“Your health and well-being are important. Please, always care for yourself first, so you are strong enough and around to provide the care you want for your loved one! This is not selfish, it is selfless, and done for the one you love and care for.”
Greg Jicha M.D., Ph.D., Ronan Murphy, M.D., and Sarah Tarrant M.S.W.
Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and the University of Kentucky Alzheimer’s Disease Center
When life changes daily, not having access to the facts and important resources can be detrimental to your own health. Whether a professional or family caregiver, or just a good neighbor, the Morning Pointe Foundation connects caregivers to local, regional and national educational programs and life changing resources. If you have an unmet need or a necessary resource you’d like us to share with caregivers, please contact us.
PD Caregiving 101: Read more to learn how to navigate the various challenges of caring for someone with PD, what to expect at different stages and how to recognize signs of caregiver stress.
CareMAP: Managing Advanced Parkinson’s: There is no one-size-fits-all approach to taking care of someone with PD. It is a journey. The purpose of this site is to provide practical suggestions for coping with the complex problems that arise as a result of advancing Parkinson’s disease. CareMAP is your guide to Managing Advanced Parkinson’s.
Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) around the nation provide direct support to caregivers, primarily through the National Family Caregiver Support Program (Title III E of the Older Americans Act). Services include respite resources; individual counseling and support groups; caregiver education classes/training; and emergency assistance. AAAs connect families with local providers who can help them create a caregiving plan, address specific challenges, or identify support services. Caregivers should contact their local AAA to learn more.
CareTogether® combines the communication tools, features and resources that make caring for your loved one easier than ever with 24/7 access to live professionals in your loved one’s community. It’s care made better because it’s all together.
As we age, it is increasingly important to stay active and exercise regularly. Physical activity can help improve balance and prevent falls, strengthen bones and muscles, improve mood and overall well-being and manage and improve diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis. Visit Go4Life for health and safety tips to get started!
Senior driver safety is a national Strategic Highway Safety Plan currently offered in Alabama and Tennessee. Yellow Dot is designed to provide first responders with an individual’s medical information in the event of an emergency, which can mean the difference between “life and death” in the “Golden Hour” immediately following a serious incident. Enroll for free at one of the following Tennessee enrollment sites or Alabama enrollment sites.
National and state resources should direct you to local resources that can help you to be the best caregiver possible. If you need local caregiving assistance, call your local Morning Pointe Senior Living and Alzheimer’s Memory Care Community to find local caregiving educational seminars, resources and care partners in Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia and Indiana.