Welcome to the Wilder Foundation's Caregiving Resource Center, a site designed specifically for caregivers. Whether you’re new to caregiving or have been helping a friend, family member or neighbor for a while, these resources will help you be the best caregiver possible.
What is a Caregiver?
A caregiver is anyone actively taking care of an older or disabled adult. Family members and friends who provide care to an older adult often think of themselves as daughters, husbands, partners, and friends – not caregivers. Identifying as a caregiver is the first, and often most important, step a person who is playing this important role can take.
Family members and friends who understand they are caregivers:
- Gain confidence as they gain access to education and support
- Become part of a community of caregivers, while maintaining their role as wives, sons, partners and friends
- Provide quality care they while staying healthy and active themselves
Click on the links in the "Quick Links" box to learn more about caregiving and the services offered for caregivers at Wilder's Community Center for Aging.
About the Caregiver Awareness Campaign
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, the Alzheimer's Association, the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging, and the Metropolitan Caregiver Service Collaborative worked together to create a campaign to raise awareness about identifying as a caregiver. A recent study showed that only 19 percent of people actively caring for a friend, family member, or neighbor self-identified as a caregiver. Without recognizing this role, caregivers do not seek resources that could help them better take care of their loved ones and themselves.
The campaign – What is a Caregiver – uses outdoor signage to remind people that even common tasks like mowing a neighbor's lawn or taking a spouse to an appointment is considered caregiving. The website www.caregivinglink.org
was created to direct caregivers toward community resources that are available to them. The goal of the campaign is to raise caregiver self-awareness and increase access to caregiver supports.