Taking Care Of You

Taking Care Of You2018-10-30T18:46:33+00:00

It is completely normal to feel the pressure of caring for someone on an ongoing basis.

There are many emotions you will go through including anger, sadness and frustration. It is up to you to take responsibility for your well being to be in the best physical and emotional shape to cope with caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or Dementia.

Helpful Hint
• Stay connected with friends
• Pursue your passion
• Practice Yoga, Meditation, Exercise…
• Take deep breaths
• Eat healthy
• Shop (when the going gets tough, the tough go shopping!)
• Treat yourself from time to time
• Live in the moment…

Canada Caregiver Credit As a caregiver, you may be eligible to receive a tax credit.

Very Well
10 things you can do to alleviate some of the stress you are feeling.

Elizz
16 Sleep Tips for Caregivers.

Elizz
A comprehensive source for caregivers covering a variety of topics that are important in the daily care of a loved one.

Support Groups and Online Support Discussions
As a caregiver, you may benefit and get comfort from individual or group discussions with other caregivers experiencing similar things. There are all kinds of support groups, both on-line and face-to-face, helping caregivers connect to other caregivers.

Online Forums
There are online communities that originate from many different parts of the world that can be helpful. Some of the sites listed below originate outside of Canada.

Asant Café
An online community for discussing and sharing experiences and ideas on any and all topics on caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. You can join an existing discussion or start your own new discussion.

Family Caregiver Alliance
FCA Care Journey, a secure online service for quality information, support, and resources for family caregivers of adults with chronic physical or cognitive conditions such as Alzheimer’s.

Elizz
How Are You Feeling Today? A forum for sharing how you are feeling with others who are in a similar caregiver situation. Elizz also offers services that can help lighten your load.

Alzheimer’s Society United Against Dementia
An online community, originating from the UK, for everyone who is affected by dementia.

Baycrest
Web-based Support Group for caregivers of people caring for a person with dementia or Alzheimer’s. A social worker facilitates the discussions, which include exchanging ideas, offering encouragement, solving problems, etc.

In Person Support Groups

Family Service Toronto
A Calendar of Caregiver Workshops and Discussion Groups for people caring for, or have concerns about, an elderly parent, spouse, partner, relative or friend.

Alzheimers Society of Toronto
Free Support Groups available to anyone touched by dementia, to learn from your peers and share insights.

Central East Health Line
Supportive programs to help caregivers cope with their responsibilities, including counselling, group work, advocacy, training and educational sessions on a variety of topics.

Sprint Senior Care
Caregiver Support Group, providing caregivers of people with dementia, opportunities to learn and share in a supportive setting with others experiencing similar situations. It takes place on the last Monday of every month in the afternoon at SPRINT Senior Care’s Adult Day Program.

Toronto Central Health Line
Supportive programs are available to help caregivers cope with their responsibilities and may include self-help, informal counselling, recreation and instruction.

Fun activities and pampering places:
Hiking trails
Spas
Art Classes

Mayo Clinic
This site provides insights to the emotions you might be experiencing and things to look out for. As well, it provides helpful information on what you can do to feel better.

Baycrest
Tips for caring for a family member or loved on with dementia.

Family Service Toronto
The Seniors and Caregivers Support Service (SCSS) Unit at Family Service Toronto provides social work services to older people and caregivers. Includes counselling, group work, advocacy, training and educational sessions on a variety of topics such as aging and memory loss, anger and guilt, how to access community resources, abuse of older adults, etc.

Caregiver Stress
Helpful Articles, videos and Blogs on caring for yourself, while caring for an aging loved one.

SPRINT Senior Care
Provides services to help caregivers cope, includes respite through their day programs, home care relief, and support groups.

Spectrum Health Care
Family caregiver support services in Toronto, Peel and York.

Toronto Central Health Line
Supportive programs are available to help caregivers cope with their responsibilities and may include self-help, informal counselling, recreation and instruction.

Mount Sinai
Services for Caregivers in Toronto . Providing education, emotional support, counseling, therapy, skill building and coping strategies, respite services and System navigation.

For more options Google, taking care of the caregiver