementia

This video clip describes the different types of dementia (time: 1 minute 45 seconds).


Communicating by Touch with Dementia

This video clip describes how to touch a person with dementia without raising their anxiety or disrespecting their wishes (time: 1 minute).


How to Speak to Someone with Dementia

This video clip provides advice on speaking to a person with dementia (time: 1 minute 30 seconds).


Dementia & Foul Language – Why Some People with Dementia Develop Problems with Swearing

This video clip explains why some people with dementia develop problems with swearing (time: 1 minute 40 seconds).


How & Why Dementia Impacts Memory

This video clip depicts typical memory problems in dementia (time: 4 minutes 20 seconds).


Grooming for Late Stage Dementia

This short video clip shows a caregiver grooming a person in a late stage of dementia (time: 2 minutes 45 seconds).


Speech Problems with Dementia

This video clip depicts typical progression of the effects of dementia on ability to speak (time: 4 minutes).


Techniques to Assist with Dementia

This video clip shows how to use tactile (touching) cues and the hand under hand technique to assist your loved one in the tasks of daily living. Verbal cues and visual cues are also important (time: 1 minute 30 seconds).


Grooming Tips for Dementia

This video shows a caregiver using verbal, visual, and tactile cues to help a person in a moderately late stage of dementia groom herself (time: 3 minutes 30 seconds).


Inhibition, Impulse Control & Dementia

This video discusses emotional problems that may occur for people with dementia (time: 2 minutes).


Eating Safely with Dementia

This video clip describes how to help your loved one with eating (time: 3 minutes 45 seconds).


Dressing Tips for Dementia

This video clip shows a caregiver using verbal, visual, and tactile cues to help a man in a middle stage of dementia get dressed (time: 3 minutes 30 seconds).


Emotional Distress with Dementia

This video clip describes how to deal with emotional distress in a person with dementia (time: 3 minutes).


The Affect of Dementia on the Brain

This video provides an overview of dementia and how it impacts the brain (time: 2 minutes).


Conversing with People with Dementia

This video that shows how to converse with a person with dementia (time: 2 minutes).