Spring '00 Volume 2.2

CAREGIVERS RESOURCE NEWSLETTER

Information on products, resources, publications and events for all caregivers.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

NATIONAL - COMPUTER LEARNING

Senior Net Learning Centers are community based computer training center with classes for over-55 adults from beginners to advanced instruction. INFO: email seniornet@aol.com, website www.seniornet.org

PUBLICATIONS - HMO SELECTION

Choosing and Using an HMO by Ellyn Spragins contains methods to assess HMO's by using practical indicators to evaluate quality in staffing and administrative practices to make an informed decision.

VIDEOS - CAREGIVING

Terra Nova Films offers videotapes on caregiving problems and interactions for group viewing and teaching situations. INFO: 312.881.8491

PRODUCTS - ASSISTIVE DEVICES

Care4U website features more than 700 products for the senior, disabled and rehabilitation market. Designed for caregivers, professionals and patients to solve specific problems related to daily living activities such as eating, dressing, ambulation, toileting and exercise. Accepts Visa and MC. INFO: www.care4u.com.

PUBLICATIONS - RECORDKEEPING FOR CAREGIVERS

Memory Minder is a 5x8 spiral bound journal in which caregivers, patients or families can record daily health information such as diet, weight, sugar levels, medications taken, physical and emotional state. Useful for absentee caregivers and doctor visits. Available at GNC Nutrition Centers or send $15.45 to Memory Minder, PO Box 23108, Eugene, OR 97402.

DISCOUNTS - FAST FOOD STORES

Caregivers will find senior discounts at most Denny;s, White Castle, Wendy's, Burger King, Browns Chicken.

RESOURCES - CANCER

University of Chicago Hospitals Cancer Resource Center has free newsletters and brochures from cancer organizations, a reference library, computer terminals for Internet information, video and audit tapes and local support group lists. INFO: 312.702.6180.

ILLINOIS - COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

Little Brothers of the Elderly provides both on site and in home support to lonely or isolated seniors in Chicago. At their new site, 355 North Ashland 60607, are social events, lunches and holiday meals while 1000 volunteers make home visits. INFO: 312.455.1000.

TRAVEL - DIABETICS

The Diabetic Traveler newsletter has travel aids and resources such as local pharmacies in the US and abroad. They provide free publications on foreign diabetes associations and time zone insulin adjustment. Send SASE to PO Box 8223, Stamford CT 06905. INFO: www.ishops.com/diabetes

WISCONSIN - FOND DU LAC HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Agnesian Health Care has more that 800 health and human services in its database that are available in Fond Du Lac County. INFO: www.fdlfair.org

CALIFORNIA - NURSING HOME VOLUNTEERS

The San Francisco Ministry to Nursing Homes has more than 500 volunteers visiting elders in nursing home settings. There are similar programs in other cities. INFO: email inform@sfmnh.org

PUBLICATIONS - ALZHEIMERS

Interventions for Alzheimers Disease by Ruth M. Tappen is a reference book for professionals that could also be useful for caregivers. It covers rehabilitation and retraining activities, medications, safety modifications and recreation activities along with Alzheimers resources and services, legal issues and checklists that could help home-based caregivers.

VIDEOS - ALZHEIMERS, STROKE

Home Care for People with Alzheimers Disease and Home Care for Stroke Survivors can be used by professionals to educate family caregivers and paraprofessionals, and include companion booklets and manuals. INFO: Aspen Publications 800.638.8437.

PUBLICATIONS - TERMINAL CARE

The Palliative Care Patient and Family Counseling Manual provides teaching tools and reference materials for education of caregivers and patients with terminal or chronic conditions. INFO: Aspen Publications 800.638.8437

PUBLICATIONS - NURSING HOME

Nursing Homes: Getting Good Care There is a resource for both professionals and family caregivers prepared by the National Citizens Coalition for Nursing Home Reform. Provides a step by step guide to assure a resident receives appropriate care in a nursing home. INFO: 202.332.2275.

RADIO PROGRAM - CAREGIVING ISSUES

Call Sue Shellenbarger at her Work and Family program to discuss caregiving issues that impact on work responsibilities at 800.WSJ TALK or fax 503.636.6951.

PUBLICATIONS - MEDICATIONS

Using Your Medicines Wisely - A Guide for the Elderly shows how to get information from pharmacists, organize medications and use a recording form to keep track of usage. INFO: National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information 800.729.6686.

PUBLICATIONS - TRAVEL

Fodor's Great American Vacations for Travelers with Disabilities can be used by caregivers and patients can use this guide to us and foreign hotels, restaurants, parks, cities and attractions when traveling.

PUBLICATIONS - FREE STUFF

Matthew Lesko and Mary Ann Martello's booklet "Free Stuff for Seniors" is available at 800.532.5566 or email 74774.73@compuserve.com

ILLINOIS - CAREGIVERS SUPPORT

St. Francis Hospital in Evanston has an educational support group for primary caregivers of a sick or elderly INFO: Mary Koller, 847.316.7229.

ILLINOIS - SENIOR SERVICES

Resurrection Health Care in Chicago has a Senior Outreach Program matching volunteers and seniors at home in need of support INFO: Lynn Moynihan, 773.794.8482.

ILLINOIS - SENIOR DRIVING

Reduced cost driving licenses, driving review classes, driving simulator locations and AARP's 55Alive driving classes INFO: 800.252.2904.

SEMINARS - CONVENTIONS ON AGING