Caregiving is an essential element of in-home and community care for older adults. Family members and other individuals act as caregivers as they help with tasks that an individual once handled for themselves, such as meal preparation, bill paying, personal care, transportation or medication management. Their services are invaluable to the person for whom they provide care and to the community at large.
Area Agencies view family caregivers as vital members of an individual’s health care team. With funding provided through the Older Americans Act, Minnesota Area Agencies on Aging have become leaders in understanding and addressing the needs of caregivers. Services include providing evidence-based tools for caregivers, adult day services, and one-on-one personal consulting.
Caregiving for people with Alzheimer’s takes a particularly high toll on families, friends, and communities. Area Agencies on Aging are taking an active role in the statewide ACT on Alzheimer’s effort. As the impact of Alzheimer’s continues to grow with our aging population, the Area Agencies are building capacity to provide the supports needed for people with the disease and the people who care for them.
Contact your local Area Agency on Aging for information about local services for caregivers.