As a caregiver the most important thing you can do for yourself is to arm yourself with knowledge.
The more informed you are the better you are able to cope with situations that will arise.
Recently I have been browsing the internet to find resources that are available for caregivers, something I was unable to do when I was a caregiver.
With the knowledge I have now there are many things I would have done differently.
I am giving you this information because I don't want you to make the same mistakes I made.
Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Online
Offers an online training class for caregivers called Positive Caregiving.This site also has message board, chat room ,reading room with excellent articles for caregivers.Also has a resource center that offers forums presented by Alzheimer's experts.
To help people age 55 and over find program that may pay part or all of the cost for prescription drugs, health care etc.
Links people who need help in paying for medication to charitable programs.
Programs are available for Ad medications like Aricept, Reminyl, Exelon.
Dedicated to self-care for the caregiver
It also has a weekly free telephone support group for caregivers.
Information available on several topics including depression, nutrition, patient's incontinence.
Also hosts a discussion forum and live chat two nights a week.
Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral
Information on symptoms, cause, diagnosis and treatment.
Also has live question and answer formats that are available to the public Monday - Friday.
As I find more websites I will post them for you.