Resources for Seniors & Caregivers
Resources for Dementia & Brain Health
- Cognition and Seniors: How to Keep your Brain Fit and What that Means for your Health – National Council on Aging
- Top 10 Benefits of Puzzle Solving for Adults – Crossword Solver.com’s list includes benefits like enhanced mood, improved IQ scores, and Delayed Dementia and Alzheimer’s
- Brain Games, Activities, and More: Resources for Preventing Memory Loss – fun tips and activities from Word Finder.
- Alzheimer’s Association website – lots of info on dementia
- Caregivers Guide to Understanding Dementia Behaviors – Family Caregiver Alliance – comprehensive guide that can be printed
- Dementia Care Dos & Don’ts: Dealing with Dementia Behavior Problems – by Sarah Stevenson on Senior Living Blog – A Place for Mom
- The Benefits of Cooking with Alzheimer’s – A Caregiver’s Guide – from the Foodie Blog of Culinary Schools.org
- Preparing Your Home for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s – A Caregiver’s Guide, Redfin
- Six Things Seniors Can Do To Improve Memory, by William Klemm, Ph.D., Pyschology Today
- 10 Easy Ways Seniors Can Boost Their Mental Health and Well-Being – Everyday Health Media, LLC
- Eating for Your Brain as a Senior, by Lisa Esposito, US News & World Report
- The Definitive Guide to Stair Safety for a Person with Dementia – stair lift vendor article with helpful & practical suggestions for stair safety
- Differences Between Delirium, Dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s – Caregiver Connection website: cheat sheet comparing these conditions with tips for caring & info on treatment
Caregiving & Care Transitions
- A Caregiver’s Guide to Injuries and Fall Prevention — from the accident injury lawyers, Nadrick & Cohen.
- VA Caregiver Support Program – Supports for caregivers of veterans. See fact sheet and flyer.
- Caregiving in the US 2020 Report – published by the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) and AARP, this report is the most recent update to our trended research series, Caregiving in the U.S., conducted roughly every five years. The 2020 update reveals an increase in the number of family caregivers in the United States of 9.5 million from 2015 to 2020.
- Maine Caregiver Resources Guide – AARP’s guide for caregivers including tips as well as state and national resources – in pdf format
- Next Step in Care – family caregivers and health care professionals working together – comprehensive guide for caregivers
- Enhancing the Care Transitions Intervention Protocol to Better Address the Needs of Family Caregivers, Journal for Healthcare Quality, Eric A. Coleman et al
- Alternatives to Nursing Homes, The Atlantic, May 1, 2015
- Circle of Care: A Guidebook for Mental Health Caregivers, designed to guide unpaid friends, family, and neighbors who care for someone with a mental health condition – National Alliance for Caregiving. Circle of Care Guidebook – a pdf version.
- Assisted Living Facilities in Washington County, Maine, SeniorGuidance.org – articles on senior living, locations of assisted living facilities, etc.
Oral Care Resources for Seniors
- Affordable Dental Care: A Guide for Seniors and Their Families — comprehensive website that provides information on diet, nutrition, dental hygiene, particular areas of concerns for seniors such as the impact of medical conditions like Diabetes and Kidney Disease on oral health. Also included is a section on financial assistance and dental insurance for seniors, with information on Medicare vs Medicare Advantage plans.
Resources for Seniors
- MaineCare (Maine Medicaid) Long Term Care Programs, Benefits & Eligibility Requirements: breaks down the long term care programs and eligibility requirements for Medicaid Long Term Care in Maine.
- Eye Health for Seniors: A Guide to Vision Concerns for Aging Eyes is an article by By Joanna Mastrocola in The Paper Gown that takes the viewer through all the common eye problems and diseases that affect us as we age, and how to prevent or manage them.
- Seniors’ Guide to Medication Management: helpful website by SingleCare showing how to read prescription medication labels, drug facts labels, with safety tips for using and storing meds.
- Nutrition Guide for Seniors: Understanding Nutritional Challenges For People Over The Age Of 65. Helpful series of online articles covering nutritional and challenges and special nutritional needs, biological changes, health issues, allergies and sensitivities, tips for healthy eating and more.
- Fall Prevention Guide for Older Adults: Sixty & Me hosts this comprehensive guide developed by Occupational Therapist Koob Moua.
- Bathroom Modifications for Seniors and People with Disabilities: Although a commercial vendor, this web page provides helpful advice for how and why to modify, as well as how to finance modifications.
- Restorative Yoga for Seniors — Blog post from Shamans Market with descriptions of yoga benefits for Seniors as well as instructions for yoga poses
- 45 Free Apps for Seniors to Promote Independence — information on where to get apps for accessibility (such as scaling up the text on your phone screen by as much as 1000% or replacing your phone’s home screen with a simple screen that features six large, easy-to-read buttons)
- Mobility Loss Puts Older Adults at Risk: Research Shows Exercise Can Help — includes facts, statistics and instructions for exercises to help mobility, Baylor University, November 6, 2019
- Retirement Planning – Retirement Living.com provides articles to help plan retirement, including a retirement calculator, how to invest, best places to live, etc.
- Plan your Life Span – Northwestern University online tool to help seniors start thinking about issues they may likely face in the last years of life and prepare
- Mourning A Parent or Spouse’s Death – National Institute of Mental Health, Aging Care.com
- Prevent Falls and Fractures – National Institute on Aging
- Maine Senior Guide – a comprehensive search engine of resources on home support, health & wellness, estate management and more.
- Mesothelioma Guide – free resource on this rare form of cancer that usually affects older adults in their 60’s and 70’s, specializing in connecting patients with doctors and treatment options that are best suited for them, including resources for Veterans.
Resources on Vulnerability of Elders