Online Resources for Caregivers of the Elderly

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Often thrust suddenly into new roles caring for elderly loved ones, caregivers may find themselves overwhelmed and underprepared. This guidebook directs present and future caregivers to valuable sites that guide exploration of a variety of available options; assist in planning ahead; enhance communication with medical staff, the patient, and other loved ones; assess the caregiver's personal responsibilities and resources; enable coping with emotional and physical stress; help prevent burnout; and increase ...

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Overview

Often thrust suddenly into new roles caring for elderly loved ones, caregivers may find themselves overwhelmed and underprepared. This guidebook directs present and future caregivers to valuable sites that guide exploration of a variety of available options; assist in planning ahead; enhance communication with medical staff, the patient, and other loved ones; assess the caregiver's personal responsibilities and resources; enable coping with emotional and physical stress; help prevent burnout; and increase understanding of end of life issues. Five appendices include related publications from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's Administration on Aging, the National Institute on Aging, and the National Cancer Institute.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786459414
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/13/2010
  • Pages: 205
  • Sales rank: 1,033,913
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles C. Sharpe, a retired clinical nurse specialist and nursing educator, is the author of several books on medical issues, geriatric topics and the internet. He lives in Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1

Caregivers 5

Caregiver Stress 10

Family Issues-Stresses and Conflicts 16

Respite Care-Care for the Caregiver 20

Evaluating Health Care Information on the Internet 25

Online Resources 31

Metasites 31

End of Life Issues 42

Legal Issues 49

Medical and Health Care 51

Residential or Housing 63

General 66

Appendix A Because We Care: A Guide for People Who Care 97

Appendix B So Far Away: Twenty Questions for Long-Distance Caregivers 138

Appendix C Caring for the Caregiver 158

Appendix D Tips for Caregivers of People with Alzheimer's Disease 164

Appendix E Glossary 176

Selected Readings 189

Index 191

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