Caring.com's Alzheimer's To-Do List Helps Caregivers Prepare for the Long Road Ahead

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Every 71 seconds, another American develops dementia or Alzheimer's disease. And for every person with Alzheimer's, there is a family that must care for that person. Caring.com has created a To Do list for Alzheimer's caregivers to aid in planning for the daunting road ahead and to take some of the guesswork out of what to do. The list is just in time for World Alzheimer's Day on Sept. 21.

When my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, I had no idea where to turn

Caring.com, a comprehensive online resource for people caring for aging parents, has launched its Alzheimer's To-Do List in recognition of World Alzheimer's Day on September 21st. This list gives caregivers a roadmap outlining the necessary steps to take throughout the care giving process.

"With over 10 million people caring for someone with Alzheimer's or dementia, Caring.com recognized the need to provide those people with critical information beyond a medical diagnosis, to help ease the situation," said Andy Cohen, CEO of Caring.com.

The Alzheimer's To-Do List recommendations include:

  • Schedule a dementia evaluation
  • Tell family and friends about the diagnosis
  • Identify local support services
  • Get a signed medical-information release form (HIPPA)
  • Start a medical "care notebook"
  • Locate, revise, or draw up legal documents that designate healthcare preferences and decision-making authority

To view the full selection of the Alzheimer's To-Do List, visit http://www.caring.com.

"When my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, I had no idea where to turn," said Janell Lumley, a Caring.com user. "I knew there were a lot of sites and resources focused on the disease itself, but not a lot about actually caring for someone with it. When a friend referred me to Caring.com's To Do List, I felt like I had a handle on the day-to-day planning that came with taking care of my mom and am now able to focus on getting her the best care available."

Caring.com is the leading destination for people caring for aging parents, covering all aspects of eldercare, including housing, financial, legal and daily living issues. The site provides a combination of real-world experience, expert information, and original content to help caregiver's save time and make informed decisions about their parents' care.

Caring.com also provides To-Do Lists for issues such as: what to do when a loved one is first diagnosed with cancer and how to help seniors manage their finances, among other essential topics.

About Caring.com
Caring.com is a community and content website that provides people who are caring for aging parents with timesaving information to help them make better decisions. Founded in 2007 by a team of people who have taken care of their own aging parents, Caring.com is a free resource to users and is supported by advertisers. Caring.com is backed by leading venture investors DCM and Split Rock Partners. Caring.com is headquartered in San Mateo, California, and can be reached at http://www.caring.com.

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