Programming Tips for National Family Caregiving Month

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With an estimated 21% of American families involved in family caregiving responsibilities, National Family Caregiving Month is one worth observing at your library. Whether you are looking for quick links to trustworthy information, places to request a speaker, or a good book club idea, bringing National Family Caregiving Month to your library will be easy with this collection of online resources.

Quick and Easy: ready to print activity pages for children, and useful information and checklists for adults

  • For Children
    • Coloring pages:
      • I Love Grandma
    • Cancer Information:
      • Michelle needs chemo IV maze
      • Cancer Bears coloring pages
      • Breast Cancer paper dolls – for parents (at their discretion) to share with children to help them understand their own breast cancer surgery or that of a loved one
  • For Adults
    • Destress with Mandala Coloring Pages
    • Memories Coloring Book for Seniors (sign up for free samples)
    • National Caregivers Library’s Needs Assessment Worksheet and Checklists/Forms

Featured Resources: Highly searchable eBooks with persistent URLs so you can keep valuable articles bookmarked for patrons.

  • Caregiver’s Handbook, 1st Edition
    Caregivers need help and advice, which can be hard to find. This book is the definitive guide to caring for a sick or disabled person at home. It offers emotional support and practical advice on a wide range of topics, enabling individuals to provide the best care possible.
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Senior Health: A Guide for Seniors and Their Care Givers, 1st Edition
    This collection of over 600 entries provides in-depth coverage of cover various issues related to one’s aging body, how diseases affect it, and treatment options, including medications, for seniors. The set will cover every major body system, focusing on issues specific to the aging body. Additionally, it includes entries on the use of various adaptive devices and equipment, housing options, definitions and descriptions of hospital staff roles, definitions of different types of medical insurance, and more.
  • Boosting Your Immunity for Dummies
    Rule number one for caregivers: take care of yourself! This book provides valuable insight for enhancing personal immunity and for helping those you care for maintain a healthy immune system.

Community Resources:Team up with national and local organizations,  join social networking communities, or point family caregivers to local resources.

  • National Caregivers Library: Speakers Bureau
  • Caregiver Resources from Medline Plus
  • Elder Abuse Resources
  • Eldercare Locator
  • Family Care Navigator
  • Find your local N4A agency
  • Red Cross Family Caregiving Classes

Fun Stuff: Add a fun, interactive experience to a library program and enhance your library website with these fun and interesting links:

  • When the Going Gets Tough PDF presentation
  • Help for a ‘Hidden Population’ of Caregiving Kids CNN video
  • Caregiver Video Resource Center

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