DementiaCareCentral is a resource center for dementia caregivers, and more! There is already a lot of information about dementia on the Internet, but it’s not always well organized and can be overwhelming. We’ve identified, reviewed, and linked to the best of these resources and added some original content as well. You’ll find resource descriptions and links on the bottom of each content page and hundreds more in the Resource Center section of the site.
You don’t have to create an account to use DementiaCareCentral, but if you do then you can access all of the interactive features and even create your own personal webpage – and it’s all free! Read more about creating an account
This website was originally developed by Clinical Tools, Inc. with funding from the National Institute on Aging (grant #R44AG026227). Management of the website transferred to the American Elder Care Research Organization in 2013.
The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institute on Aging or the National Institutes of Health.
There is a great need for more education and support tools for caregivers. There are currently over seven million Americans living with dementia, and most of them are cared for at home by a loved one. The negative impact of caregiving for someone with dementia has been well documented: caregivers’ physical and mental health often decline as they struggle to care for their loved ones.
However, research has proven that psychoeducational interventions are effective in reducing caregiver stress, depression, and burden. Thus, educating caregivers about dementia and providing tips and tools to assist with caregiving should ultimately improve outcomes for both informal caregivers and their loved ones. Outcomes may include improved quality of caregiver-care recipient interactions, caregiver health and mental health, and care recipient long-term-care placement and health status. This is the ultimate goal of DementiaCareCentral.com.
When completed, DementiaCareCentral.com will include educational information, psychosocial and peer support tools, and interactive resources. The following combination of features will make DementiaCareCentral.com a highly innovative product unlike any other resource that currently exists:
We are conducting evaluations of the website throughout 2010 and 2011. If you are a caregiver or know someone who is interested in getting involved in one of these studies, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.