Information for Alzheimer's patients and their families
Caregiver Resource Centers
California was the first state in the nation to address the impact of chronic brain disorders on families. Each Caregiver Resource Center (CRC) offers a full complement of family services designed to assist caregivers. Multi-lingual staff are available at some CRCs to serve diverse caregiver populations. Services are free or low-cost and include:
- Specialized Information
- Family Consultations & Care Planning
- Respite Care
- Short-Term Counseling
- Support Groups
- Professional Training
- Legal & Financial Consultation
There are 11 Caregiver Resource Centers throughout the state. Currently, information is available in English, Spanish and Chinese.
California Department on Aging
The California Department of Aging (CDA) administers a broad range of home- and community-based services throughout California, working primarily with the Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) who serve seniors, adults with disabilities, and caregivers. The Department also works with other public and private agencies in a variety of partnerships to implement our vision. The CDA is concerned with how services can best be structured to meet the current and future needs of California's diverse population as it grows, changes, and ages in the years to come. For further information, contact the National Area Agencies on Aging office, 1.800.677.1116.
National Center on Caregiving
Established in 2001 as a program of Family Caregiver Alliance, the National Center on Caregiving (NCC) works to advance the development of high-quality, cost-effective policies and programs for caregivers in every state in the country. Uniting research, public policy and services, the NCC serves as a central source of information on caregiving and long-term care issues for policy makers, service providers, media, funders and family caregivers throughout the country. NCC provides the following services:
- Caregiver Alerts/State & National Policy Initiatives
- Caregiver Information & Assistance
- Research & Publications
- Technical Assistance
Ethnic Elders Care Network
Ethnic Elders Care Network is a site designed specifically for people who are currently or will be caregivers to ethnic elders with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. Ethnic Elders is dedicated to promoting research, prevention, and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, and to providing education, support, and assistance to ethnic minority elderly patients, their families, and caregivers.
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
The National Institute of Aging (NIA) offers a free resource guide in Spanish with information about caring for a person with Alzheimer's. It includes tips on how to help the person with AD celebrate holidays, perform everyday activities, and remain safely in the home, as well as other information useful to caregivers. To order a free copy of "Guia para Quienes Cuidan Pesonas con la Enfermdedad de Alzheimer's", call 1-800-438-4380. The NIA Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center is open weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern time. A Spanish-speaking information specialist is available to respond to calls. You also can order this and other Spanish publications on Alzheimer's disease on the NIA website