As the population continues to grow older, caregivers are a crucial component of helping older adults age in place and age in community. “An estimated 34.2 million American adults served as an unpaid caregiver to someone age 50 or older in the past 12 months” (AARP). Caregivers, those caring for a loved one, and professional caregivers face stress and lifestyle challenges. However, there are a wealth of resources available to help caregivers care for their loved ones and their self.
The Pikes Peak Region has an abundance of resources and organizations who offer support and guidance to caregivers.
- The Area Agency on Aging has a Family Caregiver Support Center, which provides families professional guidance in preparing an individualized caregiving plan and help accessing supportive services. The Area Agency on Aging can be reached online or on the phone: 719-471-2096
- The UCCS Aging Center offers an Aging Families and Caregiver Program. The center offers services, such as caregiver individual therapy and coping with caregiving classes, that assist family and friends of older adults who are experiencing difficulties.
Online Support for Caregivers
Beyond our local resources, there are many online websites that offer help, advice, and support to caregivers.
- AARP has a wealth of resources from financial and legal advice to caregiver basics on their website.
- Caregiverstess.com provides ways to care for yourself while caring for an aging loved one.
- Colorado Respite Coalition strives to improve respite access and awareness across the state.
- Lots a helping hands offers support communities.
National and Government Resources
There are many national websites that provide information and services to help caregivers looking for information for their loved one.
- Alzheimer’s Association is a resource for any questions about dementia and Alzheimer’s.
- The Colorado Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association offers general support groups for caregivers, and support groups for adult caregiver children of parents with Alzheimer’s Disease. You can call 800-272-3900 for all info, including registering for classes and getting info on our support groups.
- Federal government sites offer help and resources about Medicare and Social Security.