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Support for Specific Needs
- Caregiver Action Network
- Alzheimer’s Association
- Hospice and Palliative Care
- National Council on Aging
- Rosalyn Carter Institute for Caregiving
- LGBT Aging Resources
Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA)
- Mental Health
National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH)
- General help
- Depression Toolkit - University of Michigan
- Find a local support group (variety)
- American Cancer Society
- American Stroke Association
- American Parkinson Disease Association
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
Organizations to Join
- Meet new people
- Know your community - Next Door
- Habitat for Humanity
- Big Brothers/Big Sisters
- Local animal shelter
- Local library
- Food pantry
- Community services
- Arts programs (theater, music, art)
- Meals on Wheels
Things to Do
- Create a family memory album / digital books - Blurb.com
- Transfer old film and video to DVD - Costco.com
- Make a fidget blanket or apron - Pinterest
- Make a favorite family recipe with an elder - even if you end up doing most of the cooking. A treat for the senses, the memory, and the tummy.
- Create a vision board - cut and paste fun
- Build a Spotify or Pandora playlist of favorite music. Easy to access when you need it.
- Make a video interview (live or via Zoom) of an older member of your family. Ask five questions about their life as a child or a teen.
- Make a simple raised garden with four or five vegetable plants
- Reimagine an old piece of furniture as something new - a dollhouse or a table
- Take a class on something completely new for you.
- Make room! Declutter and keep only your favorites.
- Go for a walk in the woods or nearby nature preserve.
Books to Read
- Passages in Caregiving by Gail Sheehy
- Cruising through Caregiving by Jennifer Fitzpatrick
- Joshua: A Parable for Today by Joseph Girzone
- The Caregiver Coffeebreak by Breeda Miller
- Home Hospice Navigation by Judith Sands
- Navigating the Journey of Aging Parent by Cheryl A. Kuba
- The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll
- Working Daughter by Liz O’Donnell
- Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
- Better Health While Aging - Leslie Kernisan, M.D.
- Caring Conversations - Caregiving Podcast Network
- Happy Healthy Caregiver - Elizabeth Miller
- Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations - Oprah Winfrey
- TED Radio Hour - NPR
- This American Life
- Unlocking Us - Brene Brown
- Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me - NPR
- In Good Company - Women Who
Free Downloads from Breeda
Whether you purchase them on line, borrow from friends or ask for them from your medical provider, this list can help you keep ahead of the situations that may arise.
Farm It Out!
Here’s a list of a various jobs handled as a caregiver. Take a look and see which tasks you can hand off to someone else, so you can get some valuable rest and recovery.
Respite refers to a short time of rest or relief. There are many settings in which respite care can be provided. This list explains the types of respite care available.
Movies & TV Shows
Keep this list of Breeda's picks for funny movies and TV shows to help you in the library or when you are scrolling lists to find something to lighten up your day.