Care Givers Guide Published by NIA

Contributed by: Dennis Fortier, President, Medical Care Corporation

We know from a strong canon of research that well educated care givers (that is, well educated in the art and science of caring for an Alzheimer's patient) have less stress than their poorly educated counterparts. We also know that education drives a measurable health benefit to the patient which is most clearly observable in the length of time that nursing home placement can be delayed.

The National Institute of Aging has compiled a fantastic resource for care givers to help them with may aspects of this challenge. It can be downloaded at their website for free.

I encourage any of you who are directly caring for an Alzheimer's patient or supporting someone other primary care giver, to take a few moments to get this resource and review its contents. It will be good for you and good for the person for whom you care.

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