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Are you a caregiver? Do you need advice and resources about caring for a loved one, or help maintaining your own health and well-being? These sites offer information and support.

 

AARP Webplace – Caregiving [link updated 8/10/01]
This section of the American Association of Retired Persons’ website includes many articles on caregiver support, long term care financing, help with home care, housing options, caregiving for adult children, and other issues facing older adults and family caregivers.
 

Caregiver Network
Of particular interest to Canadians, this site by journalist/broadcaster June Callwood provides a wide variety of articles of interest to all caregivers, a downloadable listing of Canadian agencies and resources, and more.
 

The Caregiver’s Handbook
The online edition of a booklet from Caregiver Education and Support Services, Seniors Counseling and Training Case Management Services of the San Diego County Mental Health Services. Topics covered include common problems in caregiving, caring for the caregiver, personal care, nutrition, medical aspects of caregiving, emotional and intellectual well-being, and legal and financial affairs.
 

Caregiving.com
Sponsored by the publisher of a caregiving magazine and materials, this site offers a wide range of information and resources as well as an “Ask the Expert” service, a “support center,” and an online support group.
 

CareThere
This information-packed commercial site includes a wide range of information and resources for caregivers, including a comprehensive Caregiver’s Handbook and Caregiver’s Medical Guide.
 

Empowering Caregivers (care-givers.com)
Another useful commercial site, Empowering Caregivers has a spiritual bent, with information about alternative healing, prayer and love, as well as more traditional content. The site includes weekly chats, a biweekly newsletter, recommended books, on- and off-line resources, and more.
 

Family Caregiver Alliance
Though based in the San Francisco Bay area, this support organization for caregivers of adults with Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s disease, ALS and related brain disorders offers valuable information and support for caregivers everywhere. Included are an online support group, caregiver consultation and question-and-answer service; fact sheets and reading lists; webcasts; a news bureau for reporters; and more. Also listed under Brain Injuries and Disorders.
 

FamilyCare America
This extensive commercial site features “The CarePlanner,” an interactive assessment tool to evaluate your situation and plan your personal caregiving strategy (you must log in to access it); an extensive resource locator; and an excellent library of articles on a wide range of caregiving topics. A unique and very useful feature of this site is that visitors can “localize” its resource and service listings to specific zip code areas.
 

HomeCare Online
Geared primarily to members of the National Association for Home Care (NAHC), a professional organization for the home care and hospice community.
 

National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC)
The website of an organization for both family and professional caregivers. The site features the AXA Foundation Family Care Resource Connection, an extensive searchable database of books, videos, websites, magazines, fact sheets and other resources addressing issues and questions faced by family caregivers, but we were unable to access the search page on three separate occasions.
 

National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA)
NFCA “is a grass roots [membership] organization created to educate, support, empower and speak up for the millions of Americans who care for chronically ill, aged or disabled loved ones.” Its website provides information about the organization and its services.
 

Today’s Caregiver Online
The online edition of a print magazine for caregivers, this website offers numerous articles and departments, as well as a bulletin board, chat room, and subscription information.
 

U.S. Administration on Aging
This department’s simple but well-organized website includes an extensive list of links to Caregiving Resources, information about the Eldercare Locator (a telephone service that can put you in touch with state and local information that enables older persons to find help to remain independent in their own homes), and A Guide for People Who Care, an online handbook for caregivers.
 

Well Spouse Foundation
Well Spouse is a national, nonprofit membership organization which offers support for wives, husbands, and partners of people who are chronically ill and/or disabled. Its website is primarily devoted to information about the organization and its activities, a bulletin board, and a live chat.
 

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